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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 Getting higher than your opponent gives you an advantage!
Gladius Xbox Even fiery caves are arenas for some!
Gladius Xbox Get knocked out outside in the wilderness and its death!
Gladius Xbox The leagues are quite varied

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 (5234)

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Xbox Oct, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
GameLemon PlayStation 2 May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameLemon Xbox May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Xbox Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84 Xbox Dec 26, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Gamesmania Xbox Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov, 2003 B 75 GameCube Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75 PlayStation 2 Feb 09, 2004 73 out of 100 73
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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