Summary: 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 leveling structure. The different attacks use a varying set of quick-time-event style activities to determine the effective of the attack. Not particularly hard, but if you are good at it it makes the game a lot easier.
Fun for awhile, but the lack of difficulty gets old quick
L. Hauser, Amazon
1 October 2004
Summary: I have to admit, when I stated playing the game, I enjoyed it very much. At about the halfway point, I started getting irritated and now I am playing just to get to the end. There is minimal story, which is fine, especially since I just finished Xenosaga and the last thing I want is a lot of clips. If you're really into customization, you can do everything from change the color of the character's skin to choosing abilities for them to learn.
Summary: I've been playing Gladius for a little over a week now, and when I first began playing I could not put the controller down, after turning the game off last night I have not been able to bring myself to turn it back on. The gameplay is your normal stategy type RPG, the voice over acting is so bad it's actually funny. The fact is this game is not very challenging at all, as an avid RPG fan the fact that your charecters cap at level 13 is very frustrating.
Summary: There are few enough strategy games for PS2, and this one is hugely addictive if you like turn-based battle gaming. I may have played this game more than any other! But, ... but, but, but, ... Part of that is that it takes such a long time to play this game.... An enjoyable peice of work, but poor game design prevents an unqualified endorsement. This is a very slow game to play.
Strategy, role-playing, violence...everything but a plot.
18 January 2004
Summary: 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.
Summary: Based on the picture on the box cover, I got this game thinking it was based on the movie Gladiator. I thought it would play similar to the Lord of the Rings games, which were fast moving and pretty fun. Wrong! We played this game together as a family and all of us agreed it was the most boring and tedious game we had ever played. A great deal of time is consumed by the character's trite and meaningless conversation. Blah..blah..blah..we thought they would never shut up.
Summary: I had fun playing Gladius for PS2. The graphics, story, and gameplay were all well-done. I think the voice-acting was a little wooden at times, but it didn't detract significantly from the game experience. The thing that really stands out in the game is the strategic element. Learning to use the various classes in the proper way, as well as taking advantage of terrain variations,takes a bit of time, but it is necessary to be successful.
Excerpt: I bought this game thinking it was a take on the hack n slash genre but when putting it into my PS2 was pleasantly surprised to find out it was actually a turn based RPG. Plot: You start off at your family run gladiator school learning the trade to then work your way up to travelling the country to win fights. Like with most strategy RPGS, you have different classes you can send out to fight and every class has a weakness and a strength.
Pros: Different to the usual gladiator games, easy to learn but hard to master
Cons: Other then the mentioned plot, there wasn't enough depth to it
Summary: I just broke this out of storage; it's been years since I've played it and beaten it. It seems I'm falling in love with it all over again. It's cool to use the different type of strategies of choosing your gladiators and where to put them at the start of the battle. My favourite gladiators are the Secutor and Murmillo. The "swing bars" are a lot of fun to use, and with enough practice you can crit all the time.