Brian Lara 2007 Pressure Play is ostensibly a recreation of the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2007. The ninth episode in cricket's premier competition took place over seven weeks in March and April 2007, contested by 16 teams through 51 gripping matches. The nine cricket-loving Caribbean nations that hosted guaranteed a great atmosphere every time, and while Pressure Play doesn't quite match what the crowds brought to the tournament, the rest of this package manages to provide sufficient excitement.
The competition begins with four groups of four teams who play each other once. The top two sides in each group qualify for the next stage and carry their result against each other forward to the Super 8 stage, a single group of the eight remaining nations.
The two sides from each first round group do not play each other again in the round, but do play against each of the other six teams. The top four countries at the end of this round qualify for the semi-finals, with the winners reaching the final in Barbados.
Pressure Play also benefits from an emphasis on new 'burst-play' cricket challenges, befitting the PSP's portability. The Pressure Play Mission is a new game mode consisting of bite-sized challenges that cover every aspect of cricket. Progressing from easier 'bowl a maiden over' challenges for the beginner to more difficult 'one-ball-left-to-win' scenarios, Pressure Play allows the player to train and then master the sport via specific objectives. There are 16 unique missions, ranging from Knowledge, Winners, Classic Matches, Masters and more off the wall Googly challenges.
Pressure Play also comes with an ad-hoc Multiplayer feature in which two players can compete wirelessly in a one-on-one ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 warm-up match. Cricket fans can recreate their favourite games from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 wirelessly such as Ireland's historic victory over Pakistan, India's dramatic defeat by Bangladesh and England's exciting run chase against the West Indies.