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Friday Debate – How would you design the perfect rugby video game?

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There’s a sense of Euphoria in the air lately, after South Africa’s massive win against England at the finals for the Rugby World Cup. I may not be a fan of the game, but heck even I have to admit that it’s nice to see just how powerful the sport is at uniting people and generating a wave of positivity over the land that for a brief moment in time saw people of all different creeds and backgrounds come together.

Beyond that historic game, Faf De Klerk’s patriotic speedo and the unbridled joy of Jacob Zuma being the only president to never share in the glory of lifting the Web Ellis cup, rugby should be more popular than ever. For those of us who don’t favour being run over by a mountain of fans in a friendly game or can’t be arsed to even spend five minutes playing a quick game of touch rugby, the option to engage in a digital version of that game should be available.

And it is! The latest rugby game on the horizon is Rugby Challenge 4 and while it’ll probably be alright, I’ve got a feeling that it won’t be scoring any higher than that in an industry starved of regular rugby games fostering competition between studios to outdo one another. With every rare reveal of a new rugby game, it seems like some corners need to be cut, some caveats need to be addressed across a wide range of categories.

Love or hate them, but you have to give credit to Electronic Arts in the early 2000s for their take on the sport which included all manner of officially licensed national teams and faces. So let’s say you’ve got the budget. Imagine you’ve got the connections, the influence and the ambition to create the greatest rugby video game of all time. What would your plan be?

Who would you hire? What studio would you task with developing the game? Would you go for a full licensed approach or something generic? If you could use any game engine to its maximum potential, would you grab something like the Frostbite Engine or would you see if you could implement killstreaks in a game of rugby using the latest Modern Warfare software? Would you keep me as far away as possible when I suggest an S-Rank combo system from Platinum Games?

Heck, would you even consider a live service style game, or something that goes back to basics? There are so so many questions to answer, but only you the regby fan can do so. So sound off below, brainstorm with everyone else on what the perfect rugby video game would be.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: November 8, 2019

56 Comments

  1. Easy, just give everyone tiny underpants and beer

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  2. Yozzie

    November 8, 2019 at 15:17

    Can it be worse than a AAA priced walking simulator with the worst walking animations since Lara Croft had triangle tits?

    Even the good rugby games like Rugby ’08 were mediocre, people are just wearing rose tinted glasses.

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  3. Dooza

    November 8, 2019 at 15:18

    Get the guys who make the Madden games to do the visuals and get the guys who does the rugby challenge games to handle the gameplay.

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  4. Hammersteyn

    November 8, 2019 at 15:19

  5. Pennywise The Dancing Clown

    November 8, 2019 at 13:58

    Forget licenses of official players and unions.
    Here is what I would do:
    My game would be jam packed. Single player, a great “campaign” for a team of your choice, once off matches and so forth.
    The teams: (and here is the kicker)

    1. The Fallout Super Mutants
    2. Mass Effect Krogan.
    3. Gears of War uhhhh Gears
    4. Doom Hell Knights

    and so on and so forth.

    Matches will be played in stadiums relevant to the species.

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 19:25

      Pfffffffff Krogans will dominate!

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 19:25

      Pfffffffff Krogans will dominate!

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      • HvR

        November 8, 2019 at 19:30

        Unless you make James Small a playable character

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      • Pennywise The Dancing Clown

        November 8, 2019 at 23:50

        That is if they can remind the Super Mutants the game is not played with Mini Nukes.

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        • Admiral Chief

          November 9, 2019 at 02:04

          Each Krogan has double the testes of a Super Mutant, and 8x the aggro

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  6. Tbone187

    November 8, 2019 at 14:10

    I’d say a Star Wars collab…Rugby interplanetary style! Just to spice it up of course.Or maybe a War craft styled one…Something fantasy/sci fi based would be cool.

    Maybe a collab with EA and the Nether realm guys for those awesome crunch tackles.

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  7. HvR

    November 8, 2019 at 15:17

    Double Dragon style game featuring Faf in sy onderbroek and Willie.

    They fight through armies of All Blacks and English opposition players

    They have special powers of calling Langebaan doodklap Eben and the end boss will Johan de Jonge throwing spicy meatballs

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 15:17

      That Johan de Jonge is a traitorous halfdoos

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      November 8, 2019 at 19:29

      So basically Boet Fighter with special powers?

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 15:17

      That Johan de Jonge is a traitorous halfdoos

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      • Dresden

        November 8, 2019 at 15:19

      • Dresden

        November 8, 2019 at 15:19

      • Dresden

        November 8, 2019 at 15:19

      • Dresden

        November 8, 2019 at 15:19

        • Yozzie

          November 8, 2019 at 15:19

          That’s a spicy meatball!

