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[ # ] Gaelic Games Hurling Review Part 2
November 12th, 2007

After my initial thoughts on the game on Friday last I’ve spent the last couple of days playing it a lot more and can offer a more rounded opinion now. I have to say that I like it, while it may not be in any way comparable to the top games of today or even the sports sims like FIFA it’s still a fun game to play and if you’re a hurling fan then you’ll get plenty of enjoyment from it.

I think the best part is that the gameplay is easy to pick up and the controls easy to handle so there’s no steep learning curve, you can pick up and play straight away. Then as you get more proficent you easily change the options to go up a difficulty level or turn off some of the automatic helpers.
The teams are graded as you would expect so the likes of Kilkenny and Cork are easy to play with (or tough to play against).

There are plenty of modes to add some longevity, I’m currently in the midst of a full season playing as Tipperary although I’ve made a slow start to the league drawing with Limerick and losing to Kilkenny by 2 points. Antrim are next up so I’ll be expecting to beat them. There’s a cool little missions mode where you have to try complete a mission for each county revolving around one game, for eaxmple with Kilkenny it’s to win the 1939 All Ireland, or with Limerick it’s to try prevent Offaly’s comback in 94 etc.
The multiplayer option should allow for some fun with a few mates but I haven’t had a chance to try that yet.

Graphics are basic - no Halo 3 competition but passable - players are plain but you can see the swing of the hurley has been captured reasonably well. The stadiums are nicely recreated. There are weather effects too so in the middle of a rainy game you’ll see mud on the players.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh adds the commentary again, pretty basic stuff but it’s a nice effect all the same.

There are no real player names in it because the GPA weren’t involved but all the players are editable so you can change the names to your heart’s content. I’d started changing a few but it gets a bit tedious.

Overall, if you’ve no interest in hurling you’re not going to think much of it I’d imagine, but for any hurling fans I think it’s a nice little buy and a very enjoyable game.

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[ # 2444 ] Comment from Connor [November 13, 2007, 1:34 pm]

Hope Antrim gub you lad lol

Thanks for the review though, its going for 15 quid up here so i’ll grab it tomorrow

[ # 2445 ] Comment from Larry [November 13, 2007, 1:54 pm]

I beat them by 9 points, next up Galway.

I’ve noticed the price varying a lot down here. I got it for €39.99 in GAME (reduced from €49.99 it was advertised as), I saw HMV offering it for around €56, thegaastore.com were selling it for €51 but now their store has changed to sterling prices (why???) and it’s £35. If you’re getting it for £15 that sounds a good deal!

[ # 2447 ] Comment from Shane [November 13, 2007, 7:53 pm]

Both gaelic games 2 and gaelic games hurling are going for 20 euro a piece in the Ilac centre in Dublin(cant remember the shop name). A bit of a bargin if u ask me!! I havent played the football game yet but it has to be an improvement on that muck last year. Ive played the hurling, it might not be outstanding but definitely worth 20 euro!

[ # 2448 ] Comment from Shane [November 13, 2007, 8:05 pm]

Whats the craic with the club names?? I got a bit excited when I saw you could play with your club but you might aswell play with your mickey!! They dont have the proper club names, club crest or club colours. And when no one in the game has a correct name, it might as well be anyone. They really didnt bother their arses! Even alot of the town names in the game are predominatly football clubs> I dident know the tallaght team wore pink jerseys? -shower of pufters!

[ # 2456 ] Comment from Larry [November 14, 2007, 9:00 am]

Yeah the club teams are badly done. Seems like a last minute add on. I can understand that they weren’t allowed use real players but they could have made an effort to get the clubs right.
Would have expected a GAA rep to have been involved in things like that, and even now they’re not making any effort to promote the game. More examples of poor GAA managment.

[ # 2479 ] Comment from Tom [November 15, 2007, 3:02 pm]

If someone were to add all the real player names is there any way to make that available as a download for other users? - Don’t know much about the ps2

[ # 2530 ] Comment from Dave [November 17, 2007, 2:08 pm]

Just played the game for the last few days and I have to say its quite enjoyable. Fair enough the proper names are missing but the gameplay is very good if you switch the game difficulty from Junior to Intermediate.I hope they can get enough salea of this game to warrant a sequel.

[ # 2551 ] Comment from [November 18, 2007, 4:35 pm]

read my review on

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[ # 4539 ] Comment from Ger [March 21, 2008, 12:19 am]

I bought a PS2 just to play the hurling game,as I’ve no interest in consoles generally. The gameplay is good -it is like a hurling match. My main gripe is the quality of goalkeeping- underhit a point attempt and very often the keeper makes mess of it and its a goal. Thats grand if you want to win by 30 points, but it wouldnt happen in reality (except to Albert Shanahan maybe)

[ # 4553 ] Comment from larry [March 21, 2008, 9:15 am]

yeah i always noticed that with it, keepers crap. like camogie keepers - they let mishit points end up in the net.

havent played it in ages now - trying to get back to playing the real thing…. not sure i can replicate all those solos and stunning points and goals in a junior c match with some butcher of a full back bearing down

[ # 4558 ] Comment from Ger [March 21, 2008, 12:33 pm]

:-) unfortunately Larry, video games are just make-believe! The smelly dressing rooms, bad language on the sideline, Cork terrace supporters, Wah fans booing free takers….all that missing from the ps2 game! Another thing that drives me nuts about it is that when you play in the Munster championship, it defaults to stadiums like Clones and Croke Park! I know us southerners are a moody bunch and think Thurles in June is the center of the universe, but I dont want to play Munster championship matches in Northern Ireland or Dublin. Its all wrong and a simple bit of computer programming would have avoided this. And some of the stadium views -including my beloved Thurles -are from the opposite side of the pitch than whats on the telly. I know, pedantic, but small stuff, wouldnt have been hard to do. I havent played myself since Christmas but am going to later as the boozers are shut tonite. As for real play, my last match was a junior B one two years ago. I was taken to the cleaners by a fat fella with glasses under his helmet at left-half forward. When you lose 7 points from play from a half-forward in junior B, its time to give up:-)

[ # 5341 ] Comment from Garvan [July 2, 2008, 12:29 pm]

Clones is in Monaghan, which is not in Northern Ireland, ya thick!

[ # 16520 ] Comment from oran shivers [May 19, 2009, 12:11 pm]

dunloy are the best

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