After waiting for ages for a rugby game on the ps3, i can't help but feel let down, disappointed and cheated.
The graphics are not much better than rugby 08. Everything feels rushed. The cutscenes are blocky, no player likeness, players skin colours wrong. The crowd all wear same clothing and wave at the same time.
Gameplay is very similar to rugby 08. The annoying habits are here still. Bunch of players chasing the ball, nothing feels new or updated.
The biggest worry for myself is the lifespan of the game. After playing the world cup ( I won it on day 1 on medium ) you are left with nothing else to do. There is no league, no manager mode or club teams. Surely a 6 nations, tri nations or lions tour would have given the game extra legs. There is no create team, no create player or create league/cup. It wasconfirmed on the HB studio forum that there will be no downloadable content for this game either. So no chance of creating teams etc coming either. Online has a few bugs, lags in play and freezing. This will prob be fixed by a update.
I appreciate that HB studios couldn't get all the licenses. Australia and new Zealand missing license amongst others. However it is still a disappointment. With no club teams either a create team option is clearly needed. Even a bunch of generic teams to customise would have been better.
I followed the HB forum and I got the impression we were supposed to be grateful that HB were making a rugby game, having paid for it I now feel cheated with a lazy developed game. In summary I'd say that waiting for a rugby game has been like waiting for a bus. Wait for ages then 2 come along. Unfortunately the first one is a shed! I would have given it 1 star, itgets 2 purely due to fact that i can play rugby on ps3! Hopefully Jonah lomu rugby challenge will be better.
If you have a ps3 that plays ps2 games I'd save your money and play rugby 08 till Jonah lomu rugby challenge comes out in September.