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Gladius - PlayStation 2

by LucasArts
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
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  • Following a great war, combat is relegated to the gladiator arenas. Schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Guide two young warriors, Ursula and Valens, as they gather warriors to earn that title in the arena!
  • This amazing combination of combat and role-playing will allow you to choose from 16 character types and 100 different classes -- then put them to the test as they battle for glory & survival
  • Battle with hundreds of unique weapons taken straight from the gladiator arenas of old -- and draw from the powers of magic to enhance your prowess on the field of honor
  • Learn vital combat tactics and apply them on the battlefield -- and manage your pupils as they improve their skills
  • Prepare to face the deadliest foe you can imagine as you prove yourself worthy of being Imperial Champion!

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00007UHJY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 29, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,054 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: PlayStation2

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An epic gladiatorial saga comes to life in this combat/role-playing game with a sweeping narrative, stunning environments, and insanely detailed graphics. In the fantasy world of the game, the darkness of the Great War has passed and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. You will follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors and compete in the gladiator games. Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics while you enhance and customize your own characters. Strategic possibilities are nearly endless, with 16 character classes and over 100 unique character types from which to choose.

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Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics while you enhance and customize your own characters.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sword-swinging fun! January 26, 2004
By Ben
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Gladius is a turn-based tactical strategy game. That is, your gladiators and your enemies each take turns moving and attacking in a grid-based arena. Gladius is very deep and can be complex if one does not take the time to learn how to really play it. I had this game for a month before I really discovered how great a game this is. I would reccomend the strategy guide as well, to help you spend your gladiator's earned Skill Points more effectively.
There is so much customization and character development - it is great! The gold you earn from battles is spent on better Weapons, Shields, Armor, Helmets, and Accessories. The graphics are very good, and the "paper doll" representation of your character looks great as you try on all the different equipment. Just like in Japanese RPG's, your character stats change colors, red or green, to indicate if the equipment will help or hinder your chance of success in the arena. You can also customize the color of your character's hair, skin color, armor, and clothes. They also have four different styles of outfits you can choose from for each character - you can make all your gladiators the same color (i.e. team colors) or just make them all individually completely different. It's really cool.
As you earn more Experience, your Level or stats goes up - Hit Points(HP), Defense(DEF), Power(PWR), Damage(DAM), Accuracy(ACC), Initiative(INI), Constitution(CON), and Move Rate(MOV). As these abilities go up, the better your gladiator will perform in the arena. Different equipment will also change these a bit. For instance, a certain sword might increase your DAM by 2, but reduce your DEF by 1 which might be good for your offensive-heavy Samnite, whereas your Archer might prefer a weapon that increases ACC but decreases MOV, or whatever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Actually, my title is misleading. It has a plot. But this isn't what I've come to expect. If, in the beginning of FF7, the narrator explained in overdramatic tones who and what Cloud was, what Sephiroth was planning, and constantly hinted that Aeris was going to die, who would give a rat's rear end about the plot? That's what they did with Gladius. I kid you not.
Narration aside, this is an awesome game. Anybody who loved playing FF Tactics is probably going to like it (although it's much, much easier than Tactics.) It's NOT an action game. It's a strategy RPG. Expect some battles to take a while.
I expected the wide variety of classes and huge number of weapons to be worthless baggage, but LucasArts seems to have balanced the game well. It's decently complex wihtout requiring you to memorize the inch-thick manual that comes in the DVD case.
Of course, too much of a good thing can get annoying. You travel around the world and fight in many arenas, but it's pretty much all the same. A decent grasp of basic tactics will see you though the whole game. Paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper.
I noticed someone else complaining about enemy AI. They're right. The computer is STUPID. You can set up a beautiful, classic defensive formation, with archers ready to rain down death and soldiers guarding them, and the enemy will blindly charge at you. Even weak, arcane classes that the tutor character Usus claims should 'hang back and pelt the...gladiators with spells' will try to beat an ogre to death with their staves. However, the head-to-head option is pretty darn cool, as is the in-game multiplayer support.
My biggest complaint: replayablilty. There isn't any. When I spend fifty bucks, I wanna be seriously entertained.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Years Of Waiting Pays Off!! November 3, 2003
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Before I start to review this, let me say I had reserved this game 2 years before realease. That's how much time, maybe even more, i would wait for this game. Wow. From the beautifully done opening sequence, to the intense brutality of the galdiator rings, this game is one of a kind. It has a Final Fantasy Tactics feel to it in the sense of the way you move and attack. In my opinion, the most innvoative feaeture is the swing meters. I like how if you time your swings right, you do more damage. Another thing that just blows me away is the animations. From Ursula's spells to the incedible cut scenes.
That brings me to another point. The acting in this game is phenominal. Kudos to the actors and writers!! Gladius also lets you create your own school. This makes for a very open ended experienece. It almost follows Baldurs Gate in the sense of having a story, but not really having to go with it. You can do quite a bit without the story. That is because of the Godly world map. Yes godly. This may be one of the best world maps i have ever seen. It rivals FF7 and Wild arms 2 in terms of vastness and beauty. I honesty spent 3 hours alone on the world map gazing at its supreme beauty. The arenas In this game really bring the experience together. They are all differnt and have differnt scenarios like King Of The Hill, Domination, Deathmatch, Fast-Money, and Beast Battles. This makes for an ever changing gameplay experience that never gets old!! I also love how the characters advance. It is very easy to understand and very easy to master. This makes a gameplay experience that all can enjoy. All in all, Gladius is one of the best RPG experinces for any console. I reccomend this game HIGHLY!! It's now one of my 4 favorite games. Please Check this out!! I finish with the words of Crowe: "In the ring we die, and in the ring we are more alive than ever"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gift of the Gods--I Miss Gladius
One of the BEST turn-based combat strategy games in existence. With an unabashedly Roman flair, Gladius ruled the PS2 for many years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zalmorion the Fantastic
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EPIC GAME!
The story line and historical accuracy is slightly off but if you're not a nazi about it, this game is one of the best games EVER. Definitely one of my favorites. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emelia
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son loves it.
I bought it as a Christmas present last year. My husband also has this game and they both still enjoy replaying.
Published 8 months ago by Melanie L. Lietz
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time and in good condition
Game came as described, on time and good condition. Will order again without hesitation next time. Great game as well.
Published 14 months ago by Constance Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars gameing
this is a awsome game you get the felling that you are there in the arena, this game was shipped in a timely manner aqnd i very pleased with it
Published 14 months ago by Robert Boone Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars a fav game
this game is on xbox & PS2 its a cult classic game, a top 10 fav of all time. easy to play strategy combat, chess battle, swords shields & magic, lots of gladiators, multiple ways... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aaron M. Piltz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game but Harder Than I Expected
I love the game, but it was much harder than I thought it would be. Soon as a I master it, I'm sure it will be a blast!
Published 23 months ago by pyedpiper
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
I used to rent this game when i was a kid! Now i own it and i STILL love it now.
This game is perfect combination of Strategy and RPG with great characters and tons of items... Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by lakeguts
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the greats
Even now this game is one of the best tactical, turn-based RPG of all time. Up there with Final Fantasy Tactics. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Jason Necros
4.0 out of 5 stars PS2 vs Xbox Version
I've played and enjoyed this game on both PS2 and Xbox. It's a really fun tactical game a la Final Fantasy Tactics, in terms of board and units with different classes/skills and a... Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by mukor
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