This is the Press-Kit #5 for "Rage of the Gladiator" by Ghostfire Games.

http://www.GhostfireGames.com

Any questions or comments should be directed to:

Scott Merriam

Director of Marketing and Creative Design

scottm@ghostfiregames.com

(413) 687-1696

Included in this package is the following:

-Note from the Marketing Director Page 1

-Naginata’s Story Page 2

-Description of Naginata’s Video Page 2

-7 high resolution screenshots (bitmap format) Page 2

-FAQ Page 3

-Rage of the Gladiator Overview Page 6

-Rage of the Gladiator Story Page 6

-Naginatas_Video.wmv, 32.1mb

Youtube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gDupLpzkTY

Box Art– boxart.jpg 22kb boxart2.jpg 59kb

*Note from the Marketing Director*

In this press kit we feature a new video of Rage of the Gladiator. This document contains information that you can use when writing a news post or article to accompany that video. Feel free to copy-paste anything or repurpose any of the text in this document.

I am very happy to be working with you to help get the word out for our game, as well as give you some quality content to put on your website. If you feel as though something is missing from this package, or desire additional content, please feel free to contact me so we can work something out.

*Naginata’s Story*

After being abandoned by his parents, Naginata grew up on the streets of Avalance. His childhood was tough and painful, and he quickly became a known street thug. Then one day, at the age of 18 he was discovered by a monk named Master Yee, who recognized his fighting prowess. The monk gave Naginata the opportunity to turn his life around and practice martial arts. Together they journeyed to a hidden and prestigious school named Ottokawa, deep in the northeast mountains. But Naginata's upbringing was his downfall. His morals were not centered, and he pillaged the school after he had learned all there was to gain. He now is a mercenary for hire, assassinating for a living. And someone has hired him to assassinate you today, in the arena.

*Naginata’s Video*

Naginata is a fierce opponent, trained in the martial arts. As such, he often employs the use of spinning and flying kicks, as shown in this video. One of his favorite moves is to throw burning ninja stars at you, and you must dodge these stars.

Naginata also has some tricks up his sleeve, as he can use dark magic at will. One thing he likes to do is disappear in a puff of smoke, and then re-appear and slash you. While fighting him, you must listen for his sounds to know when to dodge his incoming attack.

Another interesting move shown in this video is his“bladestorm” attack. Naginata can split into multiple clones and attack you in spinning fashion. This attack must be either jumped or blocked, but you won’t know which one until the last moment, just before it hits you.

*Screenshots*

1)naginata1.bmp– Naginata getting smashed in the gut.

2)naginata2.bmp– Naginata getting bashed in the face.

3)naginata3.bmp– Naginata getting ready for battle.

4)naginata4.bmp– Naginata performing his bladestorm.

5) naginata5.bmp– Naginata burning in a pillar of fire.

6) naginata6.bmp– Naginata getting scorched from an eclipse.

7) naginata7.bmp– Naginata’s portrait.

*FAQ*

What is Rage of the Gladiator?

Rage of the Gladiator is a fantasy-based fighting game. You play the role of Gracius, battling for his life in the arena.

Your equipment consists of a magical war-hammer and a trusty shield. Wait for the right moment, then dodge, jump, or block your enemy’s attacks. Next, unleash your rage by brutally pounding your enemy with your war-hammer and bashing them with your shield. Each opponent has a unique style and pattern that you need to pay close attention to. Learn to exploit the weakness of each enemy with the proper timing and agility, and you will triumph.

When is the game coming out?

While it’s impossible to provide an exact release date, we expect Fall 2009.

What platform is the game available on?

Rage of the Gladiator will be exclusively available on WiiWare, the downloadable game service for the Nintendo Wii.

How much does Rage of the Gladiator cost?

The price is still to be determined as it is set by Nintendo.

How do I purchase Rage of the Gladiator?

You can’t buy this game in stores -- its only available as a download onto the Wii. To do this, first make sure your Wii is connected to the Internet via the wireless Internet device built-into the Wii (you need a Wireless router or Wireless hub for this to work). Then navigate to the Wii Shop Channel. Rage of the Gladiator is available in the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel.

Why is the game fun?

Overall our formula for making the game is :

Create a combat system inspired by some of the best ideas from games such as 1980s Punch Out.

Create a fantasy world with interesting fantasy bosses, and a compelling storyline.

Add-in music inspired by movies such as 300.

Inject a combo system inspired by games such as God of War

Put in cut-scenes inspired by games such as Final Fantasy for demolishing your enemy.

Give the player a tech-tree inspired by games such as Diablo or World of Warcraft

How much replay value is in the game?

We have spent a lot of time focusing on building value into Rage of the Gladiator.

