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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are some themes of athleticism, sportsmanship, determination, and healthy rivalries.
Positive Role Models
Based on the characters from the Rocky and Creed movie franchises, this video game lets you play fictional characters, all of whom are professional boxers. Some may feel these are positive role models, because they're professional athletes, but others might believe they're not positive role models as they're inflecting pain on opponents, in an effort to knock them out in the ring.
You can only play as men in this game, but there's diversification in race and color. For example, you can play Caucasian (like Rocky Balboa, "The Italian Stallion"), as well as Black (e.g. Benji Reid) and Latino characters (like Axel “El Tigre” Ramírez) from the Rocky and Creed movie franchises. While most characters you can choose to play as are physically fit, some are considerably larger and heavier than a typical professional boxer today (such as Andy “Mad Dog” Pono). Some characters are older, too, including the gray-haired Erik “The Norseman” Erling.
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Ease of Play
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is easy to pick up and play, plus there's a mandatory tutorial to familiarize yourself with the control, a training mode for additional help in the ring, and the option to choose from one of three difficulty settings.
Violence & Scariness
This is a boxing game, so violence makes up the bulk of the gameplay. While in a professional setting, your goal's to take down your opponent with upper cuts, jabs, and other moves, resulting in a depletion of an opponents' health meter (and perhaps being knocked out). Some of the punches and finishing moves results in a dramatic, slow-motion and zoomed-in camera angle. There's no blood or gore shown.
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The game has some occasional swear words in the dialog sequences, including the word "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's one reference to going out for beers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is a boxing game available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It's based on the Rocky and Creed movie franchises. Since it takes place (mostly) in a boxing ring, the bulk of the gameplay involves punching opponents to deplete their health meter. Boxers can be knocked out, often shown in a dramatic, slow-motion fashion. Players will look bruised over time, but there's no blood. The game has some moderate profanity (including the word "s--t"), and there's a reference to alcohol (going out for beers).
Is It Any Good?
As arcade boxers go, this is a fun game -- especially for fans of the Rocky and Creed movies they're based on. While not a complete KO, Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is an accessible and relatively affordable multi-platform game that delivers a solid punch. It straddles the line between being a pick-up-and-play arcade game while still offering plenty of depth. Combos can be chained together with some practice, and the button layout is intuitive and easy to remember while in the midst of a heated skirmish. Adding to the arcade feel of the game is the Super Move, which is unique for each character. When timed just right, you can perform a powerful attack to lay your opponent flat. The storylines are a good way to keep players engaged, but the developers could have done more to flesh out the narrative. Many of the characters only have text-based dialog, and the soundalikes aren't that great (probably because Survios couldn't score the rights to use the original actor's voices or hire them to read new lines). As a result, the story-based experience varies greatly depending on whom you're playing as.
The graphics are decent. though, with characters that look somewhat like their real counterparts on the silver screen (and will get sweaty and bruised over time), but with a more exaggerated physique, including huge muscles. The animation is also smooth, between the fighting moves and when they wobble and pass out on the mat. The sound effects are good, and some music will be familiar to fans of the movies, such as the iconic “Gonna Fly Now,” but it's missing other anthems, including Survivor's “Eye of the Tiger.” There could also be more modes to indulge in (like online multiplayer) but there's enough meat here between the Arcade (single-player gaming), Training mini-games, and local head-to-head battles om the same TV or computer. Overall, Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions is a really fun arcade-style boxing game worth stepping into the ring with.
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