You Review It Action: Rage of the Gladiator

~From the Play store:

“BEST ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR 2012″ – TouchArcade
“CONSOLE-QUALITY ACTION” – 148apps
“GAME OF THE WEEK” – PocketGamer
“MUST-HAVE” – SlideToPlay

You play the role of Gracius, a gladiator battling for his life in the arena. Your opponents are no ordinary evil, but are epic boss fights whose tricky attacks will challenge even the most elite gamers. There are no ‘fodder’ enemies – its all bosses — the most fun part of games! Beat them before they brutally beat you.

Armed with your magical war hammer and a trusty shield, you must exploit their weaknesses by jumping, dodging, shield blocking, or counter-attacking with proper timing, agility, and thinking. Then unleash your rage by brutally pounding your enemy with your war hammer, and perform over-the-top combo finishers such as summoning a vicious lightning storm or a deadly pillar of fire.

HIGHLIGHTS
* Stunning 3D graphics!
* Full voice acting. Each boss has its own personality, and taunts you mercilessly!
* Extremely realistic animations. When you attack bosses, the impacts and hits feel “real.”
* 14 insane finishing moves. Summon a fiery meteor, a savage tornado, or transform into a hulking colossus 10x your size!
* Customize your character with new weapons and armor.
* Gain new powers and skills! How will you build your character? Choose Offense, Defense, or Magic.
* Epic music. Enjoy blood-pumping masterpieces by legendary composer Sean Beeson!
* Great replay value. Beat the game to unlock new difficulties, where bosses are much tougher with all-new abilities! Over a dozen hours of gameplay!
* A monumental undertaking, with content comparable to a console title, but for FREE!

Rage of the Gladiator was originally developed for the Nintendo Wii and is (c) 2009, 2013 by Ghostfire Games

In his review of Rage of the Gladiator, Hardcore Droid’s James Christy gave the game 3 out of 5 stars, calling it a polished and compelling brawler brought down by freemium tricks. Is his bias palpable? Should he have been kinder? Tell us what you think of the game in the box below with 300 words or less.

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3 Responses to You Review It Action: Rage of the Gladiator

  1. aepstein824 says:

    Rage of the Gladiator: Capitalism Turns Bosses into Trash Mobs
    Gracius promises quality action against epic bosses. While the art and music certainly deliver, oversimplified mechanics ruled by fremium schemes drain away most of the fun.
    In this game, Gracius stands face to face with a powerful boss from mythology, who attempts to crush, maim, burn, or even seduce him. The player tries to evade these attacks, and then strike while he, she, or it recovers.
    Unfortunately, while the bosses have a diverse set of magic and weapons and limbs to throw at the player, there are only three ways to dodge. In addition, a boss will block any attack that isn’t a counter, so combat follows a rigid structure of wait, dodge, attack. There is still a bit of satisfaction from last minute dodges and well timed counter attacks, but the game falls short of challenging.
    Each boss is voice acted and well animated, leading to rather impressive cut scenes for a free mobile game. The bosses feel like characters, with stories and personalities and flaws, like the first enemy who is drunkenly helpless until his diety buffs him up.
    Fighting boss after well designed boss sounds too good to be true, and in this game, it is. The game forces the player to play each boss several times. More offensively, this repetition is used as Rage of the Gladiator’s money making mechanic. Each iteration of the boss fight gives it greater stats, for which the player needs better gear. Without spending real money, progression requires insane grinding. In addition, the combat’s rigid structure means that no amount of player skill can speed up the progression: only higher damage gear can quicken the fight.
    Since it’s free, Rage of the Gladiator may be worth picking up now and then for its artistic accomplishments, but it’s not a hardcore game.

  2. Al Jackson Al Jackson says:

    Nice work, Aepstein824, you make a number of incisive and salient points.

    Al Jackson

  3. aepstein824 says:

    Thank you!

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