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
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Fun. Frustrating. Gory. Cerebral. Engaging. Off-putting. Brutal and civilised. A thing of uneasily juxtaposed opposites, much like the Empire it's set in.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    80
    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.
  7. The game only makes a good purchase if you are a diehard Gladiator fan; otherwise the game is a perfect rental title.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Game Informer
    85
    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]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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]
  14. There is an awful lot of game here... Another schizophrenic winner from the Japanese masters of action/adventure.
  15. 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.
  16. You’ll almost be able to smell the sweat and blood. Too bad the stealth side of the game is so weak in comparison.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. GMR Magazine
    80
    There really isn't another game like Shadow of Rome, let alone one of similar quality and polish. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  22. 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.
  23. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    80
    A historic blend of bloody action and stealth set in Roman times. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  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. 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.
  26. Play Magazine
    88
    A game that reaches into your primal thirst for violence with no restraint... A bold, fantastic experiment. [Feb 2005, p.60]
  27. PSM Magazine
    75
    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]
  28. 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.
  29. Shadow of Rome's gameplay glistens, but its presentation is somewhat lackluster.
  30. Not only is the atmosphere of this one second to none, the game that it surrounds is massively rewarding and challenging in equal measures.
  31. Weekly Famitsu
    83
    8 / 8 / 9 / 8 - gold [Vol 848]
  32. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#21 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Maximus
    Feb 22, 2005
    10
    One of the best games i ever played.
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    5
    well, the combat system, the graphics and the music were awesome. but there its BIG problem. the stealth missions (which are a big part of thewell, the combat system, the graphics and the music were awesome. but there its BIG problem. the stealth missions (which are a big part of the game) suck so hard. they are just horrible. using rope and ... jag to take out beastly Roman Legionaries. so fake... and the artificial intelligence, is so badly done. this game is a BIG Capcom's disappointment. the stealth experiment in a solid hack & slash game just didn't worked out. a waste of time and money. I you want an epic hack & slash gem for ps2 go for Maximo: Ghosts To Glory. And Maximo vs. Army Of Zin. if you want stealth gaming re-play Hitman games._ Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2016
    9
    its an amazing game no doubt.its a little hard but all ok.its no worry,story's good.characters good.both of them are good.so i got it for 5$its an amazing game no doubt.its a little hard but all ok.its no worry,story's good.characters good.both of them are good.so i got it for 5$ so it was a pretty steal Full Review »