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Panzer Dragoon Saga (SEGA Saturn)

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Description

Edge is one of the soldiers in the service of the mighty Empire. The Empire has recently ordered some excavations at ancient ruins, trying to discover the secret of an old technology that is much superior to that of present time. During the excavation works, Edge encounters a mysterious young girl. He then witnesses the murder of his captain and other soldiers by Crayden, one of the Empire's officers. Coming into contact with an ancient dragon, Edge begins to roam the world, determined to find Crayden and avenge the death of his comrades. Nobody helps him but his faithful dragon. But the Empire is also after Crayden, so there appear to be at least three sides in the conflict - or are there more?

Panzer Dragoon Saga is set in the same universe as the other Panzer Dragoon games, but differs from the rest of the series by being a role-playing game with elements of a shooter. There is no party in the game: the player only controls Edge on the back of his dragon, who is in fact the playable character in battles. Edge moves around through the game's fully 3D world by riding the dragon. In towns and some dungeons Edge can also move on foot. During battles, the player can either choose to shoot with Edge's gun, or use one of the many special attacks of the dragons.

The battles do not work exactly like in an action game, but occur in real time: the player has to quickly choose an ability to use, and also move around to attack enemies from the sides or from the back, at the same time trying to avoid their attacks. The dragon receives experience points for fighting and also gains levels. The player is able to customize the dragon by assigning to him one of the four available dragon classes, that will determine his attack power, speed, etc.

Screenshots

Panzer Dragoon Saga SEGA Saturn The dragon can enter caves.
Panzer Dragoon Saga SEGA Saturn The main menu screen
Panzer Dragoon Saga SEGA Saturn Most of the locations in the game are large areas accessible only by dragon.
Panzer Dragoon Saga SEGA Saturn The intro is exceptionally long.

Alternate Titles

  • "アゼル パンツァードラグーンRPG" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Azel Panzer Dragoon RPG" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Amazing and a unique expericence. Dwin1118 (22) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The End Of The Saga MasterMegid (897) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A wonderfully crafted and beautiful tapestry Mario Rodgers (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A Breathtaking experience Richard Daives (9) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Dec 01, 1998 A 100
Digital Extremes 1998 10 out of 10 100
GameCola.net Feb 04, 2006 9.86 out of 10 99
Defunct Games Jul 17, 2005 98 out of 100 98
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9.7 out of 10 97
Sega Collectors Guild Jun 24, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Shin Force May 27, 1998 9.3 out of 10 93
RPGFan Jun 22, 2000 91 out of 100 91
Electric Playground 1998 9 out of 10 90
RPG Kingdom Jun 01, 2006 17 out of 20 85

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Panzer Dragoon Saga appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Rarity

The US and PAL releases of Panzer Dragoon Saga were almost canceled by Sega, since in 1998 Saturn was already near extinction outside of Japan. At the last moment, the game was translated and released in US and for PAL countries, but only a few thousands copies were produced. As a result, Panzer Dragoon Saga became one of the rarest and most expensive console RPGs in history: it is hard to find a used non-Japanese copy of this game for less than $100..

Saved game file

It is possible to start the game from a saved game file from Panzer Dragoon Zwei. You will then be able to find some rare items and have access to extra conversations in the game.

Voice overs

The game has full voice-overs for dialogues. The spoken language is Japanese in all versions of the game, but the intro and the ending sequences are spoken in a Panzer Dragoon fictional language.

Awards

  • EGM
    • February.2006(Issue #200) - named #80 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Game Informer Magazine
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - voted #78 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
Information also contributed by Big John WV and PCGamer77
Dwin1118 (22) added Panzer Dragoon Saga (SEGA Saturn) on Oct 11, 2002