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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 The story is told in painting like stills
Gladius Xbox Put on a good show to get the crowd on your side!
Gladius Xbox There are a lot of combat options in Gladius
Gladius Xbox Get knocked out outside in the wilderness and its death!

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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 (5476)

Critic Reviews

GameLemon Xbox May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameLemon PlayStation 2 May 26, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88 Xbox Dec 26, 2003 83 out of 100 83
IGN Xbox Oct 29, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
RPGFan Xbox Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83
RPGFan GameCube Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83 GameCube Dec 26, 2003 82 out of 100 82
IGN GameCube Oct 28, 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
N-Zone GameCube Feb 13, 2004 78 out of 100 78


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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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