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  • Summary: An Epic Gladiatorial Saga Comes to Life. The darkness of the Great War has passed and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Follow the grand saga ofAn Epic Gladiatorial Saga Comes to Life. The darkness of the Great War has passed and the lands of Gladius are peaceful once more. Now combat takes place only in the gladiator arenas, where schools from around the world compete for the title of Imperial Champions. Follow the grand saga of two young heroes, Ursula and Valens, as they recruit and train a team of warriors and compete in the gladiator games. Battle with deadly weapons and powerful magic as you learn vital combat tactics while you enhance and customize your own characters. Strategies are nearly endless, with 16 character classes and over 100 unique character types from which to choose. But be warned. Evil is on the rise again. And a new hero must step forward to vanquish the threat. So train well, for the dark must not prevail. [LucasArts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 90
    With its epic storylines, hundreds of combat scenarios, and open-ended structure, Gladius is one of the deepest games of the year. If you play strategy/RPGs because you're an anime fan, Gladius will bore you; if you play them because they're fun, Gladius will obsess you.
  2. Easily one of the deepest games I’ve played in a long time.
  3. At the heart of this game is an interesting and well-thought-out combat system, and there are so many viable combinations of characters and skills to experiment with that this game could easily keep you busy for much longer than most games do these days.
  4. 80
    Due to the controlled nature of the game, the battles and leveling system are very tight and logical. It's the perfect game for a cold winter's day inside, and it can be played almost forever. If you want to know what the world “epic” means, then just go ahead and play Gladius.
  5. As a completely turn-based RPG with heavy strategy elements, Gladius's incredibly deliberate pace will try all but the most hardcore RPG'er's patience. Still, if you give it a chance, there's a lot to love. [Dec 2003, p.50]
  6. Many action-oriented gamers arena’t going to like this game at all, but you strategy buffs will be pleased that Gladius is such a strong contender, because you really don’t have any other options. There are no other games like it.
  7. 40
    If you're already wary of Japanese strategy RPGs, then be sure to stay even further away from Gladius. It's got as many menus, and its battles are slower and less rewarding. LucasArts clearly tried to make everything look and feel good, but Gladius is ultimately done in by the leaden gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Morgan
    May 3, 2005
    10
    Possibly the best game I have ever played, great replay, great engine, low price.
  2. FunnE.
    Dec 4, 2003
    10
    REALLY GOOD. Has action, story, and a little romance ;)
  3. TroyB.
    Sep 25, 2003
    10
    Lots of fun, takes a turn based rpg to a NEW level by allowing 3d movement.
  4. RobM.
    Dec 13, 2003
    10
    I love everything about this game but there is one problem. The farther i get the more the game skips or grinds or something. If anybody else I love everything about this game but there is one problem. The farther i get the more the game skips or grinds or something. If anybody else has this problem i would love to hear from you. Thanx. Other than that this game is the best ever. Collapse
  5. AdamC.
    Aug 24, 2007
    9
    The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is that the gameplay eventually got a bit old. Still, it was a tremendous value, and I wish they The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is that the gameplay eventually got a bit old. Still, it was a tremendous value, and I wish they would make a sequel. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    9
    This is a classic title in my eyes. Could not fathom the time lost in the wonderful story and game play The sheer amount of unit selectionThis is a classic title in my eyes. Could not fathom the time lost in the wonderful story and game play The sheer amount of unit selection and level design was incredible considering it was one of PS2's first games. It really is a shame this game has not been remastered and ported to PC And to any ambitious developers out there, GET A SEQUEL DONE!!! Long live Nordagh! Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Dec 6, 2003
    0
    One of the most BORING games I have EVER played. Turn based strategy games can be cool, but this is just boring. No action. Nothing. Whatever One of the most BORING games I have EVER played. Turn based strategy games can be cool, but this is just boring. No action. Nothing. Whatever you do, do not even go close to this game. Im warning you!!!!!!! Expand

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