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Rugby 2004

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1 stars"

Very disappointing game. Kicking so slow, no real point, nothing like Johna Lomu Rugby on PS1.

The first reason is the kicking-

Get this, you are on an unstoppable run, 1 on 1 with the fullack and the defence is way behind. You decide to kick it ahead. 6 meters at least between you and the k-i-c-k will not go fast enough! You will get tackled and lose the ball foward. VERY ANNOYING

The second is the player control-

No power whatsoever. Select a player and he runs off the tackle! ALSO VERY ANNOYING!

The third reason is the graphics-

NO RESEMBELENCE WHATSOEVER. Carlos Spencer looks more like a monkey than himself. And players cannot take lineouts without crossing through-YES T-H-R-O-U-G-H- the other player

All in all id rather call this game EA's BIG MISTALE

Absolutely hated it

"Not 100% there yet"
3 stars"

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this game but the first dissapointment came when I wanted to select multiplayers to play in the Super 12 competition or anyone for that matter. I was really dissapointed that multiplayer mode was not supported.

It is nice to be able to play with 2 players on a side but I would have liked to be able to play against someone else in a tournament. The other boring thing is not to be able to watch the cpu games as in cricket 2002 and get that real match feeling.

The game is to easy on hard (except when you play against England) because you can easily score 80+ points when you play a full game. I found that 10 min halves is the closest to reality. Far to less penalties and far to less cards, and statistics.

Goal kicking is too easy and when you miss a penalty shot the ball goes dead and there is no opportunity allowed to take advantage or counter attack. Everything seems to stop when you pass the ball or try to kick or sidestep for that matter. Generally speaking it is still hours of fun especially if you struggle to beat your 8 year old son.

"Best so far....."
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

What can I say, a huge improvement on Rugby 2001, but sadly some aspects have been over looked in order to “make the game better”.

Simple things like:

  • putting in grubber kicks are almost negated as opposition seem to tackle you before you have time to drop the ball.
  • the opposition seem to be able to rob the ball at ruck time whenever they feel like it.
  • the sprint button is good, but you never seem to be able to actually outrun the opposition, and
  • 95% of the time the full back will have you covered regardless of where you attack from.
  • on “HARD” setting, still easily able to out score the opposition by 80–100 points, and that was in the first 3 days of playing. Only area that seems to be harder are rucks/mauls, lineouts, scrums. Other than that, not very hard at all.

Overall the game is a marked improvement on the other rugby games, but the simplicity of Jonah Lomu is desperately lacking in some areas. Though I myself am a diehard rugby and sport platform fan, Rugby 2004 tends to become boring relatively easily if played constantly.


EA SPORTS Rugby 2004 will once again be a rugby fan's dream. 20 international teams, as well as all the Super 12 and other domestic teams, will be featured including the mighty New Zealand All Blacks, the Australian Wallabies, the South African Springboks, England and France. Take your team to victory in the World Cup, Tri nations, Super 12 Series, Domestic, Master League and Friendly matches. A custom league set up facility will also allow players to structure their own tournaments. All the current teams and many young up and coming star players will be included in the game, with gamers able to choose from squads of up to 30 players. Each player has detailed statistical information, including height weight, speed, tackling, stamina, kicking and many more. More than 65 stadiums from all over the world will be faithfully modelled, including Twickenham, Murrayfield and Ellis Park in South Africa just to name a few. Using the powerful PlayStation 2 and high end PC's, incredibly realistic weather and pitch effects rain, wind and fog also add to the gaming experience. The English version of the game will have John Inverdale and Gordon calling the play. This will be greatly improved from the previous version with newly recorded commentary. The all-new control system will be intuitive, user friendly and in line with our bigger budget titles such as "Madden" and "FIFA". You will be rucking, mauling and kicking for touch like a champion in no time. New Motion Capture will offer detailed animation greatly improved on the previous rugby game including high grade player to player contact. 2nd generation and high-end PC graphics using superior models and textures will mean more "in your face" action than ever before seen in a sports game! Key Platform Specific Features:
  • Over 1500 players in all.
  • Tournaments featured are the World Cup, Tri-Nations, Super 12, Domestic, Master League and Friendly matches. A training simulator is also included to help gamers learn the game controls.
  • Custom League play.
  • Highly detailed and bone-crunching motion captured animation for tackles, scrums, lineouts, kicking, passing, form and injuries.
  • Over 65 highly detailed dynamic stadiums from around the world featuring standup crowds, highly detailed players, referees and varying pitch features and textures.
  • Original music sound track and many realistic sound effects including; player calls, grunts, tackles, and crowds noises. All captured from real games.
  • Huge variety of camera positions to view the action from, including a fully positional replay camera.
  • In game cut scenes that add to the emotion of taking your team to victory.
  • Play by play commentary from legendary commentators John Inverdale and Gordon Bray.
  • Realistic environment modeling including weather, fogging, and lighting of players and stadiums. Pitch effects such as muddy grounds guarantee that teams will never leave the pitch clean.
  • Full licenses from the RFU, ARU, NZRFU, SARFU, FFR and SRU.
  • 4 player, with 2 player co-operative play
  • Player editor
  • Release date Australia
    September 19th, 2003
    Game Platform
    • PlayStation 2
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