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Gladius is a turn-based gladiatorial RPG. Players try to build a championship gladiator school by gaining experience through fighting battles in the arenas, and recruiting new members.

From the manual:"The story of Gladius starts just as two schools begin the pursuit of the Championship. It follows the epic saga of two young heroes: Ursula, daughter of the barbarian king from the land of Nordagh; and Valens, the son of Imperia's greatest gladiator. Become one of these characters and embark upon a spectacular and brutal journey to fulfill their destinies to keep the world from heading into another disastrous war."


Gladius Xbox The story is told in painting like stills
Gladius Xbox Each arena has the same four options
Gladius PlayStation 2 Warrior selection.
Gladius Xbox Getting higher than your opponent gives you an advantage!

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Alternate Titles

  • "角斗士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Put the lightsaber away, fanboy, and pick up a real blade. PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5476)

Critic Reviews

GameLemon GameCube May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Nov, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Game Over Online GameCube Dec 18, 2003 87 out of 100 87
RPGFan Xbox Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83 GameCube Dec 26, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution GameCube Nov, 2003 B 75 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 15 out of 20 75 GameCube Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Diehard GameFan PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2003 6.65 out of 10 66


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Title translation

Gladius means sword in Latin. The term is often used to indicate the short sword used by Roman legionaries.

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