Rugby 2001, 2004, 2005, worth playing?

Discussion in 'Rugby Video Games & Apps' started by soto14, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. soto14

    soto14 Guest

    Hi all,
    I have Rugby08, I would like to know if the previous versions of the game offer something different from the 08 version, or if the differences are minor.
    Do you recommend any other of the EA Rugby series?
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  3. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    i've played every version of EA rugby and here is what i think:

    95 = clunky and poor camera angle.
    2001 = not a bad game, but poor graphics and gameplay compared to 08. scrums, rucks and mauls all look the same.
    2004 = don't bother. graphics which were cool in 1985 but more stadiums teams and better controls than 2001
    2005 = big improvement on 2004 but not like 06 or 08

    06 and 08 are definetly the best, don't waste time with older versions.

    i prefer 08 over 06 but the difference is negligible and some believe that 06 is better than 08
  4. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    I had 3 copies of 2004 and none of them installed on my pc. The folder always comes up as empty.
  5. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    i've got an original copy of 2004 which i use to stop my door from slamming in the wind :)

    seriously though, the players look like the dancing baby screen saver from the late 90's
  6. jawmalawm24

    jawmalawm24 Guest

    2001 Was the 1st attempt but it was lacking alot of things. Had crap graphics and used a bar graph for the rucks which strangly looked exactly like the scrums and mauls lol.

    2004 the game changed a bit but was still lacking in alot of areas. Alot better than 2001 with the addition of Super14 & European Cup competitions and the graphics improved a little but not much.

    2005 was alright but could only substitute 1 player at a time as in previous versions and alot of the team rosters and stats were messed up. I think this is the version where Ea implemented the use of the right analogue stick for fending, stepping and bunting.

    2006 is probably the best because the rosters aren't as messed up as 08 and there's not as many bugs that hinder the gameplay. Buttons the same as 2005 but with the additional use of the R1 button for a hard tackle/high tackle. Also the addition of being able to substitute as many players as you want but if players are in a position they don't play they will be rendered pretty useless.
  7. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    06 and 08 are good, but what they seem to fix in one game they seem to spoil in another. In 06 you can have a super10 or magners league, if you know how to replace teams in ten nations. In 08, they ditched it.
  8. candybum

    candybum Guest

    I too have played all the EA rugby games.

    95 was pretty good, considering the time it was made.
    2001 i still play it. the running feels better imo great commentary and camera. Rucks were ugly but atleast you have control over them.
    2004 so much hype so much disappointment
    2005 good direction to a good rugby game
    2006 " " " " " " " " " " " "
    2008 uuh one step forward one step back :p
  9. melon

    melon Guest

    The fluent running rugby of the 2001 installment was beautiful.
  10. jawmalawm24

    jawmalawm24 Guest

    95 I had on Sega Mega Drive and it was pretty much like Ea's 95 league game too.
    I've still got 2001 on pc but haven't played it in a few years and the rest I've got on Ps2 some are scratched and skip every now and then.

    Also what the hell was Lote Tuqiri & Nathan Grey doing in the Nz Maori in Rugby 2004. Damn Ea don't even do their homework makes you wonder if they've even watched a game before.

    I like 08 because of the camera angles but there are way too many glitches. If I could have 06 gameplay but with 08 rosters that'll be awesome and why the hell did they get rid of the Nz Maori & British & Irish Lions?.
  11. jamtheman

    jamtheman Guest

    2004 had the best lineout options to date (you could jump with flankers in all different places and stuff)
  12. soto14

    soto14 Guest

    Can you still do hard tackles in 08?
  13. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    You can do retarded tackles lol
  14. Muse_Cubed

    Muse_Cubed Guest

    I definitely enjoyed 2001 the most although it's not really the best (aforementioned problems). Also the 3rd party editor allows you to make midget players. I never tried making an entire midget team though, might be a fun experiment...

  15. I loved 2001, or "EA Rugby" as it was simply called in the UK, it was hardly full of the techincal rules or guidelines of the sport, but was a lot of fun. I have lost hours of my life to that game over the years... drop goals from the half way line with Janni DeBeer... quality laugh.
  16. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    i used that editor to make both a midget team and a monster team

    in 2001 if you put full curve/draw and full power on the place kicks you could clear the bar from 80 or 90 metres out
  17. Fa'atau82

    Fa'atau82 Guest

    lol @ 2001, look at those polygons. Just look at them!
  18. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Ah, but whet good old 2001 lacked in visuals it more then made up for in gameplay! Happy days!!! Which is is more then can be said for the steaming pile of horse **** that was Ru*by 20*4.

    As for the 06/08 debate, I'm definitely in the camp for preference towards 08. However, as it never came out on the Xbox and I'm stuck with the PC gameplay I never have devoted as much time towards it as maybe I could have.

    That said, both are far too easy so I never play either except once in a blue moon these days.
  19. Vambo

    Vambo Guest

    I've had them all and my fave is definitely 06.

    04 was way too slow (it felt like there were props out on the wing!) but probably had the better options, especially in the lineouts and despite it's faults I played it to death.

    08 really f***s me off with the dodgy rosters and some of the annoying incorrect positions that some players have been given. It's also way, way, way, way too easy. Only by playing as a really crappy team is their any real challenge. In the past 3 days I've been doing World League on elite as Ulster and I've already won divisions 3, 2, 1 & the Cup and I've only bought 3 players from my initial squad.
  20. Gavin

    Gavin Guest

    Forget playing EA Sports Rugby, buy Jonah Lomu Rugby instead. Being able to play as the fantastic 95' All Black team is worth the money. Think the price is £5 somewhere.
  21. Radman

    Radman Guest

    I never really got into Jonah but it was a very very popular game back in the day and it even sets the standard still in some ways even today.
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