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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 Some of the story is told in Ursula's dreams
Gladius PlayStation 2 Title screen.
Gladius Xbox You have to earn badges to move on to different lands
Gladius Xbox The Title screen is were you start

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 (5226)

Critic Reviews

GameLemon GameCube May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot GameCube Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot Xbox Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Xbox Oct 29, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83 PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82
IGN GameCube Oct 28, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2003 B 75
Diehard GameFan PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2003 6.65 out of 10 66
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2003 3 out of 5 60


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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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