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When all's said and done, Rocky for the GBA could have been much better, but it still has something substantial to offer fans of old-school 2D arcade boxing games. I pity the fool who doesn't at least consider renting it.
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I didn’t think a side-scrolling boxing game would work in this day and age, but Rocky comes through as a solid, if unspectacular, GBA title. Strategy is definitely necessary, and you’ll enjoy the battles once you hone your skills. Unfortunately, the ring length is goofy and the uppercut is utterly useless. The cutscenes are truly phenomenal. I won’t say they’re photo quality, but they’re damn close, given the technology. This may be the best boxing game on GBA, but it’s still not too impressive overall.
Rocky is a good game that brings back fond movie memories. This is clearly not the best-looking fight program for this console, but it is very challenging and entertaining.
There are several boxing games available for the GBA but none of them have the history or lore of Rocky. While this might not be the best or most advanced boxing game on the market it does have style and anyone who like boxing or even more importantly, Rocky owes it to themselves to at least give this a rental.
Le titre s'adresse,à mon sens, avant tout aux joueurs qui cherchent un soft où l'aspect arcade cède sa place à celui de la simulation. Rocky n'est pas uniquement destiné aux puristes du genre, mais la difficulté du titre ne le destine pas aux impatients, pour qui les phases d'entraînement représentent une perte de temps.
Overall, Rocky is OK if you just want to reexperience the events from the five films. It's just good enough to take you through the 20 or so opponents between Apollo Creed and Tommy Gunn--it's not something you'll want to play if you're serious about boxing games.
Rocky does stick to where it got it’s material from very well and that is a big upside to the game. However, with the issues it has it seems that the money spent to get the license would have been better off going to the developers to tweak the game and fine tune it. As it stands, even the most hardcore Rocky fans are likely to be disappointed by the GBA versions shoddy gameplay and sluggish controls. For those who are looking to become Rocky or just want to pick up a good, immersive boxing game, your time and money would be better used elsewhere.
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Rocky, however, has found fame again. A recent DVD release of the movies and even a running gag commercial with Best Buy has made the franchise and its inimitable soundtrack a la mode this holiday season. Love Train from The Gap also comes to mind but we'll leave that one alone. No amount of popularity or nostalgia, however, will convince me to recommend this title to anyone but the most diehard Rocky collector fan. Because even for that collector fan, this game will eventually meet its ultimate destiny: sitting on a shelf collecting dust.