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Rugby 08

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Rugby 08 is the seventh rugby union released by Electronic Arts, and the official game of the 2007 IRB Rugby World Cup. It features 23 national teams (some unlicensed), the fully licensed Super 14, Guiness Premiership (England), Celtic League and French and Italian team (unlicensed), as well as the Junior All Blacks, the Australian A's and the unlicensed Pacific Islanders and Barbarians, as well as dozen of stadiums.

Game modes include the Rugby World Cup, Practice, several national and international tournaments such as the 6 Nations. Tri-Nations, Super 14, Guiness Premiership and the European Trophy, as well as the World League, where the player takes complete control of a team in the 3rd division, and builds his way up to the top division, while earning enough transfer points on the field to keep wages in check and get new signings. A new game mode is also featured, where the player has to re-write history from previous world cups in order to unlock highlight videos from each World Cup and other goodies.

Other features include more flexible camera control, allowing the player to kick the ball more accurately and react quickly after a scrum or lineout, new set pieces and faster defending formations and improved AI. The Impact Players also make a return, and you can expect Dan Carter to pin-point a punt almost from end to end or Bryan Habana to wreck defenses apart with his speed.

The soundtrack is provided by bands such as Malajube, Howling Bells or Tokyo Police Club.


Rugby 08 Windows Tactics selection screen
Rugby 08 Windows Setting the kick.
Rugby 08 Windows Main tittle and loading screen
Rugby 08 Windows English players blocking the ball.

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Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Aug 22, 2007 9.3 out of 10 93
GameZone PlayStation 2 Jul 31, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 01, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Aug 02, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep 27, 2007 79 out of 100 79
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 2 Aug 09, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamers' Temple, The PlayStation 2 2007 74 out of 100 74
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Aug 09, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Aug 30, 2007 13 out of 20 65
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Aug 29, 2007 13 out of 20 65


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