Gladiators Online: Death Before Dishonor recreates the thrills and adrenaline experienced by Rome’s most talented warriors. Fight, train and lead your House to victory against other players, in this real-time tactical action game about a school of gladiators.
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Mixed (451 reviews) - 41% of the 451 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2015

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Welcome to the Coliseum. Behold the sacred sand where blood is spilt and fortunes are made. ‘Tis not a place for the meek, so abandon all thought of tomorrow and bolster your courage. From now on Fate will be your lover, and her embrace holds no warmth - only death and glory.

Step into a more brutal Time

Gladiators Online provides an authentic look at what occurred in the life of ancient gladiators. Your main tasks as Lanista (owner of a gladiator school) will be to scout new talent, prepare and equip your men for battle, and control your fighters during combat - furthering the fame of your noble House!

Fight thousands of other Players

Combat in Death Before Dishonor plays out in real time allowing you to tactically control your gladiator’s offensive and defensive moves. Collecting Virtus energy through successful attacks and timing one of the 60 individual combat skills will decide over life and death in the arena.

Manage your Business

With over 600 items, consumables and techniques influencing the outcome of the battle, strategic management is crucial to a Gladiator’s success. Training and preparing your men for combat will require you to seek the professional assistance of Magisters, Healers and Courtesans.

Death Before Dishonor

Death in the arena is permanent, no magical potions, no divine intervention. As Livy points out: “We feel public misfortunes just so far as they affect our private circumstances, and nothing of this nature appeals more directly to us than the loss of money.” And that’s exactly what your men are: Capital investment. Tend to their needs and watch your fans and income rise. Let them die and you can bury your hopes right with them…

Class Descriptions

The Murmillo is the archetypical gladiator of imperial Rome. His name may derive from Latin “Murex”, a pointy-shelled sea snail, well-fitting a defensive combat strategy. He is heavily armored, fights with a gladius short sword and wields a large shield.

The Hoplomachus derives his name from the Greek “Hoplon”, the typical round shield of Hellenic fighters. Clearly the inspiration for this gladiator class was the Hoplite with his “Sarissa” lance, fighting in the armies of Alexander. The Hoplomachus is a medium armored combatant focusing on spear and small shield.

The Thraex class developed from the fierce warriors of the north-eastern province of Thrace. Gladiators of this type prefer fighting with curved swords such as the one-handed “Sica”. They wear medium armor and wield small rectangular shields.

The most iconic of all gladiator classes, he fights with the “Rete”, the fishermen’s net, and the trident. Retiarii are only lightly armored, predominantly with solid shoulder armor, the “Galerus”. They do not use any shields, generally relying on their tridents wielded with both hands.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium (2.6 GHz)/ AMD Athlon 64 (2.6 GHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 9400 GT (512 RAM)/ Radeon 4350 (512 RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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349 of 385 people (91%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I played this game before it was brought to steam because I have wanted a gladiator management game... FOREVER. I have way more time in this game then steam says (because I played prior to steam). I have a full stable of gladiators and had actually bought thier currency to try to support them.

With that said, this is bascially a mobile "wait" type of game. You fight with a gladiator and he has to "wait" x amount of time before he can fight again. So to make money they bascially sell you things that reduce the time you have to "wait".

I can not recommend the game because I absolutely HATE that mobile mentality of making people "wait" and then pay to not have to "wait". And I hate it even more on a PC game because at least with a phone you tend to be doing other things but when you are sitting in front of your PC to play a game.. You are there to do that one thing and scratching yourself while waiting for timers to go down is just stupid.

Thats not to mention this game is totally P2W..

here is a link to the the dev's forums. This game has been out a while and has a bad reputation before it got to steam.
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212 of 262 people (81%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
First of all the controls are hideous, you can get away with it on mobile but not on PC this is a insult to every pc gamer.

Secondly this game is P2W. Everyone who says otherwise is either paying himself or doesn't want to see the instant benefits of spending money on the game to come out on top of the herd.
For example: you recieve new gladiators through constant bidding on the same gladiator with the ingame currency (silver). You get outbid multiple times until the timer runs out. The paying customers (aka whales) can INSTANTLY purchase gladiators of HIGHER LEVEL, HIGHER POTENTIAL and THOSE DO NOT DIE they just resurface again all to the purchased currency (gold).
And this is just one of numerous examples.

