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  • Summary: As the FIRST and ONLY game to combine the classic themes of chariot racing and gladiator fighting, Circus Maximus: Chariot Wars brings the raw excitement of survival racing to the majestic coliseums and arenas of the Roman Empire. There is no other game like it!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 100
    A no-holds-barred chariot racer full of originality and pee-in-your-pants combat.
  2. CM earns laurels for putting players in simultaneous control of a driver and a passenger who can use a whip or a sword to turn opponents into Caesar salad.
  3. 76
    A fun game, but it could've benefited from more polish and a little more imagination.
  4. You actually have to use EVERY button on the controller, pretty much all at the same time, or at least be able to access them quickly. The Xbox controller is large and the buttons are small, the game action moves fast. You do the math.
  5. Although it looks nice, this game has a number of problems; the fact that chariots are really slow and tip over very easily is the most glaring. [Apr 2002, p.83]
  6. 60
    The biggest problem is that despite the large number of tracks, the racing starts to feel the same after a while. The races are exercises in cutting off your opponents, grabbing the turbo power-ups at the right time, and learning to take curves properly.
  7. Trust me, the controls are sheer, unadulterated nonsense. [Apr 2002, p.141]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. HamishG.
    Sep 11, 2004
    Not a bad game. Sure it's not brilliant but it is a good peice of time waisting fun and it's great in multiplayer. The controls, although most reviewers complain about them, I found them easy and quick to learn, I really don't know what all the fuss as about. So if you want a good bit of original car combat fun look no further but if you want depth, this isn't your game. Expand
  2. BenT.
    Nov 15, 2004
    This is truly the worst game i've ever played. Seriously. Its no fun at all. Good idea wasted. Too bad.