A BrutalGamer.com review
I love rugby. It is without a doubt, one of my favourite sports that is played and aired on TV around the world; I’ve both played and watched the sport for as long as I can remember and any video game that is based on the sport can only mean good things and with the rugby world cup just around the corner, there has never been a better time to release a game based on the fantastic sport. 505 Games have taken it upon themselves to tackle the sport head on and bring out the game.
Rugby World Cup 2011 features teams which you’d expect from all over the world; every major intentional team which competes in the tournament every time it comes around. Each team being given a rating out of 100, mostly accurately represented within the game, except for England only being at 86, pretty sure they should at least be 110, but hey, I’ll let it pass this time. Each time also has its entire squad which will be playing (or should be playing) this world cup in New Zealand in just a few weeks time, in the appropriate kit.
When you boot the game up you’ll be greeted by the fantastic (yet dramatic) background music as well as the 3 main game (+ multiplayer) modes you’ll be spending your time on. Your choices come in the form of; world cup tournament mode, allowing you to play in the authenticate or random pools, international test matches and a straight up place and kick game mode to practice your kicking game (which is needed).
If like me; you decide to jump straight into the tournament mode you’ll unfortunately have your backside handed to your over and over again due to the game lacking in a pretty major area; no training mode; the most ‘training’ the game offers you comes in the form of the controls being shown during the load screen. This makes the first hour or so with the game pure torture as you’re stream rolled by even the worst teams in the world (…Ireland).
Continuing from the silly choice of not featuring a real tutorial/training mode in the game; it has a bitch of a learning curve when it comes to the difficulty bumps. Unless you’ve put some serious practice into the game, you’ll find you’ll even struggle against the higher rated teams even on normal difficulty, while the easy difficulty is a walk in the park.
When you do start getting into the swing of things and get used to the controls and how to perform certain actions; you’ll find that this is one of the most enjoyable sports games to date and one of the best rugby games ever made. I’ve played countless; edge of your seat matches against the AI, screaming with excitement every time I even made the slightest bit of progress towards the opposition try-line.
As entertaining as the matches can be; you’ll constantly notice random gameplay bugs which just make zero sense. The most notable one being the dive tackle makes your player defy physics and fly metres in a certain direction, sticking to the target in mid air (and even changing direction mid-flow) to take out the other player. It seems to be the dive feature in general that causes these problems; where your player will dive half way across the pitch to score the try, while flying you’re also unable to stop them – meaning they’ve guaranteed scored a try once they start diving.
And yes, you will not be disappointed with the games multiplayer; you’ll be given the opportunity to compete against people all over the world, using whichever team they like. This’ll be the place to go if you’re looking for a true challenge as you’ll be competing in straight head to head games over both Xbox live or on the same console. As well as giving you the chance to play cooperatively with people sitting right next you; letting you both play as the same team, taking out whoever you decide.
I’m so pleased that 505 Games decided to take it upon themselves to create a Rugby World Cup game as there first attempt at the series was fucking fantastic. Yeah, it has it’s problems, but one can only imagine that these little bugs will be fixed next time round. Without a doubt, my favourite rugby game to date.