The reason the two viedeos on the storefront are devoid of actual gameplay footage is because the actual gameplay is boring AF. It is in no way fluid nor responsive.

Another example why games shoulnd't be greenlit because the filter is made out of stupid people with milewide gaping wholes in it.

PS: Any downvote will regarded as Butthurt and further strenghtens the P2W factor and the BS community that voted for this game.
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160 of 212 people (75%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
sorry but.
i'm not stupid enough to spend 50$ on fake money to upgrade my character.
or pay real money to change my skin color to white, or my hair color.
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76 of 91 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I love anything to do with this theme and time period, but this game didn't do it for me. I did enjoy the filthy commentator during battle, the music and the way the game is actually set out in building your stable of fighters. That said, everything is at a cost for gold or silver coins. Healing, buying space for new fighters, staff to tend to the fighters etc etc... the list goes on.

The gold and silver you start out with is obviously not very much and you wont get far with it. Sure, you could grind away for a long time if you want, but if you hit the 'Buy Gold Here' button at the top of the screen you will be presented with different packages to purchase coin for real money and speed the progress up. This is where I closed the game down and left it alone. I knew this before installing the game, but I wanted to see how the combat was.

So the combat was OK I suppose. Simple to understand and works for how the game is designed. It's not fast and frantic, but more like an MMO with cooldowns and timers. Personally I'd have liked something faster, flashy and fluid, but this does actually work quite well. You can time your block (I tried several times and pulled it off a few times) and you can dodge by pressing W or S at a certain time (no obvious sign and I didn't manage it). The main hub has a ton of things going on. It was quite overwhelming at first glance. After looking around after the very basic tutorial, it didn't seem as bad.

I have only played about 30-45 minutes and the main reason I do not recommend this F2P game is because it's a time sink that encourages the purchase of gold with real money. It may be F2P and not P2W, which in theory is true as you apparently only get matched up against people of the same level, but that is just splitting hairs where I come from. This could have been fun with a price tag on it.

Looking at the gold purchase page shows the 'Best Value' package costing £24.95 for 10,650 coins.
some things you can buy....

Murmillo Viii = 2050 coins
Doctores (high level) = 7950 coins
Medicus (High level) = 5450 coins
Masseurs (High level) = 5750 coins
Courtesans = 3000 coins

Total ---------------------->= 24,200 coins

Then there are consumable items during battle, armour, weapons. No thanks.
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53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Well when I saw this on the steam store I thought "I've not played a game like this in a long time since i played sword and sandles as a kid as a flash game"

Well it turns out this is barely better, the animation is rather... meh at best. I kind of expected it to be more of a tycoon based game than how it is.

Also its never a good sign to see "BUY GOLD" as soon as you enter the game, I knew it was down hill from that point.
Now on the point of "pay to win" I personally never came across anyone "I don't think" with the "premium" gear or a "premium" gladiator but after reading the info on them in game... to say the game died for Me at that point is an under statement. So the way gear works is they degrade over time and you have to pay for repairs, however the premium gear never degrades or breaks and the states are rather high to its level counterparts. As for the premium gladiators, they never die.
How it normally works is if you lose a high risk there is a chance of dying, RNG and all that. And once they die thats it, the're gone for good. Now I liked that idea but the premium gladiators are "resurrected" and stay around forever "on top of again, having higher stats to their same level counterparts"

So would I recommend this game? No. It is far to pay to win to be enjoyable and to be honest, feels like a mobile game so I'd give this a pass and save your time for playing something else.
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60 of 92 people (65%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Every bit as disappointing as I thought it would be
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I'm convinced that all the short positive reviews for this game are done by developers (or friends/family). "The action combat is great! Come meet me in the arena!!" ... right.

The "action combat" is actually kind of a quasi-turn-based RPG style. Certain hit/block percentages come into play, but the animations don't show this. There is barely any difference in the (already choppy) animation between a block and a hit, you just have to see the floating combat text to see the result. You can be holding your block button down the entire time, your opponent can swing at you and still land a savage blow. This would be fine, if the animation showed it at all. It doesn't. You just look at the floating text and hope for the best. The mix of skill-based and percentage-based combat just doesn't work.

