Dragon Force Reviews (SEGA Saturn)

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Critic Reviews

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GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Apr 07, 2003)
My final opinion on the game is that if you don't mind taking the time to learn the basic setup it is well worth the time effort and money to pick up and play Dragon Force. This is easily one of my favorite games ever and is my favorite Saturn game. For fans of strategy RPGs it is a can't miss title that will keep you addicted for hours with unparallel fun. However For the less patient player it may not be worth picking up. Beware, though, Dragon Force is a game that is highly addictive and will "Drag on" for hours on end.
neXGam (2002)
Dragon Force ist definitiv das beste Strategiespiel was als PAL-Version für den SEGA Saturn herausgekommen ist und gehört mit Shining Force III und Mysteria zu der Elite auf der Hardware. Wer noch an eine der sehr seltenen Games herankommen kann sollte zuschlagen, denn das Game ist auch heute noch eine Runde wert. Ein absoluter Klassiker für den SEGA Saturn...
Sega Collectors Guild (Jul 26, 2004)
This is easily one of the best strategy RPGs of the 32-bit era. It's obvious that Sega put a lot of effort into this game and that Working Designs put even more into translating it and improving it for its domestic release. I definitely recommend this game to anyone interested in the genre. Any of the minor flaws are forgivable based on the fact that everything else in the game is so well done.
Original Gamer (Oct 18, 2008)
While the possibly of playing this game is low, I can't stress how good the game is. With several main characters leading to several endings, the game has tons of replay value and will have you playing for a long time. In my gaming life, I rarely buy games multiple times. Not only did I buy this game a second time, I also had to buy the system a second time, showing just how great this game is.
GameSpot (Mar 04, 1997)
Dragon Force is one of those rare games that demands countless hours of attention, hours that pass by unnoticed as day turns into night, and night back into day. In fact, this game alone makes the Sega Saturn worth purchasing.
Shin Force (Dec 07, 2015)
I was probably too busy playing Dragon Force and working when it first came out to review it properly. So I finally got around to it now, because it's a worthy game for any serious strategy/RPG fan. Sega always seems to come up with great games like this. Remember Herzog Zwei on Genesis, or Dark Wizard on Sega CD? If you can, play this game on a Saturn or an emulater, and you'll know the meaning of "Sega quality games".
RPG Kingdom (Dec 10, 2004)
C’est bien simple, on n’a vraiment pas envie de lâcher la manette une fois le jeu lancé, juste histoire de tester le dernier général capturé, ou la nouvelle épée trouvée durant les dernières affaires domestiques. C’est un peu le même type d’accroche que pour les jeux du type Sim City, Theme Park ou L’Entraineur… En plus, les différents scénarii sont vraiment agréables à suivre car les différents monarques ont des histoires personnelles assez développées, ponctuées de rebondissements bien sympathiques. Tous les ingrédients sont donc là pour que vous passiez de nombreuses heures sur ce T-RPG hors norme. Un grand jeu qui visiblement va peut être renaître sur les consoles modernes.
Legendra (Jul 11, 2007)
Dragon Force a été pour moi un grand moment de RPG. D'abord pour son système de combat original et bien pensé, aussi pour son ambiance bien rendue et enfin pour son scénario prenant. Malheureusement, certains le trouveront trop complexe et c'est vraiment dommage de rater une pareille merveille à cause d'un démarrage un peu ardu. Il fait parti pour moi des meilleurs jeux de la Saturn, avec les Shining.
GamesCollection (Jun 28, 2010)
Dragon Force, anche dopo molti anni dalla sua uscita, risulta essere un titolo di grande spessore che grazie al solido gameplay e alle diverse innovazioni introdotte lo rendono un gioco ancora attuale, e anzi difficile da eguagliare sotto molti punti di vista. Rigiocarlo diverse volte non vi annoierà di sicuro vista la varietà dei personaggi, per cui se non l’avete correte ad acquistarlo: non ve ne pentirete!
Lens of Truth (Nov 17, 2008)
Every once in a while a different type of game comes along that requires the attention of all types of players. One that can turn fans of one genre into fans of another. Dragon Force was exactly that kind of game. Even if your not a fan of strategy games,you will want to find more games like it. And that’s why Dragon Force is so special ,it’s one of a kind (unless you can read Japanese there is a sequel,also on the Saturn). If you’ve never played it, you owe it too yourself to track down a copy and begin assembling your own army.
GamePro (US) (Jan, 1997)
With its combination of humor and melee-rich, bloodthirsty battles (kind of like Braveheart for the Saturn), you'll find yourself forgiving the poor graphics and charming about the strategy in Dragon Force. As far as RPGs go, it's a Force to be reckoned with.
DF is about as good as a strategy game can get. It has a sprawling world, epic story line, a cast of thousands and the most awe-inspiring battles ever seen in a video game. Yet the game is extraordinarily easy to get into.
