Drakengard

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Drakengard
Drakengard (NTSC-U).png
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: D
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+ (Violence)
OFLC rating: MA
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52322 & SLUS-20732
Japanese: SLPM-65266 & SLPM-55080
German: SLES-52322
French: SLES-52322
Spanish: SLES-52322
Italian: SLES-52322
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20732
Release date: March 2, 2004
CRCs: 9679D44C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52322
Release date: May 21, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SCAJ-20020
SLPM-55080 (Ultimate Hits)
SLPM-65266
Release date: September 11, 2003
September 4, 2008 (Ultimate Hits)
CRCs: BFB0DFBE
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Cavia Inc.
Publisher(s): Square Enix (JP, US, AU), Gathering (EU)
Genre: Action, RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings65/100, Metacritic63/100
Game description: Conflict has erupted between the Empire and the Union. Caim, a Union warrior, teams up with a dragon to unravel the mystery behind the Empire's sudden rise to power. In Drakengard, you must guide several characters, including Caim and his dragon, as they engage and destroy enemies on multiple battlefields. Fly high on the red dragon, and dispatch airborne opponents with powerful dragon fire and special attacks. You can even engage in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, while using each character's set of magic abilities and weapons.
The game is the first installment of the Drakengard series and features a mixture of ground-based hack-and-slash, aerial combat, and role-playing elements which have become a staple of the series. The story is set during a religious war between two factions—the Union and the Empire—with the war tipping in favor of the Empire. The player controls Caim, a deposed prince of the Union, in his quest for vengeance against the Empire. Wounded in battle while protecting his sister Furiae, he is forced to make a pact with a red dragon named Angelus. As they journey together, they join with Hierarch Verdelet on a quest to prevent the Empire from destroying magical seals that keep the world in balance: Furiae acts as the central seal, and her death will drop the world into chaos.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-J ?
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770
0.9.9 (r5139)

Settings

GSdx (r5135)
  • SPU2-X (r5139)
  • LilyPad (r5112)
BIOS: Japan v02.00, None Voice Sound real time rendering movie.(In NTSC-J, Japanese version). None 2D Graphic Illustration real time rendering movie.(In NTSC-J, Japanese version). There are glitches on the videos and some spells with internal resolutions above the native. Shingox
PAL Windows 7 Professional x64
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
1.2.1.r5873 GSdx 0.1.16 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
BIOS: Europe v01.60 - Full boot does not render any character models (no player character or enemies), making the game unplayable. Fast boot renders everything and runs fine with a consistent frame rate, though there is a minor screen glitch in cutscenes where the bottom letterbox flickers white. KnightRay XLIV‎
NTSC-U Windows 8.1 Pro
  • AMD Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.80 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 @ 3 GB
1.3.1 (git r529) GSdx SSE2 (r529)
  • SPU2-X (r529)
  • LilyPad SCP (r5875)
Requires a fast CPU. This game doesn't have any glitches but it lags horribly. You can set VU to 1 without problems but go any higher and the game lags and you can't enable EE hacks as the game uses it all up. Regardless though it is almost playable(40FPS without hacks). Crazysteve88
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Intel Core i5-4570 @ 3.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 @ 2 GB
1.3.1 (git r743)

Settings

GSdx 0.1.14
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
BIOS: USA v02.00, Undub version works fine on modern hardware, with minimal speedhacks. Some audio pops within the FMVs, gameplay has no issues. OhioGoysmash
PAL Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.70 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 @ 2 GB
1.5.0 (dev-1678 gcfb8013)

Settings

GSdx 1.1.0 AVX

Settings

  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
BIOS: Europe v1.90. A self-made widescreen patch for the PAL version.

Stable 50 fps, in turbo mode the game can run at 80-100 fps with EE 1.

With 100% game completion found only 2 minor issues: glitchy graphics at the "game over" screen and with special attack of a "Broken Dogma" weapon.

Xymjak
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.40 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R9 280 @ 3 GB
1.5.0 (dev-1977 gdf32564)

Settings

GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2

Settings

  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 2.30, Initially the game started off really slow. Frame rates didn't go higher than 40 FPS during the very first cutscene (which was basically nothing but a text screen with a voice-over), that even dipped down to 10 FPS. Once the first level loaded, the FPS went up again to near stable 60 FPS. (It was fluctuating between 58~60). I can't say for sure what caused the bad performance during that first cutscene. Other than that, I have yet to notice any major issues. Ryudo
NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
1.5.0 (dev-2011-g16904d5)

Settings

GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2

Settings

  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 2.20. Played up to Chapter 2. Minor issues with ghosting and interlacing can be resolved with trying different interlacing methods and using skipdraw:1. Occasionally some very minor audio stutter during cutscenes. Some cutscenes are not centered, but this might be due to a widescreen patch. FPS steady at 60. Anon
NTSC-U Windows 10 Home x64
  • AMD FX 8350 @ 4.00 GHz
  • AMD R9 380 @ 4GB
1.5.0 (dev-2339-g1292cd505)

Settings

GSdx 1.1.0 SSE4.1/AVX

Settings

  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 2.20. 100% Completion. Used widescreen hacks and no major glitches encountered. Some slowdown, mostly in the early area of the game. Very Playable! Lockedinacoffin


NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Intel Core i7-3770K 4.4GHz
  • NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB
1.5.0 (dev-2711-g8307cfc54)

Settings

GSdx 1.1.0 SSE4.1/AVX

Settings

  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA 2.20. 100% completion. Rare frame-drops in some aerial missions or when using combo attacks, always recovered shortly after. Very minor visual glitches in level completion screen and death screen. Other than that, stable 60FPS. BillyCool


Trivia

  • Original names: ドラッグオンドラグーン (SLPM-55080) & (SLPM-65266)
  • Also known as Drag-on Dragoon (JP)


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