Cricket Captain 2017 Review



I've been playing incarnations of Cricket Captain since 1999. I don't play many computer games anymore in fact I only play two. Cricket Captain and a rusty old copy of Football Manager 2013. So what is Cricket Captain's appeal? Well it's just so easy to pick up and play. There's a real accessibility to the game, even for those who are not au fait with different field placings and all the players. You could leave the field settings the same throughout every match and still have a very enjoyable playing experience. So let's take a look at what new features Cricket Captain 2017 has to offer...

There's still more... This game is so indepth now. It's splendid for real cricketing anoraks.

At a glance you can now manage up to 130 different sides from over 8 countries. However for this review I'm just going to have a bash at managing England. It can't be that difficult can it, I just need to find a space in the side for Kevin Pietersen. Let's hope he's still available, I don't want to pass on the bad news to Piers Morgan.

As I mentioned earlier about the choice of teams available, this is the first menu screen you're presented with once you start a new game. Choices, choices, choices!

So my England journey starts here, and the game reflects the real-life fixtures where England face South Africa in an ODI series before the Champions Trophy. This home page is very easy to navigate. That's part of Cricket Captain's endearing charm to me, it's simplicity.

I've now selected my side to face South Africa at Headingley. It was a close call between Bairstow and Rashid, but I've decided to play the extra batsman. I have full faith in my 4 seamers. (Apologies for the gratuitous shot of my reflection, an unexpected sunbeam fell upon Essex)

We canter off to a great start with Alex Hales and Jason Roy bludgeoning the South Africa pace attack to all parts. Whilst it appears game engine has not been updated in this year's update, does it really need to be?

The scoreboard screen in-between each over or indeed ball if you want to go really indepth, allows you to change your batsman aggression, or ask them to keep the strike. Very handy in Test scenario's when Joe Root is left stranded with Broad and Anderson. No need here though Hales and Roy are carving it all over the shop.

So after 50 overs of pain for the South African fielders the English innings comes to an end.

I won't tell you much about the South African innings, I was too busy panicking as they were up and past the required run-rate with ease. Thankfully we picked up wickets throughout the innings, unfortunately my selection of Roland-Jones did not go as planned!