** IMPORTANT **
Cricket 2002 PS/2 only works on PAL PS/2 machines. If you live in the US which is NTSC you will need a chipped PS/2 (internal not USB) and a TV that supports PAL to play the game.
Cricket 2002 has been announced for the PC. It is planned for release in May 2002.
Cricket 2002 was released in the UK today.
Cricket 2002 has been released in New Zealand. There are already several posts regarding it on the Forum.
There have been some unsubstantiated rumours that Cricket 2002 may be released earlier than original stated in the UK. It may be released on the 28th December. If the rumours are false the current release date is 2nd February.
Development on the game has been completed. Anticipated release dates are before Christmas in Aus/NZ and mid January in the UK. Note the decision to withhold release in the UK is totally down to EA and nothing to do with HB Studios.
On the Forum it has been discussed that Cricket 2002 has been reviewed in 2 magazines recently. In the Official PlayStation 2 Magazine it scored 8/10 and in Gamesmaster a disappointing 43%. Hopefully more details on these reviews when I get them.
Updated Previews page - added link to preview by ZDNet Australia.
You can now pre-order Cricket 2002 now from SportingGifts.com Ltd for £39.99. Please use the links here as CricketGames.com gets a small percentage of every order placed. Note the game is being released as PAL only so it will not work in the US unless your PS/2 has been modded to handle PAL games and your TV can handle PAL.
The PS/2 Cricket site has been updated with 2 more movies available for download.
The Official EA Sports Cricket site has been updated. New features include new movies, player list, screenshots and some wallpaper downloads.
Updated Previews page - updated link for Gamespot preview. Latest preview has 45 screenshots.
Updated Previews page - added link to preview by BBC Sport.
The Official EA Sports Cricket site has been updated. New features include renders of the 22 stadiums used in the game, 5 player renders and a complete list of international teams and players in the game. There is also a poll on the site regarding a PC version so make sure you answer it if you want the chance of a PC version.
In the UK the price of a PS/2 has now dropped to £199.99 or £219.99 for the GT3 pack. Nearly tempted.
The Official EA Sports Cricket site has been updated with new screenshots, list of Game Modes and 4 QuickTime movies. If you have any problems getting the movies to work try this page and then download them.
Updated Features page - added the Game Modes listed on the EA site.
Updated Screenshots page - added 8 new screenshots released by HB-Studios plus updated EA Sports screenshots.
Updated Screenshots page - added 17 new screenshots released by EA Sports.
Updated Screenshots page - added 8 new screenshots released by HB-Studios.
Added Screenshots page - added 3 screenshots released by EA.
I have received lots of emails about Cricket 2002 and lack of a PC version (at this time - see below). There is no need to send any more as I think EA are aware of the request.
Received the following email from Derek Proud.
Updated Feedback page - lots of feedback on the lack of a PC version.
Updated Links page - added link to HB-Studios - the developers of Cricket 2002.
Received the following email earlier this week.
Whilst delighted to hear that there is a new cricket game in development I am personally very disappointed that there is no PC version. I have no intentions of getting a PS/2 just for one game. The reason apparently is that the PC version of Cricket 2000 sold far less than the PSX version. Nothing to do with the fact that Cricket 2000 was an appalling game and on the PC Brian Lara Cricket was out on budget and a vastly superior game. If like me, you are disappointed in the lack of a PC version let me know and I will forward all comments on to Mr Proud.
At least this time Creative Assembly are seemingly not doing the development. This will the third development house working on the EA Cricket series so hopefully it will be third time lucky. As two of the team behind Brian Lara are working on the new version we can live in hope.
Added Features page - added the features listed on the EA site.
Added Feedback page - send me your feedback on the game.
Added Links page - added link to the official EA site.
Saturday, 16 March 2013.