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  • Summary: You can battle hundreds of ancient warriors, both historical and mythical, in Spartan: Total Warrior. As "The Spartan" you can upgrade your weapons and armor and gain the favor of the gods as you fight through epic battles against units ranging from Roman soldiers to skeleton warriors. Levels feature a variety of objectives, such as escorting, capturing, destruction, discovery, and survival. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Spartan Total Warrior doesn't remind me of anything before it, which is extremely rare. [Nov p.70]
  2. While not the super-strategic romp some of you were expecting, Spartan: Total Warrior delivers the goods if you're looking for a solid chunk of challenging action from start to finish.
  3. Visually the game is certainly impressive when you take into consideration the number of characters onscreen at one time - with only very infrequent episodes of slowdown - and the draw distance.
  4. We weren't particularly bothered that we had to wait while our health/power gauge increased slowly, but what we didn't like was the fact that Spartan couldn't protect himself at all when praying at the statues.
  5. It only betrays itself completely once – in a dismally conventional boss battle around halfway through – though at times Spartan threatens to become routine, it never does, thanks to its strong character, handsome looks and sheer, irrepressible verve. [Nov 2005, p.96]
  6. Spartan doesn't offer much new material over games like "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "God of War," both of which are more balanced and have vastly superior production values.
  7. Combined with the recent God of War, a pattern seems to be developing: the gifts Ares bestows come at the cost of a clad torso. [Dec p.88]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Dec 23, 2010
    I played this game, out-of-the-box on hard. And i got stuck a few places because of the difficulty, but by the time I was finished with it, I thought it was the most underrated game of all time. This game turned out to be so good, that when I later tried God of War, it was hard to get into it, because it reminded me so much of spartan. But it wasn't the spartan sequel that i was longing for. anyway, great fun. I can't say this game would've been as much fun on normal or easy- but playing it on hard is the way to go: 10/10. Collapse
  2. JCB.
    Nov 8, 2005
    Fun mission based game just it is frustrating during some of the boss battles. Objectives keep it entertaining. Should buy if into action games. One of the best i've played since God of War. Expand
  3. RyanM.
    Mar 10, 2006
    Spartan: Total Warrior can be summed up in simply one word...meh. But that wouldnt be a review, and Spartan is worthy of atleast a rent and a single playthrough. To start off, the game is reasonably long, and sporting flashly gorgeous graphics for the Gamecube. The game has widescale battles, and the swarms of enemies you mow over can become extremely entertaining...for an hour. See, that little devil known as tedium clicks in, and you soon realize your doing the same thing over and over. The game is good though, with presentation rivalling those of other big titles, and it is not a bad entry in the total Rome series. yet, the game is simply too repetitive too be granted a purchase at the moment. the game does not fail, and its fun in brief plays, but overall the experience is left unfullfilled. verdict? Its a gorgeous game with top notch production values, but falls short when presented with "top-notch" gameplay. Expand