Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge: South African release confirmed

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It looks as though August is going to be quite an exciting month for rugby fans. Not only have they got the release of the much anticipated Rugby World Cup 2011 video game – which will be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – to look forward to that month, they’ve also got the launch of the Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge game as well.

Up until recently there had been no official confirmation as to whether the Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge game – known as All Blacks Rugby Challenge in New Zealand and Wallabies Rugby Challenge in Australia – would be launched in South Africa. However, that’s all changed now, as the South African release has officially been confirmed.

The Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge game comes with a number of different modes including a Single Match Mode, a multi-year Career Mode and a Competition Mode. It also includes a Tutorial Mode and help options for those of you that are new to the sport. Thanks to extensive customization tools, gamers will be able to create and customize players, teams and even competitions.

Playing a sports-themed game is always better when played with friends or other people, and the Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge game gives gamers a couple of ways to do this. Not only have they got the option of playing it with friends locally, they also have the choice of competing in online multiplayer with support up to 4v4 via Steam, Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.

As Geoffrey Tim over at lazygamer.net recently noted, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge features 93 teams and 31 stadia including official competition and team licenses for the Qantas Wallabies, the All Blacks, Tri Nations, the USA Eagles, TOP 14 Orange, Bledisloe Cup, Super Rugby teams, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Ranfurly Shield, ITM Cup and RaboDirect PRO12.

It also comes with lifelike cut-scenes, rich sound, enhanced replay angles and real-time commentary from seasoned rugby commentators Justin Marshall and Grant Nisbett. We’ve embedded the trailer below this post so you can see what the game is like for yourself. The game is due to be launched for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation Vita.

You can view the official box art over on the lazygamer.net website. Will you be buying both of the upcoming rugby games or just one of them?

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