Good news! There's a new rugby game coming out for the World Cup!
Bad news.. It's from the same people who made Rugby 15.
After the hope that surrounded Rugby 15, the first numbered Rugby game since Rugby 08, the game's release was an overwhelming let down that left rugby fans looking something like this:
Because it sucked. It was so bad.
The studio that developed Rugby 15 did so on a very small budget so they should be commended for their effort, but that still doesn't mean that the game was any use. HOPEFULLY with the experience under their belt, Big Ben Studios will capture something of the fun of Rugby games from the years gone by, and these are the new details that they have made available:
Actual Rugby World Cup rules
Official content: rugby teams and players from the best teams in the World
Full, official statistics from OPTA: individual players, teams, match stats…
Local multiplayer for up to 4 players
Improvements over Rugby 15:
Game play – New dedicated tutorial mode
Refined specific sequences: mauls, rucks, lineouts… Tips to help players
Graphics – More fluid player movements, More stadiums
Audience waving flags
Artificial Intelligence – More realistic AI positioning
The World Cup Experience:
Official kits, players and jerseys from the most important teams in the rugby world
The game’s World Cup mode allows the player to jump in at any key moment of the RWC
Teams’ cinematic introduction before a game starts
Teams’ hymns before and during games
Cinematic outro (eg. Your team winning the Webb Ellis cup)
Fans waving flags!? Yes!!
So that sounds, well, a bit underwhelming considering all the new features have nothing to do with the fundamental mechanics of Rugby, which were all over the place in last year's game.
Here is a screenshot:
While we have no official confirmation, the above screenshot appears to confirm that you will kick conversions after tries. Great stuff.
We do know for sure that the game is coming out on September 4. So nice and early ahead of the World Cup, and the sales will no doubt be good as people desperately look for something to bring the Rugby World Cup to their console.
We're not writing it off, we'll play it and we'll let you know how it works out. We're not expecting FIFA, or Madden without pads, we just want something that doesn't leave us sitting in silence wondering if we are just having a dream about a really bad rugby game, before realising that no, this is actually a full price game.
We really didn't like Rugby 15.