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I am officially a convert. It took some time and some seriously embarrassing trouncings from about half of Europe and those wacky Australians, but I now enjoy rugby. That’s probably the best way I can endorse this game, because I was as green as they get. And as I said in my intro, I can appreciate it now as more than just a blood sport. It’s a game of strategy and decision-making and, probably more than anything else, teamwork. EA Sports has pulled it off nicely and made a great game that that is both serious and fun at the same time. Very highly recommended.
Rugby 08 for the PS2 is, by far, the best edition of this franchise yet. Fans of the sport will find everything from the controls to the graphics has improved greatly and while it’s not a major leap forward, it is a big leap in the right direction. Rugby fans will certainly get a kick out of this one.
Learning rugby is sink or swim. New recruits, who barely grasp the fundamentals, are often thrown straight into a match. Aimlessly running after the ball is often the fastest way to understand the game. Thats really the best way to step into Rugby 2008 learn the basics and then start playing. The various control options allow you to naturally acquire advanced techniques once youve mastered the basics. I still have a few niggling problems with the controls and the ever insufferable moments of omnipresent AI. But at the very least, Rugby 2008 will certainly tide you over until the World Cup.
Even so, as the only Rugby game to be released in conjunction with this year's World Cup - Ubisoft's Rugby Challenge brand having officially sunk without a trace - EA could easily have just churned out a money spinning, license whore. Fortunately, for the genuine rugby fans out there, it didn't. Instead it has produced another well-conceived and well-executed update, with enough new gameplay features that Rugby 06 owners should warrant investing in an upgrade (we'll conveniently forget the lack of career mode) and enough gameplay concessions that fair-weather rugby fans caught up in World Cup fever can confidently purchase without fear of overly complex control set-ups or endless technical rules vagaries. Still, with PS2 being the only console to see a release, not to mention the continuing absence of online play because of that decision, it makes you wonder just how committed to its rugby licence EA really is.
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While not quite a classic yet, Rugby 08 is a good game that can be enjoyed by gamers and Rugby fans alike.
Gamers' Temple, The
Rugby 08 is enjoyable enough to warrant a rental by those curious about the sport, but only serious followers of the sport will find it holding their attention for longer.
Even so, the Challenge Mode adds a great dimension to the standard gameplay modes, and offers new twists on the sport. The gameplay itself holds up strong throughout any mode, despite the delayed controls and sudden difficulty spike, and playing with a friend is usually good fun. In the end, though, we had hoped to see a little more in Rugby 08 that would distinguish it from 06; something concrete that goes beyond cosmetic upgrades. There is no online play, and we never really felt as if we were playing a new entry in the series. It has a fresh coat of paint and a nice, streamlined way of approaching the gameplay, but beyond that, there's nothing very eye-opening here. It's a solid production; it just lacks any newfound personality.
Pour 40 euros, ce Rugby 08 est susceptible de faire le bonheur d'un paquet de fans. S'il ne représente pas une révolution du genre, il avance suffisamment de points forts pour que vous soyez tenté de craquer et de vivre l'aventure d'une Coupe du Monde ou d'une compétition annexe. Un bon nombre de défauts persistent cependant, ce qui n'échappera pas aux perfectionnistes et aux connaisseurs.