Rugby PlayStation 2

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
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  1. JaycenA.
    Apr 17, 2003
    6
    Graphics could of been better, seem to lake the fun of Jonah Lomu rugby but the big disappointment...NO SUPER 12!!!!
  2. JoshB.
    Aug 7, 2002
    5
    It is a hell game but could of done with some improve ments to make it more interesting when they bring out nrl it will sell more copies than rugby cause they won't lak in things what is that fool M.P saying about afl AFL is for pussy shirt pullers. I hope rugby 2003 is better and improve so people can enjoy rugby atr it's best.
  3. DanielW.
    Dec 4, 2002
    7
    A good game to play, but as all EA Sports games, lacks stats and options. It is obvious that EA concentrate too much on the graphics and realism of the game instead of simple thigs such as a league generator, player rankings etc. All EA Sports games do lack a good online option, limiting its multiplayer potential.
  4. SimonH.
    Aug 7, 2002
    7
    As a rugby player I found the game a real buzz. Could do with a few more EA add ons such as player create etc.. Overall worth a play.
  5. [Anonymous]
    May 15, 2002
    7
    I'm rating plain old rugby its an ok game but it needs more tournaments like the shute shield super12 hongkongsevens and the aussies vs lions. The only tournamunts its got is worldcup tri nations and v1nations make rugby 2003 with all the things i asked.
  6. DaveP.
    Jul 14, 2002
    5
    This game is good but it lacks compitition once you win the world cup, tri-nations etc thats it. It needs more like statistic keeping etc top try scorer, create player & team mode, super 12, sevens and special teams eg. Lions, Babarians. Otherwise make an NRL game.(National Rugby League) Proberbly everyone in NZ & OZ will buy it.
  7. Ty
    Mar 14, 2002
    7
    Great game but it's not competitive enough once you mastered beating the Aussies and England. It needs more tournaments too. It lacks the Super 12 and the UK leagues. Its still fun to play but it could use some improvement. Now lets hope for Rugby League 2003. Cheers
  8. BarryM.
    Jan 3, 2002
    5
    Needs more competions eg. Lions, world 15 and club. Good game play.
  9. L.G.
    Oct 25, 2003
    6
    Not great, but, unfortunate as it may be, WAY better than Rugby 2004. Still a fun game to play for awhile, its moron AI and lack of modes will have you looking elsewhere pretty quickly, however. Not that there is elsewhere to look, given that Rugby 2004 is such a horribly disappointing release.

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#23 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Once you’ve mastered the somewhat quirky camera zooms and the rules of the sport, EA’s Rugby becomes an enjoyable experience. [Sept 2001, p.145]
  2. The game play is very solid. The game is very fluid as you make a string of passes to the left and right to get over the try line for a "try". The kicking game is also very well done...If you are not knowledgeable about Rugby, do not buy this game!!!
  3. 73
    The strategy gets quite deep, and the team play is totally engaging once you get the hand of it.