What a mess this game is. I like the updated visuals, but otherwise RC4 is a steaming hunk of shit at this point. Can confirm that we’re still not at the heights of Rugby 08 and RWC 2011, both of which I thought played well (for their time).
Gameplay and animations desperately needed an update from RC3 - this hasn’t happened, it’s that simple. This is a coat of paint update and I have very little confidence they can make meaningful enough updates, even if it is “early release”. This game needs a new engine and it’s copy paste RC3. The mechanics and gameplay are just frustrating and instead of playing rugby, you quickly find yourself breaking your rugby instincts to fit the way the game wants you to play and it gets boring fast.
Some early gripes from my first few games:
-Incorrect implementation of the rules (e.g. offside kick penalty was given where it landed, not where kick was taken from)
-Cameras are all over the shop and game feels visually erratic
-Passing is a joke, they go to and from anywhere and everywhere
-Players not holding their lines or positioning, wingers 20m back behind the play and not holding width, so you can’t capitalise on overlaps
-Rucks are still crap and there’s little point using 90% of the available control options
-No way to use forward runners meaningfully on the fly or from the base
- if you take form the base with your 9 someone usually flies out of the ruck from the ground like a distressed bird and tackles you immediately.
I’m resorting to getting a kickstarter page going. Who’s with me? Let’s just do this shit ourselves as a rugby gaming community and make a great game that’s easy to pick up, difficult to master and does the game justice for once.
So sad, so disappointed 😞