Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. The finest 3D medieval action-adventure game to grace any console. [Feb 2002, p.48]
  2. If you like a good story, mixed in with breathtaking visuals, magnificent audio, and extraordinary game play you’d be a fool to miss out on this sleeper hit of the year.
  3. A rich, polished game from a developer obviously intent on improving the credibility of its franchise with a focus on solid gameplay, and not just pushing the same tired character into different locations year after year. Right Lara?
  4. While it won’t hold up to the likes of Zelda, it provides an entertaining romp while the game lasts. Air combat is a blast to get involved in, and the humongous worlds are amazing to fly through.
  5. Drakan had me rejoicing when acquiring a new longbow or a bitchin' set of chainmail armor. [Feb 2002, p.80]
  6. It was the sound that really sets Drakan: The Ancients Gates apart from other action/adventures.
  7. A fantastic game to gaze at, with wonderfully detailed graphics, enormous environments, above average lighting effects, and smooth looking characters.
  8. Continues in the tradition of it's origins; providing a quick to get into and unique game with plenty of monster slaying, an ultra-cool heroine, a feisty but noble dragon, open character development, and plenty of foot and aerial combat to indulge in.
  9. The attention to detail, the story, the action, the graphics—everything about the game is solid and well thought out. Anyone who likes fantasy adventure games is likely to be happy with their purchase.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. AmandaA.
    May 27, 2006
    10
    This is the best game I've ever played. It's really fun and always leaves you wanting more. It's so fun and exciting. I love This is the best game I've ever played. It's really fun and always leaves you wanting more. It's so fun and exciting. I love all of the weapons, side quests, characters, fighting, and vast world. Full Review »
  2. J.T.
    Mar 5, 2002
    10
    The best game to hit the PS2 so far!!! And Rynn blows Lara Croft out of the water!!!
  3. Aug 10, 2013
    10
    The best game I ever played. Although there was an unnecessarily large difficulty spike halfway through the game, the overall excellenceThe best game I ever played. Although there was an unnecessarily large difficulty spike halfway through the game, the overall excellence overshadows it. Full Review »