Reviews and Problems with World Championship Rugby
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World Championship Rugby PS2 Review
3 June 2010
Excerpt: It may be that recreating the sport of Rugby is a tough old job, or perhaps publishers would rather put their money into the next big footy title, but Rugby titles aren’t exactly overflowing the market right now. There is obviously a market for the sport (even more so after England brought the World Cup home) and Swordfish Studios, the development team behind the PlayStation’s Jonah Lomu Rugby, had a task on their hands with the creation of the official England game.
Excerpt: You’d think making a video game about playing cards would be simple—create some digital cards, set up the games and the rules, there you go. You might also think it would be hard to justify buying just a straight up card simulator without a few added bonuses as only video games can do. You’d be right on both counts, but the question remains: how do you strike a balance between simple, accessible gameplay and over-the-top entertainment?
Excerpt: Card games have been around since the dawn of time…okay, they haven’t, but it feels as if they have. In some ways, it only makes sense to toss about 30 different card games into one video game collection, thereby allowing players to compete against virtual opponents in any number of chosen games. On the other hand, this isn’t exactly a bastion of intense entertainment, and despite supporting up to eight players, it’s difficult to get excited about cards on a TV screen.
Excerpt: Since our Jonny put that kick between the posts to crown England as World Champions, the country has gone rugby crazy and the sport that always used to be the poor brother of soccer has suddenly become incredibly important to a lot of people. Acclaim have decided to do a Webb-Ellis, quite literally picking up this ball of enthusiasm and running with it by employing Swordfish Studios ( Jonah Lomu Rugby ) to bring the pastime to next-gen consoles.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you have to have a rugby game, World Championship Rugby will do just fine. Despite its flaws, there's a fun game to be had here, whether you're playing alone or with a few of your closest friends/rivals. While the nature of the sport itself might make getting into the game a little bewildering for some people initially, Swordfish deserves credit for making an overall accessible title that anyone interested in a bit of videogame competition can enjoy.
Excerpt: Although, like most people, I don’t know the full rules of rugby, I’ve seen and played enough in my time to know what it’s all about. Thunderbolt is an international website though, so here’s a quick rundown of what the sport is about for those of you unfamiliar with its basic rules. There’s two teams of 15 men, an egg-shaped ball and a rectangular pitch. At each end of the pitch are rectangular zones and an ‘H’-shaped goal.
Conclusion: To sum the game up, it's the Rugby version of Fifa - what EA's rugby games should be - lots of easy to pick up action, with the opportunity to play the game licensed by the England team, nothing too heavy or taxing. However, I'm still waiting for the rugby equivalent of the Pro Evo series, there has to be one, and when it comes…….get a towel!
Pros: Fast, easy to pick up gameplay., Good multiplayer games., -
Cons: Ugly, chunky players., A little too arcadey to keep interest of rugby fans., The in-game England team is, better than they really are.
Excerpt: Un jeu de rugby sur console (ou même PC) reste toujours un événement. Rare en effet les éditeurs qui ont tenté l'aventure du ballon ovale. Auparavant, seul Electronic Arts, avec son Rugby 2004, sorti fin 2003, nous avait montré un avant-goût de ce qu'il savait faire. Malheureusement, le soft nous avait laissé un léger... arrière-goût. Acclaim récidive et propose World Championship Rugby.
Conclusion: Insgesamt ist das Spiel ganz ordentlich gelungen. Leider ist aber nicht alles Perfekt und so wird man sich vor allem an den etwas schwierigen Einstieg und den eher klobigen Figuren stören. Die Animationen kommen einfach nicht flüssig rüber und so bleibt ein fader Beigeschmack. Auch das ewige löppern bei den Rangeleien wird manche Spieler nerven. Zumindest ist man aber immer beschäftigt, was ja auch nicht ganz zu verachten ist.