Excerpt: After Rugby 07 was a no-show, I was more than ready to get my boots into Rugby 08 . Number one, I love the game itself, but I tried to be impartial. It is so hard to do. By comparisons, it is the best Rugby game out there, because here in the States, it is the only Rugby game out there. We need a game like this to get us through the sevens season and touch league for training. It could be bad and still be great.
Excerpt: Rugby 08 comes to us at a time when most Americans' minds are on NCAA Football or Madden NFL. Rugby may be the sport that inspired football, but in the case of videogames it's the football games that are more inspired. Does Rugby 08 offer enough to get gamers to put Madden on the shelf for a little while? Probably not… Rugby 08 is smart in that it knows that most Americans are probably not all that familiar with the sport.
Excerpt: Rugby is one of the most brutal and punishing sports on earth - it's very much like football only without the padding - so the concept seems perfect for a video game. From scrums to diving tackles to all-out hectic team running, there's always something happening; hence, the action rarely falters.
Excerpt: With the rugby World Cup set to kick off in France in September this year, it was only a matter of time before EA Sports put on the headgear and pumped out another game in its Rugby series. Sure enough, Rugby 08 has landed on the PlayStation 2 just in time to take advantage of the upcoming World Cup hype, but fans looking for a significant leap forward from the last game--Rugby 06--may be a little disappointed.
Pros: Deep yet accessible control scheme, Extensive array of game modes, Plenty of real-world players and teams
Cons: No online multiplayer, Not much of a step-up from Rugby 06
Excerpt: Carry the Dreams of a Nation…and an egg-shaped Ball Rugby: A game played by hard men with odd-shaped balls! I am not sure that is the definition of the sport that appears in the Oxford dictionary, but it sure makes a good intro to a video games review. Rugby seems to be a sport that is not particularly high on the list of priorities for EA.
Pros: Easy to pick up and play,fully liciened Rugby World Cup 2007, Sweet Line-outs.
Cons: No online Multiplyer, similar to Rugby 06,passing not always instant.
Excerpt: Rugby games have something of a torrid time. Unlike their spherical shaped counter part, they don’t have the time, attention and money lavished on them that comes from being a multi-million seller franchise. Thankfully then, rugby is seeing something of a renaissance in Europe (well in the UK at least), something that is enhanced by the upcoming World Cup in September this year.
Excerpt: La Coupe du Monde de Rugby est au coeur de toutes les discussions sportives du moment. L'évènement sera lancé d'ici quelques jours en France, l'occasion pour notre XV national de tenter de devenir le second pays de l'hémisphère nord à conquérir le trophée William Webb Ellis. Et comme d'habitude, EA marque de son empreinte le marché actuel en proposant le jeu officiel de la compétition.