Average User Score: 5.3Jun 30, 2013Gladiatorial goodness, for free...almost. First off, this is an arcade title, and as you can see from the asking price, it is not going toGladiatorial goodness, for free...almost. First off, this is an arcade title, and as you can see from the asking price, it is not going to have the same bells and whistles as a full priced, mass marketed title. What you get is a fairly competent fighter in a very cool Ancient Rome setting. I recently bought Injustice: Gods Among Us, and it's already been retired by this F2P. The combat is a little simpler, but somehow more engaging. I'm not understanding all of the hate being leveled at this game. It's free. No one is making you buy the the equipment, which is attainable by playing the game anyway. Sure, if you want to play MP, you'll encounter people that spent money that will beat you. Who cares?
Graphics: Nothing special, and definitely on the lower end of what consoles can do, but decent enough to enjoy. They have an almost watercolor painting look to it, that is if the painter used blood as his color base. There are plenty of blood splatters and the graphics do a good job of representing a level of gore with out being just gross. A nice touch are the slashes and open wounds, viewable on your fighter at the end of a match.
Sound: Serviceable but spartan. The clash of metal and impact noises are good; the announcer annoying; and the rest average.
Gameplay: The combat involves light, heavy, and a close range attack, plus a grab (very useful on an opponent who's blocking).. There's plenty of button mashing, and combos, but they aren't overwhelming like MK and SF games. You fight in 3 dimensions, so you can actually circle your enemy to a limited degree. One can perform blocks, dodges, parries, and rolls to gain an advantage or get out of trouble, but it drains your defense meter--run out of defense meter and you'll be sword sponge. What adds to the depth is the weapon style matchups. Each gladiator has a weapon specialization (sword & shield, dual swords, dual daggers, 2 handed sword, trident, hammer, spear & shield, and unarmed). Certain weapons seem to work better against others. Finding out what works well and matching up your fighters accordingly is part of the challenge. Then there's the executions. Play to the crowd, and you might get the option of eviscerating, dismembering, and good old fashioned beheading your fallen foe. There's something oddly satisfying about lopping off the head of that overpowered spearman that gave you such headaches. Taunts and good tactics fill a crowd meter, which if it's high enough results in a fatality. Of course, your enemy also can do this, and your prized fighter might lose his head. Luckily, you can spend some silver to resurrect your hero. First "save" is free, 2nd is 500 silver, and then it ramps up to 2000 and more. It gives you a small safety valve before your perma-death. Nice touch.
Story/content: You fight different battles in various parts of the city, working your way up to some Prima matches. Primas are more elite opponents that once defeated can offer your fighter a perk. Defeat all the Primas and fight against a Legend from the TV show. Defeat the Legend and you can then recruit them. Winning fights increases your earnings and level which unlocks weapons, new fights, new primas, etc. Those Pay2Win weapons and armor become buyable with in game currency as your level increases. The equipment is varied and can be used by all of your gladiators. You'll be able to buy new gladiators as you go, so you'll be able to try all of the weapon styles eventually. The more expensive fighters give you 3 and 4 perk slots, which are important for surviving in the arena.
In the end, this a fun and satisfying fighting game that's free. There's enough depth to the fighting system and equipment choices (builds) to make one stick to it. Being a Lanista has never been more enjoyable. The negatives, is the online only aspect, limited customization, the repetitive fights (yeah there's some grinding to be done) and the fact that there are people out there that will drop $150 to be unbeatable if you're into MP. The horrible server problems I've yet to encounter (I D/L the game on launch day and stayed away figuring the servers would be overwhelmed for a couple days).… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9May 30, 2012This is the best flight sim for the Xbox 360, yet. It boasts some 100 planes from 7 different nations, and is more akin to a Gran Turismo orThis is the best flight sim for the Xbox 360, yet. It boasts some 100 planes from 7 different nations, and is more akin to a Gran Turismo or Forza with it's "Hanger" of planes and decals to collect. The game focuses on multiplayer action, and it does that well. There's a decent amount of single player content, but these missions do play second fiddle to the multiplayer options. One of the best things about this game is the amount of customization available: there's 3 distinct flight modes (difficulties) ranging from simple(arcade) to full on simulator, but all of these can be tweaked to give you the experience you want. You can also customize your controls to your heart's content, adjusting things like dead zones and modifiers for your flight controls. You can even program your 3rd party flight stick. Another customizeable detail is your **** fly 3rd person chase, 1st person **** (with target tracking options), or virtual ****, where there's no obstructions (gauges,wings, prop, etc). Last but not least, the game even features a mission editor, so you can craft your own custom scenarios (fly them solo or online). Choose planes, mission types, time of day, venue, weather. You can even fly in severe thunder storms, although visibility is an issue.
The game plays and looks beautiful. Planes break apart and spit oil when damaged; sun glare highlights tiny scratches and cracks in the **** glass; individual soldiers can be seen returning small arms fire when strafing ground targets; this game is just filled with nice touches. The planes handle differently, and give a distinct feeling of flight, that many games lack. There's a certain feeling of weight when banking, turning, and trying to land these metal beasts. The game also has some amazing flack effects when flying over ships and AAA batteries. The scenery and water look realistic, with lots of individual trees to help eyeball your altitude, although the detail of individual buildings is a bit lack luster (probably to keep frame rates high). Theatres of war include Pacific, Mediterranean, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, with distinct landscapes. Fly over Essen and you can buzz factories and steer through smoke stacks. There's some really cool moments that can be viewed "director's style" in the replay feature. Sound is decent, although in-flight chatter is repetitive. The explosions and engine sounds make up for it though. Missions are varied, but be warned, the single player campaigns are short. There's a US and Japan campaign, but this game screams for more SP content.
PROS: -graphics are amazing
-multiplayer content makes extended play unlimited
- single player missions and dynamic campaigns can be played online
-sheer volume of planes
-customization out the wazoo
-limited single player content (the campaign needs more missions)
-MP focus might be a turn off
-no save feature for customized controls (needs several save slots for flight sticks, gamepad, etc)
This is a great game that really captures the feel of WWII aerial combat.… Expand