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'EA Sports Rugby 08' (PS2/PC) - 80 New Screens

by Rainier on July 9, 2007 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT

Revealed a few weeks ago, EA officially announced EA Sports Rugby 08, to coincide with the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Player of the Year Richie McCaw, captain of the New Zealand All Blacks, has been signed as Rugby 08's cover star.

Experience all of the passion and excitement of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France as you challenge the best teams and players ever assembled for global supremacy. A nation's destiny is in your hands when you take control of one of the officially licensed national teams in EA SPORTS Rugby 08 and power your way through a gruelling World Cup campaign for the sports' ultimate prize -- the glorious Webb Ellis Cup.

"The 2007 Rugby World Cup unites rugby fans from around the world and our game, EA SPORTS Rugby 08, celebrates this passion by capturing all of the national rivalries in-game, enabling fans to play as their favorite teams from qualification right through to the championship final," said Tristan Jackson, lead producer of the game.

This is the season you take complete control of managing your favourite squad as EA SPORTS Rugby 08 enables you to emulate the style of your favorite team on offense and now on defense. Using new, authentic defensive formations, adjust your defense on-the-fly to keep momentum on your side or counter your opponent's attacking style by changing your defensive strategy based on score, field position and more.

This year EA SPORTS Rugby 08 introduces a layered pick-up-and-play control system for set pieces and drop kicks. Now you take full command over every scrum and maul with enhanced push and rotation controls. Make lineout throw-ins look easy with a simplified control scheme for the novice player and advanced mechanics for the pro. Master the new kicking meter to score those key penalties and conversions, while new truck and zoom camera angles zero in on all the breakdown and set piece action during the game's biggest moments.

In addition to enabling gamers to participate in the 2007 Rugby World Cup by taking control of one of 20 national teams, the game features a new, compelling mode of play named World Cup Challenge. Testing even the most hardcore rugby fan, it re-creates the biggest moments in World Cup history and challenges you to re-write the results with today's teams to unlock exclusive World Cup highlight videos.

Developed by Electronic Arts Vancouver, EA SPORTS Rugby 08, rated "E" (Everyone) and 3+ by PEGI in Europe, will be available on the PS2.

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