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Gladius

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
83
3.4
PlayStation 2
79
3.9
Xbox
79
3.2

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Gladius is a dynamic combat RPG featuring brutal turn-based gladiator battles. The single and multiplayer game is set in the ancient Rome-inspired city of Imperia, where the world's toughest gladiators gather to train and compete in a series of rigorous do-or-die tournaments in the city's fabled arenas. Players are challenged to build and control a school of gladiators to fight in an escalating series of competitions against other schools. Fight well and live to compete another day. Fight poorly and risk the down-turned thumb of the Emperor.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12858) on Jun 23, 2010.

Back of Box (US):

    Introducing an epic gladiatorial RPG. Follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors and compete in the gladiator games. Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics while enhancing and customizing your characters.

    • Fiercely competitive and brutal gladiator style combat system.
    • Choose from over 100 characters in 16 different classes.
    • More than 15 landscapes and dozens of stunning gladiator arenas.
    • Recruit, train and run a customized school of gladiators.
    • Fight with hundreds of deadly weapons and wield powerful magic.
    • Single and multiplayer support for up to four players, in co-op, head-to-head battles or quick exhibition games.
    • 3D world map allows players to explore the lands of Gladius and engage in over 500 encounters.

    Contributed by breakyboy (1563) on Mar 15, 2006.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:
    Travel to fantastic coliseums and become a legendary warrior in this picturesque RPG in which you build your own gladiator school.



    When the game begins, you will be given a choice between two distinct main characters. Ursula is the daughter of a barbarian king, while Valens is the son of a storied gladiator. Each has a unique backstory and motivations, but they put aside their differences to join forces with the goal of creating the greatest gladiator school of all time.

    A classic tale of good and evil unravels as you grow in power and prestige. Battling through different leagues, you will gain skills and learn new abilities. You will also recruit other gladiators to battle alongside you.

    The game boasts more than 50 unique character classes, including powerful Legionnaires, witches of the Galdr class and the javelin-throwing Peltasts. In all, the game offers literally thousands of skills and more than 900 unique weapons, shields and other accessories. The sheer variety guarantees that you can create a unique school that suits your individual taste.

    Professor of Pain

    Battles combine traditional turn-based combat with action-oriented button pressing.
    You will have a chance to carefully consider your options before executing attacks, but once set in motion, the button combos add a dose of action to the tactical gameplay. Well-timed combos can inflict critical damage and launch special attacks.

    In the brutal world of gladiator games, crowds play a key role. When your school is performing well, the crowd will show favor, resulting in a morale boost and enhanced abilities for you and your comrades. Likewise, when you perform poorly, your popularity and skills will falter.

    Dean of Death

    The storyline and architecture may harken back to ancient Rome, but the fantastic beasts and spellbinders are pure fantasy. You'll experience exotic cultures ranging from the dense forests of Nordagh to the gleaming marble walls of Imperia.

    You can get gladitorial with your friends -- Gladius will feature multiplayer co-op and head-to-head modes.

    A combination of styles and genres makes Gladius difficult to categorize. This may turn out to be its greatest strength. Fans of both stately RPGs and hyperactive adventures will want to keep their eyes peeled for this title.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53674) on Jul 14, 2005.

uk.playstation.com:
    Summary

    Hail, gladiator! Enter a world of dark adventure, magic and monsters in LucasArts' latest RPG.

    Details

    A fusion of traditional fantasy and Roman mythology, Gladius also brings together the traditional role-playing game with turn-based tactical games to create a unique experience. You will command either the gladiator Valens, or Ursula, daughter of the barbarian king, as they recruit and train a team of gladiators which you will take into battle in the famous gladiatorial games.

    As with roleplaying games such as Final Fantasy, Gladius allows you to create and fully customise your party of gladiators, with dozens of weapons, armour and magic spells to choose from. With 16 character classes and over 100 unique character types - including mythical monsters - there's plenty to keep you battling.

    When you get into combat, you'll notice that although Gladius' combat is turn based, again like Final Fantasy, it also includes a few tactical additions, including a 'swing meter' that determines how well your gladiator strikes a blow, and the ability to chain together combinations. Perform well in the gladiatorial arena and the crowd will urge you on, increasing your combat skills. Perform poorly... and the Emperor will not be pleased.

    Features

  • Over 100 unique character types

  • Unique fusion of RPG and turn-based combat

  • Train your characters and unleash spells, martial skills and monsters on your opponents

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Oct 11, 2004.

LucasArts website - PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube:
    An epic gladiatorial saga comes to life. The darkness of the Great War has passed and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors and compete in the gladiator games. Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics while you enhance and customize your own characters. Strategies are nearly endless, with 16 character classes and over 100 unique character types from which to choose. But be warned. Evil is on the rise again. And a new hero must step forward to vanquish the threat. So train well, for the dark must not prevail.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Jul 26, 2004.