DBC 2014 is easily the best cricket game available on the market today. It's well-polished and is a lot of fun to play. The career mode is done very well and it's exhilarating for a run of good form to be rewarded with selection to a higher team, such as the national test, ODI or T20 side. The graphics look great and the game runs with all settings maxed even on my 2 year old gaming laptop. The control scheme is very smooth and is quite intuitive for both bowling and batting. The AI is very good at bowling and batting, particularly at higher difficulties. It has problems with fielding, but more on that below. At higher difficulties the game is positively brutal and every wicket or boundary feels like a real triumph.
If you are a cricket fan, this game will keep you coming back for more. A must buy.
Online DRM check at startup means you must have an internet connection to play. This is bad and Big Ant should feel bad. When will devs learn that stuff like this does not prevent piracy, but drives people to it?I am unsure how many sales this has lost Big Ant but judging from the backlash on the forums and Steam Community, it is enough to warrant a rethink.
The commentary feels like they only recorded about 10 minutes and just play clips seemingly at random. Occasionally, the commentators will say the same line again and again and again in the same over, or they will say something totally unrelated to the situation. One example of mine was when a particularly bad ball (that I bowled) was clubbed out mid-wicket, and the return from the fielder went over the head of the wicketkeeper and continued on for 4 embarassing runs (well done, boys). The commentary went like this:
Commentator 1: Oh dear, and the throw has gone over his head and all the way to the boundary for 4.
Commentator 2: Great shot, I could watch that one on replay all day. Beautiful timing. (What?)
Stuff like this happens very frequently. Big Ant, if you read this, MORE COMMENTARY PLEASE!
As previously mentioned, the AI can be absolutely short-bus levels of stupid when it comes to fielding. Particularly, the fielders who are very close to the batsman (that would be silly point and short leg for those of you playing at home) rarely react as expected. A ball smashing into them will result in a blank stare as it drops to the ground after hitting them in the chest. On occasion, they will turn and sprint away from the now dead ball like it's a grenade for no reason. 58 hours of gameplay in and I am yet to see a fielder in these two positions take a catch.
Catches in the slips are so unbelievably exceedingly rare that a career as a fast bowler is almost unfeasable. This has been addressed in a fairly recent patch but is still very, very hard- even at low difficulties. If you want to bowl, save yourself- be a spinner.