Spartacus Legends PlayStation 3

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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 49
  2. Negative: 15 out of 49

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  1. Jun 29, 2013
    7
    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
    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.

    Read the full review at www.GameFan365.com
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  2. Jun 27, 2013
    5
    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
    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
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  3. Aug 22, 2013
    7
    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.
  4. Jul 20, 2013
    6
    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 presentSpartacus 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
  5. Oct 26, 2014
    7
    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.
  6. Oct 22, 2016
    7
    Spartacus Legends is a free-to-play video game based on the Starz television series Spartacus. Developed by Kung Fu Factory and published by Ubisoft.

    + Fresh Setting for a Fighting Game
    + It is Free and is Fun
    - Required Connection to Servers
    - Online is lacking
    - Shallow Experience
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50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Sep 27, 2013
    55
    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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 8, 2013
    30
    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
    50
    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.