Drakan: The Ancients' Gates

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Drakan: The Ancients' Gates
Drakan - The Ancients' Gates.png
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Violence)
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SCES-50006 & SCUS-97128 & SCUS-97169
German: SCES-50006
French: SCES-50006
Spanish: SCES-50006
Italian: SCES-50006
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97128
SCUS-97169 (Demo)
Release date: January 28, 2002
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-50006
Release date: July 5, 2002
CRCs: 04F9D87F
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Surreal Software
Publisher(s): SCEA (US), SCEE (EU)
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings79/100, Metacritic78/100
Game description: In the decaying world of Drakan, the immortal Spirit Dragons are held captive. Now it's up to Rynn--a brave female warrior--and her dragon Arokh to save these spiritual leaders and the last remnants of humankind. Together with Rynn and Arokh, you'll need magical spells, resourcefulness, and powerful weapons to survive the vast environments. You'll gain skills as a fighter, an archer, or a mage as you fight ruthless enemies from the arctic tundra to the swamplands. The mysterious world of Drakan is filled with magical creatures, interesting characters, and challenging puzzles.
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates is an action-adventure PlayStation 2 game with RPG elements by Surreal Software. It is the sequel to the 1999 PC game Drakan: Order of the Flame.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Windows 2000
  • Intel Core2 Duo @ 3.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
0.9.6 beta r710/r1736
  • GSdx r1611
  • Mode: Direct3D9 (Hardware)
SPU2-X 1.2.0 • Hacks: EE x2, INTC, IOP x2, Idle Loop, VU Stealing 3

• With r1736 the emulator will crash on switching to new locations, use r710 to load instead. • Do not use r710 to play as it tends to freeze in some situations.

PAL Windows XP Pro SP3 (32-bit)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7850 @ 2.81 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB
0.9.6 beta r985
  • GSdx r1888
  • Mode: Direct3D9 (Hardware)
SPU2-X [2014-07-14]
  • Hacks: EE x2, INTC, IOP x2, Idle Loop, VU Stealing 2
  • Constant 50 FPS (starting video is somewhat slower ~40 FPS)
Elvin presler
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SSC
1.3.1 GSdx SPU2-X No fixes or speed hacks enabled. Shade Boost is on, basically everything else is off. 4:3 aspect ratio, 6x native resolution. FXAA works but is not required. D3D10/11 Hardware Mode. 58-60 FPS constant, minimal to no stutter, very smooth. Almost as glitch-free as on the PS2, but much prettier. Glitches: Fire halos show through walls at close range, sunglare shows through certain mountain geometry, the sky is distorted in a pinwheel pattern, but only above the character, straight up. (Not on the horizon.)
PAL Windows 7 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
1.4.0 GSdx SSE41, OpenGL SPU2-X Perfect emulation.
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • Intel Core i5-6500 @ 3.20 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
1.4.0 GSdx 1.0.0
  • Mode: HW OpenGL
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Completed the game from beginning to end with no crashes or freezes. Runs at around 180FPS when uncapped at 3x Native resolution. The hardware depth option is required to prevent light from being visible through walls. For some reason it doesn't work on latest dev builds which is why 1.4.0 was used. The NTSC-U release of the game has a gamebreaking bug where your dragon can disappear permanently. Use the PAL version to avoid this. Vibhor
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6Ghz
  • Geforce 1660 Super
1.7.0 (dev-1545)
SPU2-X Completed about 1/4 of the game. Runs very well. Use OpenGL to prevent some light effects being visible through solid geometry. There are thin white lines around HUD elements if you play above native res, and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do about that, but it's easily ignored. Loading times (and saving times) are ridiculous, but can be sped through by disabling the framelimiter. I love it when emulation tricks make games better! CynicMimic


  • The PAL version of this game supports multiple languages through the BIOS configuration. Implementation requires Full boot - "Boot CDVD (full)".

Known Issues

Cannot create a memory card save after loading from an older savestate

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: It's not possible to create a memory card save after loading a save state from before the current memory card save was made.
  • Workaround: Loading a memory card save will make it possible to save again. Avoid using save states or manage them carefully.

Light effects visible through solid geometry

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Light source halos can be seen through walls and sunlight lens flare is visible through mountains.
  • Workaround: Seems to have been fixed(at least for PAL release)as of 1.5.0 dev 2246. Use the latest PCSX2 stable version v1.4.0(there is a regression in newer builds), and go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, set Renderer to "OpenGL (Hardware)" and enable "Hardware Depth". Alternatively switching to the Software mode and back with the F9 key fixes the light sources temporarily. To fix it permanently in all PCSX2 versions go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings and switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Fixed Issues

Freezing on certain versions

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The game won't play smoothly in many versions before(they'll freeze) and after 0.9.6. beta r985 as there will be some crashing issues(up until 0.9.6 beta r1888).
  • Workaround: Use 0.9.6 beta r985.

Frozen world

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Sometimes the world can stuck preventing from performing any action (cannot change a weapon, enemies will not move and cannot be killed)
  • Workaround: Use savestates and save(F1 key) often and change save slots(F2 key) often as the only way to resolve this is to reload.

Gameplay Screenshots

External links

Public compatibility forum links