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: “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!"
Conclusion: Sound is also used to good effect, especially the meaty sound of weapons, crunching and slicing through flesh and bone, and also the noise of the crowd, which is wonderful in Dolby Pro Logic II.
Pros: Weapons and gore., Crowd appreciation., Frantic gameplay., Crushing opponents with a giant mace for the first time.
Cons: The first 40 minutes., No multiplayer., No selecting of enemies when locked on.
Conclusion: From the outset SoR is a highly entertaining game to play. The game is presented very well and there is a great, epic feel of fighting against the odds at many points throughout the adventure.