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.
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: Hémisphère sud oblige, la Coupe du Monde de rugby ne commence qu’en septembre. HB Studios nous propose de participer au fameux tournoi avec un peu d’avance. A l’origine de Rugby World Cup 2011, on retrouve un studio connu, à savoir HB Studios. Ce dernier a signé notamment la série Rugby d’EA Sports jusqu’à Rugby 08. La patte des développeurs s’avère d’ailleurs présente, tant pour le meilleur que pour le pire, hélas.
Summary: Chaque grand évènement sportif a le droit à son jeu vidéo (enfin sauf la coupe du monde de curling, ça tout le monde s’en fiche). La coupe du monde de rugby 2011 n’échappe donc pas à la règle et nous propose un titre avec une grosse pression sur les épaules. C’est le premier jeu consacré à la discipline sur cette génération de consoles. Pari relevé ?