Review continues below my first impressions video here:

There's very little skill invovled here, and the fairly awkward controls don't help either. You have to keep fingers on the space bar, shift key, WASD, and number keys at the same time. It's clumsy, especially when you have to do them nearly simultaneously. (I guess in this way it's a good thing that nothing you do in combat seems to matter all that much).

During the 2nd step of the tutorial, I had to wait a couple of minutes for it to find a CPU opponent for me, and one time I had to relaunch the game to get it to work.

Aside from the combat, there's also a kind of Tycoon-style management for your school. You recruit and train gladiators (and heal them on a timer, up to 1.5 hours). It seems done well enough, but it's all there to supplement the combat-- and the combat is awful. This game should've ditched the combat and called itself GLADIATOR TYCOON and sold for 5 bucks.

There is a cash shop, and while I can't speak to how necessary it is due to much currency you can acquire for free (I'm not going to play this abomination long enough to find out), but for what it's worth: There's indestructable weapons in the cash shop for what amounts to FIVE DOLLARS in cash shop currency. On the plus side, you can literally purchase "Bull Tesitcles", so it's got that going for it, which is nice.

edit: Formatting, and I would like to say that the announcer/narrator is actually awesome. That voice actor did an amazing job.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Trailer looked promising.
But later after diving into the game itself, the first thing you notice is the Pay 2 Win model the game is built around
(Buy gold for real money, and then heal your gladiators with the same gold you just bought with real money).
Aside from that, the fight are not fun or anything special (especially with poor animations).
The game really feel mobile developed, so i won't be surprised it this just a beta test for the real thing for smartphones.

so no, i do no recommend this game.

I've seen the recommending reviews, they have been playing the game before it went up on the steam store, which means they are beta testers/Developers of the game, so they are not objective.
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39 of 58 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Describing a game in one sentance - ¨Time is money¨

It has potentional to be addictive and daily 30 min playing.

Combat animations graphic, models and textures, sounds are great.

But like all Pay2Win games it is very annoying. I wouldn't mind paying like 9,99 for premium, BUT dlc's + micro transactions is too much money stealing.
I understand that developers must live from something but better price tag it and give everything unlocked then make it P2W and kill your game in 1-2 month time.

If you are in role of Lanista, why the ♥♥♥♥ would I want to get involved in fighting, ok, you buy gladiators, equipement, train them etc etc... I just want to sit back and watch fights. Game is messed up with ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ controls and movements.

Even if you like it and want to play it, game is loosing point after Tier 4 if you dont intend to buy gold with real money.

My verdict:
Stay away from it at this point.
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
I really tried to give this game a decent review despite all the negative reviews. But alas I can't, I joined the game and noticed well I don't see any pay to win button right out in the open. I complete the tutorial and ahh yes there's the pay to win button I have heard all about.

I look around the interfaces and realized that the same stuff can be achieved as a FTP player. I decide I should go do PvP after 30 seconds of looking for another player it pairs me up with a AI ok fine. I wreck his face barely recieving a hit and move on.

Next fight I decided to just get right into and get paired up against idk a player a AI maybe? Either way it did not matter because right before the fight comences the fight freezes so I relog and I now have one of my few champions stuck in a well known common bug where it is virtually taking up space as a gladiator because its stuck in fighting status.
So alright then I report the bug (Did not even need to find out how to correctly write the report there was already 10 other reports where I could just replace my name.)

I move on to the next fight with another gladiator I go to fight this one everything is smooth until the lag hits causing any skill based advantage to become more or less meaningless and I am over powered by the sheer amount of lag and the laggy guy spamming spear thrusts, Losing my first match. Or second if you wanna include the character that is forever stuck fighting.

After my first 3 fights being failures I left the game and decided I won't come back to this for a while until it get its bug fixed other then it being buggy right now though, Id say the game has potential its a good mix of genres of games and seems like it could hold its own in the future.

