• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. Rocky Balboa smacks hard with the love its authors must have for the series of movies it takes its inspiration from. One wonders why on earth it’s a PSP exclusive when it could’ve been done so much better on a platform that allows for more scope than a portable but given the circumstances they’ve done a fine job.
  2. Play UK
    Due to a hit-and-miss control system and lack of personality, Rocky Balboa is more fumbling foal than Italian Stallion. [Issue #150, p.87]
  3. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Not as good as "Fight Night" PSP, nor even the old PS2 "Rocky" games. So no title contender, but not bad either. [Mar 2007, p.68]
  4. Games Master UK
    Not a disaster but fails to deliver the same action and satisfaction as earlier Rockys. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  5. Rocky Balboa has plenty of heart, but it's counted out by a poor fighting system and frustrating controls.
  6. Rocky Balboa offers PSP owners a solid boxing experience, but without a career mode to work through it doesn't quite feel like a complete game.
  7. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    A tidy boxing game in itself, but one that lacks the punch of previous Rocky games or any real element of sophistication. [Feb 2007, p.74]
  8. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    The one thing that's original about Rocky is the way you recover from a KO: steadying your boxer on his feed by wobbling the analogue nub left and right. Apart from that Rocky feels like a step back to thte clumsy old days of button hammering and counter-intuitive combos. [Mar 2007, p.110]
  9. A slick and stylish boxing game that plays like a champ when you're winning, but is worryingly featherweight when it comes to defensive options.
  10. 60
    Rocky Balboa is a good boxing game and a fitting commemoration for the franchise, but there just isn't quite enough here.
  11. Pure Magazine UK
    A decent collection of boxing matches, but too disjointed to be world champion. [Mar 2007, p.77]
  12. The problem with Rocky Balboa is that it just doesn't have enough depth to satisfy any real boxing urges.
  13. It's a form-less game that lacks direction. If you can tackle the control system and come to terms with it, you'll be somewhat rewarded, but the average gamer is unlikely to invest so much time for so little compensation.
  14. Edge Magazine
    With little to differentiate fighters beyond base levels of aggression, symmetrical faces and notions of characters they’re meant to represent, it doesn’t take too long for Balboa to flag, or indeed trudge to an unceremonious end. [Mar 2007, p.87]
  15. games(TM)
    Rocky Balboa is the second best boxing game on PSP, but then there are only two of them. [Mar 2007, p.102]
  16. 47
    It isn't very interesting and it has a severe lack of fun. Had the control scheme been simplified and the movements been made looser, Rocky could have had a better chance.
  17. Looks good, but over-complicated controls and needlessly lengthy bouts mar Rocky Balboa, making it a real test of stamina and patience.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#60 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. MattP.
    Feb 12, 2007
    Solid title this. I don't see why the lack of a career mode can be such a heavy negative. I look to my PSP (and other portable devices) Solid title this. I don't see why the lack of a career mode can be such a heavy negative. I look to my PSP (and other portable devices) for a short fix, not a long session. And this game provides that in spades. I also found that this game required your actions and combos to be thought out as opposed to simply mad button mashing. Mashing seemed to yeild no result. I also fail to see how the controls were complicated... face buttons for left and rights, analog nub for movment; hell leaving the nub in a central position initiates the auto block. Presentation is top notch with great, recognizable character models, authentic sound track, play-by-play, and footage from each film. The only true negative I could level at this game would be due to the load times that are somewhat a trademark to the PSP. Especially noticeable in Historic Fight mode (progressively go through all the fights from Spider Rico in R1 to Mason Dixon in R6), where pre-fight footage from the movies is loaded. IMO this is a great solid title for the PSP. Hopefully some US reviewers will agree when it is released there come March. Full Review »
  2. NelsonS.
    Feb 6, 2007
    A great game rocky fans wont be dissapointed it gives good coordination a realistec traing. you almost feel that your rocky balboa "great".