|Developer(s)||EA Canada, HB Studios|
|Release date(s)||February 10, 2006|
Rugby 06 is the 2006 release in the Rugby series by EA Sports. The game allows players to play as many Rugby nations, both major and minor, and includes many tournaments, such as the Rugby World Cup, the Tri Nations, the Six Nations, and the Super 14.
This game has quite a few new features. Some of the features are for graphical purposes (e.g. new weather effects), and others are purely for gameplay purposes (e.g. new tackle options and off-load passing options). Some of the features are listed below, with a brief explanation:
6 Nations, Tri-Nations (with the Bledisloe Cup), Ten Nations, Lions Tour (SA, NZ, Australia), Super 14, Guinness Premiership, World League, World Championship, European Trophy, manager mode
Increased tactical plays
25+ new tactical plays can be chosen. If the player chooses wisely, he can gain the upper hand.
When the player draws a defender to him, he is able to quickly off-load the ball to a teammate, before the defender actually tackles him. This can cause a gap in the defensive line, which can be exploited by the player to the players advantage.
Impact/Star players, are players in the game that could potentially turn a match in the player's favour. These player are the best in-game in their specialised area. Impact players are highlighted in game with a star above their heads.
Enhanced players and stadium conditions
The game features new stadium animations, such as banner rotations, 3D-grass, and team relevant flags. Also the weather conditions are improved, and new conditions are added. The player can now play in snow and fog, and even see the players breath.
The game also includes the option of taking a quick penalty, this can help to score a sneaky try or just to gain some metres. Although you could just take the yards to clear the lines