Boxing games seem to have gone missing over the last few years, with Arms being somewhat the only title out there. Other than that the last real big boxing game was Fight Night Champion in 2011 which has really left a massive hole.
But one of the most loved boxing icons returns in an attempt to fill the void, yes Rocky Balboa is back again in his latest game Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions!
Rocky Balboa’s beloved underdog story is a massive part of boxing culture, fans have witnessed his rise from the streets to becoming heavyweight champion. Sadly the Rocky series has never quite had a game that could live up to the spirit of the films.
Rocky Legends was probably the closest fans got to recreating their dream matches, although it was never able to match the likes of Fight Night. But the rise of the Creed film franchise gave birth to the series first VR game, Creed: Rise to Glory.
This game was met with positive feedback as through the power of the Oculus Rift and Quest, fans were able to really live out their boxing fantasies.
Developers Survios return to build upon the success of Creed: Rise to Glory with its spiritual successor Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions!
Visually Big Rumble Boxing is a bit of a mixed bag, with character models looking like comic variants of their movie counterparts. This more cartoony aesthetic works well with the arcade-style allowing the vibrant special moves to really pop off the screen.
The boxers may not look realistic but they are close enough to the original actors for the game to feel nostalgic.
The environments and arenas look as good as any boxing game and although real locations aren’t used, these stand-ins still capture the vibe of the film.
The music in Big Rumble Boxing is great, with a strong selection of the classics and remixes from the films being present.
However, some fan favourites like Eye of the Tiger are missing which isn’t a deal-breaker but a weird omission since it’s such an iconic theme tied to the Rocky franchise.
The game does opt to play some generic themes at times but when the original tracks kick in it’s hard not to get fired up during bouts.
Big Rumble Boxing features a few modes for players to grapple with. The majority of players’ time will be spent in arcade mode which also acts as the story campaign.
Here players can choose from one of ten characters, with ten more to be unlocked. Arcade mode will basically consist of fights and quick time training events in between.
The story element is text only with no voice acting or cutscenes at all. Arcade mode is very short and can become very repetitive with its only saving grace being that players can pick from a diverse range of characters.
This is a slight shame as I feel the writing does capture the essence of the original but it just all falls flat without any animation or voice acting.
The other modes available are training, which allows players to sharpen their skills and versus, where players can recreate those dream match-ups with another player.
I have to say Big Rumble Boxing does feel really empty with only the versus mode having any replay value. A big miss is the non-existent online mode which would have given the game a bit more longevity.
The fight mechanics work rather well and are really easy to master, players, are able to mix up light and heavy moves into combos.
Each character comes with a flashy Super Move that should basically be saved for your knock out punch.
The defensive moves are pretty intuitive, players can block and execute a cool Slip counter.
The main aim will be to deplete your opponents’ health meter to knock them out. I am not opposed to having a health meter as this is more an arcade game than a boxing sim but having a stamina bar really made fights tense in the Fight Night games.
Overall the gameplay is really fun and can get addictive once players get used to the system.
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Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions! Is a fun arcade game that’s really easy to play. This probably isn’t the game that die-hard boxing fans have been waiting for but being able to play as characters from across different generations of the franchise has its obvious appeal.
Fans of the films will enjoy unlocking all the characters for the chance to play their friends in versus mode during an afternoon session of gaming but without online mode, I don’t see it going beyond that.
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is out now for the Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4