Overall I rate the game 4/10 I do not suggest playing this game in its current state, Give it a month or two first.
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20.2 hrs
Posted: October 25
pretty nice but boring
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 13
people say this game is rubbish but in my opinion it is great i mean its the only good gladiator game which doesnt cost loads of money it is fun to play but people compare it to like 2016 models of gladiator games but in reality i would pay around $50 for this game :)
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56.9 hrs
Posted: September 18
I honestly can't recommned it. Unless they add new contnet like armours and the like.

After coming back after a long wait theres still no new content, constant horrible lag like when I played way back a year ago.

Losing gladiators in unfair matches due to lag also. Even against the AI. I would try to press buttons and they would not respond only to show my actions much later. Money and time wasted over and over again.

At least its free to play. But it would be a waste if you paid for any of the packs. Maybe. A bit. But the pay to play is mostly in equipment and boosts which are extremely unfair advantages. But free to play players can gain anything the pay to players buy. It just takes some time. And those who take the time their gladiators can actually be a lot more stronger then the Pay to play players. So theres good and bad things to it.

Until they update the game with more content and fixing lag I will leave this review as is.
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[WB] Wacky-alien32
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
a quite fun and adicting game :) if you love gladiators you gonna love this one

it combine a pretty neat system of strategic elements like prepare your gladiators heal then buy then new armors and weapons

and with a simple combat you better prepare well your gladiator if you dont wanna die lol

it seems quite complicated at first but the game give you a nice tutorial for set things up

it have some dlc here and there but you can make it okay with that the game let you have

so anyway you should give this one a try

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49.3 hrs
Posted: July 20
I had a good review for this game despite the bugs and bad mechanics at that time.

After some months i tried it again, the bugs were fixed and the mechanics improved, and i would like to keep playing it but as the game failed it's steam launch now it's dead, you will be lucky to find one guy on it...I really liked it and it got better with several patches but now it is empty, i will play it again when there will be people on it, but until then i can't recommend it.
So sad :( You can see the number of people playing it on steamcharts, last month between 1 and 10 so average number of player/day is 5
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 8
says works on win 8 so I dl cause played it before on console.. doesn't work on win 8 so unistalled
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0.9 hrs
Posted: July 6
Gladiators Online: Death Before Dishonor is a free to play game. Fight, train and lead your House to victory against other players, in this real-time tactical action game about a school of gladiators. It worked, looked ok, sounded ok, played ok.
You can control your gladiators in fights, so skill and timing is usefull. The focus of the game is the Management of your school.

CONS: Game is Pay to Win, since what you buy premium in game with gold is permanent, gives better buff stats, and does not break. Matchmaking is flawed. Try it, if you like Gladiator sports.

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27.6 hrs
Posted: June 30
The game suck spartucuses side chick down syndrome uncles molested cousins ball sack
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31.8 hrs
Posted: June 30
If you are looking for an action game with gladiators don't play this.
If you want to manage a ludus you will not find a better game on steam.

Gladiators Online reminds me the old facebook game "Spartacus" (no longer exists) where you buy a gladiator, buy weapons and armor, trains him and fight in the arena.
Let's analyze the game:

Bad things:
- This is one of those games where you have to wait some time until your gladiators train or heal to fight again. And waiting isn't fun.
- The combat controls are very simple and the fights get a little boring but, like I said, this isn't a good action game.
- There are few online players and the multiplayer fights has some lag.
- The developers don't care about the game.

Good things:
- This game has a league (lasts about 7 days) that gives awards, whose quality depends on your qualification.
- There is a ranking for gladiators. The points depend on wins, kills and fans.
- The management part is interesting. You need to make the best gladiators, choosing the right attributes and weapons. You receive gold and silver by the victories of the gladiators to expand the training and recovery places, hire staff and buy more fighters.
- You can customize your gladiators (only the hair and beard).
- The game has achievements and steam cards (It's always a good thing).

This is a free game so you don't lose anything in trying and perhaps you may come to like it.

Note: this game isn't entirely P2W, you only pay to evolve faster. Still, I don't advise you to spend real money in the game.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: June 28
one of the worst games ever would not recommend terrible quality battles, multiplayer matches are terrible, and it's prety much a pay to win. 4/10 BAD. Cool idea but terrible apporach.
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