Rocky takes swings at PSP

Prehistoric pugilist comes back for "one last fight" on Sony's handheld; Ubisoft game to tie-in with film's late-December release.

Just when movie goers thought they had seen the last of Rocky Balboa, the plucky punching bag from Philadelphia, Sylvester Stallone and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that the 60-year-old Sly would return for another round. Rocky Balboa, likely the boxing franchise's final movie, is due out in theaters later this year.

Film isn't the only medium Rocky is taking another jab at. Ubisoft today confirmed that a PSP game, Rocky Balboa, will be released in conjunction with the movie.

In Soviet Russia, punching bags punch you!

The game was spotted on online retailers' Web sites in August as Rocky 6, but little information accompanied the listing. Not much more info was divulged today, other than that the game will follow the film's storyline.

The game's description paints a slightly depressing picture of a retired Rocky, with the Italian Stallion left alone after the passing of Adrian and a grown son too busy to visit. When presented with the opportunity to fight a young up-and-comer conveniently named Mason "The Line" Dixon, Rocko accepts the challenge and goes back to slurping down raw eggs.

However, recently released screenshots indicate that Rocky will go toe-to-toe with past villains from Rocky films, including Ivan Drago (played in the movies by Dolph Lundgren) and Clubber Lang (played by Laurence Tureaud--aka Mr. T).

Ubisoft says the game will be released "shortly after the movie's December 22, 2006 theatrical release."

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59 comments
GreenXMega
GreenXMega

Hey, at least you get to beat up bad guys from the better Rocky movies!

pdo4545
pdo4545

It looks O.K. but i dont think im going to buy it... :/

lewisdickens007
lewisdickens007

movie wasn't great and i don't think the game will be that good either. i hope so though

Inuyasha5262
Inuyasha5262

AAHHH!!! That movie was a dissapointment. I mean it was great! But the ending... c'mon.... I'll be sure to get this game though. I want to beat the living sh*t out of mason dixen

milkpudding
milkpudding

"flamesta99 Why are Ds fan-boy always on psp parts of the site? Why don't you all stay on the DS section. I like both handhelds equally for different reasons which makes them so great, BUUUUUUUUUT I think Rocky will be LAME though." cos 80% of them are kids, seriously. you can't expect too much from kids. and Rocky IS lame this time.

Riothebest
Riothebest

I dont like the movies much, but Sly was my idol in the years 1980s. Maybe I'll try this game.

Cheska_Briune
Cheska_Briune

MIght not be that bad. I'm really looking forward to the movie, and hopefully both are AT LEAST moderately successful, which I know the movie undoubtably will be, but not too sure about the game.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I fail to understand why many of you same gamers who put games like on the charts are surprised when the publishers dip back in the well to release a game based on an older IP. Furthermore, those of you who claim that games you've never seen will suck on systems you've never played are idiots.

flamesta99
flamesta99

Why are Ds fan-boy always on psp parts of the site? Why don't you all stay on the DS section. I like both handhelds equally for different reasons which makes them so great, BUUUUUUUUUT I think Rocky will be LAME though.

G_W_X
G_W_X

Hey adrian, im on the stinkiN' PSP, nooooooooo! adrian adrian adriiiiiiiiiiian!

dmn_link
dmn_link

"Lame, the movie sux, and this will too" Did you see teh movie?..........

imbacon
imbacon

A has been boxer on a wannabe handheld!

nevereathim
nevereathim

Lame, the movie sux, and this will too :P

PelekotansDream
PelekotansDream

Well I want to get a PSP for MGS, maybe I can get this for it too.

KingofTrolls
KingofTrolls

Rocky PWN'S the PSP cause there is really nothing left of it to PWN. DS PWN'D PSP HAHAHAHAHA.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I hope the game wont be crappy like movie games....

TonicTheFudgfog
TonicTheFudgfog

If they're putting past characters in, I want an unlockable "Classic fights" mode "This time you can save Apollo Creed!"

thefjk
thefjk

Whaaaaaaaaaa... this is gonna be horrible. No wonder they went for the PSP!

Doolum
Doolum

well lets see how it turns out to be,,,,

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Tell me he fights Thunderlips and I'm in.

