Drakengard for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2)
Known as Drag-On Dragoon in Japan, Drakengard is an action role-playing title that borrows gameplay elements from such titles as Panzer Dragoon and Dynasty Warriors. Players step into the role of Kyme, a warrior of the Alliance and former prince of a kingdom that has since fallen into the hands of the Empire. During a battle to rescue his sister, Kyme is wounded badly, as is a red dragon. In order to save both of their lives, Kyme and the dragon form a Dragon-pact, which requires the human to sacrifice a function of his body. After Kyme chooses to sacrifice his voice, the two exchange hearts to finalize the deal.
Following the rescue of his sister, Kyme begins a quest to discover how the Empire has become so powerful. Drakengard battles are fought in one of three modes of play: Dogfight Mode, Strafe Mode, and Melee Mode. Dogfight Mode features air-to-air battles as players ride on the back of the red dragon. Strafe Mode includes air-to-ground battles in which players ride the red dragon while attempting to wipe out enemy armies. Melee Mode places Kyme on foot, where he wields a variety of weapons while fighting hundreds of soldiers.
Throughout their adventure Kyme and the red dragon will gain experience. Kyme will learn more combination attacks, magical attacks, and gain more strength as his weapons also increase in experience. The red dragon's experience will improve its agility, strengthen its fire breathing attacks, and even change its physical appearance.