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  • Summary: In the year 106, the Roman Empire is in terrible decline due to badly fought wars, famine, and plague. As herald to this age of degradation, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has destroyed large portions of the city of Rome to create the battleground for the bloodiest gladiator event ever staged. You are but an enslaved combatant in this bloodsport; but with gory kills, fantastic stunts, and finishing moves, you can become a hero to the crowd. From the streets of Rome to the paradise of Elysium, become the champion of all gladiators and win your freedom. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 85
    A great game hampered by a few shortcomings.
  2. Still, the game does a good job of holding your interest without you having to learn the equivalent control configuration of piloting the space shuttle. When it comes to arcade-style games, it doesn't get much better that this.
  3. There aren't a whole lot of games out there that you can just throw into your PS2 or Xbox and start hacking away at things. "Hunter: The Reckoning" is one, but how many other can truly "get medevil" on your ass? Looks like just one. But that is also something that can get old quickly.
  4. Has some appeal, and it certainly has a lot of action, even if locked into a mixed bag of mythical overlays, and linear paths through the world. The graphical elements also vary from the very good to the average.
  5. Gladiator was on its way to becoming the sleeper hit of 2003… then the gameplay threw it into the bargain bin.
  6. If the gameplay was a little more involved, with less button bashing and greater emphasis on using combos for effectiveness, it would provide a more fufilling experience.
  7. 40
    It has some slick production values, and Acclaim goes all out on dreamy visuals, gorgeously detailed architecture, a Vikingly heroic score, and juicy sound effects, but skimps on any kind of depth and rewarding gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5