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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 Some arenas are quite big
Gladius Xbox The loading screen gives you hints & tips
Gladius Xbox You have to knock down statues to win in some games
Gladius Xbox The leagues are quite varied

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Alternate Titles

  • "角斗士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
GameSpy Nov 07, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Oct 27, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
RPGFan Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83 Dec 26, 2003 83 out of 100 83
IGN Oct 29, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
GameZone Nov 10, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83 Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Nov, 2003 B 75
Super Play (Sweden) 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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John A Hancock (161) added Gladius (Xbox) on Jan 26, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (110843) and John A Hancock (161)