Max_Hydrogen
Max_Hydrogen

Geey! They should make a Rambo video game, not another boxing one. Murdock... I'm coming... FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I AM THE LRAW!

rudyHG
rudyHG

Nothing beats screenshots that look like Poser 3D images. Bleah!

cspiffo
cspiffo

orangebrat, Man, you must really love old Sly...It's all good. I loved the Rocky and Ramboo movies except obviously Rocky V. I don't get why Stalone's beating a dead horse though! We need new Ideas people. Even Jack Nicholson reinvented himself with Age! I do hope the movie is good, but yah gotta wonder. We're not hating just expressing our opinions.

cspiffo
cspiffo

hah! AARP! LOL! hahahahahaha!

orangebrat
orangebrat

>>>as if 5 movies aren't already enough... movies 2-5 were terrible, so its apparent that the producers don't intend on making a good movie, they intend on trying to make even more money off of a dead franchise. Sorry, but the franchise, with the exception of the 5th film, is a beloved one and parts 2-4 are some of the best movies ever made. Early reviews of the new one are stellar and it is being compared with the first film. The "producers" aren't trying to do anything. This movie had to go through many obstacles to get made and the only one who made it happen was Stallone. He's also making a new Rambo and a possible 5th Rambo if the 4th one is a hit. Fall off your hateful highhorse and educate yourself with Stallone's ongoing Q&A sessions at [url=http://www.aintitcool.com/]http://www.aintitcool.com/[/url]

TryMe01
TryMe01

Ubisoft making another movie tie-in game, now there's a surprise!

NeleNel
NeleNel

I dunno...Fight Night redefined boxing games as we know it, so hopefully it will be just as good with a nice "rocky" twist, like, he calls AARP and a bunch of elderly people come beat you with canes and walkers. Now that's a game!

brant_almighty
brant_almighty

as if 5 movies aren't already enough... movies 2-5 were terrible, so its apparent that the producers don't intend on making a good movie, they intend on trying to make even more money off of a dead franchise. This game is just an extension of profits the producers, and ubisoft hope to make. I can almost guarantee that like the 100+ movie adaptation games for the PSP, this one will suck so much a$$.

cspiffo
cspiffo

I was under the assumption that if Rocky would get in the ring again he could die due to the pounding from Ivan Drago. Hell he didn't even step in the ring for the last movie. What is this crap! Let it go Stalone, Let it go!

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

ok I never read the article, but the qoute under the image is damn funny: "In Soviet Russia, punching bags punch you!" the idea of a Rocky game is pretty dumb though.

LexLas
LexLas

Wow Ubisoft Kept it a secret till now, wow ! The game looks cool.

cspiffo
cspiffo

Yah never know though with Ubisoft. Latley they've been striking gold with every game they've created....Hmmmmmmm.

cspiffo
cspiffo

I don't think this is going to be a hit for some reason. I mean yeah, if the first rocky were coming out now and it was highly anticipated. I think the movie and the game will be mediocre just like the last two movies!

GrimBee
GrimBee

*sly - "I think dat dis gameis a gunna beaaaauuhhh.... good... yeah.... urh ids gunna be ok I think...... jusd wensd fight night 4 comes arounn... dis game is gunna... fall.... Adriaaaaaaaan!! ruuaaaaaaaaahuuuuuu!"

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

This really doesn't catch my interest.

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

I can't wait for the training portion of this game! *singing* It's gonna take a montage! In reality, the premise of this movie/game is insulting. A 60 year old boxer? Give me a break. This is supposed to be inspiring? What mindless drivel. Best case scenario, the other guy beats up a sixty-year-old. Big freaking achievement. Worst case scenario, he gets BEATEN by a sixty-year old. The PSP is having a hard enough time without getting involved with piles of garbage like this.

Jaysonguy
Jaysonguy

"What a joke. EA should have bought the rights instead and added them as unlockables on fight night 3." Ummm, what? Anyone want to point out the logic in this?

DevinB09
DevinB09

Wow looks cool, I'll keep my eyes on this.

AngelCage
AngelCage

Uhhhh i don't know... this only could be an "almost ok" game, or a "UGLY CRAP" game... ubi are making some big mistakes recently.

yinyang3
yinyang3

"In Soviet Russia, punching bags punch you!" Hah hah hah!

not-e-n-e
not-e-n-e

i pity the fool who buys this game!

szindragon
szindragon

This still can't top The Meat action figure that was released in Toy stores around the US. How can you go wrong with an action figure that's just toy slab of MEAT! To The End...

jazilla
jazilla

What a joke. EA should have bought the rights instead and added them as unlockables on fight night 3.

egyptnation
egyptnation

i playtested this game during the summer and from what i saw back then i think this game will get between a 6 and 7.5. the reason there is such a huge range is because i saw only parts of the game so i can't judge it as a whole. one thing that did sursprise me was the depth of the move and combo lists using the face buttons while the shoulder buttons and analog stick (to move) were modifiers.