Rugby 06 Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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PGNx Media (Feb 25, 2006)
Rugby 06 faces tough competition in the USA since the sport isn’t really familiar to Americans, thus playing it requires a bit more effort than the other sport games. In the off year, though, EA added some new controls that allow the game to more faithfully portray the sport. This makes for a more fun game that is more open to newcomers. The addition of real clubs and players will appease fans of the sport, which probably would have picked the game up anyway. If you’re looking for a fast paced new sports game, Rugby 06 might just be what you need.
IGN (Feb 10, 2006)
Rugby 06 improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. Breaking through the defense for a try or nailing an opponent with a high-tackle is immensely satisfying. The additions of the off-load pass and impact players, while subtle, improve the gameplay experience and help the game more closely resemble the actual sport. The crowd is excellent and draws you further into the match, while the commentators do well before the repetition sets in. There are some definite graphical hiccups, but thankfully they don't detract from gameplay, and during cutscenes, this is easily the prettiest rugby title yet. If priced at $49.99, Rugby 06 would have been easy to recommend to hard-core rugby enthusiasts. At $29.99, however, this game is a modestly-priced introduction to one of the toughest sports on the planet. Ruck up!
TTGamer (Feb 18, 2006)
Rugby 06 is a game that's probably best for those that ignored last year’s game. Those who own 2005 will find not a whole lot has improved, however the changes have been worth it and the expanded Super 14 gives Southern Hemisphere players one extra reason to upgrade. EA is on the right track with this franchise and we can't wait to see what they pull out for Xbox 360 and PS3 next time around.
80 (Mar 09, 2006)
Rugby 06 is a deep and well designed game that is enjoyable and fun to play. For fans of the sport, it's a worthy investment of your time and money, capturing rugby more accurately than any game before it. The addition of offload passing, impact players and other new gameplay features have taken the flawed stone of last year's title and polished it into a shiny jewel. EA has done what many have thought could never be achieved - Jonah Lomu Rugby no longer sits atop the rugby throne.
In all, Rugby 06 is as true to the sport as any game can be. You really get a feel for the ease of the sport, as well as the intricacies. I will continue to tout this as the best rugby game out there. The look, the feel and the white-knuckle play will continue to keep me engrossed and coming back for more. I look forward to continued iterations of this game, and hopefully they can sort out the minor computer player issues that keep this game from being just that much better. Cheers mates, and "ruck" on!
GameSpot (Feb 14, 2006)
Thanks to some crucial new control mechanics, the introduction of star impact players that can blow a match wide open, real clubs and players, and a faithful re-creation of the high-impact sport of rugby, Rugby 06 improves on last year's effort and remains an engaging and fun game. If you've never played a rugby game before, this will serve as a good introduction, provided you're willing to stick with it. If you're looking for a change in your sports-gaming doldrums and are into learning something new, Rugby 06 is a good choice.
The A.V. Club (Mar 29, 2006)
Still, it's good fun. Rugby 06 isn't as pretty as the bigger EA Sports games, but it isn't as larded down with excess crap, either; just lots of teams, lots of tournaments, and what we'll assume are famous players in a good tough sport.
Gamekult (Feb 28, 2006)
En fait, mis à part le système de mêlées et de mauls, qui aurait tout intérêt à s'inspirer de Rugby Challenge 2006 pour gagner en équité, on s'approche enfin du vrai rugby en terme de réalisme, avec tout ce qu'il faut de possibilités tactiques pour varier le jeu. La présence de joueurs dits d'exception, autre nouveauté de cette édition, permet également de tenter des percées solitaires avec davantage de réussite. Quelques éléments restent pourtant à peaufiner, comme les prises de balle hasardeuses sur les dégagements, ou la sensation de glisse encore trop prononcée sur les courses, qui nuit trop souvent aux replacements dans les modes de difficulté supérieurs. Pas grand-chose à redire côté contenu, car mis à part l'absence des licences des clubs du Top 14, on retrouve tout ce que le sport compte de copyrights. Autant dire que malgré l'absence de jeu en ligne, Rugby 06 trouvera rapidement de nombreux adeptes chez les aficionados.
Yahoo! Games (Feb 15, 2006)
Between the animations and better AI behavior, the improvements in this release make for a far better simulation of the sport than most players have previously seen. Attending to those few nagging issues would put it over the top, but for now we'll be content to fight through a scrum everywhere in America, where rugby generally can't be bothered to go.
GamersMark (Mar 12, 2006)
While there are many flaws in the execution of this game, the fact is that it is pretty fun to play once you muddle through several confusing matches and start to get used to the clunky controls.The problem is that most people who aren’t rugby fans already probably won’t be able to get to that point before giving up on the game. In many cases, it will feel more to them like they are a spectator wiring in orders to some guys on a screen rather than an actual player on the pitch, and that just doesn’t quite fit the soul of rugby or the soul of a sports video game.
60 (Feb 16, 2006)
Que penser de ce Rugby 2006 ? Certainement que son prix est bien trop élevé pour quiconque posséderait déjà la version 2005 au vu du faible nombre de nouveautés. On a l'impression qu'EA n'a même pas essayé de se démarquer des précédentes moutures en proposant un jeu correct mais sans véritable personnalité et surtout très difficile à maîtriser pour le joueur lambda qui n'a pas l'habitude de la série. A réserver exclusivement aux fans.
Gameplanet (Apr 15, 2006)
Rugby 06 feels like a slight improvement over Rugby 2005 but that's the problem. It's only a slight step forward and not giant bound. Rugby 06 had the potential to be something special but little errors make it little more than a marginal attempt at recreating the sport of rugby.
AceGamez (2006)
Real life rugby, for me, was like a game of hot potato. I got the ball and couldn't wait to pass it to another person in fear of getting tackled. I came into Rugby 06 with an open mind, I was hoping for the FIFA engine with rugby elements and I was let down. So now, like a classic game of Rugby, I cannot wait to pass this game to somebody who can handle the tackle - somebody who doesn't comprehend the meaning of great gameplay and somebody who hasn't been treated to fast-paced, fun titles like FIFA, which I personally would define as a proper videogame.