Reviews and Problems with Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
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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: As for Snotmaw, well, I have to admit watching and hearing an audience chanting "SNOTMAW! SNOTMAW! SNOTMAW!" made me feel like a pro wrestling jobber about to get pasted by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in a match held deep in the heart of Texas......but he was just a typical Wartok who hit harder and took a lot more damage. All I had to do was slash, slash, roll backwards, wash, rinse, repeat to kill him with ease.
Excerpt: In the past year, the RPG lineup for PS2 has been anything but appealing. Dark Cloud offered moderate enjoyment, and the headlining games for the system - including Eternal Ring and Evergrace, which won't even be commented on. A few titles came out in the aftermath of PS2's initial launch, carrying a strong emphasis on RPG-dom, but also bearing semblances in action/adventure platformers as well…but of course, these titles were dismissed as easily as the first wave.
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: 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: 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: 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. Five straight hours later, I had learned some humility, as Drakan continually surprised me with its depth, graphics, sound and production.