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Gladius

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

User Reviews

Put the lightsaber away, fanboy, and pick up a real blade. PlayStation 2 Terrence Bosky (5235)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 11 3.4
PlayStation 2 10 3.9
Xbox 8 3.2
Combined MobyScore 29 3.5


The Press Says

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93
GameCubeGame Chronicles
Another strong showing for LucasArts is what this game boils down to. Gladius shows a lot of innovation in a genre that is mostly driven by foreign developers. For a multiplatform release, the level of polish that has been applied to Gladius is pretty impressive, and shows that games that appear on multiple consoles don’t have to be mediocre. I whole heartedly urge you to pick up this title if you have even the smallest interest in RPG’s, or strategy gaming or are just a LucasArts fan.
92
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The breadth of options in Gladius cannot be praised enough, but even more impressive are the unique combat mechanics. Every move utilizes a swing meter like those often found in golf games. The goal is to let the meter climb and hit the button as it reaches the sweet spot. Hit the button too early and you won’t do much damage; hit it too late and you’ll overextend your swing. It might sound complicated, but it actually works extremely smoothly. You can turn the meter off in the options menu and let the computer decided combat for you, but to do so would be to remove much of what makes this game truly great.
90
XboxGameSpy
With its epic storylines, hundreds of combat scenarios, and open-ended structure, Gladius is one of the deepest games of the year. If you play strategy/RPGs because you're an anime fan, Gladius will bore you; if you play them because they're fun, Gladius will obsess you.
88
GameCubeGameLemon
Before all the sugar completely eats away at your tooth enamel, let me point out, that despite all it's strengths as a strategy game, Gladius remains a very niche, subjective gaming choice; if you don't like strategy, it's appeal will be very limited, and with the highly demanding learning curve that it throws at you, it's presence on your shelf may indeed be very short-lived. If you do like what it's all about, however, that same shelf of yours may never see a more welcome and permanent visitor.
88
XboxGameLemon
Before all the sugar completely eats away at your tooth enamel, let me point out, that despite all it's strengths as a strategy game, Gladius remains a very niche, subjective gaming choice; if you don't like strategy, it's appeal will be very limited, and with the highly demanding learning curve that it throws at you, it's presence on your shelf may indeed be very short-lived. If you do like what it's all about, however, that same shelf of yours may never see a more welcome and permanent visitor.
88
PlayStation 2GameLemon
Before all the sugar completely eats away at your tooth enamel, let me point out, that despite all it's strengths as a strategy game, Gladius remains a very niche, subjective gaming choice; if you don't like strategy, it's appeal will be very limited, and with the highly demanding learning curve that it throws at you, it's presence on your shelf may indeed be very short-lived. If you do like what it's all about, however, that same shelf of yours may never see a more welcome and permanent visitor. May yet another force be with you.
87
GameCubeGame Over Online
If you’re looking for a game with a ton of depth, replayability and a solid storyline, look no further. Gladius is stockpiled with a ton of features that will appease everyone from the beginning adventurer to the hardcore strategist. Along with an easy to grasp combat system and solid technical merits, Gladius is easily recommendable as a gift for any gamer during this holiday season.
87
XboxGame Over Online
If you’re looking for a game with a ton of depth, replayability and a solid storyline, look no further. Gladius is stockpiled with a ton of features that will appease everyone from the beginning adventurer to the hardcore strategist. Along with an easy to grasp combat system and solid technical merits, Gladius is easily recommendable as a gift for any gamer during this holiday season.
87
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Thank Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for re-awakening interest in Rome and gladiatorial combat. You have to admit that the action sequences of the movie stirred something primal in the minds of the viewer: a thirst for blood at watching athletic warriors fighting to the death. Dusty arenas echoing the screams of the wounded and the cheers of the crowd. The clang of weapons and the clatter of shields. These scenes revived the three C’s of sport: contest, conflict, and celebrity. Capitalizing upon this reawakened interest in mortal combat, LucasArts delivers one of the year’s most detailed RPGs with Gladius, a startling yet impressive departure from their Star Wars franchises.
85
GameCube1UP
Gladius is slowly-paced, and there are a few minor graphical issues, but the majority of the game is well-built and fun. Each scenario is intended to deliver a good 36 hours apiece, meaning most SRPG fans will likely be getting good value for the money. But take that as a warning: unless you seriously have a thing for turn-based combat and having to really work for your progress, the game isn't for you. But if you do, Gladius is one of the better examples of the genre on the system.
