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: A Caesar assassinated. A usurper sits upon the throne. A Roman Legionnaire turned gladiator uses his success in the Coliseum to turn the Empire on its ear and right a grave injustice. The plot for the movie Gladiator, right? Wrong. This is the storyline for Shadow of Rome, an action game that takes a revisionist approach to the events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar and a very healthy dose of inspiration from the film starring Russell Crowe.
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: Gladiator fever might have cooled off in the past year or two, but don't let that keep you from checking out Shadow of Rome. This latest action adventure game from the people who brought you the Onimusha series packs some of the most brutal hand-to-hand combat ever, and there's plenty of story and intrigue to conveniently justify all the gory violence.
Pros: Grisly, blood-soaked combat looks spectacular and is lots of fun., Plenty of gameplay variety keeps you guessing and entertained., Intriguing storyline and great-looking cinematic cutscenes., Good-sized adventure gives you reason to come back for seconds.
Cons: Stealth sequences display some bad AI typical of stealth sequences., Some hokey dialogue and acting., Can occasionally get difficult to the point of frustration.
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.