Gladius GameCube
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  • Summary: The darkness of the Great War has passed, and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, asThe darkness of the Great War has passed, and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors and compete in the gladiator games. Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics and enhance your own characters. Expand
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  1. I whole heartedly urge you to pick up this title if you have even the smallest interest in RPG’s, or strategy gaming or are just a LucasArts fan.
  2. 90
    It's a must-buy for anyone with even the slightest interest in the genre, presuming they can handle the lack of super-deformed character design.
  3. If you’re looking for a game with a ton of depth, replayability and a solid storyline, look no further. Gladius is stockpiled with a ton of features that will appease everyone from the beginning adventurer to the hardcore strategist.
  4. Some aspects of the game could have used some more polish, but these shouldn't deter anyone looking for a deep, involved, great-looking, and memorable RPG from getting Gladius.
  5. A great-looking, incredibly deep and satisfying combat role playing game. It's complicated and has a steep "getting started" curve, but the investment of patience pays off.
  6. While Gladius isn't going to convert haters of RPGs or turn-based strategy, it's got the same hard-to-define addictive hook as its older peers, "FFT" and "Tactics Ogre." The battles are fairly brief and the next goal is always reasonably close at hand, so it's hard to resist the lure of "just one more" brawl before quitting.
  7. With superior games like "Disgaea," "Fire Emblem" and "Final Fantasy Tactics" out there, all of which are more interesting on pretty much every level, Gladius remains a merely competent title in a field already full of magnificent experiences.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    May 23, 2004
    10
    I'm a 22 year old mother and still find time to play this game i love it!!!
  2. MattS.
    Jan 13, 2004
    10
    This is a great game. A RPG based on Mythical Rome, where you travel to Barbaric lands, Asia, and Africa. The combat system actually makes This is a great game. A RPG based on Mythical Rome, where you travel to Barbaric lands, Asia, and Africa. The combat system actually makes you think, which is unusually for a game that is generally a hack and slash. Very Entertaining story and game play. Expand
  3. TaylorY.
    Aug 3, 2003
    10
    I am a huge RPG and Gladiator fan, and I have read so many great reports on this game. It looks like it will be huge!
  4. EvanE.
    May 13, 2004
    10
    Awesome thats all the best game ever.
  5. HarperK.E.
    Mar 1, 2004
    9
    There is something beautiful and mysterious about the free flowing, skill developing, weapon collecting goodness of this particular tactical There is something beautiful and mysterious about the free flowing, skill developing, weapon collecting goodness of this particular tactical RPG that will keep you both entranced and enthralled. Gladius delivers in almost every respect; crafted with such an exceptionaly highl replay value, it is truly a game in which your enjoyment is bounded only by the limits of your own imagination! Expand
  6. MikeW.
    Jun 2, 2004
    9
    Amazing... the game is one of the best ive played. The only real problem is some of the computer opponents take forever to move. And this Amazing... the game is one of the best ive played. The only real problem is some of the computer opponents take forever to move. And this should have included a multiplayer aspect too it. Expand
  7. StuartJ.
    Apr 17, 2004
    9
    Genius. not really a big fan of tactical games i was so surprised how good it was when i slammed it in my cube. adictive gameplay and likableGenius. not really a big fan of tactical games i was so surprised how good it was when i slammed it in my cube. adictive gameplay and likable characters (except ursula u'll know what i mean WHEN you buy it) and a very deep game. then is so much to do and it is fairly difficult and will keep me/you entertained for at least 50hours plus i guess. bump that grade up to a ten if ya have a friend willing to play with ya because the co-op mode is superb and a lot of fun and you have to work together to beet the opponents and progress to the end. in short: underrated game of the century amazing on ya own, amazing with somoeone else, amazing all round the field. Expand