Excerpt: Am I totally desensitized to violence? I wouldn't say that I was, but after reading Tera's reaction to Shadow of Rome, I think I might be. Although the game is as bloody as she says, it never affected me because I couldn't get past its artificiality. The limited scope of the game and the stiff, unbelievable nature of play never let me forget for a moment that I was playing a videogame. I never questioned my role as gladiatorial executioner—why should I?
Excerpt: It’s horrifying to think that gladiators really did exist and only lived to tear each other apart, whilst the spectators actually enjoyed the resulting massacres leading us to believe that they were nothing but bloodthirsty animals. Capcom’s Shadow of Rome portrays this brutal part of history in an extremely gory fashion and even throws crowd excitement in for good authentic measure.
Excerpt: Shadow of Rome is by far the best gladiator game around. It is unique for its time, separated from the other gladiator games on the PlayStation 2 by its originality. It is a true classic in PlayStation 2 history. This game is on the PlayStation 2 and was released in 2005 by Capcom. The game is set in Ancient Rome, as you play as a Roman Legionary gone gladiator; and as the adopted nephew of the great Caesar to find out who murdered the famous Julius Caesar in Rome, 44BC.
Excerpt: I love violent movies. Though they made me squeamish at first, I quickly overcame any debilitating shock of seeing people killed on screen. In high school my Friday nights were devoted to Monstervision with Joe Bob Briggs. A friend and I stuffed ourselves with doughnuts while we watched The Ice Cream Man and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer . But for some reason, my bloodlust has never carried over to videogames.
Excerpt: “This game contains explicit scenes of violence and gore,” says the introduction. Seconds later, you’ve seen countless Roman and Germanic warriors being run through, having limbs torn off and being stuck in the chest with flaming arrows so that the flames do more than produce scars on the outside.
Summary: Shadow of Rome offers some good hack-n-slash gameplay with some stealth chucked into the mixer. The stealth isn't bad but it does get rather repetitive and boring at times due to the slow nature of its progression. There are some unlockables to seek out including new costumes for the characters, an art gallery, and a bunch of mini-games which add to the longevity and replay-ability of the game.
Excerpt: Shadow of Rome is another strong title from the reputable Capcom company, known best for the numerous Street Fighter titles. SOR has a distinct graphical style akin to the aforementioned games. The characters in the arena are bulky, muscle-bound warriors, with numerous details shown throughout their armor sections, shields, and weapons. In Rome, we see a sleeker assortment of individuals dressed in flowing robes and gowns befit for the greatest nation known to man.
Summary: Nerd: "Learning history is soooooooo cool, boooooooy!" Bully: "I concur. And after I'm done demonstrating how Julius Caesar died on you nerd, I'll do to you what they did to the thieves of France in the 17th Century." Nerd: "Whoo hoo!