NEWS - Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Gladiator: SoV to Battle onto Shelves in Fall

GLADIATOR: SWORD OF VENGEANCE Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment Developer: Acclaim Manchester Platform(s): PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system (Europe Only), Microsoft XboxTM, PC Shipping: Fall 2003 ESRB Rating: Rating Pending Summary: A Warrior Slave...Chosen by the Restore the Glory of an Empire In the Year 106AD the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. After the untimely death of the much-liked Emperor Trajan, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees. Badly fought wars, famine and plague are rife in all corners of the Empire, whilst the Emperor and his elite enjoy every excess and vice that the emptying coffers can afford. As herald to this age of degradation, Arruntius has destroyed large portions of the city of Rome to create the battleground for the bloodiest gladiator event ever staged... Features Variety of objectives, opponents and weaponry; In-depth characterization and intelligent and exciting plotting; A rich mix of combat, adventure, classic history, culture and mythology; Mythological environments such as labyrinths and temples add extra depth to gameplay; Combat, conquest, myth, pagan barbarity and ’mob politics’; Compete in spectacular and complex battle events; Vast stage sets and landscape arenas form bloody battlegrounds loaded with deadly traps, imposing fortifications and lethal stage machinery; Huge variety of conventional and mythic weapons; Equip your gladiator with personalized armor; Scripted cameras create a truly cinematic experience for the player; An authentic cinematic approach to lighting and production design, evocative of movie epics such as ’Sparticus’, ’Ben Hur’, and ’Gladiator’; Uses high quality actor voices for added realism; Overcome all obstacles and opponents to become the champion of the gods; Intuitive ’in context’ fighting style; Your fighting skills improve and your moves increase as you progress through the game; Multitude of moves and combinations without overly complicated controls; Combo attacks – produce spectacular sequences and gorier deaths. The more fantastic the kill, the higher the Blood Meter rises; Olympian talents – When the Blood Meter is full, increase your strength to Herculean proportions, raise the dead to fight alongside you, and unleash the power of the elements; Finish him! – When stunned, your enemy is open to a specialized and gory coup de grace.


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