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 (145 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
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
95.2 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
722.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If you are a cricket fan this is the game for you, it is superbly done by Big Ant Studios.

The batting and bowling feel authentic and the ball physics are just spectacular, the only down sides and the are only a few:

- You cant (as yet) change the lineups of squads during a career
- The animations for fielding and catching a little strange sometimes and regular nutty catch angles happen when a straight forward catch would have sufficed.
- The AI is stupidly good at running you out can be a little unfair at times, and in the whole time ive played, mostly simulated for bowling, but I still havent managed to create a runout.
- Animations for quick yes then no calls can result in a buggy player and can sometimes end up in a run out because the batsmen didn't put his bat down.


But other then those few things this is in incredible game from this studio, the physics are superb, you actually feel like you earn't the edge behind or that LBW.

Definately would reccomend if you are a serious cricket player.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.1 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Simply put, the best cricket game of this generation (and the previous one combined).

You need a gamepad (preferably an Xbox 360 controller) to play the game on your PC due to the nature of the controls. You need an analog stick to accuractely place your shots. A keyboard just will NOT work.

Once you get hang of the controls, ball physics and other awesome mechanics of this game, you will truly fall in love with it.

There are definitely issues with a few jerky animations here and there and a little boring and monotonous commentary, the great gameplay easily makes up for these issues.

Pros:
- Great gameplay for a Cricket game, easily the best of this and the last generation combined.
- Detailed controls. Easy enough to start hitting boundaries and sixers but really hard to master.
- Great replays, DRS (Decision Review System), ball mechanics and other fun stuff including lots and lots of statistics.
- Online Multiplayer mode with the ability to save games to continue later (You can play full Test matches with your friends).
- Lots and lots of very realistic looking players and and team uniforms.
- Many game modes including a Career mode, tournaments, competitions and casual play.
- Great comfortable camera angles to choose from.
- Did I say you can field manually?
- Full ability to make changes to teams and players through the Don Bradman Academy. Now play your favorite historical cricket players!
- The most realistic and fun cricket game for many years now.

Middleground:
- Steep learning curve.
- Could do with a field mini-map during balling and batting.
- Decent graphics and audio (excluding commentary).
- Requires an Xbox 360 controller for Windows.
- Not a great teacher for those new to Cricketing rules etc. (Not an issue for cricket lovers)

Cons:
- Twitchy animations sometimes.
- Due to the complex nature of the game, there are some bugs and issues which should hopefully be ironed out quickly. As of this review, such issues are few and dont really bother too much.
- Commentary can get boring fast.
- Lack of "Voice Chat / Typing Chat" during multiplayer matches. You have to use Steam, TeamSpeak, etc. for it.

If you are a cricket lover and own a gamepad to play this with, get Don Bradman Cricket 14 now! And if you don't own a gamepad, still get this game and buy an Xbox 360 controller ASAP!

Now I am done selling this, go and get it!

Edit: Made a few changes to the Pros and Cons list.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
130.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Hands Down ! Best Cricket Game Ever !
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
We finally have a cricket game that surpases shane warne cricket 99 and Cricket 07 from EA. So much detail into the smaller things that matter and a fresh new way to play. 9.8 out 10 Its a master of cricket games, deserves hall of fame . Im glad to see you can play old teams and not just current ones it even brings a career mode where you star as young rising star. This game deserves every penny it asks for, i say this because if the people behind this game continue down this path there are some very exciting times down the line.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
In short: this is the best cricket game I've ever played.

The controls felt really strange initally, but just playing the demo and batting in the nets was a strangely satisfying experience. I enjoy all the disciplines and being able to be succesful actually requires skill. I can't claim to be very good at anything in this game, but it feels very similar to my real-life cricketing abilities, so there's that.

I've spend the majority of my time playing the career mode in this game. It feels pretty realistic, except that with some of my performances, i'm sure my county should have left me out of some games.

Is the game perfect? No. The commentary is pretty inaccurate and repetitive. There's a lot of missed catches for seemingly no reason. And although I enjoy bowling, sometimes it's really hit-and-miss about how to dismiss a batsmen. But as that's similar to the real thing, I guess that can't be a complaint.

If you enjoy cricket games, buy it. There's nothing I've played that's come close.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
195.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
This is one great game....so far it has been right there on the top, putting behind EA and Codemasters...Thanks..!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
151.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Best cricket game of this generation for sure!
Gameplay is smooth. Controls are good..

In this agme, you need to set into the grease for some time to get your eyes onto the ball correct.. Best and :D good
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Brilliant cricket game. There is a bit of a learning curve to pick the timings correctly, but it is rewarding in the end.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Fanstasic Cricket game, Bowling and Batting mechanics are spot on. Fielding feels strange as the AI takes the most strange a disjointed catches ever seen in a cricket game. Hopefully we see a few patches to iron a few bugs and add in a feature where the players can do replays with hot spot that would be awesome!... Worth the cash in my opinon. Good Job!!.. Come on summer so we can see the Aussie tear someone apart!!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Easily the best cricket game ever made.

