Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (PlayStation 2)

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Description

After the dragon rider Rynn returns to her home village, she finds it destroyed, and all its inhabitants massacred. Her dragon, Arokh, tells her that he hears a voice that calls them to the city of Surdana. There, they find out that race of three-faced monsters, called Desert Lords, have been terrorizing the human population recently. In order to fight them, the humans need powerful allies. But the gateway to the world of dragons has been sealed, and only a dragon of the Elder Breed can open it. Rynn and Arokh must now venture to the dragon world, restore the bond between humans and dragons, and defeat the Desert Lords.

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates is an action game with RPG elements. The player will take control of both Rynn and Arokh during the course of the game. Arokh's gameplay involves flying to distant lands and dealing with some of the more powerful foes. Rynn's gameplay has more RPG elements, as she can specialize in the arts of melee fighting, archery, or magic, acquiring experience from defeated enemies.

Screenshots

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Exploring the town
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Wartoks are much bigger and stronger than Grulls
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Arokh has a powerful dragon breath weapon
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Some boxes can be smashed for treasure (but not those ones)

Alternate Titles

  • "Drakan: TAG" -- Informal title
  • "Drakan 2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

One of the Best Adventures for the PS2 D P (124) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Who's a good looking game then? M.Allen (76) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A Promising RPG that Feels Unfinished. Dwango (292) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates ROCKS! Dan Duty (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex 2002 96 out of 100 96
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Jan 29, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Over Online Mar 20, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Just Adventure Mar 18, 2002 B+ 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 13, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 11, 2002 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy Feb 14, 2001 78 out of 100 78
GamePro (US) Jan 28, 2002 3 out of 5 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 04, 2002 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Bug

The release of the European version of Drakan was delayed by a few months, in order to fix a rather large bug that can be found in the US version. This bug causes Arokh to disappear, making it impossible for the player to finish the game. It can occur when certain caves are entered without Arokh.

References

Some of the enemies seen in the previous game are seen various times throughout the game in special situations. For example, the hermit in the Shadowmire has a goblin in a suspended cage, also both the Inquisitor and Khossa Vole's ghost form are identical to the Death Magi from the previous game and Mezzidrel's appearance is very similar to that of Navaros' final form.

Information also contributed by M.Allen

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NeoMoose (1102) added Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (PlayStation 2) on Jan 29, 2002