Game Title: Rugby 15 (PS4)
Developer: HB Studios
Publisher: Big Ben Interactive
Recommended for: Fans of the series
I was quite exited when I heard about Rugby 15. Would this be the rugby game to launch rugby into the next era and reach the heights of FIFA? Well, first off, let me answer the most obvious questions. What leagues are available in the game? Are all the players and licenses included?
The game has the Aviva Premiership, Top 14, Pro D2, Southern 15 and the Pro 12 all available. The players from these regional teams are all included.
Also available are the internationals such as the 6 Nations and 4 Nations. You also have access to all the international and Super rugby teams. Sadly, the problem with the Super rugby teams are that you get Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town etc instead of the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers etc. This was very disappointing. To top that off, all the player names are fictional (for the Super rugby and the international teams), but you are able to painstakingly change the names manually to the correct player names. I really hoped they would be able to acquire at least the majority of the international and Super rugby teams licenses, although I do understand that HB Studios does not have the budget that someone like EA has.
In conclusion, I have mixed feeling about Rugby 15. There are some bugs and the AI tends to, every now and then do silly things. It also isn’t going to win any prizes for the prettiest game.
That said, I enjoyed the new control scheme (when it worked) and a lot of it felt new and innovative. Playing local multiplayer is a blast and kept me coming back time and time again.
I would like to see HB Studious build on what they started in Rugby 15. It isn’t a very polished game, but it shows promise. If they learn from their mistakes and spend more time polishing what they have done in Rugby 15, I look forward to a future where we might get the perfect rugby game. Until then, Rugby 15 is a flawed yet fun alternative and if you are willing to look past its faults, it is an enjoyable experience.