The learning curve can be steep but the rewards are there if you put in the time and effort.

It can be a bit fiddly to start with as the controls are nothing like any cricket game ever made, so persevere and you'll be rewarded.

For every wicket you take there is a sense of pride, just like when you score some runs.

For me I've found the batting to be the hardest part, whereas bowling is tough but like I said rewarding.

This game is well worth your time and effort.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
The best cricket game i have played! A must have for all cricket fans!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Without much time invested in the game so far I can already tell that this is going to be a firm favourite of mine for some time to come.

I am a big cricket fan and an equally big video game fan. I have been playing cricket games for as long as I can remember from Graham Gooch's cricket on the C64, Super International cricket on the SNES, most of the thoroughly excellent Brian Lara games, the complex cricket captain series, the hit and miss quality of the EA series and more recently the frustrating codemasters releases and Cricket Revolution. This game very clearly sets a new benchmark for cricket games.

The batting system is joyus. The game rewards you for reactions and punishes you for playing premeditated shots. You are forced to consider the implications of working the ball around the pitch for long term accumulation or pinch hitting for quick runs and the bowlers adapt to your style of batting and actively try and out think you.

Bowling is a great improvement on previous games where instead of selecting a spot on the pitch to hit, you focus on line and length and take wickets through variation and guile. Bowling the same ball over and over again is, like real cricket, an invitation for the batsman to score where as subtle variations on pace, spin/swing and bowling position as well as bowling to a plan gives wickets in a similar way to real life.

This game is highly polished in particular the in game implementation of the DRS system and the availability of reviews is fantastic. Graphics are clean and crisp although not without the occasional error or glitch. I have not encountered anything game breaking personally.

The career mode is probably where I will spend most of my time. In a similar way to the 'be a pro' mode in Fifa games you start as a green and eager 16 year old and work your way through your local team through to the international arena honing and developing your skills along the way.


Another major positive for me is the ability to mod the game with real player and team likenesses and the continued support by the developer to patch in functional and bug improvements. Currently the co-op mode is missing but this is to be patched in at a later time. I appreciate the effort to get the game to the market and it clearly has been designed and developed by people who love the game. Once co-op mode has been release I can see this becoming a very popular feature.

In short, if you are a cricket fan and you are sitting on the fence about this game then I can assure you there is enough here to keep you entertained. It plays more like cricket than any other game I have played. If you need me, I'll be in the nets.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
364.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
The Best Cricket Game EVER!!! For any one who played EA Cricket 07 you know this is an outstanding cricket. May this franchise last for ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
108.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Best Cricket game ever!
All cricket lovers don't miss this game.

Shot selections are awesome and decent bowling options.

Would take a while though to tune yourself to play shots.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
282.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The Best Cricket game Ever Made!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
THE PROS:
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.

THE CONS:
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.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25
It's rare to find a decent Cricket game since the mid-90s to mid-2000s. During this time it was a battle of two publishers: Electronic Arts and Codemasters. Early iterations of the game were fun and lacked the realism that most sports games demand. If you're considering DBC 14 I also recommend searching for EA's Cricket 96 (PC) or Codemaster's Shane Warne Cricket 99 (PS1) on eBay.

But back to more current matters. DBC 14 is by far the most authentic cricket game since the EA Sports release of Cricket 2005 for the PC and PS2. Running the game for the first time, you are met with an update that thankfully changes all player names to real names. I hope to see an update in the future that contains real stadium names too. Once in the game, you have various game options from 5-over a side to full blown test cricket. You can also create yourself and move up the ranks of world cricket.

The practice arena is great too, reminiscent of a training nets session. From time to time I find myself relaxing in the nets just having a hit. I've only accumulated a few hours on the PC version but I did so, migrating from the XBOX 360 version. DBC 14 has a solid frame rate and feels very smooth. One aspect that still needs improving is the commentary. While not bad, it's not great. It's certainly not as annoying as other sports games (like PES) but not as smooth or free flowing.

I love the camera angles in this game. When playing solo, you are shown your player from the 3rd person perspective. While this is standard fare for bowling in all cricket games, it's quite refreshing for batting and makes the game feel more authentic. Fielding is decent too and the camera angles during play are superb.

At the time of writing this, I'm in search for games during the Steam sale. However I was quite willing to drop the full price for this game for two reasons: Supporting not just a local developer, but one that is willing to put the time and effort to capture a sport that itself has captured millions around the world.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
86.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
By far the best cricket game to date.
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