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Creed: Rise to Glory (Review)

ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
edited September 2018 in Games and Apps

I'll start by saying that I only Pre-Ordered this game because I'm a huge fan of the original Rocky films, and I was dying to hang out with the man himself:




Creed: Rise to Glory is a great game, and highly recommended if you are interested in heated competition against other people. If that is your goal, then this is a 4 out of 5 stars easy. However, if you are not interested in Multiplayer gameplay, and only want Creed as a Boxing Sim, then this is a 3 out of 5 stars at best. You are likely better off with Thrill of the Fight. Creed has fun training sims and a decent single player campaign; however, it truly shines as a Multiplayer experience.

If you plan to play this in all its Multiplayer Boxing Glory, then here are the things I think everyone will need:
  1. Meat. Get lots and lots of meat in your fridge. This game is gonna make you mighty hungry, and you'll want plenty of protein at the ready.
  2. Coconut Water. This is the best for hydration; and you're gonna need that.
  3. A cooling fan. Whether you're trying to train for a fight, train to get a Top Score (vs Friends, vs Global Players), or simply going through a Multiplayer Battle Royale... you're gonna sweat your arse off.
  4. A sparring buddy. When you find someone that you compete very well against, make them a sparring buddy! I fought 5 different people so far, and only one of them had a style that really challenged me (and visa versa). We fought each other a few times, and it was only sheer exhaustion that made me stop.

General Gameplay

Blocking and Dodging require great timing, judgement, skill, and reflex. There isn't much cheese factor to this game; you have to move and you have to be fast. Because both the game (at higher Difficulty Levels) and other people will take full advantage of a lazy fighter.

You cannot just whirlwind swing. Your gloves will gain Fatigue, which causes you to slow down and leaves you quite vulnerable. Time your punches and manage your defense. My best fights were the "smart" fights, where I worked on tricking my opponent.

Players cant use the "height trick" to burrow their bodies in to the floor. If you try it, the game treats it like you got knocked out and you're gloves will glow red, leaving you very vulnerable.





Damage works really well in this game. Enemies start to redden and swell when you hit target areas for longer periods of time. That adds a great strategy element to the battles. Plus, the characters look hilarious when they get hit really hard!




If your hands do get fatigued and you get hurt, you have to make a circular motion with your controllers. But you need to be precise with this, or else you'll stay vulnerable for too long. Precision is based on the location of your real life hands in relation to your boxer's gloves (as depicted by glowing circles):




The farther away your real hands are from the circles around your boxing gloves, the longer you stay in this hurt/fatigue mode. This adds yet another element of strategy to the game, where victory comes from being able to react quickly and accurately.

If you get Knocked Out, then your "spirit" leaves your body and you have to make a running motion with your hands to re-enter your body and get up again. I love this feature!




Every element of this game involves some sort of cardio. Even walking around requires you to use your hands and arms, similar to the default movement in Gorn.


Multiplayer

Currently, I did not see any statistics that show your win/loss ratio. Hopefully that is an oversight, because the game does track your progress with Training. But it really really really needs it for Multiplayer fights! Especially because you can choose from a variety of characters which seemingly have different pro's and con's (some are fast, some are strong, etc).

All of the battles I've played so far were highly entertaining. Not just because of the combat, but because of the sound people make when they are trying to hit you, trying to recover, or getting Knocked the hell Out. Some of them sound like that one scene from Predator where you hear Aaahnold through Predator's vision and ears:




And it is HIGHLY rewarding to land a Big Hit against another person and have their Avatar make an expression that matches the sounds of pain you're hearing from the Player's microphone lol




As a Multiplayer game I give this 4 out of 5 stars. The game needs Global Rankings per character chosen and the ability to Replay entire fights from a 3rd Person Camera Perspective. These two things would make this a perfect fighting game.

As a Single Player game, this only gets 3 out of 5 stars for being a bit short and redundant.

Overall though, this is the most multiplayer fun I've had in Physical Combat battles since I got my Rift in 2016.