85
GameCubeGameZone
Gladius is one of the best strategic turn-based RPGs out there, and its length (40 hours?) makes its value skyrocket. If you’ve always been interested in testing out the turn-based RPG market, Gladius would be a great starting point. Fans of Final Fantasy Tactics and similar games should also take a peek at Gladius as it is a solid RPG all-around.
84
XboxGameSpot
If you're up for a deep, long-lasting, strategic gaming experience, then Gladius is perfect for you. Once you've played it for many hours, you'll spot little things about it that could have been fleshed out or polished up. However, at the heart of this game is an interesting and well-thought-out combat system, and there are so many viable combinations of characters and skills to experiment with that this game could easily keep you busy for much longer than most games do these days. The swing meters also add a refreshing bit of action to an otherwise fairly static style of gaming, which makes Gladius not just a great game but, in certain ways, a pioneering one.
84
GameCubeGameSpot
If you're up for a deep, long-lasting, strategic gaming experience, then Gladius is perfect for you. Once you've played it for many hours, you'll spot little things about it that could have been fleshed out or polished up. However, at the heart of this game is an interesting and well-thought-out combat system, and there are so many viable combinations of characters and skills to experiment with that this game could easily keep you busy for much longer than most games do these days. The swing meters also add a refreshing bit of action to an otherwise fairly static style of gaming, which makes Gladius not just a great game but, in certain ways, a pioneering one.
84
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Some aspects of the game could have used some more polish, but these shouldn't deter anyone who's looking for a deep, involved, great-looking, and memorable RPG from getting Gladius.
83
XboxRPGFan
Ultimately though, Gladius is an ambitious game that attempts to breathe new life into the genre. It's not entirely successful, but it is the best gladiator game I've played. Sure, it's the only one I've ever played in depth, but I really did have a decent time with it. At any rate, I'd much rather play this than sit through Ridley Scott's film again...
83
GameCubeRPGFan
Ultimately though, Gladius is an ambitious game that attempts to breathe new life into the genre. It's not entirely successful, but it is the best gladiator game I've played. Sure, it's the only one I've ever played in depth, but I really did have a decent time with it. At any rate, I'd much rather play this than sit through Ridley Scott's film again...
83
Xbox4Players.de
Gladius macht als rundenbasiertes Strategie-Rollenspiel eine erstaunlich gute Figur. Zwar werden die gemächlichen Gladiatorenkämpfe auf Dauer spielerisch etwas eintönig, während die Story auf Sparflamme kocht, aber Taktiker und Tüftler dürften am Aufbau der ultimativen Gladiatorenschule dennoch lange Freude haben. Vor allem die großzügige Handlungs- und Entwicklungsfreiheit lädt immer wieder zum Experimentieren ein, während die Hatz nach neuen Mitstreitern, Fähigkeiten, Items und Trophäen bis zum Schluss motiviert. Schade nur, dass die mickrige Spielwelt jeden Forscherdrang bereits im Keim erstickt und einem die Gegner weniger durch fordernde KI-Routinen als durch schiere Überzahl und überlegene Charakterwerte gefährlich werden. Technisch ist Gladius solide, aber unspektakulär [...]. Für Stimmung sorgt hingegen der orchestrale Soundtrack und die trotz schlampiger Übersetzung erstklassige deutsche Synchro.
83
XboxGameZone
Although the action can be a little sluggish at points, Gladius is still a deep tactical RPG that will appeal to hardcore fans of the genre, yet still approachable enough for newbies to get into the game.
83
XboxIGN
Despite problems like repeated AI stupidity, Gladius is fun and offers a different take on strategy RPGs. This isn't a game you can just pick up off the store shelf and play. It takes some time to really figure out what it's about and explore all that you can do. A wide range of attack options, character customizations, tactics, and battle requirements put fresh faces on what would otherwise be a repetitive match structure. Most importantly, the swing meter is just enough action to stave off the usual turn-based boredom.
