Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. I came into Rugby 06 with an open mind, I was hoping for the FIFA engine with rugby elements and I was let down.
  2. Until someone can come up with better controls, more interaction at key gameplay points and still keep a rugby game playable, rugby fans will have to struggle through with what's available. The only other option is to make rugby like football, so simple that anyone can pick it up in 2 seconds, but I hope that day never comes, you have to separate the men from the boys right ;).
  3. Accurate rugby, but re-mapping controllers requires fiendish text file editing. [Mar 2006, p.101]
  4. An enjoyable rugby game. Tutorial and practice mode are helpful for beginners, but scrums, rucks and mauls are still pretty hard to play. Passing game is done extremely well. [Feb 2006]
  5. Rugby, with its elaborate set-pieces and impenetrable laws, is a hard game to render on computer, but this is an extremely good try.
  6. If Rugby 06 is anything to go by, then future iterations of the franchise will only continue to get stronger and better, since this is by far the best rugby game to date. The flow of the game is more realistic than ever before, with the introduction of offloads, and quick penalties/line-outs working together to bring the game closer to the modern sport of rugby.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Mark
    Mar 25, 2007
    Buggy and totally unlike rugby. Some players run at 2 or 3 times the speed of everyone else. We need a Pro Evolution Rugby but I don't think the Japanese are much interested in it. Full Review »
  2. MusaM.
    Feb 23, 2007
    This is the best rugby game ever ,I have a problem with the cameras though, but hey I play high school rugby in the southern hemisphere{south africa} I also enjoyed playing with my favourite team the Blue Bulls in the Super 14,the Tri-nations are good and the Six -nations are quite enjoyable but maybe in rugby 07 they will put Loftus Versfeld{SA},Christchurch{NZ} these are stadiums Full Review »
  3. GMaximus
    Dec 27, 2006
    I thought the game itself was pretty good. Just a few things that could help improve the game - better player details for the lower rank sides etc - tonga,samoa and their abilities and for upcoming stars there could be a experience level like the new soccer 2007 game where the more you play with a player the more you gain experience therefore the player gets better and the defense is to easy even on elite and maybe there could be legends unlocked etc - Tim Horan, Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson and Michael Jones for winning a tournament to include in to present sides in the game. Rugby forever... is it me or is the Jonah Lomu game hard to find? Full Review »