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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 A yeti vs a big bear (The bear lost!)
Gladius Xbox The world map is how you move to different arenas
Gladius Xbox Each arena has the same four options
Gladius Xbox Some arenas are quite big

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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 (5221)

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online GameCube Dec 18, 2003 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Xbox Nov 10, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN GameCube Oct 28, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81 PlayStation 2 Dec 26, 2003 81 out of 100 81
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy GameCube Nov 26, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 15 out of 20 75 GameCube Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75 PlayStation 2 Feb 09, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Super Play (Sweden) Xbox Nov, 2003 3 out of 10 30


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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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