Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. It's a fun game, but like I said before, don't go in expecting a boxing sim. I would put this more in the same vein as Ready to Rumble except without all the ridiculous moves and boxers of Ready to Rumble.
  2. 87
    The true showstopper however is the facial damage. The best yet seen in any boxing game, cuts, bruises, swelling, and abrasions form realistically on fighters faces as the match progresses.
  3. A game that does its license proud. It's the most complete boxing game to come out recently.
  4. Combining slick graphics, beautiful voice-overs, a great single player experience and a wide array of punches, characters and arenas, Rocky categorizes itself as one of the best boxing games ever created.
  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. 82
    Great gameplay and incredible movie nostalgia.
  7. The character models look scarily authentic and the damage simply has to be seen to be believed.
  8. Even though it'll be too demanding for some, Rocky currently represents the best boxing title on the market. And our prediction for the last fight in the game? Pain. [Edge]
  9. 80
    Perhaps the most competent boxing game we've come across in a long while, if not ever. It manages to be a worthy film tie-in that remains supremely playable and strangely compulsive.
  10. The problem is that while the moves are smooth, the response time of some punches can be somewhat delayed (shades of "Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing") before they make an actual contact.
  11. A definite treat for Rocky fans that comes up a little short as a boxing sim.
  12. The main mode of the game that allows you to relive the past five Rocky films is disappointingly short, especially when you factor in the cheap-shot facet of the gameplay mechanics.
  13. Official Xbox Magazine
    The fighting engine won't win any awards for realism or responsiveness. (At times the punches lag behind your button presses.) But ultimately it's good enough for what the game is. [Dec 2002, p.142]
  14. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Rage has perfectly captured the flavor of the boxing in the Rocky films, and by this we mean there is no pugilism to be found. [Winter 2002, p.107]
  15. GMR Magazine
    A technical knockout, really, considering there's not much competition. [Feb 2003, p.95]
  16. Game Informer
    An adequate boxing title for fans of the franchise. [Dec 2002, p.144]
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    A very good-looking, fun boxing title loaded with satisfying arcade action... The champ's still got it. [Dec 2002, p.258]
  18. 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]
  19. Despite its flaws, Rocky is the best boxing game I have played since the Evander Holyfield game on Sega Genesis, and it is surely the best boxing title on the Xbox.
  20. With improved animation, a more robust career, and a better choice of modes, it could have easily been a knockout instead of a contender. Rocky the game certainly has the heart of a champion, just not the tools needed to go the distance.
  21. Cheat Code Central
    This game is a renter for a few nights. Then use the money you saved or ask Santa for something that has a bit more depth, better graphics and game-play.
  22. Completely spoiled by a few major problems, the worst of which makes it possible to get by opponents using only one button.

Awards & Rankings

#91 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#38 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. ShaneM.
    Feb 15, 2003
    Everything a Rocky fan could hope for in a Xbox Boxing game.
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    Much better than most fighting games. Really puts you into the shoes of Rocky, and a thorough enjoyment for both gamers and film fanaticsMuch better than most fighting games. Really puts you into the shoes of Rocky, and a thorough enjoyment for both gamers and film fanatics alike.
    If you enjoyed other fighting games, this is for you.
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  3. MikeC.
    May 12, 2003
    It's great.