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Rugby 08 (PC DVD)

by Electronic Arts
Windows XP
 Ages 3 and Over
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Own the World
  • Authentic Defensive Formations
  • Rugby World Cup Challenge
  • All New Set Pieces
  • New Kicking Mechanic
  • New Truck and Zoom camera angles
  • Authenticity
  • Creative Scoring
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000RE80S8
  • Release Date: 25 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,239 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Rugby 08 captures all the emotion and passion of the world’s fiercest national rivalries. Experience all the excitement of the Rugby World Cup 2007 as you challenge the best teams and players ever assembled for global supremacy. A nation’s destiny is in your hands when you take control of one of the officially licensed national teams and power your way through a grueling six-week campaign for the sport’s ultimate prize: the Webb Ellis Cup.

Play as your home nation and control your favourite players as you battle from qualification right through to a virtual re-creation of the championship final.

Take complete control of your favourite squad, emulating its style on offencand, for the first time ever on defence, using new authentic formations. Adjust your defence on the fly to keep momentum on your side or counter your opponent’s attacking style by changing your defensive strategy based on score, field position, and more.

Rugby 08 also introduces the Rugby World Cup Challenge mode which will test even the most hardcore gamer. Recreate 30 classic moments in Rugby World Cup history using modern teams, and unlock exclusive Rugby World Cup highlight videos. Compare your results with history, and measure yourself against the world’s best.

Rugby 08 also introduces a layered pick-up-and-play control system for set pieces and drop kicks. Take full command over every scrum and maul with enhcnaced push and rotation controls, make lineout throw-ins look easy with a simplified control scheme, and master the new kicking meter to score those key penalties and converts. New truck and zoom camera angles zero in on all the key action on the field during the game’s biggest moments.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It! 13 Nov 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having not bought a rugby game for about 4 years (as the ones I have tried have been very poor) I was very impressed. The gameplay is fairly realistic, and at least penalties are given away by both sides (not just against you). Graphically it is excellent, and runs very smoothly (Windows XP, AMD X2 4600, GeForce 8800 GTS 640). I have had no lock ups or crashes as experienced by other reviewers. It lets you pick your international team from a huge pool of players (England at least) and has enough variety in the tournaments. The club rugby side of things is excellent if you are wanting to play the Guinness premiership, with most grounds accurately represented. My only criticisms are - it is too easy to score penalties, drop goals and conversions if you have a half decent kicker. It is fairly hard to defend against running rugby, and occasionally the AI lacks a little. Oh, and some of the 'superman' dives to score tries are OTT. Looking at the other reviews, this is definately worth buying if you don't own Rugby 06. It sounds like this game may suffer like the FIFA series, when slight refinement is not enough...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for kids and it improves their tactics 10 Mar 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We've never had a rugby game before. This was given to my eldest for his birthday by someone whose son (11) had played it non stop since Christmas. My boys (13, 11, 9) have played it non stop since. It does occasionally freeze on our set up and (according to my 13 year old) its not brilliant on all the laws - you can late tackle with impunity (but not early tackle), it has a tendancy to penalise you for an un-straight throw-in at the line out even when the opposition wins the ball and it can't do some other laws well either. However, they have had enormous fun with it, and (according to their Dad and coaches) it has definitely improved their overall understanding of the game and its tactics as they can see the whole game and how different options can be played out. All they need now is the ball handling skills to put their vision into action.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aint much different 26 July 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Good game,better graphics and some new players like James Hook.Only problems are liberty stadium isent there still has this imaginary glamorgan pitch and the game is basically the same its missing 10 nations has not got celtic league and seems to be not much different.We have waited a long time for this and to be honest i feel let down they havent done much to make this game better its like they rushed it to get it out before world cup.Also not much selection for Internationals there was more in 06 version.They do also actually give you cards and free kicks for anything illegal in the game like early or late tackles and tackles while player is in air.The world League is basically the same too.
If EA dont make the effort next time Rugby games wont be selling at all.Big let down EA for shame they had enough time to make this more advanced and dident bother its a good game but they could have done so much more to better the game.The Big Question is why did they miss a year then bring out this half done game?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Aug 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I had big hopes for this title but the result is barely an improvement on the 06 version. Game play has been tweaked slightly but if this is a good thing or not is up for debate. The main differences seem to be an increased ammount of penalties given for dangerous tackles. Some of these are not illegal in my book and certainly don't require the red cards so often dished out to them. I've also found the game to be quite unstable and will crash if played for a sustained period. The graphics are slightly nicer and a couple of the camera angles that get switched to when kicking are good additions. Outside of matches the interface is still quite clunky with little advantage taken of having a mouse to navigate. The major dissapointment is the inaccuracy of the players stats. For instance Dan Hipkiss is a below average New Zealander.

In conclusion the backbone of this game is great unfortunately I already owned this backbone(Rugby 06). I wouldn't mind that had they spent some time updating the player databases. If you own Rugby 06 this game is probably not worth your money it's sad to say but this is a rush job intended to cash in on the world cup.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money 27 May 2014
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This like every game is a preference buy, I have all the other rugby games and needed this to complete the collection. I bought a second hand copy as the original one was too expensive. The company was fast and efficient and the product was what they said it would be ie the condition.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you love... 22 Nov 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
...Awkward interfaces, out of date graphics, lazy game design, inexplicable refereeing, completely random turn overs and rucks which bear no relation to what happens in real life then this game is for you. Sadly until the day Konami (or anybody else) create a Rugby "Pro Evo" we're stuck with EA's usual shallow and lazily designed franchise as the only real option for rugby fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on Windows 7
For those of you who have a computer from this century:

This game DOES NOT work on Windows 7. I don't mean is has issues - I mean it doesn't play at all. Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by M. James
1.0 out of 5 stars ea sports as usual
Since I'm sick and tired of any EA Sports attempts to bring "live" sports to your home, let me be frank:

Another disappointing game, joinig the likes of the NBA live ( I... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by summerdash
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, could be better
Technical Review

Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 7/10
Value 9/10 if you havent got rugby 06, but 2/10 if you have
Gameplay 7/10
Interface 8/10... Read more
Published on 5 July 2008 by Duncan Karas
1.0 out of 5 stars Quad Core disaster
I was looking forward to this game, but after loading up and then trying to change the graphics settings the game crashed every time i pressed the "system settings" option. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2007 by Mr. Gareth W. Brearley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but could do better....
I have to agree with the other reviews so far - it isn't bad, and if you are a Rugby fan, then you will enjoy playing this - the gameplay is an improvement over the last... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2007 by VJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment
I am a huge fan of the Rugby games by EA and have bought every single one. After playing Rugby 06, which IMO is the best sports game ever, I was looking foward hugely to Rugby 08... Read more
Published on 28 July 2007 by J Tyler
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