More Reviews
REVIEWS Loadout Review
What do you really expect of a shooter these days? Loadout probably already has it somewhere in gobs of gameplay, but you won’t hear me saying it’s worth your time.

Dokuro (PC) Review
Dokuro makes the jump from handheld to PC, but does it help or hinder this unusual platformer?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Magicka 2 Preview
How does that sing-along song go? "Magicka 2, Magicka 2, for the Playstation 4, and the PC, too..."
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 5
Release date: 12/31/14

Motorcycle Club
Release date: 01/01/15

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
Release date: 01/14/15

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
Release date: 01/20/15


LATEST FEATURES Yakuza 5: Good Game With a Few Pacing Problems [Hands-on Preview]
I like this, but will others be OK with the change?

GameRevolution's Best of 2014 Awards
Here are all of the awards in one handy post.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES GameRevolution’s PlayStation Store Holiday Gamer Guide
Looking to download a few classics for your PlayStation hardware over the holidays? Save money, stay inside where it’s warm, and get by with these downloadable games.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP ryanbates
Gamer Love
By ryanbates
Posted on 12/19/14
When a player one meets his or her player two, it's a beautiful thing. Check out this cake my friend and GameRevolution reader Lindsey L. gave her sweetums on their two-year anniversary!   ...

Last Gladiators Review

By:

06/06/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Time Warner Interactive 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  

We, who are about to die, salute you!

Last Gladiators is the first digital pinball game that we have seen for the Saturn. Its very difficult to give this game a grade that will apply to all readers, because some people like pinball and some don't. So, if you're a fan of pinball, read on! You will probably like this game a lot.

One of the things I liked right at the start was the fact that there are four machines to play on. Unlike most video pinball games where there is only one table to play on, Last Gladiators allows you to choose between Gladiators, Knight of the Roses, Dragon Showdown, and Warlock. All four tables come complete with ramps, bumpers, ball locks, and Dragon Showdown has a third flipper. There is also a secret Victors table. Check out our Secret Codes

All four of the machines seem to be modeled after real, physical machines. It would not be surprising if they actually existed somewhere. All four machines work on the same basic game premise. They have special rounds during which you must try and do a certain thing; i.e. get the ball up a certain ramp, hit a certain number of bumpers, etc... If you manage to complete all the rounds (very difficult), there is a special, final round.

Even if these are not real machines, the programmers went to great lengths to try and make them feel that way. The physics are admirably done. The ball falls, bounces and rolls perfectly. You can even jiggle the machine if the ball gets stuck; careful though, you can TILT the machine also.

All the graphics for special rounds and bonus scores are done in lo-res monochrome, just like they would be on a real machine. A good attention to detail that enhances the game. These lo-res images show up directly on the playfield, however. The game usually only does it while your ball is safely tucked away, but sometimes it hinders your vision.

There are two good reasons to get a video pinball game. The first is that it is easy to play. Everyone know how to play pinball, so there is no lengthy instruction process. Also first time players don't suffer as much as they do when they try and join in a game at which you have become an expert. Fighting games are a perfect example of this problem. ( "No! To do the special move you go down, back, down, left and hit the A and Y buttons. Not down, back, left down!" )

The second reason is that it doesn't go stale so easily. Video pinball has a long shelf-life. Once you solve certain games, you are unlikely to ever pick them up again. Not so with pinball, which you really can't solve or 'win'. Bored with your other games? Play some pinball.

For realistic, real-world pinball, this is about as good as it can get. But it seems a shame that video pinball designers are so literal-minded. You have so many more options once you're not constrained by the physical universe. I would like to see a new kind of digital pinball. Special rounds could screw with the laws of physics, change the mass of the ball, reverse gravity, whatever. New ramps or bumpers could grow up out of the floor, while old ones sink away. The options are endless.

B Revolution report card
  • Perfect imitation of real pinball.
  • Easy for beginners.
  • Long shelf life.
  • Could be more imaginative.
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Last Gladiators