t has been just a week since the launch of Rugby 18 and here is my review of the game so far. After a few hours I am starting to get used to the game slowly it is a bit of a learning curve from Rugby 15 however I am now starting to win some games. The game offers a few different play modes ranging from quick play which allows you to select the teams, both international and national, you can take part in a league and you can have a career as a manager. So far most of my time has gone into the quick play and league (who wouldn’t want to play Wales vs England and thrash the English).
The game offers an interesting little quiz on load screens which asks questions around the rules of the game and general knowledge concerning teams and tournaments. Once loaded the commutators are quite frankly useless and often say the wrong things about the wrong team so I would not personally recommend listening to them to much unless some sort of patch is released to fix this issue. Each half has a default time of 8 minutes, this can be changed in the options however, and apart from some small bugs which seem to ignore the rules of the game it is time to have fun. Rooks, mauls, scrums and line outs are all part of the game and offer their own mini games to enable you to beat the situation.
If you are playing a league after the match there is no fussing around, you just move onto the next match and play as much as you want and at the end of each match you are awarded some stars which are used as currency for the career mode which allows you to purchase new players. One thing that I have not figured out and assume is missing from the game (please leave a comment below if you know different) is the ability to change player roles such as who take the kicks ect.
Over all for a fan of the sport or of sporting genre games I would recommend this game however expect a steep learning curve and expect a difference from Rugby 15 if you’re a veteran of the series. I intend on doing another blog on this game after I have played it further but for now keep gaming and have fun!