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  • Summary: Featuring thousands of ruthless weapon combinations and a robust skill system, Spartacus Legends delivers a variety of tools for gamers to customize their gladiators and dismember their foes. Gamers will be able to fight as Spartacus, Crixus or one of their own created gladiators as they battle with friends offline or in online multiplayer to join the ranks on the worldwide leaderboards. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 20, 2013
    Spartacus Legends is the kind of game that you keep because it’s fun and you play when everything else has been beat or has gotten old.
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    That said, if you can ignore the multiplayer and prevent yourself from using gold unless it's absolutely necessary, Spartacus Legends is a satisfactory free-to-play fighter for what it is. Of course, that's a tall order when the game wants you to spend money on premium currency anywhere and everywhere.
  3. Aug 11, 2013
    Spartacus Legends lacks the production values required to attain top billing, but its solid fighting mechanics and rewarding RPG elements ensure that it's worth a punt. With no entry price, there are definitely worse ways to spend your time than bathing in the blood of your enemies for the sake of fame and glory – just don't expect a spectacle fit for the emperor himself.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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 Expand
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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