Rage of the Gladiator is a fantasy fighting game. You control a gladiator, fighting for your life in an arena. Armed with your magical warhammer and a trusty shield, you must defeat fantastic bosses including a Chimera, Beholder, and a Dragon. The game is set in first-person perspective.
In Rage of the Gladiator, each boss has unique abilities and powers that you need to pay close attention to. Exploit the weakness of each enemy by jumping, dodging, or shield blocking with the proper timing and agility. Then unleash your rage by brutally pounding your enemy with your warhammer and bashing them with your shield, and you will triumph.
Lord Vensor is the third in a lineage of noble magicians. He owns a large tract of land to the North, where he rules with an iron fist.
Vensor is an outcast, thrown out of family for abusing magic for his own diabolical purposes. These days he spends most of his time experimenting on the peasants that live on his land, practicing dark magic arts in a high tower, where flashes of light and screams can be heard at night.
In this video, you are able to see many of Lord Vensor’s moves. Vensor is one of the later bosses in the game, and as a result he has many difficult attacks for the player to deal with. You have to learn the pattern of each attack in order to properly defeat a boss.
- The ball of spark that he summons: If you listen very carefully to the video, you will hear a sound effect change right before Lord Vensor throws his spark ball at you. Sometimes he will throw the spark quickly, and other times he will wait awhile. You must listen for this sound effect and dodge out of the way at the right time.
- The lasers coming out of his hands: These must be jumped.
- The fireballs he is shooting at you: You must dodge these fireballs left or right, but you must also avoid the fire on the ground from the meteor impact.
In the video, you will also see the player hitting the boss very quickly with his weapon. This is a “finishing move combo”. Once the player has correctly performed the button combination in order to trigger a finishing move, the screen will go cinematic. The player will hit the boss with a furious barrage of motion-blurred attacks, different for each finishing move. After the fast attacks, the player will finish the move with a magical spell or a brutal physical attack.
Features of the game include:
- Insane “finishing moves.” You have 14 finishing moves that destroy your opponent in over-the-top cutscenes:
- Leap to the skies, then plunge your warhammer into the ground, creating a pillar of fire that burns your enemy to a crisp.
- Transform into a hulking colossus 10 times the size of your opponent, pounding him into the ground.
- Darken the skies with a solar eclipse, sending a beam of light to fry your enemy.
- Customize your character. As you defeat bosses, you earn skill points. You can apply those skill points to one of three skill trees: Offense, Defense, and Magic. This gives you new powers. It also provides great replay value since you can replay through the game with different skill tree decisions.
- Fantastic 3D-graphics. Fully rendered and realistic, you do combat in a fully lit 3D arena. This polish level is rare for a downloadable title.
- Extremely realistic animations. When you attack bosses, the impacts and hits feel “real.” Each boss has been painstakingly animated to react properly to each of your attacks.
- Outstanding replay value. Once you’ve beaten the first 10 bosses, you must face them again in Challenge Mode, which is a completely new experience – the bosses are more difficult with new powers. There are 21 total battles.
- Epic soundtrack. The music has been designed to be exciting and memorable, and really gets your blood pumping.
“Rage of the Gladiator is a monumental undertaking.” said Mr. Roman. “It has content comparable to a full $50 store title, yet has a budget title price. We’ve tried to make a game that blows the lid off what people expect from WiiWare.”
The game is slated to be released later this year.
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