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God of War & Punch-Out!! Mixed = Rage of the Gladiator? Arena Hours Debut!

June 21, 2012

Coffee Beans
     What do you get when you mix a mythological game setting like the God of War series has, with game-play from the Punch-Out!! series? Well, I think the results would be Rage of the Gladiator.

     Rage of the Gladiator was released on March 15, 2010 through Nintendo’s WiiWare service, and has a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10. The game was developed and published by Ghostfire Games, and it received an ESRB rating of “Teen” with “Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     Rage of the Gladiator’s game-play hours just arrived on the Nintendo Channel this week, and how many hours have U.S. Wii owners spent battling bosses in the arena? Brew some coffee, and let’s take a look! Boss battle included!

The Brew
     Rage of the Gladiator has approximately 7,953 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel for its debut, with 826 days of data possibly reported. The game has an average play-time per day/session of 53 Minutes, with the total average “Per person” being 6 Hours 18 Minutes.
     While WiiWare games are harder to find “user reviews” for because of the digital distribution, the game has a “professional” review score average of 82.08%, based on 19 reviews on GameRankings.com.

     Rage of the Gladiator’s U.S. release has made Ghostfire Games about $79,530 before taxes and profit sharing with Nintendo, just based on the number of players that have reported data and the game’s $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
     I purchased Rage of the Gladiator the day it released on the WiiWare service, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the game. While the average hours reported show just over 6 hours of game-play, you may be wondering, “How many hours do you have reported Coffee?
     Glad you asked! The image below shows how many hours we have reported for the Coffee House:

     If you’re wondering, you should easily get 10-20 hours of game-play out of the main mode and the game’s Challenge Mode, if you think you are up for the “Challenge”! I think I can definitely say I have gotten my money’s worth out of the game!
     If you don’t know anything/much about Rage of the Gladiator, as I mentioned in the introduction, the game controls a lot like the Punch-Out!! games, which is great in my caffeinated opinion, but with the camera positioned in a first-person perspective.

     The game’s mythological setting though, inspired by games like God of War’s, allowed the developers to get really creative with the bosses in the game, and the types of attacks the bosses use are creative and varying. The game also has “Special Attacks”, sort of like Star Punches in Punch-Out!!, that you can use after unlocking/upgrading them. I thought most of the bosses, their attacks, and the “Special Attacks” in the game were all done really well.
     Here is a video of the first boss battle from the game’s Challenge Mode. I am using the game’s Wii MotionPlus control setting, which allows for the up/down swing attacks you will see:

     If you are perhaps now interested in Rage of the Gladiator, make sure to download the free WiiWare demo for it on the Nintendo Shop Channel. It will allow you to battle the first three bosses in the game’s regular mode, and give you a look at the skill tree as well.

Questions
     Have any of you played and beaten Rage of the Gladiator, even finishing Challenge Mode? If so, did you finish the game with the highest “Best Rank” possible in each battle?
     If you own the game, but have not completed the game’s Challenge Mode, was there a particular boss battle you got stuck on, or reason you didn’t complete it?

If you are interested in Rage of the Gladiator, you can purchase it directly off the Wii’s Shop Channel using a credit card, or by using a Wii Points card as seen below:

Battling a Giant: Rage of the Gladiator’s Tagon in Challenge Mode

July 5, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
A few days ago, on July 2, I had a comment from an “Anonymous” reader on my Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid: Rank S in Challenge Mode post.
It said, “Nice video.  Now howd u get to Ixthid… I cant beat Tagon on challenge mode…”

I replied back that I would see about making a video of a Tagon battle in Challenge Mode, and here it is!

WARNING!  If you do not want to see an entire battle against Tagon in Challenge Mode, from Rage of the Gladiator, do no watch this video:

Thoughts:
In this battle against Tagon on Challenge Mode, I was using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls; and I only used the most basic combo, the Charge Attack.  In the match shown, I attained a “Rank: S”.

(Wii Remote & Nunchuk Game Controls)
(Charge Attack combo)
If you are interested in Rage of the Gladiator, the game is available for download the Wii’s Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points.

If you are interested in downloading Rage of the Gladiator, you can purchase the directly off the Shop Channel with a credit/debit card, or purchase a Nintendo Points Card and use 1,000 Points($10) to download it.
Questions:
If you have played Rage of the Gladiator, have you completed Challenge Mode with a “Rank: S” in each battle?  If not, how far have you made it in the game?

Battling a Giant: Rage of the Gladiator’s Tagon in Challenge Mode

July 5, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
A few days ago, on July 2, I had a comment from an “Anonymous” reader on my Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid: Rank S in Challenge Mode post.
It said, “Nice video.  Now howd u get to Ixthid… I cant beat Tagon on challenge mode…”

I replied back that I would see about making a video of a Tagon battle in Challenge Mode, and here it is!

