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Diehard GameFan (Dec 22, 2002)
A surprisingly realistic boxing game that will please newcomers and hardcore movie fans alike, Rocky is one game that everyone should give a try. There’s certainly enough here to warrant a purchase, especially if multi-player is your thing. So go out and give Rocky a shot, you bum.
PSX Extreme (Nov 19, 2002)
The truth is this: Rocky manages to capture both the inspirational and exciting atmosphere of the movies while, at the same time, giving an extremely smooth, rewarding and playable system of boxing. It's the best boxing game I have ever played, and possibly my game of the year.
85 (Jan 08, 2003)
This is a good, fun game, which incorporates the Rocky franchise excellently, and only at times does it fall into the trap of living off the Rocky name. It is indebted to the films undoubtedly but the game play is varied enough that it can be fun well after you have completed the movie mode. The only real reservation one can have is that the movie mode is a little too easy and once your boxer has built himself up in the training mode all the other boxers are simply a pushover. It is, however, a well thought out game, which is blissfully simple and ultimately quite rewarding.
PGNx Media (Dec 08, 2002)
The first Rocky captured audiences over 25 years ago and the last Rocky captured fans 12 years ago. Even with all the time that has passed Rage has developed a new Rocky game which spans all five Rocky films. They have partnered with Ubi Soft to publish it in the states, but does the game do justice to the Rocky films? Or even boxing games?
IGN (Nov 11, 2002)
Despite my many nitpicks though, Rocky is in many ways the perfect boxing game. Capturing the spirit of the films more closely than few movie-licensed videogames before it, Rage Software's stab at the Italian Stallion is every bit a masterpiece that the movies were (trust me, it's already better than V). Though it definitely could have seen some improvement, particularly in terms of round scoring and CPU difficulty, there have been few boxing games yet to match this level of success. Joining the ranks of other legendary titles like Greatest Heavyweights and 4D Boxing, Rocky Balboa is very much for real and is Ubi Soft's best game this year next to Splinter Cell. Wait no longer -- run out and pick this baby up right now!
GotNext (Aug 05, 2004)
Not unlike the boxer himself, Rocky overcomes the odds and succeeds as no one expected it to. It represents a marriage of form and content that works surprisingly well because unlike Minority Report (also reviewed this issue - include link), the gameplay is built around its source material. A must have for Rocky and boxing fans alike, although its level of realism may turn off the casual gamer.
Game Chronicles (Dec 31, 2002)
While Rocky hasn’t changed my overall perception of the sport of boxing I will confess I did enjoy this game. It did an incredible job of capture the spirit and story of the entire movie series and offered solid gameplay with plenty of options and game modes to keep even the most diehard boxing fanatic entertained for months to come. If you enjoy boxing then this is a no-brainer. Rocky is the best boxing game you can get. Even if you don’t like boxing this may be the game to convert you, especially if you enjoyed the movies. A definite rental for all and possible purchase for many, Rocky is a definite crowd pleaser.
76 (Dec 06, 2002)
Auch auf der PS2 kann sich Rocky problemlos an der Boxspiel-Spitze platzieren. Spielerisch eine saubere 1:1-Umsetzung der gelungenen Xbox-Fassung machen die Ringschlachten auf Sonys Flaggschiff einen Heidenspaß. Allerdings nur mit mehreren Spielern. Denn die kurze Spieldauer für Einzelspieler wurde gleich mit übernommen. Und trotz Interlace-Problemen und vor allem im Fall der Ringseile äußerst störender Abwesenheit von Anti-Aliasing kann die Film-Umsetzung unter dem Strich auch grafisch mit guten Animationen und detaillierten Figuren überzeugen. Insofern gibt es für Boxspiel-Fans eigentlich keinen Grund, ruhigen Gewissens an Rocky vorbei zu gehen - vor allem, wenn sie häufiger Freunde zu Besuch haben.
75 (Dec 24, 2002)
Entre arcade et simulation, ce que l'on aurait pu attendre comme une mauvaise licence de plus devient un jeu de boxe tout à fait honorable. Il n'en demeure pas moins que les acharnés du genre lui reprocheront de ne pas être assez technique. Un soft à conseiller à tous les novices. Et même si vous êtes des béotiens en la matière, voilà une bonne occasion de vous mettre à la boxe.
The simplicity of the gameplay will turn off hardcore boxing fans and the constantly changing difficulty level won't help, but the sheer fun of beating the living hell out of Tommy Gunn is worth it. Any fans of the movies will eat this one up due to it's faithfulness to the films. Go rent the movies, rent the game, and the get psyched up to take down Ivan Drago.
Worth Playing (Jan 10, 2003)
Overall, Rocky manages to capture the spirit of the films it portrays while keeping the actual boxing mechanics cohesive and enjoyable. Unfortunately, the main mode of the game that allows you to relive the past five Rocky films is disappointing short, especially when you factor in the cheap-shot facet of the game play mechanics. Nevertheless, fans of the franchise will almost certainly be willing to overlook the game’s pitfalls thanks to the basically-good boxing experience it purports.
GameSpy (Dec 20, 2002)
Based in Newcastle in the U.K., Rage Software isn't the first software developer you'd think of to wrestle with an attempt at turning all five Rocky movies into a playable video game. But the Geordies have bobbed, weaved, and pummeled the crappier elements of boxing games into the canvas, and grants you a scarily deep offering that plucks the best bits from the classic movie franchise.
Rocky is a solid boxing title that does justice to the license it's based on, but it's lacking in a number of key areas. With improved animation, a more robust career, and a better choice of modes, it could have easily been a knockout instead of a contender. Rocky the game certainly has the heart of a champion, just not the tools needed to go the distance.
GameSpot (Nov 19, 2002)
It's been more than 25 years since the Academy Award-winning film Rocky was first released, and whether you find it odd or not, we now have a brand-new game based on the timeless film series. Unfortunately for fans of the film franchise and boxing games in general, Rocky doesn't do justice to the films or the boxing genre.