Conclusion: This game is a steal; we were shocked to see such a great price point on a title that really does give Punch-Out!! a run for its money. The difficulty is truly unforgiving, so it's not for everyone, but by this point, Punch-Out!! fans know what they're in for. So, download away.
Summary: Rage of the Gladiator is one of the better games WiiWare games out there. It takes the Punch-Out!! concept and turns it from a boxing game into a sword and sorcery first person fighter. The story is generic as all get-out, and it’s definitely rough around the edges, but it’s a fun little game that boasts excellent character designs, extremely solid gameplay and has a pretty deep character customization system for a ten dollar game.
Conclusion: If you liked Punch-Out!!, Rage of the Gladiator will be your favorite WiiWare purchase... ever. If you've never tried Punch-Out!!, this is a solid, low-cost alternative with personality, and a great way to test your reaction time.
Excerpt: Imagine you are the prince of a distant land, whose mother and father have both died, and now, for some reason, you are fighting in a Roman-style coliseum against one of the most widely diverse pantheons of poorly rendered bosses to date. There are some obvious character variations from Greek mythology, like a chimera creature and a sea witch, but then you stumble upon the snake charmer, the ninja, the floating eyeballs, the demon, the elderly martial arts master.
Summary: When Rage of the Gladiator was revealed several months ago, a unanimous reaction sprang from nearly every gamer: it’s Punch-Out!! in the age of gladiators! Truth be told, there is no better way to describe Rage of the Gladiator . Much like Punch-Out!! , players make their way through several opponents with increasing difficulty by memorizing patterns, dodging, and attacking their weaknesses.
Excerpt: Ghostfire Games offers a new twist on the classic boxing simulator with Rage of the Gladiator. The mechanics are fairly familiar, and easy to grasp even if you’re a newcomer. Using the first-person perspective, the player is thrust into the sandals of Gracius, a comically melodramatic aristocrat-turned-brawler who must face a slew of bizarre enemies in the arena.
Conclusion: Concept: Replace boxing gloves with swords and sorcery
Graphics: Impressive for a downloadable WiiWare game
Sound: Enemies repeat the same generic threatening phrases over and over
Playability: The Wii MotionPlus controls can’t top the classic NES-style sideways remote option
Entertainment: While not perfect, this will scratch that Punch-Out itch
Summary: Rage of the Gladiator remains one of WiiWare's undisputed highlights, and we've been pleasantly surprised to discover that the game is even more alluring in portable form. The pick-up-and-play mentality of the title is better suited to the 3DS, and while it's a shame that the immersive motion controls understandably had to be sacrificed in this port, after an hour or so you won't miss them at all.