Spartan: Total Warrior PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
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  1. 79
    It's unfortunate that the unrefined targeting system, cheap boss battles and generally unhelpful friendly AI make the experience a mixed bag of exhilarating and exasperating moments.
  2. For the most part, Spartan: Total Warrior is a pretty good action effort. Unfortunately, the high production values and engaging gameplay of the Total War games are nowhere to be found here.
  3. Most games lose their luster after you've killed the 999th warrior, but Total Warrior keeps things fresh throughout the journey.
  4. Game Informer
    The boss fights are frustrating to the point of idiocy, and are made worse by the annoying checkpoint system... It sure beats the hell out of another "Dynasty Warriors" retreat, though. [Oct 2005, p.119]
  5. If you're up for a challange and don't mind taking on the entire Roman empire yourself, Spartan: Total Warrior is waiting.
  6. It tends to shift between greatness and mediocrity with the frequency of your average rollercoaster ride, but the great parts are easily worth a look by anyone who enjoys beat-'em-ups.
  7. 50
    After such an uneven effort, there can be no other assessment made: the game gods must be displeased.
  8. This is a game about hitting people. It's pretty damn good.
  9. 60
    But when the balance shifts from "I'm going to keep trying because I know I can get better" to "I'm going to keep trying to justify the $50 I just spent," then there's a problem.
  10. games(TM)
    If "God Of War" never happened, Spartan: Total Warrior would have been a great example of a simple, gratuitous action game. As it is, it’s merely a good one. [Nov 2005, p.124]
  11. Edge Magazine
    It only betrays itself completely once – in a dismally conventional boss battle around halfway through – though at times Spartan threatens to become routine, it never does, thanks to its strong character, handsome looks and sheer, irrepressible verve. [Nov 2005, p.96]
  12. 60
    While the production values are pretty good, the gameplay is pretty shallow. If you’re into action games, this is worth playing once.
  13. AceGamez
    The combat is satisfying, the setting is grand and the amount of troops on screen is amazing - this is war on a scale rarely seen in games and it puts the likes of "Dynasty Warriors" to shame for its combination of sheer numbers and exceptional graphics, with an outstanding soundtrack that completes the atmosphere of this historical adventure.
  14. Play Magazine
    Spartan Total Warrior doesn't remind me of anything before it, which is extremely rare. [Nov p.70]
  15. Pelit (Finland)
    A very good beat 'em up adventure with hundreds of simultaneous enemies. Too bad the awful Athens-level is a major pain in the backside. [Oct 2005]
  16. It's one of the most polished games I've played since "The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction." [Nov 2005, p.138]
  17. Spartan is one of those games that may not appeal to everyone, but for those who enjoy the ancient Roman time period and like just hacking and slashing, then Spartan: Total Warrior is a great game.
  18. Tough but ultimately superb gameplay. Only a hero and story are the game's Achilles' heel. [Nov 2005, p.116]
  19. Though it can be an intense experience, Spartan does have a tendency to become quite repetitive at times. Having said that there is a solid combat system and enough variety that will please action fans.
  20. Computer Games Magazine
    Combined with the recent God of War, a pattern seems to be developing: the gifts Ares bestows come at the cost of a clad torso. [Dec p.88]
  21. PSM Magazine
    The problem with the game, though, is being the only soldier in an army of thousands who's able to do the most basic things - open doors, light fuses, fire arrows. It gets old extremely fast. [Nov 2005, p.76]
  22. Creative Assembly's first console effort is a satisfying, action-filled hack-and-slash.
  23. It’s got some fun gameplay elements and a cool setting, but it fails as a superb action game that a lot of people were definitely expecting it to be.
  24. If you are looking for an epic battle game that takes place in the ancient world, go get yourself a copy of "Rome Total War," if you want an awesome battle game where you are one soldier against many foes then go get yourself a copy of "God of War."
  25. For an action packed take on the ever popular Roman hack and slash genre, Spartan is the most spectacular example yet. [PSW]
  26. What Spartan lacks in depth is made good by some top-drawer visuals and satisfying combat. A corking console debut for Creative Assembly. [PSM2]
  27. 74
    An accomplished and well-crafted battle-axe wielding warrior of a game. Just don't expect anything classic, historically speaking.
  28. Aside from the odd mood breaker, somewhat sluggish load times between menus, and occasional repetitive gameplay, Spartan: Total Warrior manages to bridge the familiar RTS brand to the console world through its silky-smooth framerate, very respectable visuals, and deviously violent gameplay.
  29. While not the super-strategic romp some of you were expecting, Spartan: Total Warrior delivers the goods if you’re looking for a solid chunk of challenging action from start to finish.
  30. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Mythological hack and slash epic. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  31. We weren’t particularly bothered that we had to wait while our health/power gauge increased slowly, but what we didn’t like was the fact that Spartan couldn’t protect himself at all when praying at the statues.
  32. 90
    Mindless hack-and-whack style gameplay stays hot thanks to interesting objectives. Spartan is constantly throwing new gameplay elements at you.
  33. With its simple gameplay and involving story, Spartan: Total Warrior is a perfect blend of strategy game and hack’n’slash romp.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    This game is by far the best game that came ever out on the ps2, lots of actions and challenging missions, THEY NEED TO DO A REMAKE FOR PS4 !!This game is by far the best game that came ever out on the ps2, lots of actions and challenging missions, THEY NEED TO DO A REMAKE FOR PS4 !! Creative Assembly !! Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2014
    When I was younger around 6th or 7th grade. I played this game for a very long time. I might haVE HAD OVER 1000+ HOURS. This and Shadow ofWhen I was younger around 6th or 7th grade. I played this game for a very long time. I might haVE HAD OVER 1000+ HOURS. This and Shadow of Rome.

    I also played and still do play, ALL of the Total War games ever made. Even, "'War Warlord" and Viking. Much love to C.A.

    I trust you'll never release a game in such a mess like you did with Rome: Total War 2 ever again. I hope you've learned your lesson people are mad redeem yourselves.
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  3. TariqW.
    Oct 25, 2005
    Just don't listen to the critics. Buy this game even if you didn't like Dynasty Warriors or GOW!