The 'Rugby League's fastest man' competition will be held at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium showpiece floodlit nines event in August. Stars from the game including Scott Donald, Kevin Penny and James Ford will bid to be crowned the quickest player in rugby league. The challenge was devised by the Carnegie Nines organisers who have partnered with tournament sponsors Carnegie, Northern Rail and Totesport, to bring this exciting event to build on the burgeoning reputation of the Headingley floodlit event.
Rugby League Live 3 Review Go you good thing! While a decent representation of the game of Rugby League, there were still quite a few glitches which resulted in equal parts of frustration and hilarity.
This gave me a chance to figure out the controls and get some initial impressions, and instantly I got a fun vibe with some great match atmosphere. The match felt like a real game, with Phil Gould and Andrew Voss commentating as the action unfolded. I was a bit disappointed that these commentators only had a few lines and after playing a few games they started to repeat themselves.
Even worse, sometimes what they were saying seemed irrelevant and not really an accurate summation of what was going on. Harsh decisions like getting called offside when I tackled a player from marker were often met with derision from Gould and Voss which goes some of the way to taking the sting out of conferring a penalty because the ref is blind.
I do think the game would have benefited from pointing you towards a tutorial that gives you the lowdown on gameplay rather than having to figure it out by trial and error.
This may end up leaving some casual or new fans a bit bewildered, and really the Drills section should have been rebranded as a tutorial and included the important rules and basic plays. Once you know the controls, things like tackling and passing become quite intuitive. Just as in the real game, when attacking and defending there are many tactics you can draw on as well to help your team to victory.
As an attacker you can use the D-pad to get your team into positions for various plays such as field goals and field position kicks. You have to take into many factors when making these plays such like whether you have enough time to kick the ball when going for a field goal.
If you mess this up the other team will simply charge the ball down and possibly score a try off your error and I did this many times to other teams.
Additionally, pressing R2 and L2 passes the ball to the playmaker which puts you in prime position to kick or change direction and pull off some slick plays. If your players are struggling to get back into position following a tackle you can hold down the tackle longer to give your team time to get back.
This is a great element to the game and makes things more realistic, but of course if you hold them too long you can get penalised. Rofl I love the controls for taking conversions as the buttons are simple and it all comes down to timing and the right angle.
Point the arrow in the right direction and press A at the correct time so that when the kicker reaches the ball the meter lands on the green area. Depending on the length and difficulty of the conversion, the meter will go faster or slower making it more difficult to get it right, especially under pressure.
The wind does have a small effect on the ball too, and the effect obviously increases with your distance from the posts.
The main mode in RLL3 is naturally the career mode and you are given a few ways to go about completing the season. Firstly, you can choose an existing player from the team of your choice or create your own Rookie and slip them into the team of your choice.
As either an existing player or Rookie you play exclusively as that player in a designated position. I played as a winger which meant long sessions of running up and back without touching the ball.
There are objectives during the games which liven things up a bit including bombing the ball 20 times in a match or not making an error in a match.
There are also longer term career objectives like make 30 split runs. Completing these objectives gives you money which you can spend on skill boosts for a single match. Your player also gets a salary from your club every week. Rugby League and chill?
You can either play with the whole team like normal, sim the match while watching but all you can do is make subs or sim without watching which just gives you the final score.
This is useful if you just want to progress through the season quicker. As with most sports games of the modern era there is an online mode where you can match make or enter tournaments. The connection was fine and despite a few glitches, playing against real human beings is fun and rewarding.
There is also a Player Hub mode where you can create your own players, clubs and referees and upload them online, and you can incorporate them in the career modes.
It is a game that is relatively easy to pick up but hard to master, and you are given many different options to improve your skills.
Big Ant Studios and Tru Blu Entertainment have delivered the best rugby game to date with only minor missteps here and there, mostly on the online side of things.
No sports game would be complete without some funny glitches, so check out the video below for some unintentional hilarity. Reviewed on Xbox One.