Excerpt: was universally panned by most gamers and reviewers. Poor graphics, poor menus and clunky game play were cited by most. There's good news for rugby fans this year, however, because these are no longer issues.
Conclusion: The good news is that from there on, things get dramatically better. Forget the indifferent past efforts, play is actually smooth here, and the visuals aren´t bad. Rugby has caught up to the stage when the likes of FIFA really kicked into graphical gear 3-4 years ago, so play is beginning to look very acceptable indeed.
Pros: The visuals are much improved, Play is fluid and above all – fun, Plenty of licensed competitions and teams
Cons: Defensive side of the game still isn’t ideal, Minor control niggles
Conclusion: Despite not being perfect, Rugby 2005 is such an improvement over 2004 you really have to scratch your head to believe it was made by the same people. Everything from the graphics, audio, animations and commentary have all been vastly improved from last year. Unfortunately there's no Xbox Live support but the bottom line is if you want to play the best simulation of Rugby available on any platform, Rugby 2005 is your game.
Pros: best looking Rugby game yet, fluid animations create very smooth gameplay, great set piece moves allow for increased tactics
Cons: camera angles makes kicking particularly difficult, the AI can sometimes feel a little cheap and nasty, replay value compromised by lacklustre career mode, no Xbox Live
Conclusion: 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.