• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2002
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The sounds of gloves hitting faces gives off a satisfying smack, and body blows have a painful thudding sound to them.
  2. It’s a great game with visual flair and an immense depth of gameplay that recreates the “Sweet Science” perfectly.
  3. A winner with at least majority decision, if not a knockout.
  4. 83
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Features the premiere boxing engine on PS2. [Jan 2003, p.130]
  7. 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]
  8. The game is a fairly realistic boxing sim. It pretty much it boils down to this: if you liked the acclaimed Rocky series, you’re sure to like this title, but if you never cared for it, you’ll probably hate it.
  9. 74
    Unfortunately, for PS2 owners, a vicious beat-down is delivered by the GameCube's less blurry, less angular crowds, and it wins by a split decision.
  10. The control and gameplay aren't great, but they're good enough for fans of the license. [Holiday 2002, p.54]
  11. Few licensed videogames have captured the essence of their source material as well as Rage Software has captured the heart and soul, not to mention the over-the-top style of the boxing matches, that makes a “Rocky” movie click.
  12. 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]
  13. With improved animation, a more robust career, and a better choice of modes, it could have easily been a knockout instead of a contender.
  14. Completely spoiled by a few major problems, the worst of which makes it possible to get by opponents using only one button.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. NoahB.
    Jun 24, 2004
    10
    I'd give this a 100. But it's 1-10 .ApolloCreed iz da' man!!!
  2. Ben
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    Sylvester Stallone is not only the single greatest actor to ever exist, but has written and directed the greatest movie series in the history of mankind. This game is a hard-hitting, Stallone powered machine that never stops running. The best movie has become a game... Full Review »
  3. LoopDoGG
    Jun 25, 2003
    9
    This is the best boxing game ive ever played, and ive played them all. Moves are fluid and the Al's are just at the right difficulty. One problem I noticed is a major glitch. If one plays with the silver rocky statue, the game freezes. Full Review »