WARNING!  If you do not want to see an entire battle against Tagon in Challenge Mode, from Rage of the Gladiator, do no watch this video:

Thoughts:
In this battle against Tagon on Challenge Mode, I was using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls; and I only used the most basic combo, the Charge Attack.  In the match shown, I attained a “Rank: S”.

(Wii Remote & Nunchuk Game Controls)
(Charge Attack combo)
If you are interested in Rage of the Gladiator, the game is available for download the Wii’s Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points.

If you are interested in downloading Rage of the Gladiator, you can purchase the directly off the Shop Channel with a credit/debit card, or purchase a Nintendo Points Card and use 1,000 Points($10) to download it.
Questions:
If you have played Rage of the Gladiator, have you completed Challenge Mode with a “Rank: S” in each battle?  If not, how far have you made it in the game?

Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid: Rank S in Challenge Mode

June 10, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
A battle against Ixthid on Challenge Mode, in Rage of the Gladiator.
I used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls for this battle.
I achieved a Rank S in the match, with using only the most basic special attack to help defeat him.

Warning: If you do not want to see an entire battle against Ixthid on Challenge Mode, from Rage of the Gladiator, do not watch this video:



Question:
If you own Rage of the Gladiator is there any particular boss battle you would like me to try and record achieving a Rank S during?


You can download Rage of the Gladiator for 1000 Wii Points from the Wii’s Shop Channel, using either a credit/debit card on the Shop Channel; or, by purchasing a Wii Points Card:

Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid: Rank S in Challenge Mode

June 10, 2010

Quick Brew Info:
A battle against Ixthid on Challenge Mode, in Rage of the Gladiator.
I used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls for this battle.
I achieved a Rank S in the match, with using only the most basic special attack to help defeat him.

Warning: If you do not want to see an entire battle against Ixthid on Challenge Mode, from Rage of the Gladiator, do not watch this video:



Question:
If you own Rage of the Gladiator is there any particular boss battle you would like me to try and record achieving a Rank S during?


You can download Rage of the Gladiator for 1000 Wii Points from the Wii’s Shop Channel, using either a credit/debit card on the Shop Channel; or, by purchasing a Wii Points Card:

Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid

May 23, 2010
On March 15, 2010, Rage of the Gladiator was released on Nintendo’s WiiWare service.
On March 17, 2010, Nintendo-Okie.com’s Tony Miller posted a review for Rage of the Gladiator.
In one of the bullet points, Tony said, “Played through campaign once, completed 8 fights in Challenge Mode.”
In the comments section of the review on March 19, I asked Tony, “Have you completed Challenge Mode yet?  If not, what character are you on?”  I went on to say, “The enemies are destroying me left and right in Challenge Mode, but I’ve survived four of them now.”
Tony replied to my questions, “I’m stuck on Ixthid in Challenge Mode.  I haven’t played in the last couple of days since the review.  I’ve been working on some other stuff.  It’s my plan to finish Challenge Mode over the weekend.”  Tony’s reply was on March 19.
Fast-forward to May 18, 2010.(you hear the fast-forward noise of a VHS tape in a VCR!)
Nintendo-Okie.com posted a review for Bit.Trip Runner.
Tony wrote the review for Bit.Trip Runner as well, and one of his bullet points was: 
“Played through the game in its entirety.”
I commented on the Bit.Trip Runner review the same day, and after I quoted the bullet point, I said, “Rage of the Gladiator says hello.
Tony replied about not living it down(finishing Rage of the Gladiator), and he said, “I’ll get that finished.  I promise.  It might be 10 years from now, but I will succeed in beating that stupid alien tentacle monster Ixthid.  He’s become the bane of my existence.”
During one conversation, Tony said, “I keep meaning to go back and finish it, but I never do.  I just need continual prodding and I’ll get back to it.”
So, I recorded a battle against Ixthid in Challenge Mode, and perhaps it will be the “prodding” or encouragement Tony needs to continue!  Also, perhaps the video will help others playing the game, if they are stuck on Ixthid like Tony.
WARNING!  If you do not want to see a full battle against Ixthid, do not watch this video!
Questions/Thoughts:
I was using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls during the fight, and kept the attacks simple, using the most basic “special” attack.
If you have any questions about what to specifically look for during the match, leave a comment or send me an email to CoffeewithGames@gmail.com.
If you have played Rage of the Gladiator, have you completed Challenge Mode yet with a “Rank: A” in each fight?
If not, which character is giving you the most trouble?
If you have not played Rage of the Gladiator, what do you think of the videos I have posted of the game?

