STAFF REVIEW of Rocky (Xbox)

Saturday, February 22, 2003.
by Flood

Rocky Box art "And in the blue corner... RRRRRRRRROOCKYYYYYY BALLLBBBOOOO
. Fans of the Rocky movie's can finally be a part of the movies and fight as the Italian Stallion in all of his memorable matches. I honestly wasn't expecting this game to be that great before I played it. I've never played a decent boxing game before, and I definitely haven't ever played a tolerable game that was based on a movie. But this game changed my opinion on both of those issues. The intro to the game is a nice clip reel from all 5 movies. I have never seen any of the Rocky movies in their entirety, but after playing this game I want to go out and buy them all.

I was really hoping that this wasn't going to be a button masher like so many other boxing games have been. Luckily, it has a better fighting system then most, but not perfect. There isn't a whole lot of variety of punches, but it's enough to make each fight different. Dodging punches is well done. Holding the L trigger and pressing the direction you want to sway works pretty well when you're getting a beating from your opponent. After each round, they show a chart of number of punches thrown and landed, knockdowns, and points earned in the round. While this is shown, each coach gives their respective boxers pep talks, which become quite old after a while. Matches overall are fun, but some might find them to be repetitive. I played through the first 2/5ths of the game and I didn?t encounter any opponents with a unique fighting style or patterns in their punches.
After each match, you are given the ability to increase your stats by exercising in different ways such as jumping rope, speed bag, sit ups, or punch a slab of meat. Doing these tasks manually requires lots of button mashing and/or good timing and will leave your hands sore before the next match. Luckily, there is the option to auto train for each attribute so you can go into the next fight without having to take a 15 minute break. But choose wisely because you only get 2 training sessions before each match.
There are 4 playable modes in the game: story, sparring, exhibition, and knockout tournament. Story mode is where you play as Rocky and fight all the fights he did in the movies in order. Sparring is a practice mode where you can try out new moves on a stationary or fighting opponent. Exhibition is 1-2 players in a single match, where any boxer you have unlocked in story mode is playable. Knockout Tournament is a tournament mode where up to 16 players can fight for the belt. Knockout isn't accessible to start; you have to unlock it by finishing Story mode.

The graphics no where near show Xbox's capabilities. Although not bad, they could definitely be better. The character models look a lot like the actors they are based on from the movies, but have a sort of cartoony/caricature look to them as well. In story mode, Rocky changes to the way he looked in each movie as you progress, including hair style and truck colors. The arenas you fight in aren't that amazing either, but they do its job. Simple crowd movements and the occasional beer can thrown into the ring is the most you get as far as action outside the ring. Before the last match of every movie in story mode, there is a nicely done cut scene about the upcoming fight.

If you like the Rocky Theme ("Gonna Fly Now" by DeEtta Little), then you're in luck because it's played ad nausaum in the game. Every time Rocky comes out and wins a fight, the song is played. Thankfully, for those like me who get annoyed easily by songs played over and over, it can be easily skipped. There isn?t much music besides that song, other than a few bad midi-quality entrances for other boxers.
Punches sound pretty realistic, as do the boxers' grunts.

Develop a little more sophisticated fighting system, don't play the Rocky theme every 10 seconds, and make some new game play modes.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 4.0 / 10


Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,314
Forum Posts: 725,651
Xbox One Titles: 1,072
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,085
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,639
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,057
Screenshots: 30,702
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News

See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox One Assassins Creed Origins
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 289 Views

Xbox One S Porsche 919 Hybrid Edition
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 321 Views

OG Xbox on Xbox One now live!
Post by Kamshaft
2 Replies, 555 Views

Xbox One S Renault F1
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 436 Views

Xbox One S Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 575 Views

Xbox One S Prey
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 397 Views

Xbox One S Cuphead
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 656 Views

Xbox One S Shadow of War a gagner
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 387 Views

I Buy Very Rare XBox 360 Faceplates
Post by Smill
8 Replies, 976 Views

Xbox Wire desormais disponible en francais
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 749 Views

Manette Xbox 360 Gamestop Radioactive
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1066 Views

Xbox One Moratl Kombat X sur Ebay
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 1027 Views

Console Xbox 360 et faceplate Xbox 360 in package blue
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 979 Views

Seagate Fanfest External Drive Scorpio
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 1343 Views

Ultimate Game Face
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 1213 Views

© 2000-2017 - 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