The first thing to think about when you start playing Don Bradman Cricket 14 is to forget what you know about Cricket games and start afresh…it's cricket like you've never seen it before!
User reviews: Very Positive (113 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 26, 2014
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"Don Bradman Cricket 14 for PC is the most enjoyable and fully-featured cricket game ever made."
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September 17

DBC14 PC Version 1.14 is now live

DBC14 PC Version 1.14 Change Notes:

Bowling Line adjusted for AI Bowlers
Pause will now show in ground Scoreboards
Look around added to LT for bowlers prior to Bowling
Moved Over/Around wicket to LB
Allow looking around as non-striker and fielder
Fix big screen not showing all innings correctly
Make sure spin bowlers can't bowl slower balls
Stopped overly slow spin bowling
Fix for Stumps flying from fielder throws and stumpings
Career #2 Batsman will now see first ball of innings
Random umpires selected for matches
Mandatory update check at the game's boot (once at the menu the internet can be disabled/disconnected).

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September 3

DBC14 PC Version 1.13 Live Now

Another update has been loaded onto Steam.

Version 1.13
- Better physics with relation to edges.
- Ball carries to slips fielders more often.
- Exaggerated Stump Physics.
- Various bug fixes.

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Reviews

“Don Bradman Cricket 14 for PC is the most enjoyable and fully-featured cricket game ever made.”
8/10 – IGN

“Best cricket game of this generation”
8.7/10.0 – Lazy Gamer

“Big Ant Studios has redefined the genre of cricket”
85/100 – Do Gaming

Update Notes

Fix list as of 23/09/2014:

  • Fix for crashes with 100+ friends lists.
  • Fix for crashes when entering casual or online matches.
  • Fix for Leaderboard crashes.
  • Fix for crashes with 16+ character profile names.
  • Fix for glove detection on catches.
  • Fix for Tours sometimes deleting after save & exit.
  • Fix for crash when losing focus of game.
  • Fixed mod support for ball sponsors and stump textures.
  • Added Copy Function to Credits for Steam ID and Version #.
  • Added PlayMax Controller Support.
  • Fixed spell error in Mods for Bangladesh.
  • Fixed an instance of black screen in Online matches.
  • Fixed an instance of Umpire's Call not being given correctly.
  • Fix for C&B being shown in Wicket HUD when not caught by bowler.
  • Fix for fielders sometimes walking to the ball when fielding.
  • Tuning of physics relating to trajectory off bat with good timing.
  • Tuning desire to run of striking batsman if player is non-striker in Career.
  • Tuning of bowler speed differential.
  • Tuning of edge chance on defensive shots.
  • Tuning of ground friction in field.
  • Career difficulty will only go up for appearances at International Level.
  • Added Toggle for Transparent Batsman to D-Pad DOWN.
  • Added Toggle for Transparent Wicket Keeper to D-Pad UP.
  • Added credits for Planet Cricket & Somesh Bahuguna.
  • Better physics with relation to edges.
  • Ball carries to slips fielders more often.
  • Exaggerated Stump Physics.
  • Bowling Line adjusted for AI Bowlers.
  • Pause will now show in ground Scoreboards.
  • Look around added to LT for bowlers prior to Bowling.
  • Moved Over/Around wicket to LB.
  • Allow looking around as non-striker and fielder.
  • Fix big screen not showing all innings correctly.
  • Make sure spin bowlers can't bowl slower balls.
  • Fix for Stumps flying from fielder throws and stumpings.
  • Career #2 Batsman will now see first ball of innings.
  • Random umpires selected for matches.
  • Mandatory update check at the game's boot (once at the menu the internet can be disabled/disconnected).
  • Fix for random crash to desktop.
  • Updated version number to 1.14.1.

About This Game

The first thing to think about when you start playing Don Bradman Cricket 14 is to forget what you know about Cricket games and start afresh...it's cricket like you've never seen it before!

Take to the field with any of the 100+ teams provided or choose from over 4000 teams available online from the Academy.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 includes:
• Career Mode, allowing you to take control of an aspiring young cricketer and take him through the ranks to International glory.
• Unique Batting and Bowling Controls, giving full 360 Shot control and Line and Length delivery without pitch markers.
• A fully featured fielding system that allows you to run down the ball and slide to prevent a Four, catch a high ball on the boundary rope, or knock down the stumps to take a vital run out. You are always involved in the play at every stage of the game!
• Ball Physics giving realistic Edges, bat pad catches and movement off the pitch.
• A complete player physics system with individual attributes including weight and height – imagine running in a 2 metre bowler to delivery that perfect bouncer!
• Appeal and Electronic Review system allowing for the first time challenges of the umpires decision.
• Practice Nets, Hone your skills to perfection before taking to the field.
• Dynamic time of day, Weather System and Pitch Degradation that are based on real world data with effects occurring in real-time throughout a days’ play.
• The Cricket Academy, allowing for unparalleled customisation of your Cricket experience, creating Teams, players, Tours, Competitions, Match Types and even Umpires.
• More than 4000 Community created Players and teams ready to download and use in game.
• An online Save system that lets you continue your match whenever you want with online opponents.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 “The legend continues….”

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Pentium Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00Ghz/AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor 3.01Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6670 or NVIDIA Geforce GT520 with Min 1GB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller Required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel CoreTM I3-3210 CPU @ 3.20Ghz (4 Cpus) /AMD Phenom II X4 960T 3.0Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 7790 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 with minimum 2GB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller Required
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Arguably the best Cricket game ever, and I've played many. If not, it's certainly near the top.

Nice graphics, excellent gameplay, patches released on a regular basis. There is realism, depth (batting especially will take a little while to get the hang of), and room for the community to step in and create players, teams and umpires. And there is a long-awaited CAREER MODE, where you start as a 16 year old and work your way up from County/State/Province-level to International selection.

There isn't a large amount of stadia, but this is to be expected of a first release. Clearly gameplay has been the focus and DBC14 is better for it.

In my opinion, DBC14 is worthy of the 'Don Bradman' branding. Well done Big Ant on hitting this one for six.

P.S. You will need a controller, which I think is a good move, I couldn't imagine playing this on a keyboard.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
200.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The Best Cricket game Ever Made!!!
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212.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
great game
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
i like this game. its good to see a cricket game after long time.
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81.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Fantastic...
The only aspect that could have been better... was to add advanced tutorials...
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28.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I can say this thousand times but it will be less to appreciate this game. After a long time a true cricketing experience coming our way. Over all gaming expreince is new and refreshing and it makes you think about everything. There were
always issues with bowling in cricket games and most of them were really bad. But in this one is a excellent approach
applied by Big Ant Games. Not only bowling looks and feeling interesting and fun, but batting is not that easy to do.

You need to play as a cricketer to enjoy the whole experience. But there are still some things which can be made better in terms of over all gaming expereice. I am sure they will be patching the bugs and make some more adjustment to enhance the game. A must buy if you have been playing crickets games all over your life. This is what you are waiting for.

Also please show your support to the team at Big Ants they have done a great job.
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69.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Was a little disappointed with the need for a internet connection to play as well as requiring a Xbox Controller to play the game. As the controls ain't too complicated I've since gotten used to the controller and the graphics and realism looks good as well.

Too bad they weren't able to get actual cricketers for their commentary team though I suppose a Judo specialist and SBS soccer commentator are good enough. The customising elements of the game are great and extensive and all in all give the player the ability to play the game of cricket how, where and with who they want.

To sum it all up I would recommend this game as it is fun and to the nature of cricket there are many things that they could have improved on but Big Ant could have done a lot worse as well.
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
No finer a control scheme was ever concocted for cricket. Holding the left trigger, timing your shot and then spanking the ball in a straight-6 is weirdly exhilirating.

Commentary is a little half-arsed but it does try to emulate more successful titles (NBA 2K) and the visual presentation is lacklustre. However, the graphics and overlays at the end of the over simulate a TV style broadcast enough that they're worth watching.

Interestingly, the only licensed player is Don Bradman but the game encourages you to download 'The Community's Best' which ends up being all the official players and leagues.

Either add this one to your wishlist or just buy it outright but be warned, you MUST have a controller in order to play (no keyboard commands).
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36.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Best vricket game in Ages! Still rough around the edges with regards to interface, but gameplay is fun and devs releasing updates often! Graphics are the best I have seen in any cricket game and with the ability to download player made content adding depth, I see this game being around for a while!
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159 of 170 people (94%) found this review helpful
253.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Just to note up front - I've been playing the game on PC early, I run the cricket video games forum PlanetCricket, where the developers are active in discussing the game and responding to feedback, and gave me the chance to get the PC version before release.

If you've played the console version - the best reason to make the jump to the PC version is the vastly improved performance of the game as well as more detailed visuals when you've got a decent graphics card. On consoles the load times to get into a match, or even just going around the menus are really slow - that's all much better on PC. Plus, there's initial work being done on adding modding support - which should overcome most of the remaining limitations coming out of the lack of official licences.

If you haven't played the console version, my recommendation depends on how much of a cricket fan you are, and how much time you have to put towards mastering the controls. This isn't a game for casual fans or people who don't understand the sport - there's no effort spent on explaining the sport and the tutorials won't get you an understanding of it. The controls will frustrate you early - they are radically different from previous cricket games, and require putting several hours in to just getting the hang of things.

Some PC gamers will probably be put off by the requirement for a controller - I think it's a reasonable thing for a sports game, because I just can't see how the controls here could be transferred in a meaningful way to keyboard/mouse.

But if you've got time to put in to it, you'll get a lot out of it. This is by far the best cricket game made to date, and I think it's a must buy for anyone who has been waiting for a good game for years now.

The career mode is the best part of it - by playing as just the one player on the field the game makes it much quicker to play through long matches, and lets you develop the skills of a player over time and with experience. Getting involved in part of a match and making the difference between winning and losing by your personal contribution is really rewarding - particularly bowling out that last over of a tight match.

I find the AI in the game to be competitive. On the higher difficulties, I can lose to the AI without feeling like they are cheating or using crazy tactics, and for the most part feel like I genuinely earn wickets when I get them, there's a few too many simple caught and bowled chances for my liking.

