|Director(s)||John G. Avildsen|
Rocky Legends is the sequel to the 2002 video game Rocky. It is a video game of the fighting game genre released in 2004, by Venom Games. The game is based on the Rocky franchise, excluding Rocky Balboa, which wasn't released until 2006.
The events of the game take place before the films and in between. In the game the player can take control of Rocky Balboa, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago and witness their early careers before their famous encounters.
Rocky Legends has six different gameplay modes to choose from including Career, Exhibition, Tournament, Survival, Training, and Practice. To unlock extras, the player must buy them from the shop.
Career mode allows the player to select one of the major characters of the first four Rocky films. Each character has a story of how they rise to the top of the boxing world. They all remain true to the canon of the Rocky films except for Ivan Drago's story, which differs in the match against Rocky Balboa.
- Rocky Balboa: Rocky's story begins outside of Mickey's gym, where Rocky has a street fight with Joe Zale. The story then progresses through all of the Rocky movies, ending with Rocky's street fight against Tommy Gunn.
- Apollo Creed: Apollo's story gives us a backstory to Apollo before his fight with Rocky Balboa. The story begins during a match between Apollo and his best friend Tony "Duke" Evers. Apollo beats Duke, and Duke tells Apollo that he is getting ready to retire and would like to be Apollo's manager. Apollo agrees and the story leads into Apollo's rise to the championship, finishing just before Rocky's rise to fame.
- James "Clubber" Lang: Clubber Lang's story starts in the Chicago state prison, where he gets into a brawl with another inmate. After the fight the guards tell Lang that he served his time and he is let go. The story then revolves around the events of Rocky III and culminates in his victory over Rocky in New York City.
- Ivan Drago: Ivan Drago's story is the only one that steps away from the canon of the Rocky films. Drago's story revolves around the events of Rocky IV and his rise to fame in Russia. This career mode has a twist: not only does Drago beat Apollo, he also defeats Rocky. It ends with Drago receiving a medal from the Soviet Union.
A training mode is included in Rocky Legends. Training can be done in freeplay or career. While training in career mode awards the player points to upgrade their character based on how well they trained. This gives the player a chance to change how the stars of Rocky fought as the player is allowed to decide which stats to raise. Training in freeplay can be done both alone and with another player competitively, however this has no effect on the character's stats.
- Featured Boxers
1These boxers can be used in career mode.
- Rocky and Apollo can be selected in their alternative costumes from over the years.
Ludmilla Drago, wife of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, is exclusive to the Xbox version, in place of Paulie who is selectable on the PlayStation 2 version.
The game was met with average reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 73% and 67 out of 100 for the Xbox version, and 69.47% and 65 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version.
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