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Xbox 6 3.7
Combined User Score 11 3.8


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XboxThe Video Game Critic (Apr 26, 2003)
What's not to like about this game? Only a few minor things are worth mentioning. First of all, it would be nice to have commentators during the fight. I wish the boxers wore their robes as they are introduced and approach the ring. Also, they apparently didn't secure the license for the song "Eye of the Tiger", which is a major letdown (a second-rate sound-alike is used instead). And who the heck is that "Big Yank Ball" guy? But all in all, Rocky is a fantastic game that far exceeds expectations. Outstanding!
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PlayStation 2Diehard 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.
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PlayStation 2PSX 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.
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XboxIGN (Nov 11, 2002)
Despite my many nitpicks, 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!
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XboxSports Gaming Network (Dec 30, 2002)
Usually games based around movies or television tends to be lame (editor's note: anyone else remember the Dukes of Hazard racing game?). There have been numerous licenses that have ended up on the bottom of the barrel. Granted most of these titles are not sports titles, but the net result is the same. Rocky bucks the trend. It's a game that does its license proud. It's the most complete boxing game to come out recently, and despite a couple of flaws and annoyances it's a fun game.
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PlayStation 2Play.tm (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.
85
XboxPower Unlimited (Dec, 2002)
Fuck de naam, gamen met die handel. Rocky is de beste boksgame van het moment en daarmee basta!
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Xbox4Players.de (Nov 13, 2002)
Respekt! Endlich einmal hat man das Gefühl, dass eine Lizenz verwendet wurde, um die Atmosphäre des Spieles zu fördern, anstatt das Spiel dank des ruhmreichen Namens zum Selbstläufer werden zu lassen und das Gameplay zu vernachlässigen. Für Einzelspieler zwar insgesamt etwas kurz, kann Rocky bei Mehrspieler-Duellen seine ganzen Stärken entfalten die vor allem im exzellenten Steuerungssystem zu finden sind. Was besonders freudig stimmt: Auch ohne den großen Namen wäre das Game zum momentan besten Boxspiel gekürt worden. Fans der Filme werden sich wie zu Hause fühlen und Boxspielfans im Allgemeinen sollten Rocky auf jeden Fall ihrem Wunschzettel hinzufügen - selbst, wenn sie nichts mit Sylvester Stallone anfangen können.
85
XboxXBox Solution (XBS) (Dec 01, 2002)
Again, having grown up with the Rocky movies, this game is a treat that brings back a lot of nostalgia. Having said that, I’ve had a hard time in the past recommending a title based on a movie, since the results usually are not up to my standard. Rocky seems to be the exception! It’s a solid boxing game that just happens to have the licence, and I have it tucked away right next to Knockout Kings. If you’re into boxing, definitely pick this one up. If boxing isn’t you’re bag, give it a rent just to check out the damage engine.
85
XboxGame Chronicles (Dec 31, 2002)
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.
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GameCubeIGN (Nov 11, 2002)
I have to admit from the beginning that I'm quite a fan of the Rocky Balboa movies. First shown to me by my boxing-loving parents as a small child, the critically acclaimed story of a down on his luck Philadelphia pugilist and his meteoric rise to the top has always struck a chord with me. If Rocky could accomplish whatever he wanted with nothing more than determination and heart, then what was stopping me from doing that very same thing? So taken in by the world of Balboa and his supporting players was I, that for the longest time I wanted to be a professional boxer. Though my few amateur bouts with the kids around the neighborhood was as far as I ever made it, my passion for the movies and the sport itself continued to grow. Even now in my mid-twenties I find myself quite the sucker for Rocky films.
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GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Dec, 2002)
Spielerisch ist Rocky keine Offenbarung. Jeder Boxer besitzt ein bestimmtes Standardrepertoire an Bewegungen und kann darüber hinaus noch mehrere Spezialschläge hämmern. Klammern können die Boxer nicht. Auch illegale Aktionen können sie nicht ausführen. Außerdem krankt Rocky daran, dass man jeden Kampf mit nur einer Schlagart gewinnen kann. Selbst im härtesten der drei Schwierigkeitsgrade ist die KI mit schnellen Rechts-Links-Kombinationen zum Körper binnen vier Runden auszuknocken. Allerdings sollte sich jeder Boxästhet von solch unschönen Aktionen distanzieren. Die wahren Stärken des Spiels liegen in der hervorragenden Präsentation.
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XboxGamesmania.de (Nov 15, 2002)
Mit Rocky ist Rage ein wirklich tolles Boxspiel gelungen, dass sehr gut die Atmosphäre eines Kampfes vermittelt und ältere Spieler in Erinnerungen schwelgen lässt. Sly Stallone wurde in seiner Paraderolle hervorragend getroffen und glaubhaft umgesetzt. Nur bei den Synchronsprechern wurde leider gepatzt. Da hätte man gern ein bisschen Geld investieren dürfen. So wiederholen sich die guten Ratschläge der Trainer einfach zu oft.
