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Rocky Balboa review

It's not over 'til it's over. Or 'til your hands seize up


  • Vast armory of punches
  • Historical mode is great
  • Perfect for short trips


  • No career mode
  • Fights can be unbalanced
  • Not much depth

Fittingly, given that Rocky Balboa is a boxing game, your hands will be killing you after just a few hectic rounds. It%26rsquo;s not the game%26rsquo;s fault, though; it%26rsquo;s more the fact that PSP requires you to have fully elastic thumbs.

Thankfully, the controls themselves are well laid out, and make the best use of the handheld%26rsquo;s somewhat awkward layout; after time, they become second nature. The face buttons are for your basic punching: Square and Triangle take care of left and right direct smacks, while X and Circle take care of left and right uppercuts. Simple enough. Combine these with the nubbin - which controls your boxer%26rsquo;s body movement, to alter the power and angle of your punches - and hit R at the same time to dodge any unfriendly blows.

More Info

DescriptionProvided you don't expect a game that'll take you on an epic journey of the movies, you should get regular, punchy bursts of satisfaction out of it.
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating16+
Release date:20 March 2007 (US), 26 January 2007 (UK)
Available platforms:PSP
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