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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 PlayStation 2 Warrior selection.
Gladius Xbox Put on a good show to get the crowd on your side!
Gladius Xbox Movement direction is shown using the blue and white indicators
Gladius Xbox Your journal keeps track of your side quests

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

Game Chronicles GameCube Dec 01, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
1UP GameCube May 09, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameZone GameCube Nov 19, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot GameCube Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameZone Xbox Nov 10, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83 PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2003 B 75 PlayStation 2 Feb 09, 2004 73 out of 100 73


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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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