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  • Summary: In the ancient, decaying world of Drakan, the immortal Spirit Dragons are held captive. Rynn, a brave female warrior, and Arokh, a fearless dragon, are called to save these spiritual leaders, as well as the last remnants of mankind. Embarking on an enchanted journey through eight vast, foreign environments, Rynn and Arokh utilize magic spells, resourcefulness and more that 50 powerful weapons in their quest to save civilization. [SCEA] Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. A fantastic game to gaze at, with wonderfully detailed graphics, enormous environments, above average lighting effects, and smooth looking characters.
  4. The controls are solid and versatile, and the whole experience seems appropriately majestic. [Feb 2002, p.106]
  5. The dialogue is intelligent, the side quests actually help thicken up the feel of a fantasy world, and the graphics and sound have a subtle way of reeling you in without knowing.
  6. A good game peppered with numerous little annoying bits. Still, the item acquisition, terrific fighting and solid graphics offer good adventure fun, and you could do a lot worse.
  7. Suffers from a steep difficulty curve. Blame it on the excessive enemy quotient, the steep cost of healing, and the unwieldy inventory control. [Feb 2002, p.148]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. TyM.
    Feb 19, 2002
    This is one of the best games I've ever played.
  2. AmandaA.
    May 27, 2006
    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. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 5, 2002
    Its good. Good games casting dragons are few and far between.
  4. Aug 10, 2013
    The best game I ever played. Although there was an unnecessarily large difficulty spike halfway through the game, the overall excellence overshadows it. Expand
  5. J.T.
    Mar 5, 2002
    The best game to hit the PS2 so far!!! And Rynn blows Lara Croft out of the water!!!
  6. Kuato
    Feb 4, 2007
    One of the best fantasy adventure/action games for PS2. A very solid experience.
  7. May 25, 2013
    This game is worth taking a chance on in 2013 if you are very bored, but like adventure action. There is a story, so its not a pure action game that you can blast through. You have to navigate and do item collection quite a bit. Thankfully you don't really get too lost and everything keeps pace. The environments, textures, and animations don't look like much at first, but it gets going once you are put on your first quest. The controls are a bit clunky, but this is an older game. Its like a 2nd or 3rd Tomb Raider engine. The enemies are pretty funny. The first quest is a balance of creepy and silly with magic gremlins. Its not as fluid as devil may cry, and perhaps this game needs more finishing touches, but its very playable and gives you a lot to do. As an RPG you'll start to feel like the character after awhile. I have to deduct some points because some areas, like the first castle don't look finished. The controls aren't perfect, and some things about this game are average. All in all this should be good for hours of gameplay whether you beat it or not. If you are already a fan of the genre or older ps2 games you'll like it. Expand

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