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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10

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  1. RichardS
    Mar 18, 2005
    1
    Typical EA sport rubbish. Glossy, smart graphics, but terrible, woeful gameplay. Just like EA's FIFA games, get beyond the slick exterior and the game sucks bad. If you know anything about rugby, you'll hate this. The AI is abysmal, passes go astray at every turn, backs line up to attack behind their own goal line, forwards run away from loose balls. Worst of all, it's nigh Typical EA sport rubbish. Glossy, smart graphics, but terrible, woeful gameplay. Just like EA's FIFA games, get beyond the slick exterior and the game sucks bad. If you know anything about rugby, you'll hate this. The AI is abysmal, passes go astray at every turn, backs line up to attack behind their own goal line, forwards run away from loose balls. Worst of all, it's nigh on impossible not to stray offside every time there's a ruck. If you want to play football (soccer) stick with Pro Evo 4, if you want football (US style) play NFL 2K5. Don't play EA sports games. Don't give them your money, it will only encourage them. Expand
  2. JonnyW.
    Mar 22, 2005
    2
    Just not good enough. It looks good and the teams are all there, but overall it's an infuriating and disappointing game. The camera system is poor - rucks and scrums occur behind graphics on screen so you can't see what is happening. Play on the far side is too small to see what's happening. All the alternative camera options are useless - in broadcast you can't see Just not good enough. It looks good and the teams are all there, but overall it's an infuriating and disappointing game. The camera system is poor - rucks and scrums occur behind graphics on screen so you can't see what is happening. Play on the far side is too small to see what's happening. All the alternative camera options are useless - in broadcast you can't see the opposition when attacking from your own half, and I passed to players off screen who I couldn't see!! The AI is terrible - opposition players lined up in my backline and tackled me and weren't called offside!?! Terrible. And the music in the Australasian version is horrible, tired, new Aussie rock. Ghastly. The Xbox controller doesn't help - not suited at all to this game. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. The controls are responsive and the animation has been smoothed out with motion-captured animations and virtually seamless transitions. The Xbox version is much better looking than the PS2 although there are some traces of slowdown, flicker and online lag.
  2. Clearly the best rugby title every made and a vast improvement on what was seen in the series' two previous outings. Sure there are still some frustrations and plenty of room for growth, but Rugby 2005 stands as a worthy virtual alternative to the stud-happy reality.
  3. Despite the fact that the developers still quite haven't managed to replicate the bounce of a rugby ball entirely satisfactorily, kicking now forms a vital part of the gameplay and every kick imaginable can be used to your advantage, including the good old 'Garry Owen' and grubber.