2011 Rugby World Cup Game Review – Average at Best
With the Rugby World Cup underway in New Zealand, we decided to review the new 2011 Rugby World Cup Game forÂ xBox 360 and Play Station 3. The game was developed by HB Studios and published byÂ 505 Games. It’s been four years since EA Sports and HB Studios released Rugby 08. However for some reason EA did not join the party this time around.
OfficialÂ Rugby World Cup 2011 GameÂ Trailer (don’t be fooled)
Has it been worth the wait?
HBÂ StudiosÂ certainlyÂ won’t win the Webb Ellis Cup for this title.Â You’d even have to wonder what HB Studios have been doing over the last four years. This game has all the hallmarks of a game quickly developed and rushed out the door in time for the Rugby World Cup. Without EA to splash some cash, Rugby World Cup lacks both theÂ quality and depth of FIFA.
The game has a number of flaws e.g. Â it uses the same controls for “punt” and “dive for a try”actions. As you can imagine, this leads to some embarrassing incidents of a player belting the ball into touch rather than diving for the line to score a try.Â Australia and New Zealand are not officially represented in the game which isÂ disappointingÂ given they’re the two best teams in the World Cup.
Inconsistent artificial intelligence lets the game down during general gameplay. The game lacks depth as you can’t play in any club competitions and it also contains no training mode. Graphics wise the players heads look like boxes ( which isnâ€™t too far off real-life rugby players to be honest ).
Overall, the flaws aside,Â the gameplay isn’t all that bad and the graphics are pretty solid. We’d have to admit it is fun and accessible to play.
Watch the Gameplay
- The fact we have a new rugby game
- World In Union playing over every menu screen
- Quick lineouts
- Grubber kicks
- Tackling (carry out deft ankle taps or dump players)
- Placekick shootouts (great for half time banter with friends over)
- Commentary isÂ surprisinglyÂ good
- Online Gameplay
- Artificial intelligence
- Not all teams are officially represented
- Lack of club teams
- No training camp
- Small online community
This is a very average game. If you are going to purchase one game this year we’d recommend waiting forÂ Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge.
Update: December 11thÂ
Jonah Lomu Rugby ChallengeÂ is a far superior game.