Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus

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Percentile Rank

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus is ranked in the 24th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

4%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

RPG Fan
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 7, 2017

If you're looking to spend more time in the world of Eos, then Episode Gladiolus is absolutely worthwhile.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 26, 2017

The bland setting, the slow, and poorly considered combat, and some really poor musical decisions mean that Episode Gladiolus doesn’t come close to reaching the heights of the main game, and that’s a shame given that it has an interesting plot, and it’s experimenting with ideas in the Score Attack mode.

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

Episode Gladiolus is worth checking out for its rugged action and blood-pumping music, though its plot points really should've been part of Final Fantasy XV in the first place.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2017

Episode Gladiolus might be short in length but it incorporates some nice gameplay mechanics and since the price isn't overly expensive, if you are starving for more Final Fantasy XV, you can enjoy your time with this DLC while also unlocking new costume and weapon for Gladiolus in the main game.

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Readers Gambit
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2017

Regardless it was a bittersweet journey through Gladio’s thoughts and emotions. If this sort of story telling is being done with the rest of our budding king's entourage then I’d more than welcome it, whilst secretly wishing for more.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 28, 2017

Episode Gladiolus is a good addition to FFXV, but it will not be remembered forever.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 9, 2017

If you're not bothered about extra loot or costumes, then Episode Gladiolus might not be that worthwhile. But if you're a fan who was invested in Final Fantasy XV's main story, finding out what happened to Gladiolus and learning where he got his scar from is a very welcome addition.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 31, 2017

The story seems like a missed opportunity and the gameplay, although fun, is far less than perfect. But it's difficult to refuse the opportunity to go back to the world of Final Fantasy XV for that price.

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The Bitbag
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Final Fantasy 15 Episode Gladiolus is a short and decent story expansion that brings an engaging new combat system. The same can’t be said for its story as it brings nothing new to the table.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 31, 2017

Episode Gladio is a good start for Final Fantasy XV’s planned DLC. While Cor and Gilgamesh are great to see, and the changed gameplay is interesting, the dungeon and overall story are somewhat bland.

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Rice Digital
Apr 4, 2017

Score Attack hammers home how straightforward and bland the dungeon design is.

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Atomix
68 / 100
68 / 100
Mar 30, 2017

Episode Gladiolus its a really good and enjoyable DLC. The only big flaw it has resides, once again, in its camera which suffers from the same mistakes of the core game. Aside from that (and even with the fact of its linear level design) its one episode fans will enjoy and good excuse to come back to the game.

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PSX Brasil
68 / 100
68 / 100
Mar 31, 2017

The Gladiolus DLC is short, linear, but its still fun and has a good gameplay, much more brutal and based on the strength of the character. For the price of the DLC, it's a good entertainment for those who completed the main game, but don't expect anything too deep or fundamental to the main quest.

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Marooners' Rock
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

A lot of folks have been complaining about just how small of an experience Episode Gladio is and I’m inclined to agree with their frustration, at least partly. This episode could have been so much better, but what is presented is a fun way to spend an evening.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

As someone who absolutely loved every member of the bro-trip party, I was hoping for a little bit more from the first major round of Final Fantasy XV DLC. The game has already received a ton of fantastic free updates, but so far the "Episode" format seems to be something all of us should enjoy in the Game of the Year edition, and not piecemeal.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 29, 2017

An add-on that completes the main history of the game but does nothing specially new or interesenting during its two hours run.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 29, 2017

For its asking price, Episode Gladiolus is a decent little distraction, but a distinct lack of substance keeps it from being an essential addition to Final Fantasy XV. Combat doesn't have the same spice without the usual party members, and although the DLC ends with an enjoyable boss fight, it's not quite enough to make this a memorable test of strength.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2017

Episode Gladiolus isn’t the DLC I was hoping for but it is what I expected it to be. Though it's on the short side its asking price is more than reasonable and we get a taste of how Gladio will most likely function in multiplayer in the future.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 29, 2017

The foundation of Episode Gladiolus is excellent, which is why it's disappointing when the adventure comes to an end after less than an hour (not including cutscenes).

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Saudi Gamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 16, 2017

A somewhat enjoyable addition, but one that is neither essential nor adds much to the game. Recommended only for those that have finished the game and are still hungry for more.  

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Game Revolution
Mar 29, 2017

If you happen to fancy Gladiolus, then you might find some entertainment value here. Otherwise, save yourself the $5 and put it toward Persona 5 or another great 2017 JRPG.

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GameMAG
5 / 10
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Top Critic

5 / 10
Nov 25, 2017

It's worth buying only if you're of the most devoted fans of Hajime Tabata's work.

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Everyeye.it
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2017

Episode Gladio is a problematic DLC, too short, linear and easy to complete. Gladio's adventure shows all the plot holes of Final Fantasy XV and isn't worth its price.

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Corecade
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

Ultimately, unless you’re a die hard fan of Final Fantasy 15 who is hungry for more, I cant really recommend this DLC. Its one of the worst examples of content for money I’ve had the displeasure of experiencing.

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