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: ?
Linux Status: Playable
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)
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
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)
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
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)
GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2
  • 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)
GSdx 1.1.0 AVX2
  • 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


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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