Shadow of Rome PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
  1. I figure in about five years, Shadow of Rome will start showing up in magazine articles about “cult” games, or the best-kept secrets on the PS2.
  2. A game that reaches into your primal thirst for violence with no restraint... A bold, fantastic experiment. [Feb 2005, p.60]
  3. Shadow of Rome's gameplay glistens, but its presentation is somewhat lackluster.
  4. Playing Shadow of Rome has made me more sympathetic to people who argue that killing fake people can lead to killing real ones. I came to accept Shadow of Rome's violence fully.
  5. It's a blast, and the combat is a great balance between a wrestling and a fighting game, but I felt like a terrible human being. I guess that's the price you pay for being a gladiator. [Feb 2005, p.116]
  6. Every time the action has you hooked, the intertwined, mediocre-at-best stealth missions suck away a lot of the fun and detract from what could have been one of the best action adventure titles of this year.
  7. 8 / 8 / 9 / 8 - gold [Vol 848]
  8. The meaty parts make it worth getting through the leaner parts, and for fans with interest in the period or graphic action, it's a keeper.
  9. Not only is the atmosphere of this one second to none, the game that it surrounds is massively rewarding and challenging in equal measures.
  10. Packs some of the most brutal hand-to-hand combat ever, and there's plenty of story and intrigue to conveniently justify all the gory violence.
  11. As these concepts are nothing new and have been integrated better (way better) with bigger games already (e.g., the Metal Gear Solid series), and with a singular character to boot, Shadow of Rome isn't nearly as great as some other big guns it may be trying to imitate.
  12. It doesn't require superhuman skill but it will pose a challenge to all that play. Above all else, it's fun and there's nothing that beats that.
  13. 80
    The stealth levels are the only other chink in the game's chain mail. Just when you finish turning arenas into butcher shops, who's in the mood for a little Metal Gear-style stealth? Answer: not us.
  14. There is an awful lot of game here... Another schizophrenic winner from the Japanese masters of action/adventure.
  15. 80
    While the idea of mixing weapons based brutality with careful tiptoeing stealth may have been the result of having one too many at the pub, it certainly comes off much better than expected. Well worth a look.
  16. It efficiently captures the mood and spirit of ancient Rome through bloody battles, exhilarating chariot races, and a few minor stealth sequences, all intertwined with a good moving story and impressive (for the most part) gameplay.
  17. 80
    The boss fights are supremely challenging and satisfying, and you’ll earn totally bitchin’ sets of armor as you accumulate bloody victories. There’s even a very enjoyable chariot race section.
  18. Fun. Frustrating. Gory. Cerebral. Engaging. Off-putting. Brutal and civilised. A thing of uneasily juxtaposed opposites, much like the Empire it's set in.
  19. The storyline genuinely is an absolute cracker and I'd love to give away the ending but it truly would spoil a great finale to a dark horse of a game.
  20. The game only makes a good purchase if you are a diehard Gladiator fan; otherwise the game is a perfect rental title.
  21. 80
    Brings a unique blend of innovative - if slightly mediocre at times - stealth adventuring with exciting gladiatorial battles that utilise one of the most enjoyable fighting systems yet.
  22. A historic blend of bloody action and stealth set in Roman times. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  23. 80
    The combat sequences are the undisputed highlight, and much of the game puts on a great show...just be prepared for stretches of frustration while sneaking around. [Feb 2005, p.74]
  24. It's sad that some of the best pure action on the PS2 is paired with such amateurish stealth. [Feb 2005, p.85]
  25. There really isn't another game like Shadow of Rome, let alone one of similar quality and polish. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  26. You’ll almost be able to smell the sweat and blood. Too bad the stealth side of the game is so weak in comparison.
  27. 76
    The equivalent of a summer action flick with a decent plot. It won't make you think too hard and the slow parts can get a little boring and clumsy, but the action is fun enough to redeem it.
  28. Has its share of repetition, clunky controls, and a boring palette of polygons, but its high points - gory battles and an open-ended weapon system - make it a must-rent.
  29. 75
    The game simply bit off way more than it could chew with the stealth sections. The end result is certainly a thumbs up -- but only just.
  30. There are many fewer stealth levels with Octavious, and they're not as well-polished as the fighting. But they're a nice break from the arena action, and none of them are very long.
  31. Inspired Beat 'em Up action with some quality stealth mixed in to boot, just a shame that it lacks the polish to extrapolate its full potential.
  32. The violence is so over the top that it becomes funny...It's an uneven game that keeps speeding up, then slowing down, and as a result, it never really manages to keep your pulse racing for very long. [Jan 2005, p.64]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Maximus
    Feb 22, 2005
    10
    One of the best games i ever played.
  2. Nov 7, 2013
    5
    This 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
    This 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.
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  3. Aug 22, 2013
    9
    a 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 »