Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition Review – Unleashing Your Inner Champion
Creed: Rise to Glory was a solid VR game when it launched for the PS4 and PC. However, with its transition to PSVR 2, the game’s full potential has been realized. Now available on PSVR 2 with complete support for the Sense controller, the game may not offer standout haptic feedback, but this does not detract from the overall experience.
As a licensed game based on the popular Rocky spin-off, Creed lets players relive some of the iconic battles from the film series in a virtual reality environment. While this is a major selling point, the game also excels as an exceptional boxing experience. Creed is a highly polished release, delivering hours of VR entertainment despite its licensed origins.
With its move to PSVR 2, the game has been enhanced with new content and rebranded as the Championship Edition. It now offers quality-of-life updates, cross-platform PvP multiplayer, and an expanded campaign mode. The campaign, while enjoyable, lacks a satisfying progression loop. The repetitive nature of training before matches and fighting opponents can become tedious, and the campaign’s brevity limits replay value for story-focused players.
The main gameplay is exhilarating, with the Sense controllers enabling improved punch tracking and heightened immersion. Punches now land as intended, rather than being thrown erratically. However, occasional tracking issues can still disrupt gameplay. A significant drawback is the absence of haptic feedback from the headset. Creed could have benefited from this feature, as seen in other games. Missed punches lose their impact due to the lack of haptics, and although the developers may have removed this intentionally, offering the option to enable it would have been welcome.
Creed: Rise to Glory provides an engaging workout, allowing players to burn calories with punching bags and gym equipment in a fun, cardio-focused experience. With customizable difficulty settings, players can tailor the challenge, but starting at a harder level isn’t advisable for beginners. Once you master the game mechanics, tackling higher difficulties becomes more feasible.
As a licensed game, Creed follows the major storylines from the film series. The PSVR 2 upgrade, featuring enhanced visuals and controls, will delight fans seeking a more immersive experience. While the new content may be underwhelming, the gameplay improvements make this version the definitive way to enjoy Creed: Rise to Glory.
For those who have already played Creed on PS4, the upgrade may not be enticing unless you are a diehard fan. The new content isn’t groundbreaking, but the improved controls and visuals do enhance the immersion. The game’s visuals are not perfect, sometimes appearing blurry, which may be due to the PSVR 2 headset’s limitations rather than the game itself.
The multiplayer aspect of the game was a mixed bag for me, possibly due to the limited PSVR user base at the moment. Although the developers boast cross-platform support, finding multiplayer matches proved challenging. Setting that aside, the Freeplay mode offers engaging fights against various boxers, including those from the Rocky franchise. Fitness challenges further enhance the game, making it a viable option for those looking to burn some calories.
In summary, Creed: Rise to Glory is a highly recommended VR game for both newcomers to the VR genre and casual fans of the Creed franchise. Its launch price may be slightly higher than other VR games, but the inclusion of PvP multiplayer and improved controller input ensures ample enjoyment with family and friends.
Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition Game Information
- Price: $39.99
- Publisher: Survios
- Developer: Survios
- Platform: PS5 (Reviewed)
- Disclaimer: A review code was given by the publisher