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PlayStation 2PGNx 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?
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PlayStation 2IGN (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!
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XboxGameSpy (Dec 30, 2002)
First and foremost, Rocky is a ton of fun to play, and it's totally a breeze to learn. You don't have to worry about not being a hardcore video-brawling addict to pick this thing up -- anybody can get the gist of the game after a few rounds. Like real boxing, all the moves are based on four basic punches: jabs, hooks, crosses, and uppercuts. Although you could happily get away with button mashing in the earlier stages -- and in perpetuity in the multiplayer mode -- you'll need to master combinations and strategy if you plan to make anything of yourself as a fighter.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 22, 2002)
With a decent number of boxers to unlock, plenty of modes and a crafted control system, Rocky is a slow burning beat 'em up that takes its time to reveal its true charms. As an exercise in how to use a film license, it's perfect 'interactive merchandise' in the way that very few games have ever managed. I mean, it even recreates Rocky's "Adriaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan" moment. What more could Rocky fans ask for? For non fans of the movie, it's still by far the best boxing game ever made - so it if that prospect intrigues you, there's plenty to recommend. For the casual beat 'em up fan, don't expect a Tekken style all action romp - this is more your thinking man's beat 'em up, with enough Arcade action to keep the interest levels high.
80
XboxX-Power (Feb 12, 2003)
En Rage deed het echt heel erg goed, en het zou jammer zijn mocht dit het laatste spel zijn dat we zien van het in Newcastle verblijvende development team. Ze blijven in Rocky erg trouw aan de films en aan het echte boksen, maar durven toch ook wel de nodige overdrijvingen (graphics, Super Punches) in het spel te steken die het spel minder droog maken. Fans van de films zullen hun hart kunnen ophalen bij het feest van herkenning (de dood van Mickey, de vriend/vijand relatie tussen Rocky en Apollo, de trainingsruimte van Ivan Drago) dat dit spel voorschotelt en fans van boksen zullen zeker hun sport herkennen in deze virtuele representatie ervan. In mijn ogen is Rocky één van die vele vergeten games die het zonder hype en zonder al teveel reclame niet gehaald hebben qua verkoopscijfers, maar die toch meer dan de moeite waard zijn voor de gamers met een brede smaak.
80
XboxPelit (Dec, 2002)
Rockyssä on nyrkkeilyn iskevyys ilman, että sorrutaan tolkuttomaan pieksemiseen ja taktisuus ilman, että matsit valahtaisivat tylsäksi lääppimiseksi, kuten liian usein oikeissa matseissa. Vaikkei Rocky ihan klassikko olekaan, niin silkkaa nannaa nyrkkeilyn ja huonon maun ystäville kuitenkin.
80
PlayStation 2GotNext (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.
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GameCubeThunderbolt Games (Mar 14, 2005)
But in the end, what is it that makes Rocky so awesome? Maybe it's the attitude, the gritty urban fight scene. Or maybe it's because the movie was the portrayal of a real hero, a person who was not a godsend for his people, but a simple man who overcame incredible odds. Rocky came from a time when heroes didn’t need to have fancy weaponry or godlike abilities to take down their adversaries. All that was needed was enough determination and heart to see you through. But in this new age, I don’t know what will become of this old hero.
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Game Boy AdvanceAdvance (Dec, 2002)
Entwickler Virtucraft scheint an der GBA-Version etwas gespart zu haben, die Boxkämpfe zwischen Rocky, Clubber. Apollo und Co. verkommen zu uninspirierten Kloppereien. Auch die Präsentation der Rocky-Story musste Opfer bringen. Die einstige Stärke der stationären Version kommt, bedingt durch Standbilder und Texte. Nicht mehr ganz so gut zum Zuge. Trotzdem genügt es, um auch Nicht-Kennern der Filme Rockys Weg zur Spitze näher zu bringen.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy (Nov 27, 2002)
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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XboxGameZone (Nov 26, 2002)
Rocky comes in strong and manages to slip in some really solid punches here and there, but it is not the best boxing the Xbox has to offer. Still, there is some fun to be had here and fans of the movies as well as boxing in general will be entertained. This is one of those recommended weekend rentals for sure.
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PlayStation 2Game 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.
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PlayStation 24Players.de (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.
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GameCubeGameSpy (Dec 20, 2002)
Finally though, the crowd is far less blurred and angular on the GameCube. Nintendo's console wins by a split decision. And, providing you have the patience to learn your opponents' moves to counter them, can train seriously in the gym, and can stand the graphical blemishes, you'll find yourself a winner, too. To paraphrase good old Mikey, you'll have to be a thinker, and a stinker for this cranial and finger-pounding work-out.
