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by Neal Ronaghan - June 9, 2009, 10:14 am PDT
Total comments: 10

High Voltage's violent fighter is more Punch-Out!! than Street Fighter.

High Voltage Software showed off their recently revealed one-on-one fighting game Gladiator A.D. at E3 last week. While we didn't get to play it, we did get to see it in action.

The game, very reminiscent of Punch-Out!!, looked beautiful despite only being a few months along in the development process. Three characters were revealed: Decimus, a Roman who uses a gladius and a shield; Bastet, an Egyptian; and Marcus, a mace-wielding Persian.

During gameplay, the camera is set behind the back of the character in a similar method to Super Punch-Out!! where you can see through them. The combat shown off was fairly basic with weapon attacks, melee moves, and dodging.

The two fighters' health bars dominate the top of the screen along with the endurance gauge, which depletes as you perform moves. You can regain endurance by not attacking or doing a taunt. On the upper left and right hand corners of the screen there is a medallion representing each fighter. It slowly fills up as you fight and once it does, you can perform a powerful grappling move.

The violence during battles is apparent, but the gore really comes out in the fatality-esque finishing moves. After a character is defeated, the victor performs an extremely gory finisher after the Emperor makes his judgement. For example, Marcus shoved his mace through Decimus' chest and removed it so he could knock his head clean off. In another one, the winner stomped on the testicles of the loser for a good long while.

There will also be local multiplayer in the game. Two players will be able to duke it out via split-screen or on one screen.

Gladiator A.D. is currently still searching for a publisher.


AVJune 09, 2009

come on Nintendo pick this up !

Quote from: Mr.

come on Nintendo pick this up !

Ugh. I freaking hope not.

Nintendo already has a Punch-Out!!

EnnerJune 09, 2009

After looking at the gameplay footage on Game Trailers, I hope High Voltage decides to spend a lot more time with this title to give it free roaming fighters and crazy gladiator scenarios. It looks boring how two fighters stay in place while they dodge and strike.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusJune 09, 2009

This game looked as uninteresting in action as it did in teaser trailers and screenshots.

Dirk TemporoJune 09, 2009

Quote from: Mr.

This game looked as uninteresting in action as it did in teaser trailers and screenshots.

So it looked awesome?

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusJune 09, 2009

Well if awesome means terrible, then absolutely.

SixthAngelJune 11, 2009

Are you guys really dogging this game for being like Punchout?  That makes me a lot more excited.

Its not that, it just looks bad.

In my experience, I have never come across a good Punch-Out!! ripoff game. It's just such a hard thing to nail.

StogiJune 11, 2009

I really want this game to be the first to use two M+ Wiimotes; one for your shield and one for your sword.

BlackNMild2k1June 11, 2009

Atleast then I might be more interested in it.

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Genre Fighting
Developer High Voltage Software
Players1 - 2

Worldwide Releases

na: Tournament of Legends
Release May 18, 2010
jpn: Tournament of Legends
Release May 2010
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