Wow at this price I would advise anyone who reads this and still has a playstation lurking around to snap this up. From a rugby fan's perspective, this game is absolutely fantastic but its great also to see that non rugby fans enjoy it as well. Firstly, the gameplay is fairly good. Rucks and mauls are a bit reliant on button bashing, but open play feels to work very well. Adding to this in a big way are penalties, which often seem to be awarded in just the right times. This has always been a problem with the more recent rugby releases.
Secondly, there a little touches which just make you feel good inside when you're playing. For example the commentary from Bill McLaren is awesome and the crowd will start belting out Swing Low, if you are playing as England.
The graphics are poor, but then that's what you get with these vintage games and my opinion it does not hamper the quality of game play.
I'm generally a sports fan, I like Football the best , I'm a fan of the sort of sport that is Wrestling and I also like NBA and NFL. Plus if you count NHL games I like Ice Hockey too, but one sport i've just never had time for is Rugby. I don't hate it,it just doesn't appeal to me at all it's so colourless on the eye that I don't see it having any attraction to those who aren't actually playing the game.
But one day in my local Games shop I swapped my played to death copy of Rapid Racer for Jonah Lomu rugby because there was really nothing else on offer, Much to my surprise what I found was another really fun game and because of this i'd move Rugby up next to NHL in the fact that I like games based on the sport.
With obvious Exhibition matches you can also play a Rugby World Cup or 5 nations tournament , guinding your team through in hopefull of lifting the cup. The grpahics are pretty good, similar to a good looking football game to be honest and the gameplay is a lot of fun too, its a lot easier than I thought it would be and faster too. The sound is ok and about as good as you're going to get for a non rugby fan to apperciate.
This was a shocker for me as I didnt expect to like it but I must say this one is in my good books, Big Lomu done good game penning his name to this title.
i aint a rugby fan as you can tell by the title of this opinion. to be honest this is the only rugby game i have ever played, and i enjoyed it so much that i want to try some more rugby games so if you know any please tell me. anyway back to the game, if your a rugby fan then you will love this as long as you dont mind jonah lomu, who unsuprisingly is the best player in the game by far. this game is also for those who dont like watchin rugby but enjoy some good classic video games. It's head down and drive forward with Jonah Lomu, the New Zealand All-Blacks winger, in the smash hit multi-player, 3D motion-captured video game Jonah Lomu Rugby. Up to four players can run, tackle, kick, scrum-down and get down-right dirty with over 30 international teams in a variety of competitions including Friendly, Tournament, World Cup, Territory Cup and Classic competitions. A finely-tuned learning curve ensures the game is instantly playable yet offers a level of unparalleled depth to deliver long-term riotous rugby entertainment. Even novices, with the help of commentators Bill McLaren and Bill Beaumont, will soon don a warrior-like attitude and beat Lomu at his own game. Jonah Lomu Rugby features four stadiums and the on-pitch action is viewed from an intelligent moving camera which tracks the action. There are additional optimised views for scrums, rucks, line-outs and a ball-track camera view for conversion kicks. Jonah Lomu Rugby not only features the speed of backward play but, unlike many previous rugby games, authentically incorporates the more powerful and aggressive - even violent - style of forward play where the crowded, all-in rucks, mauls and scrums form action highlights. The first and only rugby game on PlayStation topped the charts, and received acclaim as "The best rugby game I've ever come across" by PlayStation Pro magazine. Play magazine said "Crunching tackles coupled with in-yer-face a
ction makes Jonah Lomu the definitive rugby simulation", and the Official PlayStation Magazine gave the game their Star Player award. The Saturn version has been The Official Sega Saturn Magazine's Game of the Month and the PC version has been dubbed "The best rugby game for the PC" by PC Zone magazine. It has over 5000 Rendered 3D Motion Captured player animations, 32 International teams including New Zealand, England, France and Japan, individual player attributes ranging from size, weight and strength to hair and skin colour, 1-4 player action , all weather conditions from South African sunshine to English winter and commentary from 2 experts of Rugby; Bill McLaren and Bill Beaumont. i recomment this to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!! The makers have made good use of the PlayStations controller with the buttons function’s changing depending on where the ball is. It seems quite a lot to remember at first but it soon comes naturally and you’ll be rucking and mauling with the best of them. Jonah Lomu broke new ground in bringing rugby to the PlayStation and transfers very well. Graphics are kept simple, a good thing as rugby can get very confusing at the best of times, though the characters run smoothly around the field. What is probably most important is that Jonah Lomu Rugby catches the spirit of the sport very well and encourages you to learn different techniques to improve your play. Swing low sweet chariot...
