We’re all used to football, golf and driving games, and so
makes its mark as a good alternative to the usual sports releases. Given
that this is the first rugby game I’ve ever played, I was interested
to know whether it would be really fun, or too difficult.
There are a
number of different competitions you can take part in, such as the Six
Nations, Guinness Premiership, and World Cup. The main game mode is the
‘World League’ where you choose a team not doing so well, start off in
Division Three, and try to make your way up to the elite league and become
rugby world champion. You also have certain off field aspects to manage in
this mode, as you have to monitor your overall team wages while trying to
improve your squad by swapping players that would be interested in joining
your club. The other main game mode is Rugby World Cup 2007 in which you
choose one of the teams that participated in the tournament, and it is great
gameplay seems to be quite realistic, and is probably harder for beginners
because of rugby’s complex set of rules. The game includes all detailed
set-plays like the scrums, line outs and penalties. With football games it
is all about keeping possession, whereas with rugby you can choose many
different tactics for your team to try. You can attempt to run your way
through the opposition, hoping for a breakthrough, or you can kick your way
through to the opposition half.
tactics have their flaws though, as in trying to run your way through with
the ball you could be turned-over in your half, whereas you can also kick
your way through but then you might not win the line-out (which will also
mean a loss of possession). This means there are a lot of decisions to be
made when playing, which rugby fans should enjoy.
controls are fairly good which also helps. The left stick is used to move a
player, while the L1 and R1 buttons are used to pass left or right of the
player with the ball. Tackling is done automatically, and all you need to do
tackle an opponent is move your selected player into the opponent's path,
and hit them with a tackle. Other buttons have various uses, and there is a
tutorial which helps you when you’re a newbie.
mind that this game is on the PS2, its graphics are really good. The players
look pretty good, as do the stadiums. I regularly visit one of them for
football matches (Vicarage Road) and the version of it in the game is
excellent. The pitches also look very good as during the game it gradually
gets muddier depending on where the play has been. Overall, excellent
graphics for a PS2 game.
very often get a game with amazing commentary and sound, but this game
offers exactly that. The background music is good, and doesn’t make you want
to turn the volume down, while the match commentary is excellent.
addictive game modes to play, and great overall gameplay, you could be
playing this game for hours, especially if you’re a rugby fan.
game is pretty much a masterpiece as they use the PS2’s lower capability
perfectly by getting as much out of the console as is possible. If you’ve
never played a rugby game before, or want to learn a little more about it,
then Rugby ’08 is a great place to start.
Overall Score: 89%