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Not too convinced,
This review is from: Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I would love to give this game a glowing review after waiting so long for a decent rugby game to hit the 360, however I'm afraid after playing the big budget Fifa's, NHL's and Maddens of this computorised sporting world, it simply doesn't hit the mark on a number of levels.
The first and most frustrating negative for this game is the incredibly frequent crashing, requiring the console to be turned off and on (I am currently writing this review whilst the ball is stuck in a maul- which it has been for 36 minutes of the game). Secondly, the gameplay is hardly what you'd call smooth. Frequently chasing erratic passes can be eliminated by choosing when to pass wisely, just as you would in a real game; however, commentary is rather robotic with little fluency and the number of offloads is just ridiculous- in fact trying to defend is pretty much ridiculous since it's hard to tell where the ball is half the time. Smaller problems include the lack of set pieces, and general attack is much harder with the fly-half constantly standing in the wrong place.
As far as features go, there is a good variety of competitions and fairly decent licence coverage (although the names for unlicensed players are very tricky to decipher unlike previous Brian Lara/PES games in the past). With all the choice for competitions, it is quite frustrating that only one can be played at a time, including seasons which take a while to complete. Being a New Zealand company's game, the Aviva Premiership players I feel are a little neglected statistics-wise, a number of players are rated far below their actual quality. On a similar note, there are a lot of mistakes with positions and squads, Manu Tualagi is not on the game for example (at least at the time or writing) and neither is Owen Farrell.
I admit that I probably purchased this game with my hopes set a little too high after getting used to recent EA Sports games, however I can't help but feel this game is really lacking in the same professional edge. There are a number of positives in this game, the gameplay is fairly decent with good scrummaging, kicking and miss-pass features, and as mentioned earlier there a lot of choice when deciding who you want to play with and in what format. At the end of the day I still play it in spite of all I have mentioned above, and as other reviewers have said- it is the best rugby game out there- but that is hardly an achievement considering the competition which is out there.