Brian Lara Cricket'99 (BLC99) (also known as Shane Warne Cricket in Australia and New Zealand) is a 1998 PlayStation and PC cricket game, personally endorsed by West Indian cricketer Brian Lara, produced by Codemasters, and is based upon the very successful Sega Mega Drive game Brian Lara Cricket.
BLC99 boasts intelligent computer opponents, motion captured players, fully accurate 3D environments and player performance tracking. Commentary for the games is provided by commentator Geoffrey Boycott and cricket broadcaster Jonathan Agnew, and is somewhat legendary in gaming circles. Agnew commentates on every ball, often repeating the same phrases, but inserting different player names into his sentences. It is not uncommon to hear many versions of the same phrase in the space of only a few minutes of gameplay. For example, if one was batting poorly against Sri Lanka, the phrases "And that's out, caught by Pushpakumara!" and "And that's out, caught by Wickremasinghe!" may be heard in the space of a few seconds. Boycott's contributions are rare yet memorable; he will often be silent for an entire innings but come out with a phrase such as "Smashing shot, really really smashing. You could pay good money to just to watch that."
Players can choose from nine test playing cricket teams from around the world at that time. The nine playable teams are as followed:
Players can also play as smaller teams in World Cup matches. The smaller teams are:
Available from the main menu are a list of the teams available to the game, with all the team's players and their statistics in their real life cricket career. The game also archives one's own cricket statistics for up to 20 players of any team as well as any highest scores for the game.
Game modes and gameplay
Games can be against another player or against the computer. The game has a variety of game modes, of which include:
- Quick match; a quick friendly one-dayer where all options are set up by the computer.
- Friendly; a quick friendly one-dayer that can be played by any two of the nine Test playing nations, with all the options player chosen.
- World Cup; the Cricket World Cup tournament, where players go through a series of stages in order to win the cup.
- World Series; this mode allows a tournament of up to five teams, including Australia, who are always the host nation. After a series of matches, the team with the most victories wins the tournament.
- Knockout tournament; the knockout tournament involves eight teams, and, like other modes in the game, the tournament progresses through a series of knockout stages until a winner is declared.
- Test series; this mode allows a one-to-six game Test series between any two teams.
- Test season; in this mode, the player controls a team for one to seven years of test cricket. The leaders are recorded on a leader's board.
- Classic Match; a series of classic matches throughout history, where the player must complete one to compete in the next match. As the series of matches goes on, difficulty increases.
Practice in the nets is also accessible, with the player being able to alternate bowlers and batsmen during practice.
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