Rugby World Cup 95

  • Manufacturer: EA Sports
  • Machine: Genesis

While most Americans aren't as familiar with this game as the English are, its rough and tumble action, great animations, and roaring crowds are sure to make this a big hit. So get into the ruck (or is that the scrum?) and give this game a try!

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Sega Genesis Rugby World Cup 95 download
  • Manufacturer: EA Sports
  • Machine: Genesis

While most Americans aren't as familiar with this game as the English are, its rough and tumble actor, great animations, and roaring crowds are sure to make this a big hit. So get into the ruck (or is that the scrum?) and give this game a try!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: EA

Go ahead, admit it. You're like most Americans and don't know the first thing about rugby. Well, if that's the case, don't be so quick to toss EA Sports' Rugby World Cup '95 aside. EA Sports clearly explains the rules of rugby in the instruction manual, and the non-stop action of the sport lends itself well to a video game.

Rugby World Cup '95 for Genesis packs 30 international clubs and two EA All-Star teams into the cart. Game options include Friendly, League, World Cup, and World Cup 1995 modes, and everything from weather conditions to game length can be customized. Rugby uses the popular angled perspective made popular by FIFA International Soccer and NBA Live '95, and Four-Way Play compatibility lets three others join you on the pitch.

Once the ball's kicked to begin play, the action rarely stops. Rugby is all about territorial gain, with players running and laterally passing the ball to teammates to avoid tackles. If a player is brought down, forwards from both teams link together in an attempt to win possession of the ball, forming either a ruck, a maul, or a scrum depending on the circumstances. So unless the ball goes out of bounds, the action never really stops. Control poses a small problem when it comes to kicking to touch or tossing to a running back. Kicking to touch gains field position for your team much like a downed punt in American football, but tricky controls make this move tough to execute. And tossing the ball laterally allows you to get the ball into the hands of your fastest players with a lot of open field. But there are quite a few occasions where it's not possible to toss the ball just before your running back is tackled.

On the whole, though, Rugby's great animations, roaring crowds, and action packed game play make it very entertaining, even for football-happy Americans who've never seen a rugby game. Give it a try.

  • Graphics: 9
  • Gameplay: 9
  • Innovation: 10
  • Music & Sound FX: 8
  • Replay Value: 9
reggie posted a review

What sport gives you the continuous play of soccer and the bone-crunching tackling of football? Rugby! This game brings the same level of intensity to the game that EA Sports' Madden and FIFA brought to football and soccer.

Scrum Chums

Some knowledge of rugby is essential to fully enjoy this game. The realistic gameplay, graphics, and sounds are reminiscent of FIFA Soccer (the same development team worked on both). With a total of 30 teams (16 of which are the '95 World Cup qualifiers), you have the option of toughing it out in an exhibition match, league season, and two types of World Cup tournaments.

ProTip: Rotate your scrum so your scrum-half can easily access the ball.

Stuck in a Ruck

Even if you understand how rugby's played, it's still not easy to score because the play controls get in the way. It's difficult to get the ball out to the backs and execute the quick passing needed to score, so most of the action takes place with the forwards. Your backs are all never fully displayed on-screen, so unless you really know the game well, it's difficult to tell if you have teammates off-screen waiting to support you.

  • When backed into your end of the pitch, boot the ball!
  • Pass the ball quickly through your line of backs and use speed bursts to gain ground and break away.

Quirky penalties like knockons are hard to reproduce in a video game, but they're present here, and this game manages to capture the overall feel of the sport. Detailed graphics and above-average sounds intensify the action.

While it may be too frustrating for the mainstream gamer, Rugby '95's sure to meet the expectations of any true rugger. All that's missing are those famous postgame pub songs!

reggie posted a review

You think football is tough? Think again. Combining the finesse and speed of soccer with the sheer brutality of American football, Rugby is the roughest sport known to man.

The official game of the 1995 IRB Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Featuring all 30 international teams that took part in the World Cup including the All Blacks of New Zealand and the Springboks of South Africa as well as an EA All Stars team.

Featuring 30 international teams including 15 World Cup qualifiers Rugby World Cup 95 is the closest you can get to the real thing without cracking a rib. Realistic player modeling and sophisticated animation make the game a thoroughly detailed take on the beloved sport. There are over 100 player moves at your disposal, allowing you to try just about anything you can thing of to wrestle the ball away from your opponent and score. Customized fields, variable weather conditions, and TV-style camera angles add to the excitement in this brutal gem.

Rugby World Cup 95 features:

  • 30 international teams
  • More than 100 player moves
  • TV-style camera angles
  • Variable weather
  • Four-player action
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