The upcoming rugby game from HES and Sidhe, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge, has had a host of new European licenses announced for it and they include some of the biggest leagues in the European game. The newly announced leagues are the Aviva Premiership, TOP 14 Orange and the RaboDirect PRO12 in addition to the previously announced exclusive licenses of the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles and Super Rugby among others so this really looks like one complete package.
“Inclusion of these top class European club leagues adds great depth and appeal to an already deep title for rugby fans all over the world” said Sebastian Giompaolo, Managing Director for HES. “With our breadth of content, extensive customisation tools, and various modes, people will be playing this game for years to come.”
The features and content of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge include:
• Play in Single Match Mode, Competition Mode, and multi year Career Mode as well as extensive help and Tutorial Mode options available for players new to the sport.
• 93 teams and 31 stadia featured including official team and competition licenses for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Tri Nations, Bledisloe Cup, Super Rugby teams, Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup, and Ranfurly Shield.
• Enjoy the game with groups of friends locally, or compete in online multiplayer with support up to 4v4 via PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE, or Steam.
• Create or customise players, teams, and competitions using the extensive customisation tools to shape the game to your own preferences and keep the game fresh season after season.
• Dynamic presentation delivers a true on-field rugby experience with enhanced replay angles, lifelike cut-scenes, rich sound, and real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and Justin Marshall.
Well what can I say? You wait four years for rugby games and then two come along at once. We will have to wait and see which one is better as despite Rugby World Cup 2011 having fewer licenses and fewer game modes that doesn’t automatically make it the lesser of the two games. An similar example would be the Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA series of soccer games in that one had much less licenses and game modes (Pro Evo) but was considered the better game until the last few years where FIFA has been unbelievably good. Anyway, I shall be reviewing both games upon their release and I will write up a gameplay comparison article to explain what the two games are like when paired up against each other. See you on the field!