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Gladiator Begins - Sony PSP

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) 59 / 100

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Platform: Sony PSP
  • Fight for Glory and Freedom! Your Gladiator will face many trials in his/her fight for freedom. You'll encounter slaves, nobles, gladiators and furious animals.
  • Earn the respect of politicians and the love of the Romans! Gain a patron's favor and experience unique story paths. There are 5 different patrons to devote your allegiance to!
  • Develop your own signature techniques Every Gladiator has their own personal flair! Master the art of combat with dual weapons, sword & shield, hand-to-hand, and polearms.
  • Learn new skills to entertain the crowd like Smash, Cyclone, Drop Kick and Wild Dance!
  • Players now the battle map and adventure map are one and the same. What you do before battle affects the terrain, and vice-versa

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Platform: Sony PSP
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003V3O4A0
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,012 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Sony PSP

Customize your own Gladiator and win your freedom! Choose from several different builds, faces, hair styles and skin tones. Depending on which gender you pick, NPCs will react differently! Ad-Hoc Multiplayer action, battle a friend using the Ad-hoc multiplayer option. Weapons and Armor Galore with over 500 plus swords, shields, spears, clubs and axes. Refine blessed weapons to make them stronger at the blacksmith.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE most underrated game ever!! April 29, 2011
Platform for Display:Sony PSP|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
my total purchased price: 22.49

First off, I really HATE action games because I suck at it. My preferred poison is RPG.

Only "action" games I ever finished to the end were the first Tenchu (PS1),MGS 1 (PS1)and Resistance Retribution(PSP)...I can only finish games that are extraordinary and this game fits the bill.
I know this isn't pure action game but it made me stop playing GOW the ghost of Sparta, Ys7 and also highly highly regarded DS RPG, Radiant Historia. AND THAT"S SAYING SOMETHING.

Graphic wise, this game has ton of blood, gores (amazingly, much more blood and realistic violence then GOW) and a very natural fighting animation.

Game play wise, this game has more then enough RPG elements (earning money to buy weapons and armor, receiving battle loots from winning battles to use or sell, and player adjustable point system for HP, stamina and strength. Finally, earned skill experience and technique experience to use on battles).

It has just right amount of "very graphic and gory" battles ( that actually shows bloody cuts and slash battle damage on your players face and body!!)with tight control to see me to the very end. I'm only in my 16th day and so far it is not frustratingly hard nor boringly easy, just P.E.R.F.E.C.T.

Story? Like I said I'm a RPG fanatic and even I don't care about all that. There's very thin story of many different "patrons" you can choose and will fight for. It's shallow as Monster Hunter...okay maybe little more but whatever.

The only nitpicking some people might have it might be bit repetitive but that the nature of of this "game" so I am not counting against it.

It gets my highest HIGHEST recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So FUN! December 26, 2012
Platform for Display:Sony PSP|Verified Purchase
The game is not very complex, the story literally doesn't exist, and you don't get any feeling for your character but it's SO FUN. It's an RPG where you can level up skills. There is an insane amount of blood (probably somewhat realistic. Chances are if you hit someone with a war hammer in the head, there will be some gushing blood). This alone makes it addicting. There are a TON of weapons and armor pieces to customize your character with. Easily thousands of combinations of armor and weapons that can give you whatever fighting style you choose. Fast and quick to deal out damage or slower and more defense minded. Spears and pikes for battles at range or the cestus and a buckler shield to quite literally kickbox your opponent to death. The combination of items to make it the gameplay you want is what gives Gladiator Begins its fun and replay-ability for me. Graphics aren't mesmerizing, sounds aren't crazy, story doesn't exist, but I still give this game a 10/10 just because of the hours I've been playing it nonstop and the continued hours ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My only word is WOW!!! February 10, 2013
Platform for Display:Sony PSP|Verified Purchase
Great game! im only not playing it right now cause i forgot my psp at my gfs place. man i love this game! i stopped playing my ps3 for it and everything. its like living in an extensive Gladiator movie except with tons of features! and it even has a small story/ plot behind it. all around great game. graphics are very good for a 2009-2010 game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best PSP games February 7, 2011
Platform for Display:Sony PSP|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Gladiator Begins is one of the best PSP fighting games. Starting off as a slave, purchased and briefly trained to entertain people by fighting in the arenas of ancient Rome. You pick up fighting moves, techniques and styles from opponents and use them to their best effect to survive combat and amass victories to the point where you can buy your own freedom back. There are five story lines interwoven within the repetitious combat, but the main thrust of the game is to defeat opponents in the arena, gain experience, collect better weapons and equipment, struck from the limbs of your opponents, and having the blacksmiths refine this gear further. As the game progresses, you are promoted to higher ranks of the gladiators and are pitted against stronger and more famous opponents, and the crowd expects more of a spectacular show from you than from the lowly gladius fodder who hack each other to bits with little finesse.

The fighting system has great depth and diverse breadth. Pick a style, weapon and small shield, weapon and large shield, two weapons, or pugilist (armed fist weapons) and assign four different types of attacks for the style chosen. Experiment with different types of attacks with the style along with a general fighting technique learned from defeating a famous gladiator. Assign experience points to the attacks, train with these techniques, and find out what works best with what you have.

Combat is brutal and gladiators that swing wildly end up tiring themselves out, leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. Know when to flee a dangerous situation (when surrounded by enemies), back away from attacks and when to close to deliver an attack at a vulnerable part of an opponent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Begins for PSP October 10, 2010
Platform for Display:Sony PSP|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Gamers often have differing opinions on what is good and what is not. I for one like most 3d platformers and action like God of War and Prince of Persia. This game is a standard fighting game with some RPG elements and frankly has been consuming alot of my time lately. 8/10 for a PSP game.... pretty good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Deborah K Gamblin
5.0 out of 5 stars get ready to die
Great game. Generate your own fighter. Very bloody. Male or female. I think anyone with a psp should get this game.
Published 1 month ago by mike hutchinson
4.0 out of 5 stars gladiator
Well, aside from the weak story, this game is well made. Good fights, weapons and overall a good gaming experience.
Published 7 months ago by AaronT
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun game, with a few minor issues.
The game is really fun. I've gotten every ending to the game recently. While the game is fun, bloody, and violent, I was wishing all of the fights weren't so easy as you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rocco Macchia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Fun
If you ever wanted to know what its like to be a gladiator this game is for you. Plenty of options and additional content available for download, from PSN. Read more
Published 10 months ago by HD7alphaLIVE
5.0 out of 5 stars Currently, my number one PSP game
I was looking for a game about Rome to play after watching Spartacus, Blood and Sand.

But I didn't want the usual war games where you control whole legions. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Khakigear
5.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Begins
Very addicting I really couldn't stop playing it.
It has multiple endings, and not just different patron endings.
You can pick what fighting style you want to use... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nomad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Gladiator Begins is pretty good. It's a fighting game, but with RPG elements like acquiring and "refine"-ing weapons that make it a little more interesting. Read more
Published 24 months ago by The Bravery Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Grossly underrated.
I really don't understand why this game didn't get the credit it deserved. It is almost criminal how underrated and underappreciated this game is. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Kenneth S. Killian
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel to Colosseum: Road to Freedom
I picked up Colosseum: Road to Freedom years ago on a whim. I hadn't heard of the game but it seemed like a good idea (and I think it was cheap, too). Turned out I loved it. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Christopher J. Blanton
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