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Jonah Lomu Rugby


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Codemasters, Rage Software

December 31, 1998, April 18, 1997

PlayStation, DOS, Sega Saturn



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Repetitive Elements: Jonah Lomu Rugby may become repetitive after extended play, especially in the Sport genre.

Requires Patience: The game’s pacing might be slow for those who prefer fast-paced Sport games.

High Difficulty: The steep difficulty curve in Jonah Lomu Rugby can be daunting for new players.

Why To Avoid

Innovative Mechanics: Jonah Lomu Rugby introduces new and innovative mechanics in the Sport genre.

High Replay Value: Jonah Lomu Rugby offers numerous reasons to replay, thanks to its Sport elements.

Compelling Storyline: The narrative in Jonah Lomu Rugby is deeply engaging, making it a must-play for Sport fans.

Why To Play

The game supports one to four gamers. There are a number of playable modes - including knock-out, World Cup, regional competitions as well as historical matches.
Jonah Lomu Rugby was the first rugby union game released on the PlayStation platform. At the time of its release, the game received relatively high praise. It was particularly praised for its smoothness of gameplay and the quality of graphics at the time.

Much like another sports title published around the same time, Brian Lara Cricket 99, the commentary is of great note amongst certain gaming circles. Supplied by ex-television broadcasters Bill Beaumont and Bill McLaren, the commentary includes oft-hilarious and memorable lines, such as "Oh! Mercy me! What a tackle! That could've put him in Ward 4!", followed by "I hope not Bill, that's a maternity ward!". One particularly quirky piece of commentary is the line "digging in like a demented mole there", which refers to gamers hurling themselves into rucks. The two commentators were seen to have a great level of banter with one another, adding to the flow and realism of the game.



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