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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 PlayStation 2 Warrior selection.
Gladius PlayStation 2 Title screen.

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Gladius Screenshot
Gladius Screenshot
Gladius Screenshot

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. Terrence Bosky (5463) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpot Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84 Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameZone Nov 04, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82 Dec 26, 2003 81 out of 100 81
IGN Oct 29, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Nov 07, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Dec 12, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Nov, 2003 B 75 Feb 09, 2004 73 out of 100 73
Diehard GameFan Nov 23, 2003 6.65 out of 10 66


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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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John A Hancock (161) added Gladius (PlayStation 2) on Jan 26, 2004
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