Conclusion: Xbox has lacked a strong strategy game and instantly had gamers thirsting for Gladius since its announcement. When I received the preview build a while back I was a bit skeptical to how the final version of this game would turn out. I was shocked to see the time and quality that the development team has put into creating a unique gaming experience in an aging genre. Gladius is by far unmatched in terms of character control in the strategy/RPG genre.
Excerpt: Thank Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe for re-awakening interest in Rome and gladiatorial combat. You have to admit that the action sequences of the movie stirred something primal in the minds of the viewer: a thirst for blood at watching athletic warriors fighting to the death. Dusty arenas echoing the screams of the wounded and the cheers of the crowd. The clang of weapons and the clatter of shields.
Excerpt: If you yearn for a profound, convoluted, tactically strategic, turn-based combat RPG, where neither the story nor the side quests get in the way, then Gladius will float your boat. Gladius plunges the player into the primitive world of gladiators, where hundreds of battles are in store for the player. The game provides roughly 50 hours of engrossing gaming, akin to its seeming, renowned predecessors, like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre .
Excerpt: I’m going to break from my traditional format of reviewing and make a personal observation up front: This review will not do this game justice. Before your alarm bells go off, let me state that the complexity of the strategy found within Gladius will easily make this a favorite of hard core strategy fanatics and RPG fans alike. However, the presentation of the game is accessible for beginners or newbies to this kind of tactical RPG.