There are 11 unique bosses. Each boss has its own behavior and patterns that will take some time to understand and conquer.

Once you’ve beaten the first 10 bosses, you must face them all again in Challenge Mode. In this mode, the bosses gain new powers and are much more difficult. Challenge Mode is essentially a completely new experience when playing the game. The final boss is only unlocked at the end of Challenge Mode. This results in a total of 21 battles in the game. In addition, there are 3 tech-trees for you to explore, and so replay value also comes from exploring different builds of your character.

How large is the download?

Rage of the Gladiator fits into 40MB.

How are you able to fit all that content into 40MB?

We’ve learned a lot since we made our first game, Helix. Through compression, clever programming, and taking advantage of some cool tricks on the Wii, we have managed to include voice acting, 4 unique music tracks, and full lush 3d graphics with vivid animations.

How does the combat system work?

Rage of the Gladiator is a game of avoiding attacks, and then executing a well-timed series of hits. Some boss attacks require precise timing to avoid, and others require that you avoid the attack in the right way (dodging left, dodging right, jumping, blocking, or counterattacking).

How does the skill tree work?

The skill-tree allows you to customize your character. These skills grant you new combos, as well as make your character more powerful. Each time you defeat an enemy, you gain additional skill-tree points.

There are three paths you can choose, each one having different rewards along the way:

Offense: Focuses on hitting harder, gaining critical strikes, leeching health from opponents, and conjuring firey pillars and meteors.

Defense: Focuses on taking less damage, improved blocking, the ability to heal yourself in combat, and the ability to resurrect from death.

Magic: Focuses on generating more energy to perform combos, channeling electricity into opponents, and summoning the wrath of incredible forces such as lightning and tornados.

At the bottom of each skill-tree, there are very powerful combo finishers. For example, the Magic tree has the ability to transform you into a hulking colossus. You must heavily invest in one skill-tree to gain access to these superpowers.

How do combos work?

The combo system in this game is a way for you to unleash devastating power against your enemy, using your stored energy to cast spells and perform complicated physical attacks.

Early on, you may learn how to leap into the skies and plunge your warhammer into the ground, creating a pillar of fire that burns your enemy to a crisp. As you progress you may learn more deadly combos, such as conjuring an ancient tornado to lay the ground asunder.

However, this is just the starting point. Prove your worth in the arena and you will earn devastating finishers such as a savage lightning storm or a fiery meteor.

To perform a combo, you need to have the minimum amount of energy in your meter. You earn energy when you connect with your hits, and lose energy when you get hit. More powerful combos require more energy, and some combos even take all of your energy in one shot!

You unlock the combos via the skill tree.

Is there a multi-player mode?

Rage of the Gladiator is a single-player only experience. We decided in advance that we wanted to focus on making the most enjoyable single player experience possible, rather than making a game that was just OK at both single and multiplayer.

*About Rage of the Gladiator*

Rage of the Gladiator is a fantasy-based fighting game. You play the role of Gracius, battling for his life in the arena against 11 unique enemies.

Your equipment consists of a magical war-hammer and a trusty shield. Wait for the right moment, then dodge, jump, or block your enemy's attacks. Next, unleash your rage by brutally pounding your enemy with your war-hammer and bashing them with your shield.

Each opponent has a unique style and pattern that you need to pay close attention to. Learn to exploit the weakness of each enemy with the proper timing and agility, and you will triumph.

As you advance past each battle, you will gain access to devastating combos. Early on, you may learn how to leap into the skies and plunge your war-hammer into the ground, creating a pillar of fire that burns your enemy to a crisp. As you progress you may learn more deadly combos, such as conjuring an ancient tornado to lay the ground asunder.

*Story*

This is the story of a land distant from your own. A beautiful land filled with lush rivers, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. We humans live in this land, and we are constantly at war with each other, striving for conquest.

But unlike your world, in this land we are not the only dominant creatures. Our land is also a savage land, teeming with mystical creatures such as dragons, beholders, and demons.

This is the story of the greatest of all the human cities, the majestic city of Avalance. Avalance is awe-inspiring in its scale and prosperity, and its ruler has been my father, King Marius.

Marius has always been a strong liege, protecting his people from the outsider humans and foul beasts that stalk us in the dark of night. However, not all is well in Avalance.

Over the last few weeks, darkness has descended on us, and we may not be able to escape it. I am Gracius, noble prince of Avalance, and this tale is my story.

This is a story of betrayal, greed, and power. This is the tale of how I was forced to fight against my will, a fight for my very life.

This is the tale of how Ifought for my life in the arena.

Media Inquiries

Scott Merriam

Director of Marketing, Ghostfire Games

scottm@ghostfiregames.com

(413) 687-1696


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