George Lucas dabbles in more than just Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Lucas Arts, a company owned by George Lucas designed a game that surprised me. It was a game that I had not thought Lucas was into. Lucas is known for science-fiction and fantasy but not like this. Lucas Arts designed an ESRB game called Gladius.
This is a review for Gladius on the Playstation2 console. Gladius is rated T for Teen due to its blood and gore; comic mischief; violence. Designed with Dolby Surround Sound Pro Logic II technology, this ESRB game plays for one to two players. You choose the difficulty level “Beginner” or “Advanced.” On “Beginner” you start off as Ursula and her brother Urlan. You develop your own fight school for gladiators and compete in events of combat. If you select “Avanced” then you begin in a different setting with Valens and his friend Ludo. No matter who you start off as, both parties eventually meet and unite with a common goal through the storyline.
This game works as a turn-based RPG which I really enjoyed. Turn-based games don’t require you to pause but rather choose your action for that round and then put it into play. Games like Gladius should be more common in my opinion. I would rate this game on a scale of one to ten as a SOLID 10. Gladius scored a 9 out of 10 by the Game Informer.
This game allows you to customize the story characters fighting abilities, choose who is accepted into your school, and what equipment each character will use in combat. You can expel characters from your school to be replaced by someone new. You can train your members to your personal likes and dislikes of combat. This game has over 100 characters in 16 different classes to choose from.
The storyline is enthralling and cannot be mentioned even briefly without ruining such a creative and unique tale devised by Lucas Arts. The use of a memory card is necessary to save your game data with the long and extensive time taken to complete this game. Without ruining the story, let’s just say they left it open for a sequel which I don’t know if they ever made. I have searched without success.
Article by Kevin C Davison
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