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Podcast: Playstation 2 Top 10

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40 games enter – 20 from each cohost – and only a fourth emerge in the coveted Top 10.  We have various debate mechanics, odd conversations, and personal bias to get this unique take on a traditional topic.  Don’t agree with us?  Of course not.  Please send us your own top 10 for the community episode in 2 weeks.


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Review: Shadow Of Rome

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sor_boxConsole: Playstation 2
Released: 2005
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Digital Release? No
Price: $6.99 (disc only), $20.00 (complete), $34.03 (sealed) – all prices according to Price Charting

I remember picking up Shadow of Rome in some pretty gloomy pawn shop a couple of years ago. It was a blind purchase, I knew nothing about the game, just read the blurb on the back thought it looked cool and saw Capcom made it which intrigued me. I started the game but soon after studies took priority and I just had to leave it to the side to return to later. Later become several years but I guess I got there in the end thanks to it being the latest entry in Gaming History 101’s Game Club series.  So, lets see if Shadow of Rome is Capcom gold or an IP that should remain forgotten.

Shadow Of Rome, as the cover implies, is set in Rome.  Julius Caesar has been murdered sending all of Rome into turmoil. You play as two characters – Agrippa the Roman Centurion and Octavianus, who looks very similar to another long blonde haired character in a infamous Metal Gear game.  It’s up to these two characters to get to the bottom of this conspiracy.  The setting is actually really well thought out, I genuinely wanted to go look up Roman history after playing this game. Despite the story of the game being a work of fiction, facts about the history of Rome are presented during loading screens. Names of characters in the game like Antonius and Pompey are also based on real characters in history. The game’s story loosely mirrors the actual fate of these characters in history as well.  If nothing else Shadow of Rome will make you want to learn more about the Romans and maybe even go to a museum.

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Written by jamalais

August 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Podcast: Shadow of Rome Game Club

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Between Mega Man games Inafune and a team from Capcom made a hybrid action/stealth title for the PS2 that re-created solving the murder of Julius Caesar.  It released in February 2005, just one month before God of War, and provided one of the funniest, craziest, and most challenging game clubs we’ve tackled to date.  Join Fred, Jam, and special guest Trees from EZMU as they conquer Shadow of Rome.


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Written by Fred Rojas

August 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Shadow of Rome

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This week’s Retro Game Night is all about the Romans.  For July’s game club we are playing Shadow of Rome for the Playstation 2 and we give it the usual first glance and initial impressions.  For load time optimization I have placed a graphic instead of an embedded video.  Click on it to watch.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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