82
XboxGamesmania
"Gladius" ist eine positive Überraschung, die Fans von Taktik-Rollenspielen nicht enntäuschen wird. Das Hegen und Pflegen eurer Gladiatoren hält euch stundenlang bei der Stange: Das Sparen auf eine besonders attraktive Waffe, das Warten auf den nächsten Stufenaufstieg oder das Ausprobieren einer neuen Kombo-Attacke wollen euch das Pad gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen lassen. Ab und zu spielt es sich aber auch ziemlich zäh; trotz vieler taktischer Möglichkeiten ziehen sich gemächlichen Arena-Auseinandersetzungen oft ganz schön in die Länge. Zumal man bei Geldknappheit den gleichen Kampf mehrmals bestreiten muss, was dann richtiggehend in Arbeit ausartet. Sei's drum: Mögt ihr Rundenstrategie mit Rollenspielelementen, levelt gerne Charaktere auf und habt kein Problem damit, euch durch Statistiken und Menüs zu wühlen, seid ihr in den "Gladius"-Arenen gut aufgehoben.
82
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
"Gladius" ist eine positive Überraschung, die Fans von Taktik-Rollenspielen nicht enntäuschen wird. Das Hegen und Pflegen eurer Gladiatoren hält euch stundenlang bei der Stange: Das Sparen auf eine besonders attraktive Waffe, das Warten auf den nächsten Stufenaufstieg oder das Ausprobieren einer neuen Kombo-Attacke wollen euch das Pad gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen lassen. Ab und zu spielt es sich aber auch ziemlich zäh; trotz vieler taktischer Möglichkeiten ziehen sich gemächlichen Arena-Auseinandersetzungen oft ganz schön in die Länge. Zumal man bei Geldknappheit den gleichen Kampf mehrmals bestreiten muss, was dann richtiggehend in Arbeit ausartet. Sei's drum: Mögt ihr Rundenstrategie mit Rollenspielelementen, levelt gerne Charaktere auf und habt kein Problem damit, euch durch Statistiken und Menüs zu wühlen, seid ihr in den "Gladius"-Arenen gut aufgehoben.
82
GameCube4Players.de
Gladius macht als rundenbasiertes Strategie-Rollenspiel eine erstaunlich gute Figur. Zwar werden die gemächlichen Gladiatorenkämpfe auf Dauer spielerisch etwas eintönig, während die Story auf Sparflamme kocht, aber Taktiker und Tüftler dürften am Aufbau der ultimativen Gladiatorenschule dennoch lange Freude haben. Vor allem die großzügige Handlungs- und Entwicklungsfreiheit lädt immer wieder zum Experimentieren ein, während die Hatz nach neuen Mitstreitern, Fähigkeiten, Items und Trophäen bis zum Schluss motiviert. Schade nur, dass die mickrige Spielwelt jeden Forscherdrang bereits im Keim erstickt und einem die Gegner weniger durch fordernde KI-Routinen als durch schiere Überzahl und überlegene Charakterwerte gefährlich werden. Technisch ist Gladius solide, aber unspektakulär [...]. Für Stimmung sorgt hingegen der orchestrale Soundtrack und die trotz schlampiger Übersetzung erstklassige deutsche Synchro.
82
PlayStation 2GameZone
This is a game that is immersive and very entertaining. It is also a mental challenge, not a reflexive one. This game does have a bevy of cutscenes, and takes a long time to explain a lot of the game play through pop-up text windows, but if you have the time to weed through all of it, you will find yourself pulled into a terrific adventure.
81
PlayStation 24Players.de
Gladius macht als rundenbasiertes Strategie-Rollenspiel eine erstaunlich gute Figur. Zwar werden die gemächlichen Gladiatorenkämpfe auf Dauer spielerisch etwas eintönig, während die Story auf Sparflamme kocht, aber Taktiker und Tüftler dürften am Aufbau der ultimativen Gladiatorenschule dennoch lange Freude haben. Vor allem die großzügige Handlungs- und Entwicklungsfreiheit lädt immer wieder zum Experimentieren ein, während die Hatz nach neuen Mitstreitern, Fähigkeiten, Items und Trophäen bis zum Schluss motiviert. Schade nur, dass die mickrige Spielwelt jeden Forscherdrang bereits im Keim erstickt und einem die Gegner weniger durch fordernde KI-Routinen als durch schiere Überzahl und überlegene Charakterwerte gefährlich werden. Technisch ist Gladius solide, aber unspektakulär [...]. Für Stimmung sorgt hingegen der orchestrale Soundtrack und die trotz schlampiger Übersetzung erstklassige deutsche Synchro.
81
GameCubeIGN
Gladius doesn't try to be a Japanese RPG or a straight out tactics game. It's plucked elements from several strategy games and patched them together into something that feels fresh. Definitely not a game for everyone (or gamers that don't have free time), Gladius fills a rather gaping tactical void on consoles. Give it a chance -- you might just be surprised by how addictive turn-based battles can be.
