About the Product
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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)!Read more ›
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.
This is a timeless classic and ANYONE WHO RATES IT LOWER THAN FOUR STARS IS A CRAZY LUNITIC!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
works perfectly come in a good condition original casing with manuel. totally worth the game your getting gladius is one of the best games of all time!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
disc had a few more scratches on it then described actually froze during play and i had to restart. I remember playing this game when i was 15 such a fun game.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A bit repetitive, but this game has a unique control method called a swing meter (like golf games maybe? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aaron Dennis
The best game you can find instead of chess. You're able to customize a lot and play in versus mode when you winPublished 5 months ago by Carlos R. Flores
The disc works perfectly. I bought this because I wanted to play games with my wife and she struggles with timing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thatchmo
An excellent game but somewhat hampered by the rush to an unsatisfying ending. Could easily have been a much better game worth playing for many more hours.Published 15 months ago by Magnus BroadAxe