Excerpt: Ride a dragon. Kill stuff. That pretty much sums up Drakengard , Square-Enix's latest opus. Sure, it sounds good on paper, but does the execution give it justice? The basic premise is simple enough: the evil Empire has laid siege to the Union and kidnapped its princess. That all changes when a much larger conspiracy unfolds. Everything comes to rest on the shoulders of a single warrior and his pact-partner, a dragon.
Excerpt: Initially given the pun-intended title Drag-On Dragoon , Drakengard is a game which cancels itself out with utter repetition and uninspired gameplay in whole. Certain elements were lifted directly from other, much better titles and were dumbed down into a state of mayhem and frenzy that’s enjoyable for maybe about your first hour into the game.
Pros: Square FMVs, Great music, Decent storyline
Cons: Repetition, Horrid gameplay, in every sense of the word, Uninspired level designs, Average graphics, Generic enemies
Excerpt: One of the more refreshing aspects of videogaming today is the way the restrictive generic boundaries thrown up in the early days of the medium are being gleefully ripped apart as games mix up styles to provide a new spin on what could otherwise be rather tired gaming experiences. Of course us reviewers hate that sort of thing because it makes it much harder for us to review (and it messes up those top ten “best of genre” lists we all like to make as well).
Summary: Square Enix Suit: So, do we release Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission or Drakengard? Other Square Enix Suit: Gee that's a toughie, you know those Americans like shallow, violent games like Drakengard.
Conclusion: Drakengard seems to be Square-Enix’s oddball title, the game doesn’t feature HDTV support and it doesn’t feature any high end digital sound either. This was another disappointment for this author, for what good is a digital receiver if it can’t be used. While it may not support digital receivers it does feature very basic surround sound. The sound, believe it or not sounded better when playing through a regular television setup with the built in two speakers.
Summary: Das äusserst träge und eintönige Hack’n Slay Gameplay sowie die stellenweise unglaublich eintönige Grafik machen das Spiel keinesfalls zum Pflichtkauf. Allein die grosse Waffenzahl sowie die epische Storyline motivieren da noch zum weiterspielen. Doch trotzdem war das Spielen zumindest für mich mehr ein Muss als eine Freude. Wer sich mit dem Spiel trotzdem anfreunden kann, ist dank beachtlichem Umfang immerhin eine ganze Weile beschäftigt.