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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"