Percentile Rank

Rugby 18 is ranked in the 3rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

43

Top Critic Average

0%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

Windows Central
Oct 24, 2017

This might only be for serious Rugby fans, but it's well executed to the point you can almost feel the mud on your face.

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PlayStation Universe
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Poorly presented, and lacking in mode variety, Rugby 18 is salvaged by the fact that it's actually a pretty decent representation of rugby union on the pitch. It may not be the definitive version of the sport that the PS4 needs, but it's easily the best available.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 1, 2017

Overall and Rugby 18 is a game for die hard rugby fans who know every move and have the patience for the slow gameplay.

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Thumbsticks
Oct 23, 2017

Rugby 18 is a solid, workmanlike first effort at what is probably the most difficult sport to translate into a playable video game. It's not as easy to pick up or as slick as FIFA, but it puts in the hard yards and, for the most part, gets the job done. As a result, Rugby 18 is probably the best rugby game in 20 years.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 30, 2017

Rugby 2018 is lacking of depth to reach the level of the best sports games.

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RedTieGuy
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2017
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Spaziogames
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2017

Rugby 18 is a game with lots of issues: a bad AI, crappy dynamics based on button mashing, a broken commentary system, insufficient animation and so on. In a nutshell: this is not going to be your next rugby game.

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Push Square
4 / 10
4 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

Though Eko Software has tried to give virtual rugby a breath of life – and in some ways, with a revamped control and camera system, it has – the lack of modes and dismal presentation leave a bad taste in the mouth. At full-price, Bigben is demanding an obscene amount of money for a game that feels years behind where it should be.

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The Games Machine
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2017

"Terrifying" is the right word to tell something about Rugby 18. The game is very far from what actually happens on the pitch, and it's not fun at all.

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Stevivor
3.5 / 10.0
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Top Critic

3.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

Right now, there are just too many bugs, too many exploits, and just too little simulation of the best parts of the sport it tries to replicate for me to recommend Rugby 18.

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Critical Hit
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

The game is severely hobbled with cripplingly poor gameplay and pervasive glitches. The exclusion of bigger competitions and some international teams leaves players with a wafer-thin, ultimately disappointing experience.

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The Digital Fix
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2018

Rugby 18 is a broken mess of a game and a dreadful representation of a beloved British sport.

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FingerGuns
3 / 10
3 / 10
Oct 31, 2017

Rugby 18 is as painful to play as a Chris Robshaw blindside tackle.

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Invision Community
3 / 10
3 / 10
Dec 11, 2017

. Truly, my personal feeling is that it is simply not ready for sale at all. The game has some merits, and if this were an early working version of the final product I would certainly have focused much more heavily on those. As it stands, gamers are going to be disappointed if they part with real world money to play Rugby 18. Sorry rugby fans; I’d stick to Rugby Challenge for now if I was you. I think we are going to have to wait around for the next good one.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 24, 2017

Rugby 18 is a dire simulation of the sport, with a paper-thin selection of modes, and relentlessly poor presentation.

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Pennyworth Reviews
Oct 25, 2017

Penalty. Red Card.

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TiX
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

Rugby 18 is a game to avoid, despite being fully licensed it is a big let down for rugby fans, lots of work needed to improve this.

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SA Gamer
2 / 10.0
2 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

Rugby 18 is a very disappointing take on the sport in question. It plays as bad as it looks and is yet another knock-on in the world of rugby games.

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