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  • Summary: A Warrior Slave... Chosen by the Gods... To restore the glory of an Empire. In the Year 106AD the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. After the untimely death of the much-liked Emperor Trajan, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees. Badly fought wars,A Warrior Slave... Chosen by the Gods... To restore the glory of an Empire. In the Year 106AD the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. After the untimely death of the much-liked Emperor Trajan, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees. Badly fought wars, famine and plague are rife in all corners of the Empire, whilst the Emperor and his elite enjoy every excess and vice that the emptying coffers can afford. As herald to this age of degradation, Arruntius has destroyed large portions of the city of Rome to create the battleground for the bloodiest gladiator event ever staged... [Acclaim] Expand
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  1. 80
    What it will do, however, is help pass the time away for nine to twelve hours with its mindless but ultimately fun approach to the genre.
  2. The game takes hits for its often crappy camera angles. Still, it’ll satisfy your raging blood lust.
  3. One of the slight problems I had with this game was the difficulty. At many points in this game the difficulty got to be very testing. At times it seems like you are being swarmed by enemies, and some parts may take a lot of practice to get through.
  4. If you can look past some of the game's mechanical shortcomings and the PC version's annoying compatibility issues, you'll likely be pleased with what Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance has to offer.
  5. There's no knocking the stellar visuals, solid storyline, and unrelenting blood-spilling. But the overall design is weak, and you'll have to slog through a lot of frustration to get to the good stuff. [Apr 2004, p.82]
  6. Average graphics and sound with repetitive gameplay, and you’re left with a mediocre product. SOV has it's moments, but is otherwise uninspired.
  7. While Gladiator has excellent production values, its gameplay is fairly pedestrian compared to some console offerings. However, its style of gameplay is still fairly unique in the PC world, making it oddly compelling in very short bursts. [June 2004, p.80]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Q(-.-Q)--o
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    Just get it....
  2. JP.
    Dec 21, 2003
    10
    Good stuff.
  3. Ciccio
    Jul 22, 2004
    10
    Best GAME ever. Ancient Rome RULEZ.
  4. MaximusSpartacus
    Jul 19, 2004
    9
    It offers just what needed to be a good choice for entertainment. Not very deep, not complex, but often impressive and always addictive and It offers just what needed to be a good choice for entertainment. Not very deep, not complex, but often impressive and always addictive and challenging. Great graphics with special attention to lights and shadows; a good plot and well designed in general. With a higher adventure component and a deeper playability it would be one of the greatest. Worth a look. Strengh and honour... Expand
  5. EdmanH.
    Jan 31, 2004
    5
    It would be great fun if this game would work without an gamepad! The game doesn't work without an controller, so if you wanna buy it It would be great fun if this game would work without an gamepad! The game doesn't work without an controller, so if you wanna buy it then make sure you have one! Expand
  6. EricG.
    Dec 6, 2003
    1
    Worst game ever, this is a very poor port of a console game to the PC, in fact, I could not even get the game to work, after I attempted toWorst game ever, this is a very poor port of a console game to the PC, in fact, I could not even get the game to work, after I attempted to reset the keys to a configuration that makes sense on a keyboard. The game might be playable with a controller, but not without one. I have not actually encountered another game in years that does not even use the mouse for menu navigation. A hint the writers, when moving a game to the PC actaully rewrite it so it works on the PC there is a great diffrence between a console and a PC and this needs to be taken into account. I gave it a 1 since with a controller it might be fun to play, but if you do not have one avoid at all costs. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Feb 10, 2004
    1
    Once you start playing this game, there's no way to get rid of it. You can't quit because a key doesn't seem to exist. You Once you start playing this game, there's no way to get rid of it. You can't quit because a key doesn't seem to exist. You can't alt+tab ctrl+alt+del whatever your way to your desktop, all the ways are blocked AND you're completely trapped if you don't have a gamepad. WORST GAME EVER EVER EVER. Expand

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