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Comments

  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 5,124 Valuable Player
    Great Review. I hope there's a tutorial in the single player game about the rolling of hands when your fatigued. I'm just not sure what you mean even though you've explained it properly. I'll have to experience this myself to see how this works, but hope a tutorial shows you it in single player..
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    Yeah the Tutorials are rather detailed. A popup appears showing a real person doing it, with a text-description.
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  • bigmike20vtbigmike20vt Posts: 3,481 Valuable Player
    I must get my vr space set up again. This sounds good. Decent detailed review that, thanks
    Fiat Coupe, gone. 350Z gone. Dirty nappies, no sleep & practical transport incoming. Thank goodness for VR :)
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,496 Power Poster
    Aw bugger. I was hoping this was going to be crap...means there's ANOTHER game on my list when my leg heals up lol :D :D :D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    Buy it, and come fight me snowdog!
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  • saami81saami81 Posts: 28
    Brain Burst
    That sixth "movielike" fight was hard to me. I finally beated it on 5th or 6th try.

    My hits 132 landed, opponent blocked 0%
    Opponent hits 33 landed, i blocked 85%

    Even for numbers being in my side it was very very close. Not sure, if i can beat next opponent or do i need to lower difficulty level.
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    Yes, that "movie style" fight was hard as hell. I almost lost, and I had it on Easy lol
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,496 Power Poster
    Be careful, the snowdog fights dirty:



    I loved The Fight Lights Out. The only thing wrong with it was the locomotion due to some idiot at Sony deciding not to put a bloody stick on the Move controllers. You had to press a button and move the Move controller in the direction you wanted to go which makes the hands look a bit odd when fighting.

    It should have reviewed A LOT better than it did but due to the majority of reviewers not knowing how to punch their way out of a paper bag it got some harsh reviews. :o :D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    edited September 2018

    MWAHAHAHA HAHA ….someone deposited £900 in my account today (something to do with going to work ill rephrase that as turning up) so I might just invest in this game. and snowdog is a pussy so it might be a laugh ! . from what u said Zenban it sounds like TF2 ...but with gloves on ...effects wise ? 


    bollox I just bought it …. lol...im proly gonna get mullard ...but WTF ! it should be a laugh !... and by god do  need a laugh at the moment !


  • falken76falken76 Posts: 2,624 Valuable Player
    edited September 2018
    I picked this game up, I love it.  I really like both Thrill of the Fight and this, they're so good.  I'm out of shape though, 3 matches and I'm spent.  I'm still recovering from my AI Rookie fights from yesterday lol.

  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,496 Power Poster
    Oh!! The Snowdog is the Guardian Of The Overworld I'll have you know!!! :p :D
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    you fkn bastard Zenban … I just tried out the tutorial ! my arms fkn ache after less than 5 fkn mins !  fkn hate u ! I got as far as some geezer walking in and  shouting "lets show me what got ...then I fkn fell over dodging that fkn ball
  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    fuck tjhis ! im off to watch a discovery of witches on sky! my arms ache like maaaad !
  • WildtWildt Posts: 1,509 Poster of the Week
    I think I know what some of @Stryker1000s newfound wealth went to :wink:
    Asus Z370-A ||  Watercooled 8700K || 16 GB gSkill ram 3200 || Samsung SSD 840PRO 256GB + 850PRO 256GB + 850EVO 500GB || Watercooled FE Geforce 1080ti || Zalman Reserator XT watercooler || TPcast wireless adapter || MamutVR Gun stock V3 || Asus ROG PG279Q  G-sync monitor
  • pyroth309pyroth309 Posts: 445
    Trinity
    I wasn't considering this game as I already have 3 boxing games but I think Stryker just sold me. 
  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    Wildt said:
    I think I know what some of @Stryker1000s newfound wealth went to :wink:

    sod off Wildt … I wasn't spending it on porn to crack one off to … I was taking Zenban`s advice on a game recommendation !. and TBH ..I`m pretty surprised I never smashed my headset when I fell over TBH . and to honest ..I may put it on ice for a couple of weeks  as I have only just managed to start looking Brass Tactics.... its pretty addictive TBH .