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XboxGame Over Online (Feb 21, 2003)
Rocky, published by Ubi Soft, is based on the popular films Rocky I-V, the first of which is already a quarter-century old if you can believe it. Since the developers were not limited to focusing on a single film when developing Rocky, fans of the movies can expect to see material spanning the entire series.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (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.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com (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.
75
XboxJeuxvideo.com (Oct 18, 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.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine (Jan, 2003)
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.
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PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
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.
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PlayStation 2Worth 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.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (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.
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XboxSuper Play (Sweden) (Nov, 2002)
Visst är det roligt att spela mot namnkunniga (i filmernas värld) boxare och ge dem på käften. Bäst passar dock Rocky tillsammans med ett par mer eller mindre goda vänner. Avvägningen action och taktik gör sig ytterst bra när man spelar mot mänskliga spelare. Så köper du Rocky, se till att dina vänner bosätter sig hos dig.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Dec, 2002)
I’m sure you’re as skeptical as I am when it comes to movie-to-game translations, but Rocky beats the odds just like the silver-screen pugilist that inspired it. In terms of gameplay, it sticks close to the Knockout Kings formula – utilizing the four face buttons for the basic punches, and the shoulder triggers for dodging and modified punches like uppercuts. Your CPU opponents are fairly quick, and will force you to rely on solid combos and good movement to win. Ironically, this means that the digital Rocky is actually a more subtle and studied boxer than his movie counterpart ever was. Speaking of the movie, hardcore Stallone freaks will be pleased with the movie clips and content included in the package.
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XboxFactornews (Nov 10, 2002)
Rocky est un jeu sympathique qui exploite avec un certain succès la licence des films. Les fans seront aux anges grâce aux multiples références au film et aux innombrables bonus à débloquer, les autres pourront s'essayer à un jeu de boxe résolument tourné vers l'arcade, bien fendard à plusieurs et accessible à tous.
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XboxWorth Playing (Dec 11, 2002)
When we boot up the game, we’re introduced to a few different modes: there’s exhibition, movie mode, sparring, and some other basic fighting game material; nothing groundbreaking. Movie Mode doesn’t quite live up to its name. Sure, you fight boxers in the order that Rocky did throughout the movies, and there are a few cut scenes that appear between every few matches, but it never really feels like you’re playing the movie, which is too bad.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameZone (Dec 04, 2002)
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.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Chronicles (Dec 11, 2002)
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.
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Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com (Dec 13, 2002)
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.
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PlayStation 2All Game Guide (2002)
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.
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GameCubeAll Game Guide (2002)
While games based on movie licenses are always a risky proposition, it's clear the developers did more than just slap Sylvester Stallone's face on a generic boxing title and call it " Rocky." There is an attention to detail not normally found in games based on movies, and it's apparent from the moment the fighters strut toward the ring that this is something a bit different, something that will at the very least be memorable. From the inspiring "Gonna Fly Now" that begins each fight, to the clothing, conditioning, and hairstyles that marked Rocky's unlikely rise from loan shark's hired goon to Heavyweight Champion of the World, the game seems to understand the five films making up the series and helps re-create the same spirit, the same look, and to a lesser extent, the same drama surrounding each fight.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Dec 20, 2002)
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.
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Game Boy AdvanceWorth Playing (Dec 07, 2002)
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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GameCubeGameSpot (Dec 06, 2002)
In the end, Rocky is completely spoiled by a few major problems, the worst of which makes it possible to get by opponents using only one button. Some punches work better than others, but ultimately once you've discovered them you're never really in any danger of losing a bout, since you can always just keep hitting your opponent on the edge of his recovery animation. This problem is compounded by the fact that beyond 20 matches and five cinema sequences, the game really doesn't offer a whole lot for boxing fans or Rocky fans. If you're still curious, rent the game, see everything there is to see, and then return it.
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GameCubeGame Chronicles (Jan 26, 2003)
Rocky is marred with many problems and poor quality. Though the concept of the game and material hold great potential there was little done to produce a quality title. The mechanics of the game, coupled with the below average graphics make this a disappointing attempt at bringing a classic movie to life. If there is ever a follow-up to this title I hope that it is just an upgraded version of this game. With some more time and a little more effort I am sure that this could have been a great game. I feel sad when a game has to cash in on either name recognition or the popularity of something else. In this era of movie-based games Rocky is just another in a long list of failed interpretations of movie hits.
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XboxGameSpot (Nov 19, 2002)
In the end, Rocky is completely spoiled by a few major problems, the worst of which makes it possible to get by opponents using only one button. Some punches work better than others, but ultimately once you've discovered them you're never really in any danger of losing a bout, since you can always just keep hitting your opponent on the edge of his recovery animation. This problem is compounded by the fact that beyond 20 matches and five cinema sequences, the game really doesn't offer a whole lot for boxing fans or Rocky fans. If you're still curious, rent the game, see everything there is to see, and then return it.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (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.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Over Online (Dec 19, 2002)
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.