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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.2
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.7


Critic Reviews

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91
The 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!
87
IGN (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!
86
Sports 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.
85
Power Unlimited (Dec, 2002)
Fuck de naam, gamen met die handel. Rocky is de beste boksgame van het moment en daarmee basta!
85
4Players.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
XBox 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
Game 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.
83
Gamesmania.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.
82
GameSpy (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.
80
Eurogamer.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
X-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
Pelit (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.
78
GameZone (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.
76
Game 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.
75
Jeuxvideo.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.
70
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.
70
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.
70
Factornews (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.
70
Worth 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.
55
GameSpot (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.