Review by Tituslzh
"Be a Gladiator Yourself"
If you have watched the movie 'The Gladiator', you will know what this is all about. Just a little brief history, during the rule of Roman Empire, slaves that are proficient in fighting are picked to enter the arena to fight with either wild animals such as lions and tigers or against other human such as fellow slaves or soldiers. This is purely for 'entertainment' for the Romans with no regard for the lives of the slaves.
The gameplay is pretty fun and easy to pick up. At the start, you get to customize your character such as changing its features. There is also an attribute system which you add points to. The three main attributes are vitality, endurance and strength. Vitality allows you to take more damage. Endurance allows you to have more skill attacks. Strength increases the damage that you will deal and weight limits. After you have created your character, you will be taken to the main menu which you will see world map, status, item box, skill panel, my room, train and save. Choosing world map will take you to the show where you will start your battle. Status allows you to see information on your character. You can see your class, health, stamina, weight, debt, money, attributes and skill levels. With every battle won, you class level will go up. Health, stamina and money are self-explanatory. Debt refers to how much money you are still in debt with your master. By choosing status you also get to add points to your attributes which you will gain after every battle won. In this game, there are four kinds of fighting style which you can master. Single wield, double wield, sword with shield, or fist. Each style has their own skills and you can gain skill level by using its specified style in battle. In the item box, you will see all that items that you are currently equipped with. Each item has three logos. The sword logo refers to the damage added, the second logo which looks like a box refers to defense and the third refers to weight or how heavy the item is. Weight has its own pros and cons. A heavier item is harder to drop off during battle but it also slows down your character. You will want to look at the weight in the status screen before equipping heavy items. After battle, you get to pick up items dropped from your enemies. Some items are in blue and gold color. Blue items are enchanted items whereas gold items are rare. You can upgrade your items by merging two items together in the blacksmith which you will see after you entered world map. Skill panel shows the current skills that are currently assigned to your buttons. You can also change them by going in the skill panel. My room shows your statistics. You can also pick a nickname for yourself. More names will be unlocked when you meet the certain requirements. Train brings you to a training ground where you can practice. And for save, it just means saving your game. Overall, the game is very easy to pick up. There will be a tutorial for your first few fights and after that you will be on your own.
For the story wise, its pretty short. You start off as a newcomer where you will have to battle your way up. Like I mentioned just now, your class level goes up after some battles and once you have pass the promotion test. After some time, patrons will approach you and you can choose which arena you will like to participate in the fight. Once you have reach the highest class rank, you will be approach by a guy name Bernardos and the last part of the story will kick in.
The graphics and sound are nothing much to be impress about. For a simple game, you will have expected what kind of graphics and sound you will receive. But then again, its considered quite all right for a game like this.
I will have to admit that there is not much of replayability in this game. Once you have completed the game, you will get an option whether you want to stay in normal mode or you can go on to hard mode for a challenge. The difference is that in hard mode, there is a timing for your battles. Also there is no limit to how many points you can add to your attributes.
Overall, this game is pretty fun and addictive for a moment. However, I'm sure that there are a lot of better games out there deserving the money to be spent on. With its lack of storyline and replayability, there is not much reason why it is worth it.
Reviewer's Score: 5/10 | Originally Posted: 11/11/10
Game Release: Gladiator Begins (US, 09/15/10)
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