• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Nov 5, 2003
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
Buy On
  1. 90
    The graphics, sound effects and especially the voice acting are fantastic, challenging even the current top-place holders in these categories.
  2. 80
    If you aren't up for endless hacking and slashing, there's not much here. But for anyone who digs the genre, Gladiator is the most satisfying form to come down the Appian Way in some time, and is definitely worth a look.
  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. PSM Magazine
    A mindless actioner in the same vein as "Dynasty Warriors." Good fun! [Holiday 2003, p.48]
  5. The game takes hits for its often crappy camera angles. Still, it’ll satisfy your raging blood lust.
  6. There aren't a whole lot of games out there that you can just throw into your PS2 or Xbox and start hacking away at things. "Hunter: The Reckoning" is one, but how many other can truly "get medevil" on your ass? Looks like just one. But that is also something that can get old quickly.
  7. 75
    An entertaining and beautiful beat-'em-up that puts just enough of a spin on traditional gameplay mechanics to get the thumbs-up.
  8. Gladiator does have some shortcomings, as its simplistic and frequently flawed gameplay can prove to be problematic. However, some excellent production values and an intriguing plot ultimately make the game most certainly worth checking out.
  9. Remove the polished visuals, multiplayer options, cast of historic characters, gorgeous CG movies and nauseating English voice-overs from Koei’s "Dynasty Warriors" series. Add buckets of blood and a mostly-linear quest that seems lifted straight from the hit 2000 movie "Gladiator." Voala!
  10. 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!
  11. With little in the way of originality, and a bandwagon that left three years ago, Gladiator is a game out of time.
  12. 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.
  13. Game Informer
    A colossal disappointment, largely because Acclaim lost sight of what made gladiators cool in the first place. [Nov 2003, p.144]
  14. 55
    A kinder control and save system would've been nice, but as is, Gladiator will test the limits of your gaming patience.
  15. There is nothing here to justify a full price game - a simple result of the boredom induced after only a few hours.
  16. Play Magazine
    There's nothing wrong with simple two-button combat in the spirit of the classic hack 'n' slash, but there is something wrong with making it so mechanical and lifelessly staged. [Dec 2003, p.85]
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The game is stupidly, punishingly difficult. And its save "system," pardon my Latin, blows syphilitic goats. [Jan 2004, p.108]
  18. Repetitive, basic, and banal.
  19. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. JacksonM.
    Dec 18, 2003
    Best game ever but load can be brutal. i liked the game in the overall though.
  2. LoganM.
    Nov 10, 2003
    This game is the neatest thing since Medieval. Spectacular graphics & motion; complex, satisfying fight controls; cool challenges.