Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. Captures the intensity of boxing and the enjoyment of the movies in a remarkable manner.
  2. 85
    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.
  3. There's no limit to the replay value here, unless you just flat out don't like the game or its multiplayer mode.
  4. A surprisingly enjoyable, accomplished and involving game. In fact despite the limits of the boxing genre, playing Rocky is much like watching the films.
  5. The challenge is tough too. You'll be hard pressed to make it though the movie mode on normal difficulty without a good number of continues.
  6. To our delight, Rage has done a wonderful job of putting the movie into game form, and at the same time has made a game that is actually good.
  7. But despite an old story, this legend is still holding his own on this new front of gaming consoles.
  8. Play Magazine
    The facial damage system is spectacular. You can actually see the damage you're inflicting on your opponent. Yo Adrianne! This game rocks! [Jan 2003, p.85]
  9. Nintendo Power
    The game even has a meat locker training scene and play control that rivals that of the Knockout Kings series. [Nov 2002, p.222]
  10. 76
    Under a slightly clumsy-looking graphical exterior lies a phenomenally deep fighting simulation.
  11. Aside from these occasional moments of ludicrously unbalanced fighting, Rocky is a very fun boxing game that does require a good amount of skill to master.
  12. Rather than being an average game with its share of reasons not to like it, Rocky is a game whose shortcomings are why it isn't a "great" game in its own right.
  13. A title that any Rocky fan (or even boxing fans in general) must have, even if the actual game itself has some pretty nasty flaws.
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    We have to deduct points for the game's flaccid fighting engine, which looks awfully similar to "Ready to Rumble Boxing" and becomes repetitive after about three bouts. [15 Nov 2002, p.144]
  15. Completely spoiled by a few major problems, the worst of which makes it possible to get by opponents using only one button.
  16. Just another fighting game, with none of the special appeal of a classic like "Street Fighter." The opponents fight in much the same manner with little variation, and even at the higher levels, the game is far too easy.
  17. 40
    Chief among the defects of Rocky is that despite the game's well-conceived interplay of jabs, uppercuts, blocks, power-punches and what have you, it's too easy to cheap-shot your way to victory.

Awards & Rankings

#90 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2002
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mick
    Nov 20, 2003
    Dont expect this to be a button bashing special moves fantasy combat. Its boxing, youve got to duck and dive and get your shots in to earn Dont expect this to be a button bashing special moves fantasy combat. Its boxing, youve got to duck and dive and get your shots in to earn points from the judges, faithfull to the film, nice graphics, another one for the 2 player collection. Full Review »