I have not played that many rugby games before, in fact only two, and the other one being on the megadrive. The game does seem to be quite realistic but the team and players involved are not. Every tackle attempted is pulled off, and every time Jonah Lomu (surprise surprise) gets the ball, he’ll just run through the other team and score a try. I am not a keen follower of the rugby game, and am not sure if this really happens every time he gets the ball. There are teams such as Tonga and Sri Lanka, which I think haven’t even got a team in real life. The game is not very difficult to master the keys and to master the tournaments, when you play as New Zealand. There are a few extra incentives to win all the trophies on all difficulty levels, such as a team full of Jonah Lomu’s (or should I say monsters) and a team with the creators of the game.
For fans of rugby, there are few games on the sport on any format. However in Jonah Lomu Rugby there is a game that has to rank among the best of these. The graphics are well constructed, the age old problem of deciding whether to have a close up of the forwards or wide view of the backs has been avoided. One good feature is the commentary, Bill Mclaren's obscure remarks are sometimes amusing, although I accept that they may not be to everyone's tastes. Where the game comes into its own however is in the two player mode. Play can become much more open, instead of sticking to a particular style of play to beat the computer, it is possible to experiment to sometimes delightful effect. If you're looking for downsides, it unfortunately is not without a couple. Kicking at goal is not challenging, once you get the knack you never miss. By far the worse thing is that in some ways this game reminds me of Track and Field on the BBC; whenever there is a scrum, ruck or maul, you need a bionic finger to win; against the best teams I found it almost impossible anyway, thus making any thought of winning a tournamet virtually out of bounds. The disparencies in the skill of the sides (only national teams are represented) renders any match against a foreign (well I really mean Welsh, Scottish or Irish) friend meaningless since England are a far better side, give rise to the usual accusations of English cheating. Just try not to fall out, after all it's only game.
Jonah Lomu rugby, a classic sports game. It is still the best rugby game produced, (there isnt much competition) but this game is so addictive. It is old but hasnt decreased in enjoyability over the years. The years of developements have shown the game's graphics to be slightly dated but it is highly addictive.There are 32 different teams to choose from so you can be your favourite team (the best is New Zealand) and you can select from the following modes of play: Friendly, Tournament, World Cup, Territories Cup and Classic.The best advice is to start off playing friendlies until you are good enough to take on the best in the world in the world cup. When this is won (which it is invariably going to be as it is so easy), try the classic matches which allows you to play from previous games using a preset scenario. The players are relatively real but all the same size?! Strange. This game allows you to play against your mates in a head to head battle! Great fun. The commentary is very amusing and realistic, the only annoying thing is the artificial intelligence of the opposition. If you use one move, no matter what team you are playing with (even Papua New Guinea) you cannot fail to score. One quirk but overall this game is a classic!
The best and probably the only rugby game for the playstation and it is named after the big man himself JOnah Lomu.I am Australian but this guy has undoubted talents even though he plays for the 'second-best' team in the world. The game is fantastic and the controls though confusing will be mastered after a couple of games against some lower teams like singapore yes singapore. The game has plentyof national teams and competitions including the tri-nations and the five-nations.The movements are quite realistic and the conversions are quite easy to after a while. A conversion for SPORTS MASTERS
I bought this game a few years ago when it first came out, and i'm still playing it. Jonah Lomu Rugby is such a great rugby game, and happens to be the only one about at the moment. Although it is a bit out of date now there is still plenty of good things that come from it. The gamplay is outstanding and you can really relate to it as a game of rugby. There are all international teams in the game, but you have no choice over which players you are going to play and there are no substitutions to be made. This is one of the only downsides to the game. If there was to be another edition to the game, the producers should think about this.
I can't believe that no-one has written about his game !! I have been playing this game for about 4 years now and still going strong. Jonah Lomu Rugby is the kind of game that you play when your friends are round for a beer. Fast moving action and great commentary make this game, well, a great laugh. Not only do I play it with my friends I also play it with my son. He's eight and has beaten me more times than I have him. Go buy it and play away !!!
Developed and published by Codemasters, this is a Rugby sports simulation game, with the official Jonah Lomu license. With 32 different teams to choose from and the following modes of play: Friendly, Tournament, World Cup, Territories Cup and Classic.