Rugby 08 Reader Review
Rugby 08 is the quintessence of what many sport franchises have become these days: a cynical and smart update that put in enough to make you buy the game but with no substantial change to make it feel like a refreshing experience.
Visually it looks as shiny as never but not much has changed in terms of player models or textures. The commentary is the same dull and repetitious experience it was in rugby 06.
On the pitch few twekas make the game a slighty better experience: the pace of the game has been slowed down a little, kicking is also better implemented, defense is tighter closer to the end line and AI seems positively tweaked too. Linesout mauls scrums and drop goals have all been changed but nothing very significant in terms of gameplay options comes from these little refinements.
But the (little) good done on the gameplay aspect has been matched by the bad done to the gamemodes: 10 nations and lions tour have disappeared, the on line is still incredibly missing.
But perhaps the most annoying feature is that rosters are completely messed up and if you are a rugby fan you will surely ask yourself if any of the HB studio developers have actually watched a real game over the past 3 years. On top of that editing options are very poor.
Rugby 08 is a clever pre world cup attempt to cash in as much as possible from the lonely PS2 PC rugby fans, a game that is still fun to play and that is (slowly) heading towards the right direction. But with such limitations both on line and off line rugby 08 is a game whose longevity will surely be very short.
It is a generous 7 waiting for the World Cup.
7 / 10