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  1. Jun 27, 2013
    If you love the Spartacus show then you are going to love this game. It lets you build up multiple characters to make them the gladiator you want them to be. SO many different armors and weapons make this game worth it. The graphics are really good.. not GREAT but good. You can go to different arenas, fight legendary fighters and more. Everyone is complaining about freezing and all that.. but that happened on the first day when it was buggy. They have patched the game and it works great. Also, who cares if it does freeze once in awhile. ITS FREE! Its worth it to check out and as I said before.. if you loved the show there is no way in hell you are going to not like this game. Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    Not sure why this is getting bad reviews. This is a technical and rewarding gladiator experience and unless something drastically changes, this is definitely worth trying out.
  3. Jun 29, 2013
    i signed up just now because of the false advertisement of this game... i will be here ALOT more to critique new titles which deserve recognition and honest responses. Spartacus holds true to the series and with the rogue-like gameplay, brings the score to an easy 9.0
    Do yourselves a favor and don't pay mind to the angry children giving these low scores. sure, the game was buggy at first,
    but as a mature human being those bugs will obviously get patched as they have. such critics should be banned for scoring so low, especially when peoples careers are at stake.
    Try the game for yourself. ciao.
  4. Jun 26, 2013
    This game is not worth the space it takes up on you system. It is a total waste of time. The game is virtually broken and does not deserve to be downloaded. Seriously, don't get it. Watch the show. Play something worthwhile, but please don't play this game. Don't say I didn't warn you.
  5. Jun 29, 2013
    The clash of steel, the sound of tearing flesh and the roar of the crowd as the cheer with glee when another fatal strike is landed. This is the world of the gladiator, a harsh and violent existence, one that the team at Kung-Fu Factory has managed to recreated with very pleasing results. Enter the world of Spartacus Legends.

    Spartacus Legends is a free-to-play gladiatorial fighting
    game available now on XBLA and PSN. That's right, you heard me I said free! The game places you in control of one gladiator at the beginning, with this first recruit you fight your way through several tutorial matches and then are off on you're own to become the most renown fighter in all of Capua.

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  6. Jul 8, 2013
    Pros: Based on the Starz tv show Spartacus a Gladiator game different classes to choose from with each one having their own customization...........Cons: Online lags, buggy issues, Gold coin charge (you have to pay real money to get a certain amount of coin and the price on the PSN store is so ridiculous) ,no sex with women, odd "information" messages during loading time that may scratch heads, visuals look pasty, can't play the actual people from the show, tutorial mode lack luster, no in-depth customization just the basic stuff, a "three strikes and your out" warning system (meaning if you leave abruptly on many occasions your gladiator that you work so hard on will be removed from the game forever), Spam attacks from enemy NPC and from the online player, no "perk shop" (meaning if you executed a particular gladiator you want that perk but you can't have it so you get rid of it where is the shop that sells these perks as a just in case...nope not in the game at all)

    Final Thoughts: there are just so many con's to this game that makes this one of the worst TV based video games to date
  7. Jul 20, 2013
    Spartacus Legends is an interesting venture into the free to play territory. Where as most free to play games are MMO and FPS games, this is a fighting game. In this game you buy and manage gladiators as well as equipment like armor and weapons for them and fight in the arena (called Legends Mode) as well as in online battles. As you progress in the arena more challenging foes present themselves, but this is sometimes do to irritating difficulty spikes. Multiplayer battles are your average one-on-one affairs. The best part of this game is how it's not pay to win. Yes you can use real currency to buy gold to purchase items with, but this is more of a means to unlock things sooner. Everything you can buy with gold will be available later when you level up. So putting money into this may help make things easier but it wont guarantee victory. So managing your own gladiators (that can die) and making sure they're equipped with the best items is cool, but it brings out the games biggest flaw. The fights in the Legends mode feel like it comes down to equipment stats rather than genuine skill. This takes some fun out of the experience. The game can be fun at times, but frustrating difficulty spikes and technical issues like freezing bring the experience down. These issues, as well as a somewhat limited combo system, make the whole game lag behind other fighting games. Still, Spartacus Legends can still provide some fun, but the whole thing comes across as more of a disposable thrill. You'll play it a while when you're bored because it's free, but it will never replace those triple A fighting games that you've spent countless hours with, and will spend countless more. Expand
  8. Jun 27, 2013
    This game is garbage. It always freezes & if it freeze 3 times during a fight you'll have your character killed. if someone quits online, it freezes & your character dies AUTOMATICALLY. This is just a waste of space & time. Also, it's not my "connections" fault it constantly freezes, its the other players & the servers fault because I've been hearing this happening to other players too. So basically you'll just have fun until "your gladiators life is forfeited" which won't be to soon. Please save your self stress & don't download. Expand
  9. Oct 14, 2013
    i only got to play spartacus yesterday...and i honetly think that people gave this game a low score for nothing...the game is rather good, i enjoyd every moment of it...just like the series itself
  10. Jun 27, 2013
    So, Spartacus Legends is out. In many ways this is exactly the kind of game I've been waiting for; you own a Ludus (Gladiator School) and you buy and train gladiators to compete (online against other players) for glory and honor. Literally there couldn't be a better idea for an online multiplayer game. So someone took this GRAND idea and sh*t all over it.

    - Free-to-Play is the
    industry's new way to say "Golly gee, I hope we can convince idiot gamers to spend 150 dollars on a DLC pack that gives them 3000 gold!" I know this because this is HOW MUCH a 3k gold pack costs for Spartacus Legends. Notice the word 'hope' in that equation. They're not totally stupid; they know full well people will most likely elect NOT to spend 150 REAL dollars for 3000 digital gold coins to spend in a single video game so they chose to NOT give Spartacus Legends a decent budget to develop on.