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        • For the Emperor!

          November 8, 2019 at 15:19

          That is the fake kind of amends though. The “I am sorry not for my actions but because I got caught” kind that politicians and celebrities always have.

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          • Hammersteyn

            November 8, 2019 at 18:43

            Apparently they started bullying his kids as well. That might have pushed his hand.

          • Hammersteyn

            November 8, 2019 at 18:43

            Apparently they started bullying his kids as well. That might have pushed his hand.

          • Admiral Chief

            November 8, 2019 at 15:20

            Exactly

          • Admiral Chief

            November 8, 2019 at 15:20

            Exactly

          • Hammersteyn

            November 8, 2019 at 18:43

            Apparently they started bullying his kids as well. That might have pushed his hand.

          • Admiral Chief

            November 8, 2019 at 20:03

            If that oke was my dad, I’d ask for new parents

          • Hammersteyn

            November 8, 2019 at 23:41

            If that oke was my dad I’d tell my friends he works for Eskom

          • Yozzie

            November 9, 2019 at 06:34

            Because it’s all black when loadshedding hits?

          • Admiral Chief

            November 9, 2019 at 14:34

            HAH

          • For the Emperor!

            November 8, 2019 at 20:03

            Yeah, that is not on at all. Bully him if you must, but leave the family alone

        • Admiral Chief

          November 8, 2019 at 15:21

          A fellow Maroela Media reader, I see you are ‘n man van kultuur

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      • Skyblue

        November 8, 2019 at 20:43

        Halfdoos – totally useless LOL. Adapted an English version about a year ago but is NSFW for obvious reasons.

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    • Gustav Willem Diedericks

      November 8, 2019 at 19:29

      So basically Boet Fighter with special powers?

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      • HvR

        November 8, 2019 at 19:30

        Yes, springbok powers so should be at least 32 to 12 better than Boet fighter

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  8. Admiral Chief

    November 8, 2019 at 15:17

    Easy, just give everyone tiny underpants and beer

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    • Pariah

      November 8, 2019 at 15:18

      That sounds like the kind of preschool I would have attended as a kid.

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    • Pariah

      November 8, 2019 at 15:18

      That sounds like the kind of preschool I would have attended as a kid.

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  9. Yozzie

    November 8, 2019 at 15:17

    Can it be worse than a AAA priced walking simulator with the worst walking animations since Lara Croft had triangle tits?

    Even the good rugby games like Rugby ’08 were mediocre, people are just wearing rose tinted glasses.

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 18:42

      Yes, 08 had issues, but some of the core features were the best ever

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    • Admiral Chief

      November 8, 2019 at 18:42

      Yes, 08 had issues, but some of the core features were the best ever

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      • Yozzie

        November 8, 2019 at 20:03

        What broke ’08 is that anyone who played the unbalanced All Blacks just had to get the ball to the fly half and run for a corner. There was not stopping that, and since the game could not be patched it was a bug that stayed forever.

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        • Admiral Chief

          November 9, 2019 at 03:47

          I really enjoyed how you could build a club team and then just buy all the gold star players after a few seasons for complete ownage

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  10. Dooza

    November 8, 2019 at 15:18

    Get the guys who make the Madden games to do the visuals and get the guys who does the rugby challenge games to handle the gameplay.

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  11. Pariah

    November 8, 2019 at 15:18

    *Right-click*
    *Select all*
    *Shift+delete*

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  12. Hammersteyn

    November 8, 2019 at 15:19

  13. For the Emperor!

    November 8, 2019 at 15:21

    Rugby is duifficult as it is a mostly moving games, whereas NFL is one long ad break.

    That said:
    1 – box kicks need to be implemented properly, and available as a specific skill to put points in
    2 – specify defensive systems to use like rush defense, wait and smother, or a mix etc.
    3 – specify game plans, broken down into sections. Like the defensive system above, plus things like how hard and often to contest breakdowns
    4 – let triggers or bumpers on controls modify out of hand kicking, rather than just how long you hold in a button.

    Have not played one recently, but that is where I would start. Nail that, and you are off to a flyer.

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    • HvR

      November 8, 2019 at 15:21

      on number 3 always seemed that they under utilise the full potential of a controller

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  14. G8crasha

    November 8, 2019 at 15:21

    I don’t do sports games! Sorry. What I do know though is that I would avoid the developers of WWE 2K20 like the plague!

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  15. Admiral Chief

    November 8, 2019 at 15:21

    The controller should shock you if you kick the ball too much

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  16. Llama In The Rift

    November 8, 2019 at 15:22

    Rugby Challange with Fifa’s Ultimate Team mode for rugby players!! I’ll be filthy rich! Muhahaha

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