netjakOne half of Shadow of Rome is a solid, if mildly frustrating, bloodbath that will please anyone looking for a chance to let off some steam. The other half of Shadow of Rome is an annoying slog through a weak knock-off of Metal Gear Solid’s sneaky parts.
The banality of the stealth sections and the laboured story telling are not worth the fun of the combat. The idea to blend together the two distinct, yet very successful in their own right, styles was interesting - but here the sum of the parts is much less than the total, and that’s your irony.
Awards & Rankings
#22 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings
MaximusFeb 22, 2005One of the best games i ever played.
Nov 7, 2013This game, like a star wars sith, deals in absolutes. It has 2 modes, one of which is amazing, the other is abysmal.
The combat in thisThis game, like a star wars sith, deals in absolutes. It has 2 modes, one of which is amazing, the other is abysmal.
The combat in this game, while seemingly wonky, is very, very cool. It's second only to the criminally overlooked Gladius in terms of Gladitorial Combat Games, and manages to mix smartness with 300-style gore. It's good stuff.
Too bad everything is thrown out of the window once you get to the stealth missions. Either you do exactly as the game tells you or you die in one hit. The ideas used here are nice, don't get me wrong, but it's sloppily thrown together and ultimately ruined the game for me.
Shadow of Rome gets a 5, as it combines the best of the hack-and-slash genre with the absolute worst of stealth missions.… Full Review »
Aug 22, 2013a really amazing and underrated game this game has one of the most interesting and amazing plot in games and it is so bloody specially ina really amazing and underrated game this game has one of the most interesting and amazing plot in games and it is so bloody specially in the arena sections and it has some nice stealth game play in the end a really good interesting game… Full Review »