Summary: As far as rugby titles go we have been let down ever since the day of Jonah Lomu Rugby on the PS1. Rugby 2005 is by far the best rugby game yet. Ea have finally got the balance i think. In this version you have playabilty and a depth to the competitions etc. In the previous 2 titles one or the other was missing! The only problems with the game are the penalties and the repetitivness.
Better than Rugby 2004! But still far from perfect!
29 March 2005
Summary: EA Sports Rugby 2004 was a huge disappointment for me, so I was immensly looking forward to seeing what this would be like, especially with it being released on XBox for the 1st time. The noticeable difference is the impressive graphics engine. The players now actually look like their real life counterparts and the teams all have the correct kits. The playability is good and the game is very addictive.
Summary: This game is a superbly made rugby experience. All the set plays are realisticly designed (rucks, mauls etc..) However my only qualm with this game would be the back play. Sometimes your scrum half passes to nobody or simply does a little pop pass and there is nobody to receive it. Another problem is dummying. The AI appears to be able to do much more convincing dummies than the player can as well as the AI being able to perform very realistic inside balls.