My review of the demo As u load up the demo, u can tell immediately the leaps and bounds on EA it has The menu is sooo smooth and sweat â€“ reminds me of WCRâ€™s menu Options for the match conditions etc meet expectations Subbing players is quick and easy Now for the juice In the first seconds once the match is loaded u get this feeling of de ja vu, a welcoming sound of a familiar friendâ€¦â€¦..the commentator from Warnies/BLIC1 on psxâ€¦..dunno his name but heâ€™s a pommy, and he does the job very well All of a sudden, the CPU has picked their bowler, and he is steaming in so u gotto be ready ASAP, thereâ€™s no fooling around! Batting: As the bowlers coming u can move laterally at the crease with L1 and R1 to position ur feet for ur desired shotâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦x for attacking ground stroke, circle for the slog/lofted shot, square for defensive shot U gotto watch the bowlers power bar for the speed of delivery as this is vital for ur shot timing Bowler also can add swing onto the ball after he has released it, so u gotto be ready to change ur shot at the last milli second, just in case it swings in or out. Timing â€“ ur shots timing is determined with the timing bar, which changes size depending on: a. ur batters position, and shot selection b. b. the balls line and length if ur batter is in good position and has picked the right shot for that line and length the timing bar is longer, hence u have a wider range of time in the zone to hit x or circle for the shot if the batter is in poor position, and/or picks the wrong shot, the timing bar is small and is harder to stop in the zone for that sick shot and again if the delivery is very good, the timing zone will be small aswell when I say zone, its like referring to the space in rugby 2005 kicking that u gotto stop the power bar on its way down for better accuracy bad timing of shots can result in: catches in the field if u tried to slog, catches in the slips or keeper even with x button caught and bowled even with x button its all relative to the type of shot u played â€“ ie if u played down the ground but missed timed it, caught and bowled could be on, if playing a cover drive and missed timed, the slips cordon could be busy after the shot, triangle runs and x cancels runâ€¦â€¦..to get 2 runs u just pre-press triangle as the batters pass eachother for ultimate quick turnaround of batter, the later u press triangle the slower the turn around for the second runâ€¦all much more responsive than any other cricket gameâ€¦.cancelling a run is very quick so u can counter ur error for accidentally going for 2 when its not on whilst his is all happening another commentator joins the team and adds his speil on the match/conditions/history/records â€“ whatever he wants to rant about Bowling You can decide ur angle of run-up, from either wide, normal or other side of wicket (around the wicket) X to begin run-up and power bar Decide a good line and length, U can press any button for delivery, the higher the bar the faster the ball x. normal delivery square â€“ seam left triangle â€“ slower ball circle â€“ seam right l2 and r2 are special deliveries and only work when the confidence metre is high pace bowlers have bouncers and Yorkers spinners have doosras/googlys and arm balls in all other games this is the end of the bowlingâ€¦â€¦.NOT IN LARAS u can hit L1 or R1 after the bowlers have released the ball for swing, and the better the bowler the more swing and control u haveâ€¦â€¦.swing can easily make a ball on the stumps veer off to the slips, or a wide ball, nip back in on the stumps for that plum LBW So swing and seam can be added if u picked a seam ball, to u can really make it move, or even cancel eachother out â€“ ie Seam left but swing rightâ€¦â€¦â€¦.it doesnâ€™t really cancel eachother out it does what it would in real life â€“ swing left then straiten up with right seam â€“ BRILLIANT These factors ultimately decides the batters fate and his shot selection In all other games this were we take a sip of tea or drag that fag (ciggy)â€¦..NOT IN LARASâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..pls make welcome FIELDING So the shots off and batters are running, as the ball approaches a fielder a timing bar pops up above his head and u gotto stop the moving bar on the line for the ultimate throw Now the difference of a good throw and a bad throw from the boundary is a 4 second perhaps 6 second differenceâ€¦â€¦.perfect throws take less than 1 second back to the keeper from the boundaryâ€¦bad throws take more than 5 secondâ€¦â€¦..this means u can get an extra run atleast â€“ possibly 2 if u picked it early that the throws a shocker This means the batter has to decide whther to go or no when the fielders pick-up as no chance in hell can u pinch a single on a good throw from the boundaryâ€¦it takes around 3 seconds to run a full length of the pitchâ€¦.a perfect throw takes maximum 1 second to come from the fenceâ€¦..uâ€™ll be out before ur batters cross, on the perfect throw Thereâ€™s no same throw eitherâ€¦.its all relative to how close u stop it from the line of perfectionâ€¦â€¦..iâ€™d say thereâ€™s about 10 different throws..from 1 second thru to 6 seconds from perfection to terrible. This fielding bar also means u gotto catch and works in the same sense Overall I wont name positives or negatives, as the list will be lopsided Thereâ€™s too many positives and about 2 negatives 2 negatives â€“ No stumping, meaning no charging the bowler No back/front foot shot selection The rest of the game I cant faultâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.its the ultimate cricket experience Little things from playing across the line and getting a leading edge as punishment, and being caught on the offside, to the hawkeye and pitchdot reports between overs, to the great smoothness of the replays with awesome collision detection (knicks come off the very edge of the bat, and I have hit the bails clean off, and also knocked stumps out of the ground) This DEMO is better than any other cricket game ever released All I want is the full version, coz things like pitchware etc I donâ€™t have on the demo Playing this demo u are in one great predicament A. you are playing the best cricket game of all time B. you are limited to 6 overs a side If the u have decided u are playing the best cricket game u have ever loaded up which only has 3 teams and 6 overs for each matchâ€¦â€¦.imagine what the same game would do with all the teams, 10 other modes, proper length matches and 4 more in the commentary teamâ€¦â€¦..oh waitâ€¦â€¦â€¦..its coming on July 21â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦get ur whites clean, the zinc out, crack the esky, and throw on the barbyâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦coz its one BIG FEAST FOR ALL HUNGRY CRICKET FANS!!!!!!