STAFF REVIEW of Rocky Legends (Xbox)

Friday, October 15, 2004.
by Salmonaitor

Rocky Legends Box art I remember 1979 when Rocky II came out. I was on a family vacation in Florida and I came out of the movie theatre after seeing it, full of excitement and bravado, like I could take on the world!! I climbed up onto a bellman?s luggage cart at the hotel we were staying at with my arms raised in the air and humming the theme to Rocky, the wheels shifted, and I ended up on my rear, but my spirit was not broken, just like my new hero Rocky Balboa.

But Rocky II was just a precursor to the ?Star Wars Kid? like fascination I would have with the third installation of the series (which should have been the last), aptly named Rocky III. Clubber Lang (Mr. T) was like the baddest dude I had ever seen!! I mean, who could beat this boxing machine who was more of a street fighter than a boxer? And what was Rocky doing kerfuffling around with Thunderlips: The Ultimate Male (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan) when he had the match of his life ahead of him? The angst I felt was immeasurable!!

Now, I know at this point you?re probably thinking, ?c?mon Salmy this is a game review, get to the game?, but I must tell you, I don?t feel that I could properly put this game into perspective without relaying to you my passion for the Rocky movies.

There are a few different game modes, Knockdown Tournament, Survival Mode (which is an unlockable feature), and Career Mode. I played career mode. The game starts out with a few possibilities of play, which I believe, gives this game more legs than others in its genre. You have the opportunities to play as Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago. Each choice brings its own video sequence and life story. I played as everyone, except for Ivan Drago, and the stories are ok - you know, the general background, and a bit thrown in. Each personality has their own unique climb up the ladder of contention, with a training session in between fights.

This is a part of the game that I really like. As you climb up the ranks, you have the opportunity to jump up a little faster by being able to fight a better boxer. So, if you?re ranked 22nd, you have the opportunity to fight either the 21st, 20th, or 19th ranked boxers. However, things to keep in mind are amount of time before your fight, and your current skill level. If you jump too fast, then boxers ahead of you can have significantly better skill sets than you, and the fight can be an uphill battle. Sure you might get out of the gate pretty quick, but you?ll tire soon, and the fight can change hands quickly. So, in between fights, is the game within the game. You can train to improve your skills through several different training activities, some of which, are unique to the boxer you?ve chosen. Like for Clubber Lang, you can do chin-ups, or with Apollo, you can spar, or with Rocky, you can chase a chicken. Each of these training activities increases your skills in certain areas; so if you lacked the stamina in a previous bout, train in the area that increases your stamina. Now, me being as uncoordinated as I am, I had a tough time with some of the training exercises, so for the hopelessly ungifted such as myself, there is a handy little button called ?AUTOTRAIN?, which helps you through. You won?t score bonus points with it, but often helped me score higher than I would have. I?ve often thought that game reviewers should get the ?teacher?s edition?, so that everything is unlocked, and we can see what happens in the end, but my countless letters and phone calls have fallen on deaf ears (and given me an FBI file, or as we say in Canada C.S.I.S.).

Fighting is relatively easy, the buttons are straight forward, and once you get a few bouts under your belt, you can develop your own strategy. I found it easiest to stay put for the most part with the gloves up, take a few blows while covered up, then jab, jab, jab till your opponent is back on his heels a bit, then move in for the big uppercut. Usually in sticking with that tactic, you can run up your punch count on him, and win each round by points. There are times in a fight when you get like a super punch power, but I found it unclear how to get it. In addition, every once in a while the FURY feature comes up (again, I?m not sure why), and if you press the fury button, your punches mean a whole lot more.

I?m not terribly wowed by the graphics in this game, but I?m not put off either. It?s hard to make video game people look like real people, especially when they?re as famous as the characters from Rocky but they did a pretty good job. Remember Captain Keyes from Halo? The characters are rendered pretty much like that. Where they lacked, was in the general feel of the game. It feels sort of dirty, you know? There?s nothing at all crisp about it. Movement is good, and they really seemed to mimic the styles of each boxer well. Clubber Lang has that ferocious roundhouse flurry, Rocky Balboa has that distinct body twinge as he gets hit in the kidney, and every now and then there is blood splattered on the camera for an extra gruesome effect.

An aspect of this game that really could have used some improvement is the sound. It seems almost as though it was an afterthought. The worst part is the ring announcer, old kung-fu movies were dubbed better than this. In addition the cut scenes are poorly dubbed. The voices of the character aren?t a great match either, Rocky is pretty good, but then again, a 3 year old with a cold can do Rocky, but the rest are just off, they don?t capture the feel from the movies?especially Clubber Lang. I pity da po foo who did da voice of Mista T!!! The music isn?t there either, I guess Survivor was charging too much on the royalties for Eye of the Tiger (with Rocky III being my favourite, I was looking forward to rocking out to it). The normal boxing sounds are there, and the crowd and so on, but it just wasn?t put together well, and an increased effort needs to be there, should they decide to make this a video game trilogy (by the way, that was not a suggestion).

Over all this is a good play. I had a lot of fun with it, especially because I?m such a huge Rocky fan. Had this game been a little crisper visually and lit a little differently, and some serious time been spent on sound, it would have fetched a far better rating from me. The problem is there are just too many loose ends with this title, and with it not being the biggest selling genre, it?s hard to blame them for not going that extra mile. However, with that being said, if you like boxing games, and especially if you like Rocky, give this a look, it?s a lot of fun, there?s a little strategy involved, and with the different character stories to follow, and a few unlockable features, it has more life than other games in it?s genre. This is definitely one of the better boxing games I?ve played.

Good gaming, and keep your sticks on the ice,


Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.4 / 10
Sound: 5.6 / 10


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 43,985
Forum Posts: 725,147
Xbox One Titles: 656
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,084
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 583
Xbox Titles: 847
Staff Reviews: 1,449
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 13,088
Screenshots: 28,871
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Games with Gold for November - Count me in
Post by TheOutcast-XBA
1 Replies, 42 Views

Xbox One Edition Limitee Borderlands The Handsome Collection
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 47 Views

Xbox One Edition Limitee et controllers
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 67 Views

GOW 4 Horde Credit and XP Earn Rate Updates
Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 74 Views

Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 68 Views

Red Dead Redemption 2 releasing Fall 2017
Post by Nato King
5 Replies, 117 Views

Xbox One S Protoype Zebra
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 161 Views

Xbox One South Korea Edition Limitee Mother Pearl
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 101 Views

Xbox One Official China Edition limitee Lunar New Year Monkey 2016
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 111 Views

Xbox Play Anywhere Set up.
Post by Nato King
6 Replies, 181 Views

CONTEST! Win a copy of Worms W.M.D.!
Post by Variation-XBA
9 Replies, 354 Views

The Gears of War 4 Live Broadcast Airs Today
Post by Nato King
7 Replies, 216 Views

Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 265 Views

Spoiler: First 12mintues of Battlefield 1
Post by Nato King
9 Replies, 252 Views

Custom Xbox Addict Controller!
Post by Variation-XBA
8 Replies, 324 Views

© 2000-2016 - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics