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Shadow of Rome (PS2)

by Capcom
PlayStation2
 Ages 18 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00029P9EG
  • Release Date: 4 Feb 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,821 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The great city is in chaos. Julius Caesar, the emperor, has been murdered. The evidence points to the father of the great soldier Agrippa. But the evidence, like so much in Rome, is not what it seems. To save his father, Agrippa must conquer the bloody gladiatorial arenas. While he fights, Agrippa's friend Octavianus tries to uncover who is really behind Caesar's death using stealth and intellect. Two different stories, one epic tale, set in the Shadow of Rome

As Agrippa, fight to the death in gladiatorial combat. Use swords, bows, even severed limbs, the more brutal you are, the more the crowd will help you. Race chariots in the fastest, most fatal sport in ancient history.
As Octavianus, sneak through the senate gathering clues, solving puzzles and donning disguises. The fate of Rome rests on you not getting caught.

Product Description

The great city is in chaos. Julius Caesar, the emperor, has been murdered. The evidence points to the father of the great soldier Agrippa. But the evidence, like so much in Rome, is not what it seems. To save his father, Agrippa must conquer the bloody gladiatorial arenas. While he fights, Agrippa's friend Octavianus tries to uncover who is really behind Caesar's death using stealth and intellect. Two different stories, one epic tale, set in the Shadow of Rome

As Agrippa, fight to the death in gladiatorial combat. Use swords, bows, even severed limbs, the more brutal you are, the more the crowd will help you. Race chariots in the fastest, most fatal sport in ancient history.
As Octavianus, sneak through the senate gathering clues, solving puzzles and donning disguises. The fate of Rome rests on you not getting caught.

  • Character switching - Shadow of Rome blends action and adventure with the use of two different main characters, Agrippa and Octavius. One character lends itself more to action and the other is crucial for the adventure elements of the game. Switch between the 'brains' and 'brawn' to uncover the truth behind the real murderer of Caesar.
  • Full 3-D polygonal environments - Ancient Rome is stunningly recreated immersing the player by bringing a sense of realism to the game
  • Scenarios change based on the player's gaming style - The game will match the player's style. If they excel during the action portions of the game, more action elements will be incorporated into future scenarios. The same rule applies to excelling during adventure situations. This allows those who are good at a particular genre to succeed.
  • Game-play variety - Shadow of Rome thrusts players into numerous sub-challenges where they participate in gladiatorial events such as chariot racing, tournament battles and duals to the death.
  • Dolby Sound Pro Log

