In trying to capture the essence of a precise sport, Casey Powell Lacrosse instead results in a tedious grind against poor AI and frustrating controls.
With much of the game centred around matches and how they play out, Lacrosse 16 leaves much to be desired. Clearly, a lot of dedication has gone into making this the most polished adaptation of the sport you’ll ever get your hands on. However, that’s not enough to gloss over its two largest oversights: frustrating controls and an almost nonexistent learning aide.
While CPL16 does some things right, there’s just not enough here to satisfy any sports gamer who isn’t simply thirsty for a lacrosse game. Because of the solid gameplay, the foundation has been established for a complete product in the future. Unfortunately, we just aren’t there yet.
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 is an ambitious game, but may need to dial it back to gain more players.
A game that'll please lacrosse fans, and one that may offer a worthy diversion for more adventurous sports gamers.
When I see a fledgling studio really trying, I want to check it out.
The customisation is insane. You can really do anything. This is more than Fallout 4 level of crazy facial manipulation
Lacrosse 16 captures the soul of the sport. In the moment-to-moment play this is a fast, energetic, entertaining sport and that is exactly what Big Ant have offered in its take on it.
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 won't be a game for everybody. Of course it won't. But as well as giving fans of the sport a good deal of fun, it might convert a few non-lacrosse fans who are looking for a change from the usual multi-million dollar soccer/hockey/gridiron/basketball titles that are sent out onto the playing surface every year, as well. As an almost full-price title, things had to be pretty much on point here and though it isn't perfect, the development team have done well to provide a game that does the sport proud.
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16 scores high in all categories, with thousands of customisation combinations available for both the players and the rules/difficulty, crisp graphics that I imagine represent the actual locales quite accurately, and the feelings of excitement and competitiveness that linger long after one puts the controller down.