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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 90
    The graphics, sound effects and especially the voice acting are fantastic, challenging even the current top-place holders in these categories.
  2. The game takes hits for its often crappy camera angles. Still, it’ll satisfy your raging blood lust.
  3. 80
    It's an uncomplicated romp through an alternate Roman history that, while a tad on the flawed side, turns out to be just as much fun as it is familiar.
  4. 60
    It must be noted that load times can be unduly harsh. Worse, should you perish in battle, the automatic save system will force you to repeat arduous trials and reclaim items you have rightfully won. Such injustice doth greatly anger the gods!
  5. If the gameplay was a little more involved, with less button bashing and greater emphasis on using combos for effectiveness, it would provide a more fufilling experience.
  6. 55
    A kinder control and save system would've been nice, but as is, Gladiator will test the limits of your gaming patience.
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    40
    At certain points, you simply feel total frustration - you just wanna stop playing sometimes. Of course, you're better off never starting at all. [Dec 2003, p.162]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LoganM.
    Nov 10, 2003
    10
    This game is the neatest thing since Medieval. Spectacular graphics & motion; complex, satisfying fight controls; cool challenges.
  2. JacksonM.
    Dec 18, 2003
    10
    Best game ever but load can be brutal. i liked the game in the overall though.

Awards & Rankings

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#74 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003