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sense of epic Roman grandeur 18 July 2005
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The moment I started playing this game I noticed the distinct Japanese feel it had about it. The script, the character models, the voice acting - this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the first gem in Shadow of Rome is that it reconstructs the Roman era so well and hands over so much information, you can't help but marvel at it.
The story is a good and compelling one; Julius Caesar has been murdered and his killing is framed on the father of a soldier fighting in Germania, Agrippa. On returning to Rome to see his mother executed, Agrippa becomes a gladiator in order to face the man who killed her. His friend, Octavianus, nephew of the late Caesar, goes on his own private investigation to prove Agrippa's father innocent. The two storylines gives home to the fact that Shadow of Rome has two different types of gameplay - combat and stealth.
The combat is extremely bloody and brutal, yet totally compelling. There is a certain satisfaction you get as you cut your foes down. The arsenal of weapons you get is impressive, ranging from scimitars, to maces, to halberds, to morning stars. With your primary weapons, you can also get shields, helmets, daggers, torches . . . the list goes on and unravels as you continue to play. Although I was unsure of it at first, I have grown to think the combat rather amazing. It's so varied and there's countless ways of killing your foes. You can snatch their weapons from them, use fight combos, throw them into pits full of spikes, smash their skulls, severe limbs . . . which you then can beat them with. The more brutal you are, the more the audience will love you and even help you by throwing weapons into the arena, which can be a godsend.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Entertaining 11 Feb 2005
At last there is a game that encompasses a typical fighting game with an interesting plot and story. The first thing that struck me was the intro, wow; it's almost like that Ridley Scott movie Gladiator. I have for a long time been interested in Ancient civilizations. In the past I have been an addict for strategy games such as Age of Empires, Civilization etc. Shadow of Rome really has got the same kind of credibility. Capcom has really done a great job on this one. Stunning graphics, excellent game play provide to a game that almost has everything you would ask for. One thing that I found really cool about the game is the weapons you use when you are fighting. Sometimes even the crowd throws in weapons. The game is really bloody, but it sure is entertaining!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lets go and pick a fight! 8 April 2005
What have the Romans ever done for us? Apart from roads, and classic epics directed by Ridley Scott they have now provided a game with a full on battle royal basis. If operations in Casualty make you squeamish then you'll probably want to leave this game alone, and play something like Harry Potter or Spongebob. However, if taking a severed arm and beating someone to death with the wet end sounds appealing, then read on...
Shadow of Rome is one of the most brutal combat games around, and your screen will literally go red with blood. Shadow of Rome also successfully packs plenty of story and alternative stealth levels, which make this game more than just a mindless bloodbath. Although the stealth is not as good as the combat in the arena, they're not bad, and fans of games such as Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid will easily get into. However, these stealth sequences do not offer the same depth as the other games mentioned, and the artificial intelligence of the guards can idiotic to the point of being ridiculous, such as looking for you one second and completely forgetting you were ever there the next. Plus they all seem to fall for the same old banana peel on floor trick one after the other.
The plot looks at the assassination of Julius Ceasar from an interesting angle, and even leaves story open ended for a possible sequel. Shadow of Rome evolves round two characters, the centurion Agrippa who has biceps the size of Eastbourne, and the polite and sneaky Octavianus. After Ceasar is murdered Agrippas's father is falsely accused. Agrippa then becomes a Gladiator to stop the champion executing his father, Octavianus also goes behind the scenes to uncover the conspiracy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Damn, my swords blunt again! 3 April 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
So some poor chap gets blamed for killing Julius Ceasar so its up to you to find the culprit. You do so by alternating between a centurion who beats the living daylights out of anything with a pulse and another roman who likes to sneak about alot.

In fact, his game is very good and at least has some story to it. The short but frequent cut scenes help and you have some limited interaction with other characters. The meat of the game is the old 'beat em' up. Interestingly, you have to replenish your weapons often cause you wear them out!

The graphics are a bit naff but fit in with the theme and you really don't care as you slaughter another soul. But there is a flaw.

The levels are big but you can only save at the end. Run out of health, get killed or simply run out of time and it is back to the start. A couple of hours slaying down the tubes then. The opportunity to save more frequently would make this game less frustrating. In other words, this is a game for those with plenty time (and blood) on their hands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shadow of rome ps2
great game plenty of action good story good gameplay. some good fighting scenes some stealth missions great game loved it.
Published 1 month ago by steven quayle
3.0 out of 5 stars Game doesn't even work
As the title says it doesn't work.
The delivery time was amazing worthy of 5 stars.
the game however only worked until a cut scene within an hours worth of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reece Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of rome
Great condition game and box :D only sadness is no manual but i can live with that for 2pound and great condition :D well done, played a bit of the game and really impressed.
Published 14 months ago by JayJay PartyPoison
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of Rome is ace!
Fantastic game, I would recommend it to anyone!! The gameplay takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it it's a blast!
Published 18 months ago by Patrick Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars High Octane Game
This game is brilliant and came with the original case, instruction booklet and in great condition. The game itself is amazing and good to play.
Published 20 months ago by Fusion
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite hard
I remember seeing this game come out back when I was younger but was put off by the amount of blood shown on the back of the box. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by Borry
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of Rome (PS2)
Excellent Graphics, easy to follow instructions, historic layouts of Rome and many levels within the game.
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by Mr. Dg Maltman
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Where do I start?....WOW! I bought this game when it first came out on the ps2 and loved it, completed it fairly quickly and then did the usual and traded it in for another game... Read more
Published on 6 May 2008 by Scotty Apps
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain buy of the year
wow what a game....i love the way how you can play as 2 characters, the platform type with octavanius and the battler as agrippa. Read more
Published on 2 April 2008 by Mr. Ryan A. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want blood you've got it.
There is a storyline to this game but who cares about that? Playing as Agrippa you get to fight hundreds of opponents in various arenas across the empire. Read more
Published on 28 July 2007 by Dante the Igniscient
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