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.
After being abandoned by his parents, Naginata grew up on the streets of Avalance. His childhood was tough and painful, and he quickly became a known street thug. Then one day, at the age of 18 he was discovered by a monk named Master Yee, who recognized his fighting prowess. The monk gave Naginata the opportunity to turn his life around and practice martial arts. Together they journeyed to a hidden and prestigious school named Ottokawa, deep in the northeast mountains. But Naginata's upbringing was his downfall. His morals were not centered, and he pillaged the school after he had learned all there was to gain. He now is a mercenary for hire, assassinating for a living. And someone has hired him to assassinate you today, in the arena.
A few things of note in the video are:
- Naginata is a fierce opponent, trained in the martial arts. As such, he often employs the use of spinning and flying kicks, as shown in this video. One of his favorite moves is to throw burning ninja stars at you, and you must dodge these stars.
- Naginata also has some tricks up his sleeve, as he can use dark magic at will. One thing he likes to do is disappear in a puff of smoke, and then re-appear and slash you. While fighting him, you must listen for his sounds to know when to dodge his incoming attack.
- Another interesting move shown in this video is his “bladestorm” attack. Naginata can split into multiple clones and attack you in spinning fashion. This attack must be either jumped or blocked, but you won’t know which one until the last moment, just before it hits you.
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 slated to be released on WiiWare later this year.
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