The most definitive Rugby games on
PlayStation 2 and PC in EA Sport's Rugby 08 which allows player to
experience the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Although gamers can play
a variety of different gameplay modes, the holy grail of the title is
winning the Webb Ellis Cup which allows player to live their ultimate
Own the World: Power
your way through a grueling six-week campaign during Rugby World Cup
2007 in France. Manage squad rotation and player injuries and track
the progress of the entire tournament with a user-friendly, in-game
Formations: Now you can emulate the style of your favorite team with
Authentic Defensive Formations. Adjust your defense on the fly to
keep momentum on your side. Counter your opponent’s attacking style
by changing your defensive strategy based on score, field position,
Rugby World Cup
Challenge: Replay over 30 classic moments in Rugby World Cup history
using modern teams and unlock exclusive Rugby World Cup highlight
All New Set Pieces
–Take full command over every scrum and maul with enhanced push and
rotation controls. Make lineout throw-ins look easy with a
simplified pick-up-and-play control system for the novice player, or
master the advanced mechanics to enhance your game strategy for the
Mechanic: Use the new kicking meter to master your drop kicks and
score those key penalties and converts.
The title also contains the official Rugby
teams so players will be pleased to know that their favourites are
included in this title with 20 national teams. The developers have also
ensured that the gamer is rewarded for their efforts as they can not
only replay historic matches but they can also unlock Rugby World Cup
EA have also rewritten the control systems
of Rugby 08 that now introduces a layered pick-up-and-play control
system for set pieces and drop kicks. How does this work in practice?
Quite well actually as the game gives you even more control than
previous versions, although the AI can still be a challenge.
The Sony DualShock controller works like a
charm on Rugby 08, especially how the player can now control the scrums
and the amount of force your players will use. Experiences gamers will
have no trouble in mastering the control system, however some
inexperienced gamers may need a little more time in becoming familiar
with the controls.
For those sticklers on accuracy, Rugby 08
features a plethora of defensive and offensive manoeuvres that allow you
customize how your team will play against their opponents.
Graphically, Rugby 08 is a visual treat on
the PlayStation 2 and proves that this old dinosaur of a console still
has a few years left in it. The player models are extremely realistic
with detailed facial features.
Match that with realistic movements and
some great dynamics and it's almost like you are watching the Rugby on
television. The stadiums are also quite detailed and replicate their
real-world counterparts that is filled with thousands of fans to truly
immerse you into the Rugby World Cup of 2007. You can also zoom into the
action of the matches too with new and improved camera angles.
As with the graphics, the sound effects of
Rugby 08 are quite realistic, although it would be quite difficult to
mess the sound of this game, considering they are basically just grunts,
shoves and the roar of the crowd. Once again EA provides a great
soundtrack to the title that really makes use the menu systems and adds
to the excitement of the title.
In conclusion, Rugby 08 will probably be
the last Rugby game for the PS2 and EA have a real winner on their hands
with almost perfect gameplay, realistic player animations and title that
can be played over and over again. Play it hard!