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Gladius - Xbox

4.0 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Rated: Teen
Metascore: 79 / 100
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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: Xbox

Product Description

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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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 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.

Product Information

Platform:Xbox
ASIN B00005EBAA
Release date October 28, 2003
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4.0 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #17,566 in videogames
#459 in Video Games > More Systems > Xbox
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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Platform for Display: Xbox
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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I've had more trouble pulling myself away from this game than anything since Gauntlet Dark Legacy. It is really more of an RPG and a strategy game than a fighting game. You lead a gladiator school in a long series of battles throughout 4 different lands. The fascination comes from the endless possible combinations of gladiator types, weapon types, different skills and moves, and other factors such as terrain and strengths/weaknesses. One of the many great things about this game is that it's good for a lot more hours of play than other games. Before starting this I was in the waning interest of a 4th complete run-through of Dungeons & Dragons Heroes, a good game that is way too short. I've spent more time on Gladius than in my 4 times through D&D, and I'm still only a little over halfway through!
I thought it was fun that the lead character's voice was done by Michael Rosenbaum, who plays Lex Luthor on the Smallville TV show. I didn't recognize any other voices.
There are a few minor flaws with Gladius. I'll just summarize them, although none has decreased my enjoyment of the game very much. The comments from the characters during battles are limited to a small number of phrases such as "For the Glory of the School!" Those same comments are repeated over and over, which does get annoying. Fortunately there is an option that lets you turn off the voices. I thought the graphics were pretty good, but there are some flaws, such as the very wooden and fake facial expressions and mouth movements when characters are speaking during the boring dialogue cut-aways. Also, there are times when the characters fall during battle and their bodies fall right through or into boulders, crates, etc. (instead of falling on top of them)!
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My first thoughts playing this game were how repetitive it seemed. Admittedly, you will spend you first couple hours getting to know the combat system, and learning how best to use your main characters. If you can get beyond the training battles and allow the variety of the world to work its magic, you will find this game to be a wonderful diversion.
I highly recommend this game to anyone that enjoys strategy over a fast pace. Combat is turn-based and actual attacks are carried out through timed button presses. At first this seems daunting, but the timing can be learned quickly. Any variants upon this routine are fully explained as they arise.
The battles themselves can range anywhere from straight head-to-head all the way to points battles to king of the hill. This variety, coupled with the enormous array of fighters and styles lends a ton of playability. Learning the strengths and weaknesses of your warriors and those of your opponents is a never ending struggle. Just when you think you know how to handle them, they pull out a new skill that changes everything.
Overall, Gladius is a well rounded way to burn away hours and hours of your day. If turn-based strategy RPGs are your thing, this is definitely for you. If not, then definitely stay away from this great game.
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THIS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE XBOX GAME!!! I bought this soon after I got my Xbox, and even after buying best sellers(such as Tony hawk Underground; Halo 2; Splinter Cell; Jedi Academy; 2 James bond games; Rainbow six; SW Battlefront etc...) I still find myself comeing back to this game! I've had it for like a year and a half... But it never gets old. The graphics are WONDERFUL and the gameplay EXTREMELY in depth. There are countless "easter-eggs" and secrets, well over 2 dozen side quests, and It is different every time. You get to manage you school of gladiators each by name. So if you win the game and start over again, you can still re-recruit your same dudes. There are like a million cities and a billion Random Encounters. You can never Truly be finished with the game. There is always a higher goal, ie get all dudes to highest rank; complete every city ; etc... You will attach yourself to this game like you never thought possible! There have been times when both me (15 yr old guy) and my sister (17 yr old girl) have litterally cried over losing a gladiator. You begin to feel on a personal level with your commrades.

This is a timeless classic and ANYONE WHO RATES IT LOWER THAN FOUR STARS IS A CRAZY LUNITIC!!!!!
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