The odds may have been against the game being good, but Spartacus Legends proves that it’s never good to bet against a gladiator since the game is actually a fun action romp. With a nice balance struck in combat that’s not too simple yet doesn’t require hours upon hours of practice to master, Legends is a simple game that perfectly captures the bloody and testerone filled tone of the show. While some elements may be missing from Legends such as a narrative of any kind, the game manages to properly deliver combat that’s accurate to what we saw on TV for four seasons – complete with gory finishing moves.
+ Combat is fun and has the perfect balance of strategy and blatant gore.
+ Presentation matches that of the show without feeling odd or forced.
+ Collecting coins to upgrade gladiators isn’t too much of a hassle.
- Lack of any kind of character customization options (body, name, fighting style change, etc.) is disappointing.
- A mode with a more focused narrative of some kind would’ve been appreciated.
- Persistent technical issues such as framerate dips and bugs while playing an online battle.
Blood, sweat, and the sands of the arena have been a key part of the hit Starz series Spartacus. For four seasons Spartacus provided a highly stylized depiction of life in Rome that had equal parts bloody violence, political intrigue, drama, and the occasional mass orgy or two.