It’s debateable as to whether we’ve ever had a decent rugby game at all. The latest big-budget rugby union game, World Cup 2011, felt a generation behind the likes of FIFA, PES or Madden. However, there have been decent rugby games in the past, although none dealt with the exciting variation of Rugby 7s. Interestingly, 7s will become an Olympic sport in 2016, so we could well see a stand-alone game in the next few years.
Rugby 7s, for the uninitiated, is largely the same as the full 15-man game, only with teams of seven aside (duh). It’s a quicker, more flowing game, making it ideal for the video game treatment, and because there are relatively few players on the pitch at once, this would cut down on AI and asset demands. Note to developers: we’d also take a decent Football Manager style sim for full-fat rugby union too.
Photo credit: Clayton Scott, 2006