Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Buy On
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. GMR Magazine
    A technical knockout, really, considering there's not much competition. [Feb 2003, p.95]
  4. Game Informer
    An adequate boxing title for fans of the franchise. [Dec 2002, p.144]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
#35 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.