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Drakan: The Ancients' Gate
1 February 2013
Excerpt: Long ago, humans and dragons lived in peaceful coexistence, bonded into the Order of the Flame to protect the world and its skies. That time passed, and the world has been a dark, chaotic place. A young woman, Rynn by name, has reawakened Arokh, who isn't a rock at all, but a vestige of that earlier time.
Excerpt: With the abundance of ‘must have’ titles to appear for the PS2 over the past holiday season, it’s inevitable that some smaller titles will be overlooked while everyone buys (and plays) the most heavily hyped games. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance seems to have suffered this fate, being a great game a lot of people haven’t played. It also seems to be happening to Surreal Software’s Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates.
Excerpt: To be honest I thought the basic premise of Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates sounded slightly interesting. This action RPG features a big fantasy world, a dragon that can burninate things and there’s even a protagonist with large breasts that rides the beast to glory in a presumably provocative manner (or something like that). It’s too bad that all the action that happens off the dragon is so boring.
Excerpt: The graphics in Drakan: The Ancient Gates are lovely. Whether you are in dank catacombs, the murky swamps of Shadowmire or the bustling community of Surdana, little touches of quality shine through. Each area is rendered quite appropriately and it all just feels right. Rynn is modeled beautifully and slightly resembles Ms. Lara Croft, although that's where the resemblence ends. Don't be fooled into thinking Drakan is another Tomb Raider clone, because it isn't.
Excerpt: This review is part two in my recent attempt to compare the recent spate of fantasy games starring females. At least two discs with cheesy titles hit shelves within a month of each other, and they're very similar in a lot of ways. While Drakan: The Ancients' Gates was first to stores, Pirates: The Legend Of Black Kat was right on its heels.
Excerpt: Drakan: The Ancients' Gate is the story of Rynn, a female fighter who gains a personal attachment to the sentient dragon, Arokh. She in confronted with the task of facing the Desert Lords to free the Spirit Dragons ansd saving mankind as a whole. To do this, Rynn must travel to various locales, including swamps, deserts, mountains and frozen wastelands, to hack and slash her way through.
Pros: Huge levels, Voiceacting is pretty good, Fair variety of combat options keeps the game from getting stale, Fairly good length (30+ hours)
Cons: Long loading and saving times, Rynn looks to be the worst designed character in the game, Equiping items and weapons is not fluid, Enemy AI is flawed
Summary: Surreal Software’s Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates
attempts to transplant a PC style RPG onto the PlayStation 2. Putting players in
the shoes of warrior Rynn and her Dragon companion Arokh, the game is unique in
that it features both traditional dungeon battles with Rynn alone and intense
aerial battles when she joins with Arokh. The visuals are spectacular which
enhances an evocative storyline but the inventory interface is problematic.
Excerpt: Drakan: The Ancients' Gate review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com When writing reviews, it's important to stay objective and attempt not to be prejudiced against a given title. Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to stay completely objective and non-objectivity can easily cloud a review. With that said, I was not overly excited about sitting down and playing Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates.
Excerpt: A couple years back, I piled into a car with a few of my best friends and began the road trip to end all road trips down to LA for the biggest event in gaming: E3. The trip itself (part of which can still be read , the rest has since been deleted) was almost worth the time spent, but it was my first E3, and I was in awe.