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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 Lens flare effects are beautifully done
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Inventory screen allows access to gear, maps, spells, skills and quest log
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 In peace times Rynn likes to admire the flowers
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Flying gives you access to all the lands below

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

The Press Says

Game Vortex 2002 96 out of 100 96
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Just Adventure Mar 18, 2002 B+ 83
PSX Extreme Feb 26, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Game Chronicles Jun 14, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
IGN Feb 01, 2002 8.1 out of 10 81
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 11, 2002 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de Jul 31, 2002 80 out of 100 80
The Age Aug 08, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Thunderbolt Games Jun 28, 2005 5 out of 10 50

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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 (1103) added Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (PlayStation 2) on Jan 29, 2002