Unlike football, cricket is not at the forefront when it comes to video games, and the options available for experiencing supreme cricketing action at the comfort of your home are very sparse.
Over time, many studios have tried to capture the ‘Gentleman’s Game’ in the form of a video game, but only a few managed to achieve this triumph. To add to that, in 2019, EA Sports is planning to return to the cricket franchise with a brand new game.
Until that game sees the light of the day, let us look closer at the five best cricket games that are available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and the mobile platforms.
Developed by Nautilus Mobile, Real Cricket 18 is a mobile game available for both iOS and Android devices. With a slew of features, the company behind the franchise promises that Real Cricket 18 provides the most authentic gameplay experience on the mobile device. The game includes diverse cricketing shots, different weather and time of day, along with unique player faces, allowing the user to experience top-class cricketing action.
Furthermore, Real Cricket 18 boasts numerous tournaments and stadiums for a realistic cricket experience.
Real Cricket 18 is free-to-play and includes in-app purchases.
Despite being released in 2006, EA Cricket 2007 is one of the most popular cricket games available on the market, and one has to thank its huge community for that.
The official support for the game ended a long while back, but regularly patches are released by modders to include updated kits, players, stadiums and even tournaments.
However, one should note that these are only cosmetic changes and the core engine is the same as the original. The gameplay is smooth and slick, offering good cricketing action. The lack of an option to fine-tune the direction of a shot is a disappointment, though.
Mods are regularly released for the PC version of the game.
Developed by Nextwave Multimedia, World Cricket Championship 2 is a game that every cricket lover must play at least once. Winner of the Game of the Year award at the Nasscom Gaming Forum Awards 2015, WCC2 offers a slew of batting and bowling animations, ensuring that one does not find it repetitive.
Furthermore, the game boasts numerous camera angles, diverse player emotions and the diverse set of international and domestic teams, allowing a fully customisable experience to the players.
Along with the Android and iOS devices, the game is available on the Microsoft Store as well.
The Cricket Captain series could be seen as analogous to Football Manager series. Cricket Captain 2018 is the latest game in the long-standing franchise, which enables the player to control the flow of the game without actually striking the ball.
With improved coaching and statistics, along with the updated game engine, Cricket Captian 2018 is the best game of the series, providing the players with an authentic experience. Moreover, a massive 6,500-plus player database and an improved player generation should appeal to both fans and newbies alike.
Cricket Captian 2018 can be downloaded from the Steam Store.
Developed by Big Ant Studios, Ashes Cricket is the successor to the Don Bradman Cricket series and initially hit the stores in 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
A well-developed career mode, customisable players and the licensed stadiums of the 2017/18 Ashes tour make Ashes Cricket a pleasure to play. Additionally, the game features an online mode where players to could play with or against other people across the globe.
Buy Here: Ashes Cricket (PS4)
Buy Here: Ashes Cricket (Xbox One)
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