Some of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge’s gameplay mechanics are shown in this trailer courtesy of Alternative Software, European distributors of the game in development at Sidhe. It’s looking to be fairly spot-on thus far; hand-offs, dummies, off-loads, line-outs, rucks and scrums all seem to have been implemented thoughtfully by a team that clearly understands rugby. It may be shaping up to be one of the best interpretations of the sport in a long time, probably since its ancestor, Jonah Lomu Rugby on the original PlayStation.
The game (due for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in Q3 2011 to coincide with the Rugby World Cup) boasts a wealth of features and content, which include:
-Play in Single Match Mode, Competition Mode, and multi year Career Mode as well as extensive help and Tutorial Mode options available for players new to the sport;
-93 teams and 31 stadia featured including official team and competition licenses for the All Blacks, the Qantas Wallabies, the USA Eagles, Tri Nations, Bledisloe Cup, Super Rugby teams, Aviva Premiership Rugby, TOP 14 Orange, RaboDirect PRO12, ITM Cup, and Ranfurly Shield;
-Enjoy the game with groups of friends locally, or compete in online multiplayer with support up to 4v4 via PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE, or Steam;
-Create or customise players, teams, and competitions using the extensive customisation tools to shape the game to your own preferences and keep the game fresh season after season;
-Dynamic presentation delivers a true on-field rugby experience with enhanced replay angles, lifelike cut-scenes, rich sound, and real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Grant Nisbett and Justin Marshall.