Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rage againstof the Gladiator - Horlan the Crusher in Challenge Mode

Brewed Info:
     If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know from all of my Rage of the Gladiator videos I have posted, that I enjoy the game.
     After playing through the game several times, I think the word "Rage" in the game's title, fits it very well.
     There are several definitions for "rage", but I think the best description of rage, that applies to Rage of the Gladiator, is one provided by Wikipedia, "When a person experiences rage it usually lasts until a threat is removed or the person under rage is incapacitated."
     In Rage of the Gladiator, you must knock down each boss three times to defeat them, or they may knock you down three times and you have to fight them all over again.
     While that description of rage may apply to the game-play aspect of Rage of the Gladiator, if you are prone to throwing controllers in fits of rage if you get frustrated at video games, make sure you wear the Wii Remote wrist strap while playing Rage of the Gladiator.

     Whenever I did one of my first "previews" on Rage of the Gladiator back in April(you can read it HERE), I mentioned how the game gives our four different "Ranks", or grades, depending on how you do in the fights.
     The four letter ranks you can achieve in Rage of the Gladiator are:
  • Rank: S - received if you complete a match without getting knocked down, and if you complete the match without getting hit; basically a perfect match
  • Rank: A - received if you aren't knocked down, but do get hit by the boss
  • Rank: B - received if you are knocked down once in the match
  • Rank: C - received if you are knocked down twice in a match
     Trying to achieve a "Rank: S" in each battle, can be extremely frustrating; especially in Challenge Mode!  Here is a new video from a battle I did in Rage of the Gladiator, against Horlan the Crusher in Challenge Mode; demonstrating how frustrating it may be to get a "Rank: S" in a battle:

     Like I said above, if you are prone to throwing controllers in fits of rage when playing video games, Rage of the Gladiator is a game that the Wii Remote wrist strap should be worn at all times while playing; and I think the video above is a good example of how it may cause a wide range of emotions during a match when attempting to get a "Rank: S" in the fights.
     While it can be frustrating to not get a Rank: S in the battles, it is extremely satisfying when you do defeat a boss perfectly and receive the Rank: S for it.  Rage of the Gladiator is a game that offers a lot of replay value because of the ranking system, and there is even a special attack that is unlocked after receiving a certain Rank in each battle.

     Has anybody purchased Rage of the Gladiator, but not finished Challenge Mode yet?  If so, which boss fight are you on?  If anybody has finished Rage of the Gladiator's Challenge Mode, what were the highest "ranks" you received in the fights?
     Are there any games that you have played, that have made you want to throw the controller(and perhaps you did), because of the frustration it caused?

     Rage of the Gladiator is available to download from Nintendo's WiiWare service, for 1000 Wii Points.  You can either purchase a Wii Points card(pictured below), or use a credit/debit card directly on the Wii's Shop Channel to download the game for $10.


  1. Get your school work done and stop playing so many games!

    *Exits blog and loads up Starcraft II*

  2. I'm very interested in checking this out, but I've never played Punch-Out!! so I don't know if I'll be able to get into it.

    The problem is, if I buy the cheapest option (NES Punch-Out!!) to test out the game style, then I've "wasted" 5 bucks, and ruined about a third of the Wii Punch-Out!! experience. I do this to myself often. I wanna try a Donkey Kong Country game, but if I like it then that's 8 bucks "wasted" and it would taint the newness factor of the Donkey Kong Country Returns experience.

  3. @Charlie Chang:
    Yea, Starcraft II over Metroid: Other M...before you sell your Wii, let me know!

    Rage of the Gladiator is a fun game, not perfect, but fun. For $10, I would suggest it; but I also own the NES Punch-Out!!, so I really enjoy these game styles.

    I'm cheap though, and I couldn't justify buying Punch-Out!! Wii for $50.
    If you are looking for a Wii MotionPlus game, you may want to give Rage of the Gladiator a try, as it has a control option that will allow you to use a Wii MotionPlus unit.

    Rage of the Gladiator and Punch-Out!! games are all about trying to identify enemy patterns, which sometimes requires A LOT of trial and error, and repeating matches over and over.

    Thank you both for the comments and feedback!

  4. Horlan, I can't for the life of me beat this dude.


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