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  • Summary: A prequel to the movie Rocky, the game Rocky: Legends lets you experience all the action that took place before Rocky became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. You'll pummel your way through a variety of career modes that feature Rocky, Clubber, Apollo, and Drago. Fight in 20 venues based on familiar locations from the Rocky films, such as the Philadelphia Art Museum, a casino on the Vegas strip, a Russian training camp, and more. Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. Another problem is the game's terrible collision detection and absurd recovery times after throwing a punch or ducking to avoid a blow.

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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
    8
    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 attacks...you 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? Expand
  2. BlueFalcon
    Nov 21, 2004
    4
    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. Collapse
  3. VickyJ.
    Nov 18, 2004
    3
    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. Expand