Rugby World Cup 2011 Game Ireland

If you are like us, you are probably going to bed late or getting up early to follow the Rugby World Cup over in New Zealand. And so far it’s pretty good for the home sides as most are fairing pretty well, including of course, Ireland’s great victory over the Wallabies on Saturday (15 – 6, take note…). Well along with the RWC, they have also released the official game. And to celebrate it, not only have we reviewed it, but we have 4 copies to give away as well!!

Rugby World Cup Game Review & Comp

If you are like us, you are probably going to bed late or getting up early to follow the Rugby World Cup over in New Zealand. And so far it’s pretty good for the home sides as most are fairing pretty well, including of course, Ireland’s great victory over the Wallabies on Saturday (15 – 6, take note…). Well along with the RWC, they have also released the official game. And to celebrate it, not only have we reviewed it, but we have 4 copies to give away as well!!

Review

If you recall, we gave this a bit of a test a while ago in a competition against some fellow bloggers out there. We didn’t do badly, making the semi-finals, controlling the Welsh team. However, since then, we’ve got our hands on a copy of the game and have finally had the chance to wrack up enough gaming hours, essentially trying every game play combination and option to get a proper impression of the game, as well as got a few of the guys round to give it a whirl in a social situation.

Where to start with the game? That’s is genuinely a great question. Where do you start? You’ve put the disc in, its loaded to some dramatic music and then what? There are a few options for play:

  • Full Tournament (with real or randomised fixtures)
  • International Test Match
  • International Tours
  • Online Play

Ok, sounds good – but where are you going to learn the ropes, the basics, the generally simple elements of the game you should build on in order to become a true master and dominate your friends and online? Unfortunately, there is nowhere to learn this or pick it up. In fact, within the game, all you’ll get are a few loading screens with the button commands for guidance. Even then, if your system is a fast one, these are gone before you’ve managed to realise which button does which kick?

However, after a few attempts to learn the buttons and combinations, your general understanding of the sport itself should see you through the early stages of any of the competitions or matches. If you don’t have this most basic knowledge, I doubt you’ll be able to play the game, nor ever play it to its true potential. So if you don’t know the basics around rugby, this might not be for you!

So what is that potential? Well, I’m afraid to say that this isn’t a world beater of a game. Whilst we have waited a long time for a new rugby game, this isn’t going to live up to the hype around its release, and I sense a lot of disappointment on the cards for those looking for a quality, thorough game. It has partially filled that void, but with its released timed similarly to the new Rugby Challenge game, comparisons will be drawn and only one will likely triumph. Anyone remember what happened to Pro Evo after Fifa stepped up its game? Case and point.

However, Rugby World Cup 2011 is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. The graphics, whilst not blowing you away, are pretty solid. This is HB Studio’s first attempt at a next generation console, and it is certainly an admirable foray. The stadiums and characters have had quite a bit of time spent on their features. Should these be slightly off, or wrong, then feel free to customise them since the game provides ample room for it. Plus, the commentary options are very good, even if there is the potential to tire of them quickly.

I will say this though, after rolling the game out one evening when relaxing with some of the guys and having a few drinks, the game was a good bit of entertainment. Its easy to pick up and play and get going, so the guys were having some good battles. They did find the defence hard to get a handle off, and attacks were quite basic and standard pass and run, kick and tackle, pass and run. They enjoyed it briefly, but I don’t think it would have lasted the night. One particular criticism was that the lowest setting was 5 minutes a half – meaning a full 10 minutes per game. Considering the game’s attempt to match the fast flowing pace of the way rugby is played in the southern hemisphere, you’d have thought that this would have been considered?

And what about playing people who aren’t in your living room with you? Online play is essentially the same. Of the games I have played, there aren’t many out there in the world who have mastered the game, and I think a lot are still trying to get to grips with it. If I try this again in a month or so, or during a break in the actual Rugby World Cup, I expect the standard will have improved.

Overall, it is a good first attempt. I hope that it is built upon, moving forwards with feedback from testers and purchasers. If one thing is for sure, there will be a lot of comments on the game. I think if you’re looking for a game that will play quickly and be enjoyable from a rugby perspective, this is a good purchase. If you’re looking to recreate the world cup at home, this game is your best option, as you can play all the games with almost all of the real teams and players thanks to a wealth of license deals.

And don’t forget the Rugby World Cup Game playing tips video below:

Have you played it, or want to know more? Get in touch below, on twitter or via Facebook.

Competition

Competition closed
Now, as we mentioned at the start, we have 4 copies of this game to give away and you can even choose which format to play it on. To win one, all you need to do is head over to the Average Joes Blog Facebook page, answer the simple question with your email address so we can notify you and that’s about it!

Terms and Conditions
Must ‘like’ Average Joes Blog on Facebook at time of draw
The competition is for 1 copy of the game per person only
Only 1 Entry per person
No cash alternative offered
No person associated with AJB may enter
Entrants must submit a correct and valid email addresses
Closing date is 7pm GMT on Tuesday 27 September 2011
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