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Gladiator: Sword Of Vengeance

by Acclaim
Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Mature
4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Metascore: 65 / 100
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  • It is 106 AD and Emperor Arruntius has bled the people of Rome, leaving its people in poverty while he & his elites enjoy untold excesses. He creates the bloodiest gladiator battle ever staged -- which you will use against him as a revolutionary leader.
  • In this epic cinematic adventure, you'll fight your way through the streets of Rome using an advanced 'in-context' fighting system
  • Battle against single or multiple opponents, and watch as your Blood Meter fills -- when it's full you'll produce powers granted by the Olympian Gods
  • Specialized authentic weaponry is available -- use it to create spectacular combos that produce bloody deaths. The gorier the kill, the more popular you get
  • Play to the crowd while fighting guardsmen and monsters, to become the people's hero!
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Product Description

Product Description

Join the Year 106 AD, where the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. The despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees.

From the Manufacturer

In the Year 106 AD, the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. After the untimely death of the much-liked Emperor Trajan, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees. Badly fought wars, famine and plague are rife in all corners of the Empire, whilst the Emperor and his elite enjoy every excess and vice that the emptying coffers can afford. As herald to this age of degradation, Arruntius has destroyed large portions of the city of Rome to create the battleground for the bloodiest gladiator event ever staged…

Features

  • Variety of objectives, opponents and weaponry
  • In-depth characterization and intelligent and exciting plotting
  • A rich mix of combat, adventure, classic history, culture and mythology
  • Mythological environments such as labyrinths and temples add extra depth to gameplay
  • Combat, conquest, myth, pagan barbarity and ‘mob politics’
  • Compete in spectacular and complex battle events
  • Vast stage sets and landscape arenas form bloody battlegrounds loaded with deadly traps, imposing fortifications and lethal stage machinery
  • Huge variety of conventional and mythic weapons
  • Equip your gladiator with personalized armor
  • Scripted cameras create a truly cinematic experience for the player
  • An authentic cinematic approach to lighting and production design, evocative of movie epics such as Sparticus, Ben Hur, and Gladiator
  • Uses high quality actor voices for added realism
  • Overcome all obstacles and opponents to become the champion of the gods
  • Intuitive ‘in context’ fighting style
  • Your fighting skills improve and your moves increase as you progress through the game
  • Multitude of moves and combinations without overly complicated controls
  • Combo attacks--produce spectacular sequences and gorier deaths. The more fantastic the kill, the higher the Blood Meter rises
  • Olympian talents--When the Blood Meter is full, increase your strength to Herculean proportions, raise the dead to fight alongside you, and unleash the power of the elements
  • Finish him! When stunned, your enemy is open to a specialized and gory coup de grace.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00008XL03
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,726 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Ancient Rome and its barbaric gladiatorial arenas have intrigued scholars of history and laymen alike for countless years. Films like "Sparticus," "Ben Hur," and the more recent "Gladiator" have captured this period, and the phenomenon of Roman gladiators, in exciting form, but video games have only just begun to jump on the bandwagon - which is strange, since the setting lends itself so incredibly well to the medium. Unfortunately, most of those games have been disappointing, or just plain bad. "Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance" breaks the mold by delivering a solid, action-oriented take on the material.
The game owes more than a passing debt to Ridley Scott's year 2000 epic, the aforementioned "Gladiator," from which it borrows its visual style and much of its storyline. However, "Sword of Vengeance" includes elements of the mythic and supernatural, which will pit you, as the gladiator Invictus Thrax, against titans, deathless warriors, even gods. The story is a little thin, but it's still compelling and provides sufficient incentive.
First, let me just say that "Sword of Vengeance" is a real looker. The graphics are splendid. In fact, the game features unusually solid production values all around. Even the voice acting is excellent, thanks in no small part to Sean Pertwee, the professional actor who voices Thrax. The game's musical accompaniment is all quite good for the most part, and so are the sound effects that accompany the action.
Now that the superficialities are out of the way, it's time to get into the gameplay. In many ways, "Sword of Vengeance" is a sort of cutting edge ancestor to classic beat-`em-up games like "Double Dragon" or "Final Fight.
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By A Customer on November 7, 2003
I bought this game because IGN said it was a Gory Sleeper Surprise for Christmas and figured I had to buy it. Moreover the screenshots online blew me away. I don't know of any other game that I was able to play right out of the box (no 200 page manual) and just start hacking away! The graphics (lighting) are nothing short of amazing and the kill moves are just about as gory (and cool) as it gets. My only criticism is that I wish there was online play. However, this game is still a must have....you won't be able to put it down.
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A Kid's Review on May 7, 2004
In the past, Acclaim has made some really bad games and some really good games. This happens to be the latter of the two. After reading countless reviews for this game, I decided to give it a try. I found that the problems I had with this game are the same as everyone else, the camera is a little iffy, the game tends to slow down a little when there is a lot of action on the screen, and it's hard to change between enemies when fighting which can be fustrating. Get past all of this, and you get a fantastic game with a very intriguing plot. Gladiator: Sword Of Vengance mixes old mythology and some cultural aspects along with Roman God's to make this game very exciting and it pulls you into the story.
The visuals in this game are fantastic (not the best I've seen but none the less great). I love to see the rolling grass plains of the afterlife level and the great texture on the world around you, wherever you are in the game. The sound is very good, making the music seem like it was taken from the Gladiator movie. The battle sound effects aren't outstanding and renovating but they are still very good. I have purchased many a game from Acclaim Studios and I must say this has been the best game Acclaim has made. This is also one of my favorite games on the PS2, eventhough there really isn't much replay value. But don't let discourage you, Gladiator: Sword of Vengance is a fantastic, entertaining event you won't want to stop playing (until you have to).
Acclaim has done very well with taking mythilogical creatures and God's to make a great Gladiator game. I must say this is the best game that Acclaim has made(in my opinion)
Graphics:10/10 (the rolling plains of the afterlife level make this a b-e-a-utiful game)
Gameplay:9/10 (some of the controls are iffy)
Plot:10/10 (the story line alone should make you want to buy this game)
Value:10/10 (for the price it is very rewarding)
Sound:9/10 (the battle sound is okay)
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By A Customer on November 3, 2003
Awesome kills and combat action. Don't trust just one reviewer. Lot's of other good ones out there. Plus, playing as a Gladiator will rock - just like in the movie!
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By A Customer on December 20, 2003
I wasn't sure about this game because of some reviews I had seen on other sites, but I bought it anyway. I am glad I did.
While I am not going to let my 8 year old play it, my 14 year old and I both love it. This game is "awesome!"
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By A Customer on December 20, 2003
I wasn't sure about this game because of some reviews I had seen on other sites, but I bought it anyway. I am glad I did.
While I am not going to let my 8 year old play it, my 14 year old and I both love it. This game is "awesome!"
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