course your enemies need to have some sort of AI to be any fun
to play and Drakan certainly delivers on that score as well.
Opponents vary from being fast runners, to being strong or just
generally more agile at close range and some are just plain
BIG. More often then not they will provide adequate entertainment
while you do loop the loops and summersaults in order to try
and outwit their swabbing blades. They run after you, combine
in groups and often duck and dodge to avoid your lethal swipes.
Always presenting a challenge, which ultimately rewards every
time you despatch one of the nasty denizens. If you do happen
to die then you will find yourself restarting from the last
save point, which as a point of fact can be saved at any moment
in the game.
the whole the gameplay is easily some of the best I have ever
seen so far, itís a clearly merged variation of action and RPG
all into one sumptuous pudding. Rarely repetitive but almost
always original and fun at the same time. Certainly providing
the perfect medium between DBTS, Thief and Tombraider. The ability
to go from the Tombraider mode into leaping on the back of a
Dragon and flying around spitting fireballs or just walking
on the ground with the Dragon is certainly unique. If you happen
to become separated then a quick call into the air and your
loyal friend comes flying over to aid you in your struggle.
The difference in difficulty levels is measured by how much
damage the enemies cause and thatís about it. As for game environments,
Snow, Night, Rain, Fog and Volcanic are all there along with
a few other surprises. The levels are huge with mountain passes,
villages and bridges stretching high above rivers and then going
down far below.
kind of gamer suited to Drakan is really anybody, itís so fun
to play that any type of gamer used to controlling with a Mouse
and Keyboard should be able to have a lot of fun, well worth
mode in deep question at the moment, Ďmultiplayerí, has some
bugs where over 5 players crashes the server due to MS Direct
Play being a bit rubbish. Thankfully 4 players is more than
enough to have a fun Deathmatch or Teamplay game, allow me to
explain. There are three modes, DM, Teamplay and a kind of Ďbe
the first to capture the dragoní, all a fun but with such small
and basic arenas can get a little boring. You run around trying
to collect magic swords and posions to make you strong, faster
or just hotter and then hit everybody with your biggest blows.
People will jump, twist and run around frantically in order
to beat the next player and the Ďcapture the dragon levelsí
itís even more fun as you frantically scramble to ride it before
the others (giving you air superiority). Perhaps itís only downfall
is that it uses the god awful M-Player! Possibly the worst service
in the world if you want to play on-line games, badly managed
and you hardly ever get on the server you want (itís also slow).
Thankfully GameSpy supports Drakan so as soon as everybody buys
more copies of this game, there will be a wider range of servers.