Ashes Cricket 2009

UK chart: Ashes bats away competition

As Madden NFL 10 thunders in.

Codemasters' Ashes Cricket 2009 scores a second week atop the UK All-Formats chart, batting Nintendo stars Wii Sports Resort and Wii Fit to two and three, respectively.

Ashes Cricket 2009

Super bowl?

They called it the ball of the century. Wrist snapping as the ball tore from the young leg-spinner's hand, it swerved improbably through the air. Twisting away to Mike Gatting's leg-side, the bemused England veteran instinctively thrust out his left lag and jabbed the bat against it to create what should have been an impervious shield between man and wicket. But as the ball pitched up from the rough it spun back implausibly, miraculously, wide of man, bat and pad,thundering into off stump. Pandemonium.

Codies announces Ashes release date

Codies announces Ashes release date

Out in time for the fourth test.

Release-date-happy Codemasters has announced that Ashes Cricket 2009 will be released for PC, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 on 7th August, which is the first day of the fourth real-life Ashes test at Headingley.

Developed by Transmission Games on PC/PS3/360, Ashes Cricket 2009 allows you to play through the famous series itself, and also in test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 games, with historical scenarios as well and Hawkeye to help out. Bowling uses a gauge and four coloured zones for timing, while catches are quick-time events.

The Wii version, meanwhile, has been handled by Gusto Games and, as you'd expect, allows you to perform gestures with the Wii remote to bat and bowl. While fielding, you can use the remote to polish the ball, set the field and bowl - applying swing and turn to deliveries - and batsmen can drive, cut, slog and nurdle.

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Codies unveils Ashes Cricket 2009

Codies unveils Ashes Cricket 2009

PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this June.

Codemasters has announced Ashes Cricket 2009 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, due for release this June.

Developed by Transmission Games, AC2009 features licensed English and Australian cricket teams and all the Ashes venues, according to GameSpot.

You will also be able to choose from unlicensed teams from other countries, hopefully including all the test-playing nations. If anyone's missing, there are player and team editors.

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