Monday, September 25th, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last night my roommate and I finished the game Gladius for the Xbox. It’s not the kind of game that I would normally play, but it was a lot of fun nonetheless. It’s a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements that’s similar to Final Fantasy Tactics if I remember that game correctly. The co-op multiplayer feature was one of the main reasons I decided to give it a try.

The graphics on the Xbox look great. I read somewhere that there are textures in this version that you won’t see on the PS2 or Gamecube. There was one problem that kept popping up. The game gives you the option to change the appearance of your fighters, everything from skin color to the color of their armor. During the cut scenes, sometimes the characters would have their customized appearances and sometimes the characters would look the way they originally looked when we first met them. So, sometimes Urlan (the brother of our hero) was black and sometimes he was white. It was more humorous than annoying, however.

The battles are the meat of the game. Preparing for and fighting the battles are how you will spend most of your time. For the first part of the game the battles are all insanely easy, but eventually you’ll have to do some real strategizing in order to survive. They change the opponent types, the locations, the conditions of each battle, and the requirements for victory just enough to prevent the game from getting too dull. Many of the attacks are really cool to see, even if you’ve seen it a countless number of times already. The strategy element of the game is really engaging. I love it when a good plan comes together.

There is a plot to the game, but it doesn’t seem that important until the end. The voice acting is pretty bad. The bad voice acting was also more humorous than annoying. The most unintentionally funny character in this department was Ursula (our hero). The grunts, groans, and battle verbiage are better, but can get on your nerves at times.

Overall, Gladius is a fun game to play. I recommend it if you enjoy this type of game.