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In short, the game includes all the modes that rugby fans would want, with a ready-to-play engine that improves on everything that has previously been available in a rugby video game. The graphics have made a quantum leap, the soundtrack is fun, and the commentary is excellent. If you haven't dabbled in EA's rugby games before, this is the best year yet to begin.
Nevertheless, Rugby 2005 is not for everyone. Actually, Rugby 2005 is not really recommended to anyone not too keen on the sport. Give it a go on the tele first, and if you feel like this is your bag, pick it up. In the end, it's a great sport and a great game. Kudos for EA by giving this another chance as there is a small calling for it, but it may just be too unfamiliar for folks here in the States to sell enough to make a profit.
The game has shown a nice level of improvement over the last few years and is finally offering gamers as close to an authentic Rugby experience as we can expect without actually setting foot on the pitch. There’s still work to be done, a dynasty mode would offer some much needed longevity and Xbox Live play would push this game right over the top and onto the focus of the mainstream. As it stands Rugby enthusiasts or inquisitive minds who have been wondering about the sport for all these years now have the perfect reason to pick up the controller and try their hand at a new sport.
Rugby 2005 will likely appeal to that minority of gamers already familiar with the sport it portrays. For the rest, the game serves as a decent introduction to rugby that, with a little practice, offers some fun and challenge, though not much in the way of long-term appeal. If you love rugby, you probably already own this one. If this is your first time with a rugby game, you'll likely spend your first few hours wondering just what's going on.
At the end of the day, rugby lovers will love how far this franchise has come since last year's version. Newcomers should consider renting first. The game is hard to master, but once the initial difficulties are overcome, Rugby 2005 is a fun, accurate game that is true to its real-life counterpart.
Visiblement EA a bien conscience du peu de concurrence qu'il a sur le marché du jeu de rugby et ne se foule pas trop. Du contenu maigrelet à la maniabilité à revoir en passant par une réalisation décevante, Rugby 2005 aura tout juste de quoi séduire les mordus en manque.