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Review: Pro Rugby Manager 2

by Nick Haywood on 9 March 2005, 00:00

Tags: Digital Jesters, Sports

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Ok, let’s have a look at what the game has to offer before we get down and dirty in a scrum with it. If you’re familiar with games like Championship Manager or Football Manager, then all you need to do is imagine the same sort of stuff, but with 15 big blokes on each side and a funny shaped ball and you’ll soon have the gist of it. As the name suggests, PRM2 lets you take control of a rugby team and steer them towards victory and success. The sheer number of teams available from the start is simply massive. You got a choice of over 170 teams to pick from, from leagues and divisions all over the world. Depending on who you chose to manage, you then compete in one of 25 international and domestic leagues or cups… so there’s plenty here to keep you busy.

Of course, you could be like me and fortunately support one of the more successful teams, or you could go for one of the lower ranked teams and see if you can turn their fortunes around. Or, if you fancy it, why not play on the world stage and take on the All Blacks… or repeat England’s World Cup glory against Australia? It’s all here if you want it. DJ have the Zurich Premiership license, so many of the real players names and faces are here in the game, and their likenesses have been carried across into the 3D section too, but more on that later.

In taking your chosen team to the top, you managerial role encompasses anything to do with the club… and I really do mean ANYTHING. You’ll have to make decisions on everything from which facilities to upgrade and players to rest through to contract deals and scouting for talent. To be honest, I’m surprised there isn’t an option for which tea to serve in the clubhouse as you can manage pretty much everything else! Of course, you have to do all this while still making money and keeping your players and fans happy. If you’re a CM or FM player, you’ll be right at home with this micro-management style of play. Don’t worry if you’re new to the whole thing as there’s a very helpful ‘auto’ option for some of the particularly intricate parts, such as player training. Ok, lets slap in our gum shields and dive in!