Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. It has the great gameplay from the original, a new story more, and still looks great. But yanking out the big online feature that made me jump for joy, I can't give the game the same score.
  2. The original game was impressive and perhaps left little room for another but Venom has managed to produce a sequel that really packs a punch.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Even without any appreciation of boxing, you can enjoy hours of sweat-laden, bloody-pulped frenzy and get sucked in and be amazed. Truly a wonderful creation, Rocky Legends is at the forefront of its genre.
  5. It’s quite “arcadey” but it also isn’t a simple button masher. It does rely on timing and strategy but its main sore point is that remembering a few killer combos is all it can take to beat the A.I over and over.
  6. The fights are well balanced and won’t feel too easy to complete but with the loss of LIVE, the game life itself has been severely dented.
  7. There are still a few minor issues that keep the overall impact of the game from really landing a solid knockout punch, but the game does provide boxing fans with an easy game to jump into without having to worry about spending 2 hours figuring out the controls. It’s pure Rocky fun.
  8. 71
    Though it's not going to rewrite the boxing genre the way that "Fight Night 2004" did, it still offers a more accessible gameplay engine that players should find easier to get into and easier to win with.
  9. The intuitive fighting control remains as solid as ever. [Dec 2004, p.86]
  10. It fails as a boxing sim and it fails as an arcade fighter. It succeeds excellently as homage to the Rocky films and should please fans of the movies.
  11. A decent game that perhaps relies on the license it is built on a bit to much. When you take that away you have quite an average boxing game and really only boxing fans or those who love the Rocky series of movies are likely to enjoy this title.
  12. If you into Legends just for the boxing you could be a bit disappointed. Like I mentioned early, Rocky: Legends makes you feel like you could be a part of the movies with its fast paced action and retrospective story mode.
  13. The boxing mechanics, while occasionally enjoyable, become practically automatic after a couple of trips through the career mode. And while the career mode itself is cool, it could have benefited from more in the way of story.
  14. It's straight arcade action all the way, and it lets you re-create some of your favorite fights from all five of the Stallone films. [Holiday 2004, p.78]
  15. While Legends does offer you the most comprehensive Rocky experience to date, it just plain fails to deliver in the ring. [Dec 2004, p.165]
  16. "Fight Night 2004" is better on all levels, but if you are a Rocky fan or just want to go head up versus a buddy, Legends will give you the action. Just make sure that you time your combos right and know how to block and maneuver, because all it takes is one punch to throw you down.
  17. A consuming, flowing and sparky fighting game that, like Rocky himself, is as defiant as it is aged. Yet it smacks of trying to draw out the dying moments of a well-flogged horse.
  18. While the sequel doesn’t exactly surpass the original, it’s at least a fair crack at the boxing genre…Shame it’s still not as good as EA’s "Fight Night." [Nov 2004, p.119]
  19. Also aggravating is the half-assed presentation. Cutscenes are crap, and voiceovers are all delivered by stand-ins instead of authentic actors. Even Paulie sounds like he's being voiced by someone's roommate.
  20. Astonishingly, this series is showing progress. If you owned the first Rocky, there is not much new here beyond playing as other characters, though newcomers will undoubtedly appreciate the way the game pays homage to the films.
  21. Another problem is the game's terrible collision detection and absurd recovery times after throwing a punch or ducking to avoid a blow.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Chris
    May 8, 2005
    This game has a lot more sim qualities than credited for... boxing fans will be surprised at the depth involved in the actual fighting, if you're playing against a human opponent... unlike the fight night series, you can effectively sidestep your opponent's don't have the same fluid control over bobbing and weaving and leaning, but the blocking makes a lot more sense as the block button blocks both head and body blows, without having to ridiculously switch from a high and low guard, which resulted in a three-stooges-like sequences in fight night round 2, where you would fake a blow to the body, and once your opponent drops his guard to protect his body, you go for a head shot.. does that ever happen in real boxing? Full Review »
  2. BlueFalcon
    Nov 21, 2004
    The graphics, sound, atmosphere, and game concept are all pretty good. The problem here, is with the gameplay. It's way too simple and button mashy. It all but makes the great presentation pointless. Full Review »
  3. VickyJ.
    Nov 18, 2004
    What a disappointment. Any boxing game with the rocky name to it you would expect to be half decent. Wrong. Maybe my opinion on this is a little harsh, after playing fight night 2004 you can hardly blame me. This game falls short on every aspect, and was it just me, did rocky seem to be graphically the worse looking character in the game ? Put it back on the shelf you can pick up fightnight 2004 for less which is the best boxing game available. Full Review »