Graphics - 65%
Audio - 42%
Gameplay - 40%
Replayability - 20%
I always look forward to a new Rugby Video Game and every time I am filled with hope that this one would at least be worth investing time and money in. With Rugby 18 I had the same hopes and even though I have learnt not to hope to much I still yearned for an Awesome Rugby Video Game.
Rugby 18 is another flawed Rugby game, the developers Eko Software has never developed a rugby game before and looking at their line-up they haven’t developed anything huge like a rugby game should be. Where is HB Studios? At least they looked like they were improving with Rugby 15. The Rugby Challenge series looks like it is heading in the right direction, but they do not have the European licensing like Big Ben has and they are published with another publisher. I wish they could all play along so that we can get a Rugby game worthy of the sport.
Rugby 18 feels like we went back to the birth of video games, the AI is dumb, the fundamentals do not work, and the game ends up focusing on the worst part of Rugby, Rucking. You will spend most games just rucking and rucking and rucking, if you do get a pass out wider than the first receive then you might be running in a weird direction and then be tackled, loose the ball or get into a ruck again.
If that is not enough there are other things wrong as well. The commentators do not speak in full sentences and gets things completely wrong. Something else that was really weird, was having players that do not know how to kick a ball in real life do the goal kicking!?!? The game has some cool modes, but it lacks the quality that you would expect in a game like this. In the campaign mode you must build your own team with a budget that is laughable, meaning that once you have completed your team, your finances are in the red. If that is not enough, you must get your finances up before a second season to continue playing the campaign, otherwise game over.
It is very frustrating to be so excited about a game and then with the release to feel like everyone went back to the drawing board. There are some little positives here and there like some of the player models actually looks decent and place kicking works quite well. The game can be fun playing with friends and messing around but I cannot see anything further than that. The sad thing is that I cannot justify anyone paying almost R1000 for a game like this.
I hope they continue to try and create a Rugby game that will be fully licensed and works like it is intended to. It is one of the biggest sports in the world, yet there is no successful video game out there. One can argue to say that the game is very difficult to bring into a video game but I’m sure that with today’s technology we should be able to create something that is better than what we had before.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One
Age Rating: 7+
Publisher/Developer: BigBen Interactive / Eko Software
Estimated RRP: R979
Release Date: 24 October 2017
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