• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 28, 2002
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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,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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 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.
  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. It was the sound that really sets Drakan: The Ancients Gates apart from other action/adventures.
  4. Drakan tries - and sometimes succeeds - in being better than average, but it eventually gets Drakan'd right back to a formulaic adventure game.
  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. Electronic Gaming Monthly
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    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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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. Expand
  2. May 22, 2012
    10
    Truly one of the best ps2 games I've ever played. I don't like that the game has an end- I'd have preferred a continued open world. But thatTruly one of the best ps2 games I've ever played. I don't like that the game has an end- I'd have preferred a continued open world. But that just goes to show how great of an experience it was when I first played it. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 5, 2002
    10
    Its good. Good games casting dragons are few and far between.
  4. Aug 12, 2015
    10
    The game that made me love RPG and fantasy games. Charming game with lots of surprises. Decent story.
    Still my favourite Playstation game. A
    The game that made me love RPG and fantasy games. Charming game with lots of surprises. Decent story.
    Still my favourite Playstation game. A shame it was not released for PC.
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  5. JeremyT.
    Apr 24, 2002
    9
    The gameplay is good. The graphics are pretty cool. The replay value is on the high end. Overall rate is 9.5. The only complaint is the The gameplay is good. The graphics are pretty cool. The replay value is on the high end. Overall rate is 9.5. The only complaint is the ending of the game -.5 deduction! Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2020
    9
    I'm playing this game for the 1st time since the early 2000's, and now in 2020, I can say it still holds up (if you have a wee bit ofI'm playing this game for the 1st time since the early 2000's, and now in 2020, I can say it still holds up (if you have a wee bit of patience).
    The light RPG elements are enough, but I love how you start off weak, then are strong enough to endure, and then, finally, you're a force to be reckoned with. Dragon battles in the sky are awesome, as well. I believe this game set a few standards for future games, and was definitely quite the accomplishment for its time.
    Just watch out for the game-breaking glitches, by not accidentally doing a quest before you're supposed to get it (do quests as you get them, not 1st by wandering off), and be sure to test to see if your dragon will fit in a cave with you. If it can fit, BE SURE TO FLY IT THROUGH THE CAVE WITH YOU, because if you transition through a (load screen) cave to a new area without your dragon, like to the Northlands, it will be gone forever.
    That's game breaking. Easily avoided if you try bringing your dragon 1st.

    Too bad Surreal Software is no more, as I'd like to have seen where they'd go.
    I give this a 9 (would be a 10 if it could be patched).

    P.S. Oh, and Rynn is great to look at.
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  7. May 25, 2013
    7
    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 actionThis 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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