Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Are you excited about the Rugby World Cup? Want to feel like you are one of the players? Wellington based studio, Sidhe, has developed the All Blacks Rugby Challenge game which is due to be released at the end of this week. We are a rugby mad nation and Sidhe have spent hours and hours on every little detail to ensure that no-one is disappointed. It will feature teams such as the All Blacks and the Wallabies with competitions such as the Super Rugby and ITM cup. There is a lot of excitement in the rugby and gaming communities with the release of the All Blacks Rugby Challenge game.
As you start the game Mils Muliaina, Dan Carter and Ritche McCaw are setting up a try. Just what you need to create that extra hype to start the game! A cool feature is that this will change depending on which country you are based in. The game will detect this and select that country’s national team. Sidhe wanted to create excitement around the rugby world cup and that meant creating a game that had the hype and anticipation as it would in real life. The game has tried to highlight the personalities of the players and the teams. It provides an emotional and engaging experience. I can see people jumping out of their couches and screaming at the TV just as they would with a real game.
There is a tutorial to get you up to speed so you don’t have to worry if you are a novice. These include running between cones and practicing kicks, the same drills that you would do when you first start to learn how to play rugby. When choosing a game mode, players can select from a number of matches. Games can be played for 5, 10, 15, 20, 40 or 80 minutes. The game includes 96 teams and 31 stadiums. Fourteen New Zealand stadiums are featured and all look the same as what they do in real life.
The motion capture has been designed at Weta studios to make the game more realistic. Instead of the whole crowd moving in one motion, this rugby game has every person moving individually. The individual’s composure is also based on if the game is a home, away or neutral match. The wind direction is also shown to create a feeling that you are really there. The camera angles are dramatic and provide a very ‘real’ gaming experience. Justin Marshall and Grant Nisbett are the commentators which provide a nice little New Zealand touch. The attention to detail is astonishing.
All Blacks Rugby Challenge is an impressive game and one that a lot of rugby fans will be excited about. It will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and PlayStation Vit this Friday so pre-order yours at The Warehouse.