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Games & Downloads: Brian Lara / Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007 - Media Release
8th Mar 2007
As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 prepares for its official opening this weekend, gamers can step up to the crease right now with the Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 playable demo, available to download today from Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The demo enables wannabe Brian Laras or Ricky Pontings to compete in a warm-up one-day match of three overs between England and Australia, taken from the ICC Champions Trophy 2006 in India. The demo enables players to experience the refined batting, bowling and fielding gameplay. The brilliant batting play sees the introduction of subtle edges, sweep shots and the ability to use your feet to dance down the wicket and smash the ball over the boundary for six.

Launching on March 23rd, during the group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 expands the series' acclaimed gameplay to deliver a thoroughly entertaining and competitive game that captures all the tension, skill and intensity of world-class cricket.

The 2007 game is also the most authentic edition yet with more official content than ever before. Leading with a dedicated ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 mode, featuring all the official teams, stadia, kits and equipment of the tournament, there's also a fully licensed ICC Champions' Trophy competition and exhibition matches that include One Day Games, Test Matches and exciting 20-over fests.

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will also be the first ever cricket video game to offer extensive online play with multiplayer tournaments and matches playable over Xbox Live and PC LAN and online.

As ICC Cricket World Cup fever grips the nation, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will deliver a complete compendium of cricket gaming when it launches for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PC, on March 23rd.

18th Jan 2007
Set to feature a compendium of cricket competitions including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Codemasters today reveals Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 in action for the first time with a preview video now available.

As the evolution of the genre-leading cricket game series, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will capture all the tension, skill and intensity of international cricket when it launches in March for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation2 and Games for Windows (PC).

Designed to be the most accessible and informative cricket gaming experience yet, Codemasters also announces that the game will contain a host of features to detail the intricacies of the sport. With enhanced Practice Nets, a new Glossary of Cricket Terms, the return of the Hawkeye TM ball-tracking system and a brand new Coaching Mode, players can expect to take their cricket expertise to a world-class level.

The Coaching Mode covers all the key elements of the game with tutorials that'll have players batting, bowling and fielding like superstars. The Batting tutorials will take players through all of the playable shots, from basic defensive techniques to new shots such as the sweep, the reverse sweep and advancing down the pitch. The Practice Nets mode has been enhanced and enables players to put new skills learned in the Tutorials into practice, without having to play through full games.

Famous for having its very own vocabulary, cricket terminology can take some explaining; thankfully the new Glossary of Cricket Terms feature has all the answers. When you?re desperate to know what an "Agricultural" shot is, or to learn the difference between a "Front foot" and a "Back foot" defensive, this comprehensive guide will soon have players impressing with spot-on definitions of "Googlies" "Bouncers", "Chinamen" and "Wrong 'uns."

The game also exclusively features Hawk-EyeTM, the cutting-edge sports tracking and analysis graphics system, as used by Channel 4 and Sky Sports in their televised cricket coverage. Hawk-EyeTM uses sophisticated image technologies to explain decisions such as L.B.W. and also monitors bowling accuracy throughout the course of an over, showing the path of each delivery and where it pitches.

With in-game commentary from established cricket experts Jonathan Agnew, David Gower, Ian Bishop, Bill Lawry and Tony Greig, real player stats from Wisden and online play on Games for Windows and via the Xbox Live online game service on Xbox 360, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 is set to be the most comprehensive international cricket gaming experience.

Pad up and prepare for the game's arrival in March for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and Games for Windows (PC).

21st July 2006
Brian Lara, the genre-leading cricket game series, will return with Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 and officially feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Codemasters announced today. Coming to PlayStation?2, Xbox 360 and PC, the sequel to the best-selling 2005 title will launch to coincide with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in March 2007.

The new title follows the 2005 revival of the series, which became the first cricket title to ever make Number 1 in the Chart Track's All Formats UK best-seller list. The game won over an army of fans thanks to its authentic and hugely entertaining gameplay and held a 4-week run as the UK's number one best-seller. 2005 was also a great year for Brian Lara himself; the West Indies cricket captain became the leading Test run scorer of all time.

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will expand the series' trademark fluid, dynamic gameplay mechanics to deliver a thoroughly entertaining and competitive game that captures all the tension, skill and intensity of world-class international cricket. The Brian Lara game engine has been brought into Codemasters Studios and will benefit from the internal development team's expertise.

Thanks to the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 content, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will feature licensed players, including world cricket stars Andrew Flintoff, Ricky Ponting, Mahendra Dhoni, Muttiah Muralitharan and of course, Brian Lara himself.

In addition to players, the game will lead with a dedicated ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 mode featuring all the official teams, stadia, kits and equipment of the tournament. Further modes include a fully licensed ICC Champions' Trophy competition and exhibition matches including One Day Games, Test Matches and exciting 20-over run fests. When you want to get competitive for real, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will deliver with online competitive play on PC (LAN and online) and Xbox Live.

Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 will add extra depth to the series' complete batting, bowling and fielding experience whilst retaining its trademark accessible playability. The acclaimed batting play will see the introduction of subtle edges, sweepshots and the ability to use your feet to dance down wicket and smash the ball over the boundary for six.

Bowling will see a much improved set of delivery types, thanks to changes in the way the ball swings in the air and reacts off the pitch, showcasing Shane Warne's huge variation of spinning deliveries and Steve Harmison's raw pace and even reverse swing as the ball degrades. In Fielding, there's a new reflex-testing slip catch system and players can now be run out at both ends and be stumped by alert wicket keepers.

A striking advancement is the photo-realistic visuals being created for the title. Hundreds of real player likenesses are being modelled in high detail, complete with animated facial expressions to capture the intensity and emotion of international cricket. Stadia, including all eight official World Cup venues, are also being created with a new level of textured detail and will make use of proprietary shader technology for realistic, subtle and changing lighting effects, such as time of day and weather.

Prepare for cricket fever to grip the nation once again when the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 begins and Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 returns in March 2007 for Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 2.
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