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A history lesson this is not....
on 4 September 2006
Spartan Total Warrior has a mixed appeal for me that on one hand slakes my need to cause massive, bloody carnage upon a never ending enemy, and at the same time seems to go on endlessly without ever offering much in the way of choice or diversity from level to level.
However if you are indeed a fan of all out bloodshed, then this is the game for you.
The idea is reminiscent of LOTR: Two Towers, in that you have a couple of weapons (or weapon and shield) and have to run around slaughtering everything that presents itself to you as a threat. In fact, I would go so far as to say Spartan borrows quite heavily from the afore mentioned game unashamedly. (Level types, combat mechanics, weapons choices and the survival mode all smack of the LOTR games).
You are "Spartan"; a name that could cause some confusion amongst your mates, considering everyone from your city is also a Spartan. You are a dreadlocked double hard matey, with the power of the gods behind you, willed into fighting the invading Romans to the death. And that's just what you do. To call it a "history" game is stretching it a bit far, I'd prefer to call it a fantasy hack and slash involving Spartans and Romans.
As "Spartan" you take it to the invading legionnaires just about single handed, and proceed to throw bloody carnage down upon their puny heads.
It's not worth going into detail about the plot or levels, as neither are important in the slightest. Just know that you have the ability (thorough a rather small selections of moves) to bash, hack and power move your way through many ranks of legionaries. The power moves are lush to watch, and cause suitable massacres to any one standing nearby, or directly to one enemy, depending on your fancy. For those stat fetishists out there, your combos and kill frenzies are displayed on screen for you to slaver over too.
If you see this game going for under 15 quid, buy it (you can always sell it again).
Blood, decapitations, rather annoying American voiced Spartans and Cockney Romans, sumptuous wide angle shots, and button bashing madness.
Perfect for those times when you don't really know what you want to play, but its got to be in your face and frenzied.