An exciting cricket video game from EA Sports
Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE
Cricket 2005 is the demo version of the very popular game produced and developed by EA. It enables users to enjoy complete access for a single inning, and this includes all of the features that are available in the full version. I had a great experience with this demo, but I didn't end up buying the game simply because I'm more of a baseball fan.
Cricket lovers will enjoy the smooth graphics, multiple views, realistic player movements and many other characteristics that bring the game to life. I was able to choose players, create teams, view stats and access a number of management tools. Expect to take some time to learn all of the controller and key commands, but my performance improved once I got the hang of things.
I don't like the fact that the program is so large. The file is almost 300MB, and it takes a while to install. Installation will probably be faster on powerful computers that are optimized for gaming. I would recommend that you use a controller instead of the keyboard when playing the game as well. In my opinion, actual performance was fine. It was smooth, responsive and I didn't encounter any annoying delays. It took a while to load, but this was not a surprise considering the size of the program.
Installation is automatic and I was able to remove the game without any problems once I got bored with the trial. You will be prompted to purchase the full version of the game at the end of the first inning, and the link takes you to the main EA website and order page.
This is a great game that comes from a reputable company, and I think many people will love the demo. I wish the demo was a little bit longer to allow more time to experience the various features. I also wish the demo had a better menu that explained the controller and keystrokes without having to pause the game. A print option would be handy to allow players to have a quick-reference page of the controls during gameplay, but this isn't to say that the full version has no such feature.
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