Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rugby Challenge PS3

A look at Rugby Challenge out on pS3 (when released) made us wonder if this Rugby Game is really worth all the hipe at the moment?

The lack of licenses for International sides and the South African Super Rugby franchises is unfortunate. But the game's customisation possibilities mean that if you're willing to put in the hard yards - by renaming teams and sourcing real players from the licensed clubs - you can pretty much overcome these drawbacks. Even the flag-based faux national kits can be exchanged for an array of custom outfits that are close enough to the real thing (though obviously unbranded).

Rugby Challenge is not without its problems. But there is depth behind its flashy veneer. Perhaps most importantly, there doesn't seem to be anything that ruins the game by overbalancing it. It embraces different playing styles, and rewards learning the skills associated with each. As I hope the All Blacks will in the coming weeks, Rugby Challenge plays with passion and does its best to impress with slick moves - but it also isn't afraid to 'win ugly'.

FIFA 11 and Rugby Challenge have a lot of similarities which leads us to think that Sidhe has probably copied everything from FIFA 11 and inserted it into their own game and renamed it Rugby Challenge. This may be a good thing though, as the graphics are brilliantly constructed and leave rugby fans in awe.

The world's most famous teams all feature in this edition of rugby for the PlayStation 3. Australia and New Zealand are there as well as America. All of England's rugby teams feature, Wales, Ireland, Scotland which makes Rugby Challenge a comprehensive rugby game that all enthusiasts will love. Unfortunately, South African teams are left out of the licensing and fans will have to make do with faceless players and make-believe. Fortunately, you get to play all the major rugby games in the world. A feature that was absent in the recently released Rugby World Cup 2011.

The best option for the game is career mode and you are in charge of a country or rugby club and you have that job for 13 glorious seasons, to dummy and side-step to your heart's content. Kicking and running on the field are very similar to real life situations and there are four different kick variations you can perform with the control stick. Passing is easy to accomplish using the control stick. You should quickly master the controls without too many hick-ups. You can easily push and pull in the scrums. If you need help there is a comprehensive tutorial included and also a slow motion rules video, so even if you haven't played rugby before, it's easy to get going. You can build your own teams, buy and swap players from the different clubs and even create your own.

Although the licensing issue hampers the representation of South African teams, you can create your own players and name them as you wish. The downside is that you don't see characters with familiar faces running around on the field, but all the other major countries are fairly represented so this isn't the end of the world for rugby fans. In Rugby World Cup 2011 South African teams are also not licensed and you are severely limited in creating your own players. At least in Rugby Challenge you can build your own players from scratch or buy from other teams and insert the players into your own team.

Rugby Challenge does suffer from a few flaws though. There aren't any flashy moves on the field, or brilliant sidesteps you can perform to dazzle the crowds. All the moves are standard basic rugby tactics. If you are new to the game of rugby it won't matter, but fans who live and eat rugby will be disappointed. The commentators lack enthusiasm and their voices are without any emotion or feeling that drives the listener wild. If you've listened to a rugby game on radio or TV you will know what I'm talking about. The commentator fires you up with his fiery language and passion for the game. Much of the drama is lost with their lackluster performance.

On the field Rugby Challenge is exciting and full of action. The animations and facial expressions of the players are life-like and pump you full of adrenaline. You will have a ball of a time with this game.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rugby Challenge a Tribute to Jonah Lomu

The first time I played Sidhe’s All Blacks Rugby Challenge, a couple of weeks back, it felt like New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park this year: big game atmosphere, attacking flair, exciting battles all around the park... and afterwards it looked like there was daylight between this kiwi outfit and the competition. Coming back to the finished game, though, I’d had time to digest things a little more, and I wanted to look beyond the flash and pomp and hype. Is everything really as immaculate as it seems, or does the first play through airbrush over some imperfections? Does the flashy experience hold up game after game? And does Rugby Challenge’s wealth of features really deliver what rugby fans will be anxious for?

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Rugby Challenge a Tribute to Jonah Lomu

Rugby is arguably the most physical game on the planet and that makes it one of the most exciting to watch and have a bet on. You can bet on everything from the first try scorer to the last, from the outright result to the winning or losing margins, you can have a punt on the most exciting game in the world right from your computer at home.

And what games can be produced! In 2000, At Sydney's Stadium Australia, in front of a world record 110,000 people, Australia played the New Zealand All Blacks in a game that many people have since called "the greatest game of rugby ever played".

After just eight minutes the All Blacks were leading by an unbelievable 24 to 0. Miraculously, the Wallabies came back and were leading 35 to 34 when, in the dying moments of the game, the great All Black winger Jonah Lomu scored the winning try. This and many more made him the beloved Rugby Champion he is today.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Buy Rugby Challenge Now

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Rugby Challenge has the licence to every player name and likeness in the World Cup, Six Nations, Tri-Nations, Quad-Nations, Super Rugby Competition, Aviva Premiership, Bledisloe Cup, Top 14 Orange, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup and Ranfury Shield, as well as the all important licences for the All Blacks, the Wallabies and all the Rugby World Cup stadiums.
They don’t have the licence to the Rugby World Cup, Six Nations or Super Rugby Competitions. However, these are all still in the game. The names of the competitions are slightly different, but the player names and likenesses are all correct, but not all the kits are the official ones, only the teams they have licences for at international level.

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Before you get tweak-happy, though, Rugby Challenge presents you with a number of training tools that let you get to grips with the finer points of rugby. If you're a complete newbie, there's a video that runs you through the basic rules of the game, including rucks, scrums, and lineouts. Once you've laid the groundwork, you can move on to the tutorials, which teach you the controls and gameplay mechanisms. The basic tutorial features simple challenges such as scoring a try, passing, and tackling, while the advanced and professional levels teach you different styles of play and techniques. You're awarded with a medal for each challenge--gold, silver, or bronze--depending on how quickly you complete it.