Summary: Rugby World Cup 2011 is an eclectic mix of good and bad, but at the end of the day, the good surpasses the bad … unless you are huge fan of the sport. For these fans, the lack of licenses may be impossible to overlook, especially considering the fact it is based off a current sporting event. If you have no idea what a ruck is, though, there is a solid and somewhat faithful game to be experienced.
Excerpt: The official game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 has arrived, complete with several game modes, a team editor, and both local and on-line co-op. I found this game to be quite fun, even as someone who is by no means an expert on the sport. You do need to learn as you go, but don’t be intimidated by the sport’s rule set, as you’ll pick it up in no time. A tutorial would have been nice, but for the most part, the rules are simple to navigate.
Excerpt: What a rugby year this has turned out to be so far! Not only do we have the Rugby World Cup to look forward to, but we have two rugby titles launching within weeks of one another – it’s like Christmas for rugby fans! One of the titles being released is the official game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand, developed by sports game studio HB Studios which created Rugby ’08.
Excerpt: AU REVIEW--Every now and then, Rugby fans crawl onto the rooftops and howl into the darkness, lamenting the lack of video games to suit their sporting preference. Darts fans have PDC World Championship Darts , football (soccer) fans have the annual choice of FIFA or the Pro Evolution series, but Rugby fans are left scuffing their boots and playing the releases of yesteryear.
Pros: Captures the pace of the sport
Cons: Broken AI, Disappointing visuals, Lack of key official licences, Bad value
Conclusion: Last year's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa proved that offering a game built around a single event doesn't need to come at the sacrifice of innovation. Like FIFA's World Cup edition, Rugby World Cup 2011 forgoes domestic club teams to focus on international squads. This could be forgiven if its narrow appeal had managed to represent the bulk of the national sides faithfully alongside compelling gameplay in a range of modes, but this is not the case.
Pros: Captures the pace of the sport.
Cons: Broken AI, Disappointing visuals, Lack of key official licences, Bad value.
Conclusion: RWC 2011 is a very decent attempt at recreating the sport, and rugby fans should be more than happy with this opportunity to get a few matches in from the comfort of their living room. However, the extensive list of controls and rather ragged exterior that can’t hide some rough edges and very basic flaws is unlikely to appeal to too many casual sports fans, especially when FIFA and F1 are becoming such finely-tuned behemoths.
Excerpt: Fans of rugby games , rather like fans of the All Blacks, have had a long wait. Although the four-year delay since the last oval ball-based offering from the gaming industry is hardly in the same league as the 24-year wait New Zealand have had to endure since they last won the World Cup (not that they're chokers or anything…), it still feels like a very long time.
Summary: Entwickler HB Studios Multimedia und Publisher 505 GameStreet ziehen mit Rugby World Cup 2011 als direkter Kontrahent gegen Madden NFL 2012 von Electronic Arts in den Kampf. Obwohl beides nicht ganz, aber fast die gleichen Sportarten sind, können Rugby World Cup 2011, sowie auch Madden NFL 2012 in den gleichen Topf geworfen werden. Wie gut schneidet das Rugby-Sportspiel bei uns im Test ab? Das könnt ihr aus unserem Bericht entnehmen.
Pros: gutes Gameplay, flüssiger Ablauf, einfach gehaltene Steuerung, verschiedene Kommentatoren, Turnier-Modus, 20 offizielle Teams enthalten
Cons: triste Grafik, geringer Umfang, nur Turnier-Modus unterhaltsam, wenig Abwechslung
Summary: Der erste Rugby-Titel auf den Nextgen-Konsolen ist ein Griff ins Klo. Vor allem Neulinge des Sports sollten einen großen Bogen um das Spiel machen. Solltet ihr bereits mit den Rugby-Regeln vertraut sein und den Sport vergöttern, könnt ihr durchaus einen Blick riskieren.\LAn sich ist das Spiel gut umgesetzt, die Probleme liegen eben im Detail. Es kommt keine WM-Atmosphäre auf. Die Soundeffekte sind ziemlich schwach, gleiches gilt auch für den Kommentar.