  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    I punched the top of my PC Monitor trying to Right-Hook a mofo the other day. My entire body is sore from this game! fml
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  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    I just had a thought regarding Snowdog`s current dilemma ……. just hop around the ring mate ...you should be ok ! just tell your opponent that your playing British Bulldog ! no one will know the fkn difference TBH ! … it works form me when I`m playing 1on1 fight games on Friday ...I just tell them Chineese Drunken Monkey !!!... its a martial art in china dontcha know !
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    Just let me know when you're ready, snowdog! I'm gonna beat those Pimax thoughts out of your head, buddy
    :p
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  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
    just kick him in the leg zenban ! he wont mind !!!!
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,496 Power Poster
    The only thing that's going to get those thoughts out of my head is F8 and Oculus Connect 6 next year.

    I was originally pissed off about the CV2 not being released next year but forgot about the Yaw VR motion simulator I'm planning on buying next year. But - if the CV2 doesn't come in 2020 there's no way in hell I'm going to be stuck with a 1K headset with a 110 degree FOV until 2022.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • CrashFuCrashFu Posts: 1,399 Poster of the Week
    So, wait, is the gameplay in this a very strict "Punchout" style, like in Knockout League, where you have to do exactly what the game wants for blocks and dodges and hits to count,  or is it a more free-form boxing sim?

    I used to actually go to a boxing gym and spar (mainly for exercise. And because getting your ass kicked is strangely therapeutic!)  and after doing the real thing, Knockout League's gameplay really frustrated me because my instincts were constantly telling me to do things that didn't satisfy The Game Rules..

    Which isn't to say Knockout League is a bad game! From what I can tell, it's great if Motion-Control VR PunchOut is what you're looking for... but I'm not. Think I'd have more fun with this?

    (Or should I just stick to Echo Arena, which I like to treat as a Zero G boxing sim since I can't throw accurately worth a darn, lol)
    The next nerd to cry about "the resolution" of top-of-the-line VR devices will be permanently banned from using ALL standard-definition media.  And yes, that includes all pre-Switch Nintendo games. Especially Melee.
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    Way more free-form. The game rewards you for being a real boxer. Use your entire 360 space. Hop around, bob and weave, etc. Blocking is hard as hell because every block has a weak spot. The better you get at the game the better you are at quickly identifying weak spots. This is free-form fighting (or as close as one can get within a games ruleset).

    This aint no tyson's punchout.
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  • falken76falken76 Posts: 2,624 Valuable Player
    CrashFu said:
    So, wait, is the gameplay in this a very strict "Punchout" style, like in Knockout League, where you have to do exactly what the game wants for blocks and dodges and hits to count,  or is it a more free-form boxing sim?

    I used to actually go to a boxing gym and spar (mainly for exercise. And because getting your ass kicked is strangely therapeutic!)  and after doing the real thing, Knockout League's gameplay really frustrated me because my instincts were constantly telling me to do things that didn't satisfy The Game Rules..

    Which isn't to say Knockout League is a bad game! From what I can tell, it's great if Motion-Control VR PunchOut is what you're looking for... but I'm not. Think I'd have more fun with this?

    (Or should I just stick to Echo Arena, which I like to treat as a Zero G boxing sim since I can't throw accurately worth a darn, lol)
    You would probably like both this game and Thrill of the Fight because they both are more free form so your boxing experience can be beneficial.  Both of them are great, but Creed has multiplayer so you can fight other people online.

  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity
      ". Use your entire 360 space. Hop around, bob and weave, etc." ..SEE Snowy ...just hop around mate you will be fine mate trust me zenban says it ..so it must be true ! B)
  • saami81saami81 Posts: 28
    Brain Burst
    Im doing my own "career modes" atm. Trying to beat this game with every chracter, confronting opponents in free mode same order as they come in true career mode. I also do all montages between.

  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,399 Power Poster
    There are still so many newbies to this game, and I play regularly. I try to go slow on folks, but so many people rage-quit lol
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  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 5,124 Valuable Player
    edited October 2018
    Rage quitting is like throwing in the towel, so no problems there..
  • falken76falken76 Posts: 2,624 Valuable Player
    They should do what Madden does, keep track of the rage quitters and give them a scarlet letter letting everyone know they're likely to quit and allow a filter to omit them from the list so you are a lot less likely to get matched up with a rage quitter.

  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
    Trinity

    curious minds and all.... do u have the ability to kick peeps in the nads … that would fab ! ?


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