I've played it on ps2

Discussion in 'Rugby Video Games & Apps' started by Darhf, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. Darhf

    Darhf Guest

    A friend of mine got the game today on ps2, so I managed to try the game for a short time. The guy has only one gamepad, so I didn't test multiplayer.

    I took a look at the menus, and there are options to change competition names, player names, team names, and short team names. There is no player or team creation option.

    There are a lot of unlockables, and how to unlock them is written so you don't have to guess. One of the ways to unlock an item was hitting the referee 5 times in a match [​IMG]

    I played two singleplayer games, the presentention is nice, and loading times are short.

    My first match was Toulouse vs Castres, at millenium stadium on easy mode. There are only five stadia , but some more are unlockable.

    Gameplay-wise, well, I was a bit disappointed. The game is clearly not WCR. It plays differently, there are less automatic mauls, less "big hits", and this is a plus. But somehow when I played, I felt like I didn't have too many options. That's maybe I'm not used to the gamepad layout.

    The game was ruck -> pass -> run -> try offload -> miss -> ruck and so on 95% of my playing time. But that's because on easy mode, the AI doesn't play bad, but the conquest is way too easy. You seem to win almost every ruck and every scrum so you never loose the ball. And since the AI is good, you don't win points either.

    So my game ended 0-0 after 40mn overtime. Yes, the long overtimes are still there.

    I never lost the ball, but I didn't win, so I tried another game. I player France vs England, still on easy.

    The game went on smoother, I managed to place some offloads, and even managed to score a try (unconverted). After a real bad kick, england got the ball and scored. The game ended up on time.

    I then sat back and thought about it : I had fun. With a bit of offload, kicking and sidestep training, the game can end up being incredible. Every ettempt of passing out wide was defeated by the AI. But there is still the risk of finding some unbreakable tactic which would ruin the single player experience.

    I'm still undecided on whether it is a masterpiece or just a nice try. But I preordered the PC version, and didn't cancel it. I want to play it more.

    Some good points :

    - The offloading system seems to be nice once mastered. Interceptions are frequent.
    - The L2 button calling/passing to the fly half is a nice idea
    - The defensive lines not always well placed
    - Way smoother than WCR
    - Nice kicking system
    - Intense game

    Some bad points :

    - The referee is blind (forward passes!)
    - The referee is silent (his interventions are very very rare)
    - Commentaries sucks, the guy doesn't even say player names
    - The return of centuries-long overtimes
    - On standard camera view, I had trouble recognizing players. So I didn't know who had the ball, played on the wing with forwards... But it's a TV thing I guess.
    - No fatigue ? Didn't notice any indicator, even in player replacement.
    - Didn't know that Besten was such a good kicker [​IMG] (from my 22 to 5m before their goal line)
     
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  3. Coco

    Coco Guest

    Nice review, thanks for taking the time to write it. I'm really looking forward to the game and your review wet my appetite even more for it. It's a shame about some of the things e.g. no player creation.

    Did you notice if, when you start a tournament, do you get to select your squad from a list of players from your country (EA Cricket 2004)?

    I don't know if you did anything like that just wondering. 15 days and counting!

    Coco
     
  4. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    good review seems fair
     
  5. Darhf

    Darhf Guest

    The option to select the starting line-up is there, but I only tried it with toulouse (I know they have quality backs, but Thomas was on the bench [​IMG] ), so I don't know if you can pick up every player of a given country or only pre-selected ones.
     
  6. Darhf

    Darhf Guest

    And for the most impatients, you can choose the game language (french, english, spanish, german and italian) and the audio commentary (french, english and italian).
     
  7. Coco

    Coco Guest

    Ok thanks anyway. This game is shaping up to be great. I generally will be happy with any game I've got, so it should be alright for me.

    Coco
     
  8. Mr. Laxative

    Mr. Laxative Guest

    I was wondering if anyone with the game can post the box art? Front and back... definately back cover at least.
     
  9. Boomslangnz

    Boomslangnz Guest

    um ive always liked the long overtimes.

    Me and my bro would play JLR for agesss after fulltime till we got a winner and such 15mins was never long enough so im glad overtime goes for ages,you dont like long overtime? then kick the damn ball out... GAME OVER.
     
  10. gud stuff darph....i can see some of your points clearly especially

    "But there is still the risk of finding some unbreakable tactic which would ruin the single player experience. "

    yup...theres some in every rugby game and it gets repetitive and dumbs down the single playing experience

    from the sound of it....the multiplayer should be fantastic fun im looking forward to owning that game...coz i am the unofficial jonah lomu multiplayer king..lol

    it sounds good..im gonna put the game on medium straight away and get wasted lol...experience it the hard way
     
  11. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    my god his post made sense and i agree, except for the medium settings, i never start on medium.

    always hard [​IMG]
     
  12. u dont want to be on my list woosah.....
     
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