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  • Summary: Own the World. Power your way through a grueling six-week campaign during the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Manage squad rotation and player injuries and track the progress of the entire tournament with a user-friendly, in-game information hub. Now you can emulate the style of yourOwn the World. Power your way through a grueling six-week campaign during the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. Manage squad rotation and player injuries and track the progress of the entire tournament with a user-friendly, in-game information hub. Now you can emulate the style of your favourite team with Authentic Defensive Formations. Adjust your defense on the fly to keep momentum on your side. Counter your opponent’s attacking style by changing your defensive strategy based on score, field position, and more. World Cup Challenge. Replay over 30 classic moments in World Cup history using modern teams and unlock exclusive World Cup highlight videos. All New Set Pieces. Take full command over every scrum and maul with enhanced push and rotation controls. Make lineout throw-ins look easy with a simplified pick-up-and-play control system for the novice player, or master the advanced mechanics to enhance your game strategy for the real pro. Use the new kicking meter to master your drop kicks and score those key penalties and converts. New Truck and Zoom camera angles. With an unprecedented level of customised camera angles, zero in on all the action on the field by zooming in on rucks and scrums. Have a clear angle of the uprights as you slot that game-winning convert. Play as your national side in its official World Cup kit as you go for the ultimate glory on the world stage for the Webb Ellis Cup. Scoring in single player action becomes more difficult as the action moves closer to the try line. Watch as the CPU tightens up defensively, forcing you to create more strategic ways to score. [Electronic Arts UK] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Rugby 08 is enjoyable enough to warrant a rental by those curious about the sport, but only serious followers of the sport will find it holding their attention for longer.
  5. The gameplay itself holds up strong throughout any mode, despite the delayed controls and sudden difficulty spike, and playing with a friend is usually good fun. In the end, though, we had hoped to see a little more in Rugby 08 that would distinguish it from 06; something concrete that goes beyond cosmetic upgrades.
  6. Rugby 08 isn't much of a step-up from the previous game in the franchise, but it still offers pick-up-and-play fun for both novices and rugby fanatics.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    50
    For all its easy-going accessibility, it doesn't play anything like a realistic game of rugby, so those looking for authenticity should kick this one into touch. [Sept 2007, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  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 Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    Awesome Game!! Best one yet.
  3. Feb 20, 2021
    10
    Best Rugby game of all times!

    Keep up, make time Robots will abide You have silently, silently made us bow Innocence into the night
    Best Rugby game of all times!

    Keep up, make time
    Robots will abide
    You have silently, silently made us bow
    Innocence into the night
    Fear grows without light
    I have always been, always been walking blind
    I feel the pulse
    It is taking me deeper
    In time it's going to be alright

    We move with the rhythm of the beat
    And the drummer is calling
    You will say c'mon tonight
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  4. SiasS.
    Jul 31, 2007
    8
    Little flaws here and there does not keep this from being very entertaining, if you love rugby get it. Will sell well in serious rugby Little flaws here and there does not keep this from being very entertaining, if you love rugby get it. Will sell well in serious rugby playing countries. Get this because there wont be one next year. Expand
  5. JohnD.
    Aug 19, 2007
    8
    I enjoyed playing this game as a lot of the player movement is very realistic and the game play runs smoothly. Unfortunately, there are still I enjoyed playing this game as a lot of the player movement is very realistic and the game play runs smoothly. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of glitches that plague all sports games: you can run right beside someone and not tackle them, people right beside the ball will not join the ruck, and moves are painful to execute. etc. But for these fickle errors, the game would be a masterpiece. It flows well, the squads are there or there abouts, multiplayer is mint, and the cpu level is high. The worst thing about the whole game though is the music. I get sick of muting and unmuting my tv all the time to cut out the music. Expand
  6. RandyD.
    Aug 24, 2007
    7
    Only a slight step up from rugby 06. Graphics with probably the most improvement of all, and camera angles aswell. Lack of knowledge in terms Only a slight step up from rugby 06. Graphics with probably the most improvement of all, and camera angles aswell. Lack of knowledge in terms of player rosters, player attributes out of date, also noticed alot of double ups in players. Could have alot of potential if was made for playstation 3. Expand
  7. DavidJ.
    Jul 31, 2007
    1
    Terrible game, it's Rugby 06 but with weird team selections.

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