November 15, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Yo, Adrian! This boxing extravaganza includes characters from all five ”Rocky” films, and lets you (playing as the Italian Stallion) go toe-to-toe with Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Cold War pugilist Ivan Drago. Between fights, crusty old Mickey trains you on the speed bag while the ”Rocky” orchestra’s ”Gonna Fly Now” swells in the background (”Eye of the Tiger” is sorely missing from the soundtrack). The cut scenes faithfully reenact key plot points from the movies, and the in-fight taunts are delivered verbatim from the films. But we have to deduct points for the Rocky game’s flaccid fighting engine, which looks awfully similar to ”Ready 2 Rumble Boxing” and becomes repetitive after about three bouts. ”Rocky” throws a lot of punches but, unfortunately, rarely connects.

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