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There can possibly be no other movie series that ever emboldened patriotism and love for the American way as......Rocky. Yeah yeah, Superman was truth and justice and so on. But Rocky brought out the American in all of us. I mean come on, a young Italian amatuer fighter from the poor streets of Philadelphia not only becomes the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, but then goes on to wow the people of Mother U.S.S.R. Here's the quick and dirty; Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stalone) gets an out of the blue exhibition match shot at the Heavyweight Title against undefeated Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in Rocky I. After fighting to a draw, Apollo and Rocky get a rematch which Rocky would become Heavyweight Championship of the world in Rocky II.
"Rocky Legends" beweist, dass Filmumsetzungen nicht zwangsläufig in die Hose gehen müssen. Technisch solide sorgen besonders die atmosphärischen Kämpfe und der klasse Soundtrack für das passende Ambiente. Wenn sich die Entwickler von Venom Games beim Karrieremodus noch ein wenig mehr Mühe gegeben hätten, wäre durchaus ein Hit im Bereich des Möglichen gewesen. So bleibt "Rocky Legends" ein unterhaltsames Boxspiel, das besonders Fans der Filme ansprechen dürfte!
Die vier Karrieren mit passabel eingebauten Story-Elementen kokettieren zwar anfänglich mit Abwechslung, doch letzten Endes spielt sich jeder Boxer nahezu identisch. Die Schlagmechaniken, die bis auf eine Ausnahme unverändert aus dem Vorgänger übernommen wurden, sind extrem auf Arcade getrimmt, lassen aber die Unterschiede zum deutlich ausgefeilteren Fight Night 2004 deutlich werden. Bei Rocky Legends ist taktische Vorgehensweise nur ansatzweise gefordert und wird durch Button-Mashen ersetzt. Damit muss sich Rocky Legends mit der eingesessenen Prügel-Konkurrenz à la Tekken messen – und zieht klar den Kürzeren. In gepflegten Mehrspieler-Duellen macht Rocky Legends dennoch annähernd so viel Spaß wie der Vorgänger – bietet allerdings auch in diesem Bereich nur erzkonservative Kost. Kurzum: Ein netter Arcade-Prügler, der es nicht schafft, aus dem Schatten des ersten Teiles herauszutreten und daher vermutlich nur eingefleischten Stallone-Fans zu empfehlen ist.
Step into the shoes of Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago. Attempt to rewrite history, improving the status of your prized fighter, or screw up the whole thing by turning him into a giant loser.
When Ubisoft's surprising movie-inspired boxing videogame Rocky first hit consoles in the autumn of 2002, I was surprised at how well it captured the theatrical experience. Though it was no secret around the office that quite a few of us were Rocky fans already, the Rage-developed fighter drew us in with more than just the power of its license -- it also nabbed us with its easy to understand boxing mechanics and satisfying fast-paced gameplay. Not to mention the fact that its two-player head-to-head modes were amazing fun, with only a few technical glitches and AI issues holding it back.
Ressemblant très fortement à son prédécesseur, ce nouveau Rocky se montre aussi sympathique sur le premier mais cette fois, il a une concurrence rude en matière de boxe. On le recommandera donc plus particulièrement aux fans de la trilogie qui seront ravis du nouveau mode carrière et de ses 3 héros. A noter, la regrettable annulation du mode online.
I had my fair share of fights at school. Looking back, if I'm to be honest about it, that's probably because I was an overly intense, semi-sociopath who really couldn't take a joke. However, for the purposes of this review, we'll say it was because I was a crusader for justice. Got that?
When the original Rocky game was released two years ago, it gave gamers a chance to relive some of their favorite moments from the Italian Stallion's film franchise. Although the game had its fair share of flaws, it proved to be entertaining enough to warrant a return trip to the ring. The result, Rocky Legends, packs a pretty good punch and could just make it a contender in the boxing genre's lightweight division.
A little under two years ago, Ubisoft published Rocky, a boxing game based on the famous film franchise that starred Sylvester Stallone as a Philadelphian boxer who rose up from the streets to become the unlikeliest of champions. While it certainly would have made for another good underdog story had this seemingly ill-fitting, film-licensed game turned out to be a champion among boxing titles, it sadly wasn't, thanks to a few blatant gameplay exploits and some rather shoddy graphics, which dragged the game down. In 2004, Ubisoft is giving the Rocky license another go with Rocky: Legends for the PS2 and Xbox. Legends manages to do pretty much what a sequel should do, correcting a lot of the first title's flaws and adding a number of new features. Unfortunately, Legends is still not an especially noteworthy boxing game, but for serious fans of the Rocky films, the game does have its worthwhile moments.
Game Informer Magazine
Although I can’t argue with the fact that the original Rocky is a masterpiece of inspirational sports filmmaking, it’s sad that the caretakers of the franchise haven’t been more discerning about how they use the iconic Philly pugilist. Over five sequels, the movie series degraded into what seemed like bad Saturday Night Live skits, and Rocky hasn’t fared much better in any of the handful of video game adaptations that he’s starred in over the years. Sadly, this trend continues in Rocky: Legends. On paper, it sounds great, allowing you to tackle four seperate career arcs with Rocky, Clubber Lang, Apollo Creed, or Ivan Drago. However, it quickly becomes apparent that these "separate" paths are really just window dressing in the form of some brief cutscenes, as you face mostly the same boxers (in different orders) and see many of the same venues as well.
Developing a game upon a canvas as famous as Rocky's is dangerous. You’ve got to weigh the action-packed spirit of the movies fights against any fan’s desire to methodically take apart Clubber Lang one jab at a time, a task easily as difficult as coming to terms with what the years have done to Sly’s terrifying ex-wife, Brigitte Neilson. I liked her more when she was fake Russian.