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  Thursday, 3 October, 2002, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Let's play: Rocky
By BBC Sport Online reviewer Darren Waters

Admit it - whenever you hear the theme from Rocky you feel compelled to don an old tracksuit and go running through the early morning streets, culminating in a burst up a set of steps.

The five Rocky films - yes, they did make a fifth - may be full of clichés and hammy acting.

But the original tale of an Italian-American no-hoper boxer remains a stirring piece of cinematic tosh.

It even won an Oscar for best picture.

Developers Rage are hoping the films still have a resonance as their boxing game Rocky is a pixel-perfect version of the movies.

It lets you live every punch, every round and every moment of meat-hammering brilliance.

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The single player game allows you to train Rocky, compete in bouts and work your way through all of the climactic contests from the films.

You begin as the rookie boxer, fighting in church halls and bars, building up to the bouts from the films against Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago.

Swipes

The game is released across all the console platforms and in the Xbox version tested the graphics are first-rate; all the boxers strongly resemble their flesh and blood counterparts.

The animation, crucial in such games, is also impressive and the only gripe is that some of the punches look more like fake movie swipes than chin-juddering blows.

And I am landing the punches - before you ask.

Each of the settings - from church hall to huge arenas - are rendered well.

The crowds cheer and boo in the right places and look more realistic than the cardboard cut-out people who tend to populate computer games.

But forget about the looks, how does it fight? Well, like Lennox Lewis on a good day.

Power

It does not have the intricacies of Electronic Arts' Knockout Kings but there are enough punches and combination blows present to re-create a full-blooded bout.

The inter-fight training modes are essential to the game, allowing you to build up strength, power and mobility - attributes you will need to succeed in the game.

Believe me, you'll put the hours in at the virtual gym after Apollo Creed has danced around you in the ring, landing punches where he pleases.

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky
Stallone trains by beating the meat

Before each big fight there are also a number of video-cut sequences - but because they tend to copy in digital form what we have already seen in the films they tend to look a little shoddy.

Quite why the actual clips are not shown, is not clear.

The usual sparring modes and two-player modes are included but it would be good to see an online version of the game on the consoles at some point.

Training a boxer in single-player games before challenging gamers across the world online to become the undisputed virtual heavyweight champion of the world - now that's enough to make me pull on my tracksuit.

Rocky is out for GameBoy Advance and Xbox on 31 October and on PlayStation 2 and GameCube in 8 November and 22 November.


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