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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 Other arenas are very cramped
Gladius Xbox You have to knock down statues to win in some games
Gladius Xbox This guy here is your trainer
Gladius Xbox Getting higher than your opponent gives you an advantage!

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 Xbox Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot GameCube Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
RPGFan Xbox Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Xbox Dec 26, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Gamesmania.de PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82
IGN GameCube Oct 28, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75
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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