Rocky In Gaming: Will Latest Sequel Bring A New Game?
Creed is almost certain to be a popular film, whether or not it's well received critically. The fact that new boxing films are made just about every year is testament to the fact that the public still enjoys them (even if the sport itself is essentially disappearing). In 2006, Rocky Balboa was criticized somewhat before its release due to some complaints that Stallone should just stop already. However, it received generally favorable reviews, and even made more than $150 million worldwide. Creed will look to build on that success, with Stallone sliding into a mentor role and Michael B. Jordan, one of the hottest up-and-coming actors in Hollywood, playing Apollo Creed's son.
But film aside, gaming enthusiasts will be eyeing Creed with the question of whether or not it will bring about a new Rocky game. While the accompanying video games have not been as consistent or remarkable as the film series, Rocky has inspired a long history of gaming titles.
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Despite the release of Rocky V in 1990, the rest of the decade went without any new Rocky gaming releases, but in the 2000s there was something of a revival of the idea. In 2002, Ubisoft published a game, also titled just Rocky, that received great ratings and was available for Xbox, Gamecube, and Playstation 2. The game employed a fighting style and let players control any of the major boxers from the film series through a variety of multiplayer and single player tournament modes. Ubisoft made a follow-up called Rocky Legends in 2004, employing similar concepts and gameplay, though its reviews weren't quite as strong.
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Now the question becomes whether or not the upcoming Creed film will inspire an entirely new Rocky-based video game. In recent years, we have seen an increased focus on training, improvement, and even coaching in gaming. In fighting and adventure genres, players always enjoy upgrading their characters, whether by purchasing new weapons, improving armor, etc., and in sports games in particular there's a lot of emphasis on the idea that practice makes perfect. You can train players, learn new skills, and generally reach new heights to take on better competition. And perhaps all of this bodes well for a game that could be based on the concept of Rocky training a young fighter, as opposed to just jumping back into the ring against the same old opponents.
At this point, that's still only an idea. But the history of Rocky in gaming is a little deeper than many might realize, and a well-designed game for new consoles, based on Creed, could be very exciting indeed.