    Spartacus Legends is a 5.5 at best. Many will call it far lower. It is, however, fun... if you can get past its horrid, terrible, almost sinful flaws. You can buy gladiators, train them, (although training is a loose term for 'fight computer opponents.') and then go online against other people's champions (through a broken match-making system that can actually lock your system up when your opponent decides to wuss out of a fight and disconnect after seeing your level compared to theirs) but you just cannot do any of these things to a satisfactory degree. Gameplay is primitive, which is actually the nicest thing I can say about it, and the damage models on the characters are always the same, just like Dragon Age: Origins. Just one missed opportunity after another. In all honesty the best way to describe this game is it looks like a port of a PS2 game.

    If you do decide to devote any time to this game you can have some fun, it's actually possible, but it will leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. This game was done WRONG. Free-to-Play is wrong. This is just another example of just why it's wrong.

    Spartacus Legends: 5.5
  11. Jun 28, 2013
    PRO: good graphic, free BAD: few blows and no creativity, need real money to have weapons, bad history, repetitive player introduction Result: ts a waste of time.
  12. Jul 1, 2013
    Fun game, but there's one FATAL flaw. Without gold, as others have said, this game is broken. You enter the tier 2 difficulty areas and may do okay for a while, but then you will be fighting with ratings of roughly 130 on average against opponents of 260+. In some cases you can be KO'd in three swings. The crowd favor of opponents is ridiculously high which can mean instant gladiator death. Example.. downed CPU without being scratched then CPU stands up with second wind and 0 crowd favor.. hits me 3 times has max favor and kills my gladiator. Let's say you beat a legend and you use your hard earned gold to purchase him.. you try to even the odds with your 275 rating dude only to fight a 370 rating CPU in the same zone. Sure you will win a lot with the legendary guy, but if he dies its another 8 gold to revive him =D the purple quality regular guys also cost gold.. no matter what. The best you can hope to buy with silver are blue name guys. I promise you that no matter how well you have the mechanics down this game is designed to piss you off and force you to pay to win in the end.. very disappointed with what could have been a decent game. It may be free to download, but the game is really just a demo until you dump about $100 in gold on it. Expand
  13. Jul 7, 2013
    Spartacus Legends is a free-to-play licensed game based on a TV show; in other words, it has all the ingredients you'd need to make the blandest, cheapest attempt to cash in on a franchise. But Legends isn't what you'd expect.

    You play a lanista--the manager of a ludus, or group of gladiators. You recruit fighters and manage their careers, but you also take direct control of them in
    actual matches--this is a fighting game, not a sports manager sim. The game's atmosphere is especially remarkable--everything from the music to the UI to the loading screen tips succeds in evoking the raw, brutal feel of the game's raw, brutal setting.

    The most important element, and the one most would expect to suck, is the actual combat. Astoundingly, Legends has a deep, fun, and addictive fighting system. There are eight different fighting styles, each with their strengths and weaknesses and combos. Unlike in most AAA fighters, button mashing is utterly useless--you've got to actually get good at the fighting system to win.

    On a less cheery note, the game falls apart online. The lag is sometimes barely noticeable, but often is severe enough to make the game practically unplayable. Additionally, you're penalized whenever a fight ends by disconnection--even when the other player (or the game's own servers) is at fault. These problems may very well be fixed completely, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, the game is mainly focused on single player, so these problems aren't as catastrophic as I might be making them sound.

    So the game is good--but what about microtransactions? The game may be free-to-play, but it's a shining example of how F2P can be done right. Microtransactions take the form of gold, a buyable currency that allows you to get items before you're at the normal level required to buy them. With a few minor exceptions, gold doesn't get you exclusive stuff, instead offering a shortcut to stuff you could have gotten through the the time-honored method of chopping people's heads off for a few hundred screaming fans.

    Even if you do use gold, you can only skip forward two or three levels--you're not getting endgame gear at level one. And for those few things that are only available with gold, the game gives you a few gold pieces each time you level up--not much at all, but enough to get a few of those bonuses. Gold is reasonably priced, but if you want to ignore the microtransactions entirely and just play the game for free, you can do so without feeling like you're playing a demo version of the game.

    This is an F2P licensed game with next to zero marketing, so it's more or less guaranteed not to get much atention. The surprising part is that that's actually a bad thing.
  14. Aug 22, 2013
    Enjoyable singleplayer experience, very poor multiplayer and matchmaking system. Why do you have to be online for the singleplayer part? I'm not buying your stupid coins Ubisoft, I'm not stupid.
  15. Oct 26, 2014
    For a movie that i got for free on the playstation store i am not disappointed at all.Great graphics,controls and some blood is the forces of the game.The plot is super basic and the game is easy but it's a surprisingly good game.
  16. Sep 26, 2014
    Si estas buscando un juego plagado de combates monótonos, con controles toscos, gráficos de la generación PS1 (incluyendo sangre y modelados de plastilina), modos de juego idénticos, un online terrible, y todo con una diversión nula (ah, y con una tienda donde te timan para conseguir moneditas doradas!), ya estás tardando en bajarte Spartacus Legends.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. You know what we like? Combat that isn't half bad and not having to pay for our games. So us and Spartacus Legends should have been a match made in heaven. Want to know what we do not like? Grinding. And there is plenty of it in this otherwise acceptable game. [September p.91]
  2. God knows why you’d want to invest in this crap, however. A match consists of mashing triangle to overcome an uninspired selection of bland nobodies. Thumbs down, we say. [October 2013, p83]
  3. Aug 16, 2013
    As a free-to-play experiment, it’s fairly successful. When you download Spartacus Legends you get the full package, not just a few morsels of gameplay, with the rest locked behind a pay-wall. In some ways this is one the game’s biggest strengths but it still fails to dispel a number of its other issues.