Gladius – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Comic Mischief, Violence

Parents can approach Gladius without too much fear. The game's T rating is primarily for the violence in the arena battles, and it's hardly graphic. Guys hack and slash at each other during battle, but it's a relatively bloodless affair. The game doesn't have much else in the way of objectionable content.

Strategy RPG fans will certainly want to give the game some attention. Unfortunately, with the recent crush of strategy RPGs (Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Fire Emblem, etc.) this game may well get lost in the shuffle. It's a little bit simplistic in comparison to most of the other strategy games out there, but it isn't a title without its charms.

Casual gamers who're new to the whole strategy RPG subgenre will want to give the game a look as well. It's not quite as stat-heavy as other games in this field, and it remains accessible while still providing all of the things that make turn-based strategy games addictive.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will be pleased to know that the game's voice dialogue can also be watched with subtitles. About the only thing hearing impaired gamers will miss are Urlan's screams of "for Nordagh!" during battles—and that's probably a blessing.