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: 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: 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.