my initial thoughts on the game on Friday last I’ve spent the last couple of days playing it a lot more and can offer a more rounded opinion now. I have to say that I like it, while it may not be in any way comparable to the top games of today or even the sports sims like FIFA it’s still a fun game to play and if you’re a hurling fan then you’ll get plenty of enjoyment from it.
I think the best part is that the gameplay is easy to pick up and the controls easy to handle so there’s no steep learning curve, you can pick up and play straight away. Then as you get more proficent you easily change the options to go up a difficulty level or turn off some of the automatic helpers.
The teams are graded as you would expect so the likes of Kilkenny and Cork are easy to play with (or tough to play against).
There are plenty of modes to add some longevity, I’m currently in the midst of a full season playing as Tipperary although I’ve made a slow start to the league drawing with Limerick and losing to Kilkenny by 2 points. Antrim are next up so I’ll be expecting to beat them. There’s a cool little missions mode where you have to try complete a mission for each county revolving around one game, for eaxmple with Kilkenny it’s to win the 1939 All Ireland, or with Limerick it’s to try prevent Offaly’s comback in 94 etc.
The multiplayer option should allow for some fun with a few mates but I haven’t had a chance to try that yet.
Graphics are basic - no Halo 3 competition but passable - players are plain but you can see the swing of the hurley has been captured reasonably well. The stadiums are nicely recreated. There are weather effects too so in the middle of a rainy game you’ll see mud on the players.
MÃcheÃ¡l Ã“ Muircheartaigh adds the commentary again, pretty basic stuff but it’s a nice effect all the same.
There are no real player names in it because the GPA weren’t involved but all the players are editable so you can change the names to your heart’s content. I’d started changing a few but it gets a bit tedious.
Overall, if you’ve no interest in hurling you’re not going to think much of it I’d imagine, but for any hurling fans I think it’s a nice little buy and a very enjoyable game.
Quiet Season turns into Silly Season
Gaelic Games Hurling Screenshots
Gaelic Games Hurling due Friday November 9th