Spartan: Total Warrior

2005 - SEGA - Creative Assembly

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From the creators of SEGA’s amazing Total War series, this had the potential to be something special. What you end up with however, is another standard paint by numbers Hack & Slash. 

On first impressions, this has not aged well. The graphics are grainy & dreary, the camera is all over the place and the controls just feel janky. The voice acting isn't too bad though and does a good job of bringing the characters to life. 

The gameplay is a standard Hack & Slash affair that reminds me a lot of the Dynasty Warriors series. You travel from point A to Point B plowing through what seems like an endless stream of Roman soldiers, with simple destroy/escorts missions, and the odd turret sections to spice it up a bit.

One issue for me is the Boss Battles, they're really boring and lack any real creativity. They're also usually at the end of a really long and tedious level too, so you find yourself just button mashing to get it over with, or you can spam the special abilities over & over.

I think my biggest issue, is whether I actually like it or not. At points it's just mind numbingly dull, yet the combat is fun enough and there's just something with the execution that just keeps me coming back. This game is definitely best played in small doses.

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