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[PlayStation 5] Gladiator’s Arena Review

[PlayStation 5] Gladiator’s Arena Review
  • On April 25, 2024

Gladiator’s Arena from Afil Games is a minimalist arena-based wave shooter on PS5. Check out our Gladiator’s Arena review!


Gladiator’s Arena from Afil Games is a minimalist arena-based wave shooter on PS5. Before you get started, you’ll be allowed to select from one of the two available weapons. The sword can deal good damage and is relatively fast, allowing you to attack at a steady pace. The shield is your other option since it can deal good damage from a distance while adding a bigger knockback effect. There are other weapons for you to unlock as you progress further and further by defeating all enemies in the endless waves you’ll be battling against.

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Since this is an autoshooter, the controls are very simple. You’ll control your character either with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as it attacks the nearest enemy. You can also press the X button to dash so that you can have a chance to avoid your enemies and their attacks. After defeating all enemies in a wave, you’ll be given the option of choosing from the available upgrades for your warrior. You could, for example, boost its defense, increase attack speed, or increase armor to protect it from damage. Oh, did I mention that these upgrades cost money, and you’ll need to have enough coins to cover the purchase?


The many coins you collect can be used at the in-game shop to buy skills for your gladiator. You can purchase Godlike, which permanently increases dodging chance by 2 every 30 seconds, up to a 30% limit. Featherweight will make it so that when your health is below 30% of your max health, your movement speed increases by 1 every 15 seconds. Another one is Piercing Shot. This one will launch a spear that pierces through enemies while damaging anyone who stands in its path.

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This one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and since it’s also a Cross-Buy title, you can work on adding two Platinums to your collection – as long as you own a PlayStation 5 console. Each list will be split into 2 Bronze trophies, 4 Silver trophies, and 9 Gold trophies. You’ll have to choose your first upgrade, obtain 6 upgrades, choose your first skill, obtain 6 and 10 skills, defeat 20 and 40 lions, defeat a spearman, defeat 20 spearmen, defeat 10 and 30 alligators, defeat every enemy in the game twice, and deal 1,000 and 2,000 total damage.


Gladiator’s Arena is a minimalist arena-based wave shooter. There’s not much variety in this one since the playing area is too small, and enemies are not challenging enough, making it hard to recommend this one to anyone other than trophy hunters. Gladiator’s Arena is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $4.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost.

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This Gladiator’s Arena review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Afil Games.

Review Overview

Minimalist arena shooter that is too simple for its own good