I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at the upcoming All Blacks Rugby Challenge 2 on Friday last week.
Using the foundations of it's original predecessor All Blacks Rugby Challenge, cosmetically there has been no major leap forward in the way it looks .What Sidhe have done though is focused on making huge improvements on gameplay so the gaming experience is much closer to the real thing – minus the injuries and laundry of course!
Some of the additions to gameplay include quick taps, quick lineouts, mauls from lineouts, interceptions, and contesting ball at the breakdown. If you sense that you are losing a ruck now you can remove players and return them to the defensive line. The number 8 now also has the ability to pick up the ball in scrums.
The game includes the highly anticipated British and Irish Lions 2013 Tour of Australia. Grant Nisbett and Justin Marshall return to the commentary team and given the games popularity in France, French language commentary from Eric Bayle and Thomas Lombard has been added.
The game was a blast to play, particularly when I intercepted the ball in my own half and made a mad dash for the try line… the defence was too good though and they took me down just short of the line – better luck next time. If you are a gamer and fan of Rugby it's a no-brainer this is a must-have!
All Blacks Rugby Challenge 2 is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 next month. Pre-order the game now and score an exclusive All Blacks Keyring and All Blacks Wallet free with your order!