Rugby 08 PlayStation 2

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. 82
    The various control options allow you to naturally acquire advanced techniques once you’ve mastered the basics. I still have a few niggling problems with the controls and the ever insufferable moments of omnipresent AI. But at the very least, Rugby 2008 will certainly tide you over until the World Cup.
  2. Fans of the sport will find everything from the controls to the graphics has improved greatly and while it’s not a major leap forward, it is a big leap in the right direction.
  3. If you're a rugby fan, then this game is a must buy. The addition of the Challenge mode and the inclusion of the World Cup and World League make for compelling gameplay. The ease of controls will make even first-time rugby players competent in no time. The mediocre graphics, sounds, and lack of online gameplay don't substantively detract from the overall experience.
  4. Another well-conceived and well-executed update, with enough new gameplay features that Rugby 06 owners should warrant investing in an upgrade (we'll conveniently forget the lack of career mode) and enough gameplay concessions that fair-weather rugby fans caught up in World Cup fever can confidently purchase without fear of overly complex control set-ups or endless technical rules vagaries.
  5. 80
    Rugby 08's greatest asset is the simplicity of the controls. Rugby's a fast-moving sport, with lots of things to do, but almost every action feels intuitive.
  6. Ultimately, you don’t need to be well-schooled in the sport to get a kick out of Rugby 08 - and if you’re not, the rollicking good time you’ll have will pique your interest. Sporting all the best players in the world, plenty of depth, and the chance to smash some helmet-less faces into the mud, it’s a title that we can really sink our teeth into.
  7. It’s a game of strategy and decision-making and, probably more than anything else, teamwork. EA Sports has pulled it off nicely and made a great game that that is both serious and fun at the same time. Very highly recommended.
  8. If you have ever been interested in Rugby, this is the game to check out for you.
  9. 75
    Rugby 08 does stray into familiar territory, especially if you’ve played a lot of Rugby 06. Still, the additions and improvements to the game are definitely welcome, particularly the Challenge mode that accompanies the World Cup and the minor improvements in the complex aspects such as scrums, lineouts, rucks and mauls.
  10. If you don’t know what rugby is or think of it as a poor-man’s football, this game will teach you what it’s all about, and entertain you. It’s a fast-paced sports game, and that translates well in any language.

Awards & Rankings

26
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#9 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
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#54 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 8, 2013
    10
    the best rugby game of all time hands down its better than any current gen game as great as jonah lomu ps1 game and that game is amazingthe best rugby game of all time hands down its better than any current gen game as great as jonah lomu ps1 game and that game is amazing aswell hopefully they make a rugby 14 Full Review »
  2. EvanO.
    Mar 7, 2008
    8
    This game is very fun to play, very addicting, and incredibly simple to learn. There is one MAJOR glitch though: When one of your players is This game is very fun to play, very addicting, and incredibly simple to learn. There is one MAJOR glitch though: When one of your players is injured, and you have no one who plays their position on your bench, the player you put in will not be able to catch the ball! I just lost a game where I was down by 4 in the 77th minute, my star player gets hurt, and immediately my replacement drops two balls, causing 2 scrums, which of course, makes me lose the game! Full Review »
  3. KeirenM.
    Aug 31, 2007
    8
    The graphics are good and controls but why havent they still made it playable online fifa games do so why not rugby games its not fair.