Pros -
Career mode
Very useful in game editing options with the Cricket Academy to download shared teams/sidestep licences
Bowling controls are a massive step forward
Online saving makes playing test matches online possible

Cons -
Poor commentary
Lack of stadiums
Unbalanced difficulty curve between batting and bowling
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Well and truly the best cricket game ever made.

It still has problems, of course, but there has never been such an in depth cricket game. Don Bradman Cricket 14 is very challenging no matter the difficultly, and when you win you feel a real sense of achievement. Avid cricket fans will love this, as there is so much to it. It's as much a cricket simulation as there might ever be.

Well done, Big Ant Studios.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
85.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Best Cricket game ever made, if not one of the best sports games i have ever played!

Very addictive, you cant just play 1 game at a time. Just starting out in a career as a 16 year old fast bowler/batsman. The ability to simulate the game until it is your turn to bat or bowl is good if you don't want to sit around and watch the others pile on the runs while you sit in the pavilion waiting your turn.

Big thumbs up to Big Ant Studios for producing an amazing game.
If you love Cricket then this is a must, if you don't this is still a great sports game and a great way to set foot in the the amazing sport.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
185.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Excellent cricket game
I am loving it... thanks to the developers
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
170.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Best cricket game ever made.
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
since i culdnt play online mode yet - so far im satisfed with the pc version game look better on pc obviously! 1080p + AA ;) ive been playing offline steam dsnt seems to record those hours anyhow this game is a gem ! ppl who waited so long for a cricket game this is it! Don bradman Cricket 14 is the way to go.. hopefully there will be Don Bradman Cricket 15 end of next year -D
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The precision bowling and batting is incredible, along with very very satisfying fielding play. I most definitely rate Don Bradman Cricket 14 a 10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This is by far the best cricket game ever made, this does not however mean that everything in the game is awesome. One thing I find very difficult in this game is the steep learning curve for batting and bowling. Bowling is probably a tad easier than batting since batting involves making all your decisions in mere seconds which includes footwork, line and length and direction all in 1 second. That being said does not necessarily mean that the batting is broken, on the contrary if your footwork, timing and shot selection is spot on you are in for something amazing. A lot of people do not understand why they find edges even after timing the ball perfectly and choosing the right shot selection, but they forget that the 3rd element in batting the direction of your feet when playing the shot. The only way to master the batting is time in the nets, and alot of it.

Overall this game is by far the best cricket game, no cricket game before this come close and it is definately worth the money for cricket fans. Casual players will maybe get frustrated by the batting and bowling controls because of the complexity, but I love it, the game tends more to a simulation than being an arcade cricket game. You will not be hitting 6 sixes in one over that easily and when you achieve this you can actually be proud, since it is a feat.

Gameply: 9
Graphics: 7
Sound: 7

Final Score: 8

I hope this helps, enjoy!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Wow, finally a cricket game worth playing!!!

A couple of days in and I've created a couple of players and am enjoying taking them through their first season.

In my first match I spent 30 overs fielding at deep backward square leg and took a screamer of a catch before I worked out there is a menu option to simulate to your players next involvement either with the bat or the ball.

The leg spinning all-rounder is challenging having bowled a few overs to reset myself and concentrate on batting as the next task although the bowling mechanics are fun and challenging at the same time. The specialist batsman is great to play a few shots with, but I am struggling to keep my concentration, particularly if I've managed to get onto a couple of early boundaries (the same issue I had in real life)!

My highlights after approx 15 hours? Taking a 5 wicket haul for SA against Tassie and the 50 I scored for Derbyshire with my young opener off 13 balls!

The only gripes I have with the game are the commentary being inserted at random as about 1/2 the time it doesnt make sense (so I've taken to playing music at the same time) and the grounds...I've had an English County game and SA v Tas at the MCG! These are small issues though when compared to the important part of a cricket game...do the mechanics feel engaging, fluid and as though you are controlling your player...in short, yes!

This game is fun to play and being a cricket game has enough stats to keep a cricket fan entertained. Do I like my batting average being just under 30? No; will I keep playing to improve it? Yes!

That is what this genre has been missing since Shane Warne/Brian Lara's cricket in the late 90s...a game worth playing!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
260.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
First cricket game which plays and runs like the real thing. There is a great ballance of skill required to be good at this game however if you want to score heavy you still can. If you enjoy and undertand cricket then this is a cert to get, if you play cricket then dont even think twice.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
First good cricket game ever with realistic controls and much excitement..Big Ant really desereve a grand salute for making this awesome game in the midst of poor cricket game industry.their hard work paid off.Everything about this game is too good.Graphics look a bit backdated,but hey who cares,when you have got this realistic gameplay?forget the days when you scored 200 in 10 overs.Its the time to bite the dust.this game will really need your every bit of skill to master.I would give 8.5/10 to this game.could have been 9.5,if there werent any glitches(minor) and a better graphic.But overall I must say,If u are a cricket game fan U gotta buy this.U wont regret it.
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