E3 2003: Rugby 2004 Hands-on Impressions
Admittedly, Iíve never experienced EAís Rugby titles in the past, so I was eager to examine the qualities in the companyís latest addition. For fans of the series or simply of rugby in general will most likely appreciate the game more than I did. The gameplay seemed to be fluent; however, during scrums and other sequences with many players on the screen, the game felt sluggish to me. There were points where I thought to myself, ďAm I really doing anything here?Ē However, as I stated, Iím not familiar with the series, so my opinion may be flawed. Other gentlemen playing the game really seemed to enjoy it, especially someone from the UK who I spoke with. He stated the game was the best heíd seen in the series and felt it was improved upon immensely. I will admit the graphics were very nice and quite comparable with FIFA Football 2004. The textures werenít quite as sharp as other EA titles, but thatís understandable concerning its popularity.
Player movement was flawless and the game controlled quite well. The game appeared to really create a sense of realism and the environments and stadiums were very appealing and true to their counterpart. The learning curve for the game was rather high, as it may take awhile to really get a grasp of the game. I was destroyed by the computer at first, but eventually became aware of certain strategies and aspects that I could utilize to at least make the game competitive. At any rate, for those interested in rugby may seriously want to check the game out. Also, for fans of soccer that want a more physical approach may also consider checking the game out. For as little experience that Iíve had with the sport, the game seemed to do an above average job at recreating the event.
5/14/2003 Matt Stensrud