80
GameCubeGameSpy
Gladius is a great strategy/RPG and a welcome addition to the perennially under-populated GameCube library. It's a must-buy for anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre, presuming they can handle the lack of super-deformed character design.
80
PlayStation 2IGN
Slaves, criminals, and foreigners were forced to fight for their lives on the hard packed dirt of an arena. Throngs of commoners and aristocrats perched on the edge of the tiered seating, staring down at the combatants. With each drop of blood that spilled onto the earth, the throng's clamor rose. While not directly impacting the skill of a gladiator, their support, or lack thereof, can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Sometimes, the arenas held beasts, hidden obstacles, or naval battles. The odds might be horribly stacked against a fighter if the manger was trying to recreate a historic battle or mythical event. Despite the variations in an arena's theme or the mood of the crowd -- gladiators ultimately lived or died by the Gladius.
80
PlayStation 2GameSpy
With its epic storylines, hundreds of combat scenarios, and open-ended structure, Gladius is one of the deepest games of the year. If you play strategy/RPGs because you're an anime fan, Gladius will bore you; if you play them because they're fun, Gladius will obsess you.
78
GameCubeN-Zone
Zugegeben, eine kurze Eingewöhnungsphase ist nötig, aber das Gameplay fesselt danach überraschend stark. Allerdings machen die Kämpfe aufgrund der leicht dümmlichen KI mit Freunden definitiv mehr Spaß.
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Les RPG tactiques ne sont pas légion sur consoles de salon, et celui-ci a en plus comme originalité de se dérouler dans une ambiance qui ravira les amateurs de péplums. Gladius est un titre efficace et riche dans son système de jeu, qui séduira les amateurs du genre mais rebutera les allergiques du jeu au tour par tour.
75
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Les RPG tactiques ne sont pas légion sur consoles de salon, et celui-ci a en plus comme originalité de se dérouler dans une ambiance qui ravira les amateurs de péplums. Gladius est un titre efficace et riche dans son système de jeu, qui séduira les amateurs du genre mais rebutera les allergiques du jeu au tour par tour.
75
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Les RPG tactiques ne sont pas légion sur consoles de salon, et celui-ci a en plus comme originalité de se dérouler dans une ambiance qui ravira les amateurs de péplums. Gladius est un titre efficace et riche dans son système de jeu, qui séduira les amateurs du genre mais rebutera les allergiques du jeu au tour par tour.
75
XboxGame Revolution
All of which makes Gladius a very respectable fighter. Many action-oriented gamers aren’t going to like this game at all, but you strategy buffs will be pleased that Gladius is such a strong contender, because you really don’t have any other options. There are no other games like it. This gladiator wins by default.
75
GameCubeGame Revolution
All of which makes Gladius a very respectable fighter. Many action-oriented gamers arena’t going to like this game at all, but you strategy buffs will be pleased that Gladius is such a strong contender, because you really don’t have any other options. There are no other games like it. This gladiator wins by default.
75
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
The battlefields of the Great War between Nordaugh and Imperia were so choked with blood and bodies that they gave rise to a horrible Dark God that threatened to destroy the land. It was only the self-sacrifice of the legendary Valkyries that was able to banish the Dark God.
73
PlayStation 2Fragland.net
I took two years of Latin in high school only to hear the stories about how Romans lived and what they believed in, from the eruption of the Vesuvius in Pompei to the myths about gods and generals and the underworld, with as most memorable creature Cerberus, the three-headed hell dog. I already got the shivers while seeing and hearing the intro of Gladius which describes the rise and meaning of the gladiators and it was the clear that the right sphere was set.
60
XboxGamePro (US)
Sadly, though, a strong graphics and sound package doesn’t make up for the overall impression of Gladius. The controls are maladjusted, and the story doesn’t unfold like an RPG story should. Mixing the two together only worsens this adventure into an unforgiving trip into gladiator lore.
60
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Creating an epic role-playing game based on the bloody exploits of angered gladiators seems like an oxymoron. How can you weave a compelling story into the fine craft of disemboweling hordes of beastly warriors? Gladius claims it offers this and more, but after a few swings with this hefty sword, it's clear that this game suffers the humdrums of a not-so-great role-playing game.
30
XboxSuper Play
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