Rage of the Gladiator’s Ixthid

May 23, 2010
On March 15, 2010, Rage of the Gladiator was released on Nintendo’s WiiWare service.
On March 17, 2010, Nintendo-Okie.com’s Tony Miller posted a review for Rage of the Gladiator.
In one of the bullet points, Tony said, “Played through campaign once, completed 8 fights in Challenge Mode.”
In the comments section of the review on March 19, I asked Tony, “Have you completed Challenge Mode yet?  If not, what character are you on?”  I went on to say, “The enemies are destroying me left and right in Challenge Mode, but I’ve survived four of them now.”
Tony replied to my questions, “I’m stuck on Ixthid in Challenge Mode.  I haven’t played in the last couple of days since the review.  I’ve been working on some other stuff.  It’s my plan to finish Challenge Mode over the weekend.”  Tony’s reply was on March 19.
Fast-forward to May 18, 2010.(you hear the fast-forward noise of a VHS tape in a VCR!)
Nintendo-Okie.com posted a review for Bit.Trip Runner.
Tony wrote the review for Bit.Trip Runner as well, and one of his bullet points was: 
“Played through the game in its entirety.”
I commented on the Bit.Trip Runner review the same day, and after I quoted the bullet point, I said, “Rage of the Gladiator says hello.
Tony replied about not living it down(finishing Rage of the Gladiator), and he said, “I’ll get that finished.  I promise.  It might be 10 years from now, but I will succeed in beating that stupid alien tentacle monster Ixthid.  He’s become the bane of my existence.”
During one conversation, Tony said, “I keep meaning to go back and finish it, but I never do.  I just need continual prodding and I’ll get back to it.”
So, I recorded a battle against Ixthid in Challenge Mode, and perhaps it will be the “prodding” or encouragement Tony needs to continue!  Also, perhaps the video will help others playing the game, if they are stuck on Ixthid like Tony.
WARNING!  If you do not want to see a full battle against Ixthid, do not watch this video!
Questions/Thoughts:
I was using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls during the fight, and kept the attacks simple, using the most basic “special” attack.
If you have any questions about what to specifically look for during the match, leave a comment or send me an email to CoffeewithGames@gmail.com.
If you have played Rage of the Gladiator, have you completed Challenge Mode yet with a “Rank: A” in each fight?
If not, which character is giving you the most trouble?
If you have not played Rage of the Gladiator, what do you think of the videos I have posted of the game?

Rage of the Gladiator: Horlan the Crusher

April 23, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/v/B_XVWDw3tLA&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6
The Video Brew:
The video above shows a fight in Rage of the Gladiator, against Horlan the Crusher.
(He looks hungry!)
In the match, I used two special attacks:
1)  The “Aerial Assault“, which the game describes as, “An insane combo that unleashes your rage by doing a series of jumping attacks.
2)  The “Eclipse“, which the game describes as, “A devastating combo that darkens the skies with a total solar eclipse.  The sun’s corona creates a focused beam of light that fries your opponent to a crisp.
Both the “Aerial Assault” and the “Eclipse” special attacks, fall in the middle column, of the “Offense” branch on the Skill Tree.
(Skill Tree in Rage of the Gladiator)
I fought in this match using the NES-style controls in the game, and completed the match with a “Rank: S”.

Questions:
If you have downloaded Rage of the Gladiator and played it, have you completed the “Challenge Mode” in the game?

If you are interested in downloading Rage of the Gladiator, you can buy a Nintendo Wii Points card from Amazon.com below, or from your local game stores.
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Rage of the Gladiator: Horlan the Crusher

April 23, 2010
The Video Brew:
The video above shows a fight in Rage of the Gladiator, against Horlan the Crusher.
(He looks hungry!)
In the match, I used two special attacks:
1)  The “Aerial Assault“, which the game describes as, “An insane combo that unleashes your rage by doing a series of jumping attacks.
2)  The “Eclipse“, which the game describes as, “A devastating combo that darkens the skies with a total solar eclipse.  The sun’s corona creates a focused beam of light that fries your opponent to a crisp.
Both the “Aerial Assault” and the “Eclipse” special attacks, fall in the middle column, of the “Offense” branch on the Skill Tree.
(Skill Tree in Rage of the Gladiator)
I fought in this match using the NES-style controls in the game, and completed the match with a “Rank: S”.

Questions:
If you have downloaded Rage of the Gladiator and played it, have you completed the “Challenge Mode” in the game?

If you are interested in downloading Rage of the Gladiator, you can buy a Nintendo Wii Points card from Amazon.com below, or from your local game stores.