Drakan: The Ancients' Gates – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Violence

should be aware that there's a large amount of hand-to-hand combat in Drakan, and some of the death animations are a hair more graphic than the norm. We're not talking Mortal Kombat "Fatality" levels, but some of the beasts clutch their guts after being stabbed and may also squeal or whine in pain. Some will also whimper and beg for their lives. Not surprisingly, blood is graphically represented as well, so moms and dads who want to steer their kids away from such fare will want to avoid Drakan. There is no sexual content or offensive language.

Text Accompanying Audio: Approximately 98% of the game offers text. No difficulties here.

Gamers in general will get a better-than-average fantasy adventure that's held back by a few speedbumps in the overall quality. Still, there's a lot here to like for sword-and-sorcery buffs and its substantial enough to warrant a purchase. One thing to be aware of is that the minimum save space required is a whopping 1500k, so save-happy gamers might want to buy an extra memory card.

Action gamers will find a surprisingly in-depth battle engine, and the game has no shortage of limbs to hack or heads to roll. Theres plenty of high quality weapons-based combat to enjoy here, and shooting fireballs from atop your dragon is always good for a laugh.

Fans of dragons will enjoy having their own personal myth to tag along with, and you really can take to the skies at will. While they don't explore the full range of potential uses for your leathery-winged buddy, Drakan's premise and execution is unique enough to recommend.