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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 Get knocked out outside in the wilderness and its death!
Gladius PlayStation 2 Title screen.
Gladius Xbox You have to earn badges to move on to different lands
Gladius Xbox Other arenas are very cramped

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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 (5463)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles GameCube Dec 01, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Oct, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
GameSpy Xbox Nov 07, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
1UP GameCube May 09, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox Dec 26, 2003 83 out of 100 83
RPGFan Xbox Nov 06, 2003 83 out of 100 83 PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2003 82 out of 100 82 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov, 2003 B 75
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2003 3 out of 5 60


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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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