Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  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]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Ciccio
    Jul 22, 2004
    Best GAME ever. Ancient Rome RULEZ.
  2. MaximusSpartacus
    Jul 19, 2004
    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... Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Feb 10, 2004
    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. Full Review »