RPGFan (Jun 04, 1999)
Dragon Force is a masterful achievement, and gets my vote as the best US-released game of 1996. It also gets my vote as the best strategy RPG released in the US so far, narrowly edging out Shining Force III. Don't pass this one up.
GameFan Magazine (Jun, 1996)
I've played a ton of strategy/RPGs, but I've never seen the two games combined like this before. Dragon Force takes a lot of getting used to, but once you get into it, you'll find it exercises a different corner of your brain than most conventional strategy games. The graphics and sound are nothing too special, but the battle scenes are really impressive. A great change of pace.
Video Games (Jan, 1997)
Als ich Dragon Force vor über einem Jahr zum ersten Mal spielte, konnte ich mich vor Begeisterung kaum halten. Normalerweise schalte ich bei solchen Spielen den Kampfbildschirm komplett aus. Doch die liebevoll gestalteten und für Strategiespielverhältnisse ungewöhnlich groß gezeichneten Charaktere lassen so etwas gar nicht zu. Nahezu jeder der 120 Heerführer besitzt einen individuellen Charakter. Das anfangs recht verwirrende Spielsystem hat man spätestens nach 30 Minuten im Griff. Vielleicht hätte man die Liste der Heerführer praktischer gestalten können, indem man sie mit einer Suchfunktion ausgestattet hätte. Bei dieser immensen Anzahl wirkt die Sucherei etwas ermüdend, besonders wenn man einer bestimmten Person einen Orden verleihen oder einfach nur den Status abfragen möchte. Überdies bietet die Multistory relativ wenig Abwechslung, da am Ende die Handlung sowieso zusammenläuft.
Defunct Games (Sep 02, 2007)
Dragon Force balances role-playing and strategy elements perfectly, intermittently directing the war of the land through storyline segments. And the ending is a stunning and climactic spectacle to behold. The game also offers a great deal of replay value, since storylines differ, depending on which of the eight main leaders is chosen (each storyline takes roughly 40-50 hours to play through successfully). Admittedly, you may be considerably less motivated to set aside another large chunk of time after winning as the first character...but the play is addictive enough that you'll probably be dragged back for at least one more go-around.
Mega Fun (Mar, 1997)
Wenn ich einen aufhätte, würde ich meinen Hut vor den Sega-Programmierern ziehen. Sie haben ein äußerst komplexes und spannendes Strategiespiel erschaffen, das gekonnt mit Rollenspiel-Elementen verknüpft wurde - ich hatte kaum genug Platz, um es zu beschreiben. Eine interessante und teilweise auch nicht ganz ernst gemeinte Fantasy-Geschichte tut ihr übriges. Vom technischen Aspekt her ist sicherlich mehr drin: Grafisch sind wir von Sega fraglos Besseres gewohnt - die Mischung aus Zeichentrick und Rendering bleibt aber weit im grünen Bereich. Genau dasselbe trifft auf den Sound zu: Es gibt eine breite Palette von Synthesizer-Stücken, neigt jedoch zum Mittelmaß. Der Reiz von Dragon Force liegt vor allem im Spiel selbst. (...) Mein Fazit: Seid Ihr erst einmal über die anfängliche Ratlosigkeit hinweg und habt Euch eine gute Taktik zurechtgelegt, so werdet Ihr nicht aufhören können, bis Ihr Bösewicht Madruk besiegt habt. Top!
In the end of it all, Dragon Force is one of the funnest and most addictive game that I have ever play. Nothing beats seeing 200 little sprites hacking and slashing at each other on the battlefield. Sure the story isn't as great as it should be or the characters aren't as memorable as any FF characters but the game overrall is one hell of a ride. Anyone who played this game can tell you it's one fun ride from beginning to the end.
Joypad (Jul, 1996)
La réalisation de ce jeu est grandiose et le plaisir de jeu est bien là, à condition de connaître le japonais...
RPGamer (Sep 05, 2000)
All in all, Dragon Force is a wonderful game. While it can grow tedious at times, and is relatively easy, the unique gameplay and multiple plotlines keep fans coming back for more. Certainly it is one of the best reasons to own a Saturn.
Some of your general's special attacks are overpowering to the point that it's easy to exploit the combat, but that's a small complaint in an otherwise classic strategy/RPG.
Edge (May, 1997)
DF is unusual. It subscribes to many gameplay gospels, making for a varied experience, but its greatest aspect is its accessibility. Players can dip into a scenario without complex statistics to catch up on before they can re-immerse themselves. Another credit is its size: with several nations to play as, each with its own story, DF offers value for money, even as an import game - as it will remain until late autumn. Its sizeable RPG leanings may not appeal to all, but budding Smaugs will find Dragon Force hobbit forming.