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Panzer Dragoon (SEGA Saturn)

88
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (33 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Electric Playground
When we look back on this one in a couple of years, we're not going tolaugh at it the way we do "Altered Beast". Panzer Dragoon is a classic. On par with anything from Sega's Virtua line up, Nintendo's Mario or Zelda series or EA Sports' NHL Hockey or Madden Football collections. In short, Panzer Dragoon is video gaming at its best. I can't wait for more. Howabout a Panzer Dragoon animated series or a movie or at least an arcade game and action figures and comic books...
100
Entertainment Weekly
From the gorgeous, seven-minute movie-quality intro (which nearly overshadows the game itself), to the lush audio track, to the 360-degree action provided by a rotating point of view, Dragoon immerses you in a lyrical and exhilarating epic. The triumph of Dragoon is that you begin to think of it as a story, not just a game. If the Saturn can deliver more such experiences, then the videogame industry will have truly undergone a transformation.
100
HonestGamers
Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed.
100
GamePro (US)
Take a look at Panzer Dragoon - and remember that it always takes developers some time to figure out how to program for new game systems. Hopefully, this game's a killer sign of what's to come from the Saturn. It looks great, sounds great and plays like a dragon's dream.
94
Hobby Consolas
Uno de esos juegos geniales, imprescindibles y emblemáticos al que no os cansaréis de jugar. Saturn no deja de sorprendernos.
94
GameFan Magazine
Once again Sega has taken a proven concept and built it into something that's head and shoulders over anything else out there. With Panzer, you get an overwhelmingly convincing 3-D virtual environment, gnarly SFX and orchestral music from heaven above. The only thing even remotely bothersome in PD is the "man this is hard" difficulty setting. With games as high quality as PD right out of the gate, the Saturn may be the ticket towards a new renaissance for Sega.
94
Shin Force
Do you enjoy similar games like After Burner III, Rainbow Cotton and Star Fox? If yes, then definitely give Panzer Dragoon a shot!
90
IGN
The Panzer Dragoon series remains a favorite amongst SEGA fans and many hardcore gamers. While later entries would outstrip the original in both gameplay and graphics, there is something special about this springboard. The soundtrack, the art direction, and fluid (but simple) gameplay came together in a near-perfect package. The fact that Panzer Dragoon holds up as well in 2008 as it did in 1995 is just testament to the staying power of good art and tight gameplay. If you missed Panzer Dragoon for any reason when it originally debuted or are only familiar with its sequels, such as Panzer Dragoon Orta on the Xbox, it's well worth exhuming this game.
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Video Games & Computer Entertainment
All in all, Panzer Dragoon is a hit and yet another reason to get a Sega Saturn.
90
All Game Guide
If you're into 3D shooters with a real soul, Panzer Dragoon surely won't disappoint. The original Panzer Dragoon is a fantasy treat that's worth purchasing.
90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
At its core, PD is a simple shooter that plays very much like StarFox. You’re riding on top of a dragon whose flight path is pre-determined. You can turn 360 degrees to fire all around you, but you can’t actually turn the dragon around. The effects are outstanding, with several show-stoppers on each level. Gigantic enemies float effortlessly across your screen without slowdown or flicker, and a dramatic soundtrack enhances the surreal atmosphere. Some gamers may complain that PD lacks power-ups and energy restores, but as I said in my Tempest 2000 review several issues ago, it’s the simple shooters that keep you coming back. If you can’t finish the level, it’s not because you missed something. You just aren’t good enough yet.
88
Defunct Games
At it's core Panzer Dragoon is nothing more than Afterburner with a Dragon motif. Now don't get me wrong, Sega's flag ship Saturn launch game may not have all the interaction that other games offer, but what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for with a fully realized world.
86
Mega Fun
Mit Panzer Dragoon präsentiert Sega ein technisch brilliantes Produkt für den Saturn. Dem gnadenlos guten Vorspann folgt eine Spielgrafik, die jedem Zocker die Freudentränen in die Augen treiben wird. Dazu gesellen sich eine hervorragende Spielbarkeit und ein fairer Schwierigkeitsgrad, der den schmalen Grad zwischen Frust und Motivation sehr gut trifft. Besonders erfreut war ich über die Tatsache, daß die Programmierer nicht vergessen haben. ihren Edelsprites bestimmte Angriffsstrategien einzubleuen. Das zwingt den Spieler, die Formationen der Gegner zu lernen, um immer wieder ein kleines Stückchen weiterzukommen. Und genau das ist es, was mich an dem Spiel letztendlich so gefesselt hat. Einzig und allein die fehlenden Extrawaffen oder Power Ups kann man als Kritikpunkte anführen, was jedoch kaum ins Gewicht fällt. Kurzum: Dieses Game sollte sich jeder Saturn-Besitzer zulegen.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
La marque des grandes œuvres, c'est de nous emmener ailleurs que là où nous voulons aller, pour nous faire découvrir des choses encore plus incroyables. Panzer Dragoon choisit d'aborder la 3D avec un rail-shooter, la catégorie de jeu linéaire par excellence, et pourtant le sentiment de partir à l'aventure est là. La Team Andromeda parvient à nous faire oublier les routines du shoot'em up en mettant l'accent sur l'univers à la fois désolé et vivant de Panzer Dragoon, que ce soit grâce à son design unique, son scénario saisissant ou son gameplay frénétique et hypnotique. Avec le recul des années, il faut certes reconnaître que les opus suivants sauront, chacun à leur manière, dépasser celui-ci. Il y a cependant une beauté intemporelle chez ce Panzer Dragoon un peu branlant, et au bout du compte, même l'animation archaïque du titre finit par nous paraître naturelle dans ce monde si poussiéreux, si minéral, presque fossilisé mais toujours dangereux.
85
Game Players
From the adrenaline-charged sandworm chase in the desert to the amazing dragon vs. dragon dogfights, Panzer Dragoon constantly proves that there's still life left in the shooter genre. Add the innovative 360 degree viewpoints and you're totally immersed in a world unlike anything you've ever experienced. If this is any indication of what Saturn players have to look forward to, then Sega is definitely on the right track.
84
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Sega's next generation machine is here and shooting games will never be the same! If you haven't gotten your mitts on this game yet, get it now! The graphics, especially the backgrounds, are beautiful to behold and the music is awesome! The weapons are great, but the game could have used a little more. But if I had to say one gripe about the game, it would be that you fly in a predetermined path, but that can be easily overlooked considering the quality of the game.
83
The Video Game Critic
Unfortunately, the Saturn's graphics capabilities can just barely handle this game's visual demands. There's major pixelation and it's hard to make out certain enemies, especially in front of equally pixilated scenery. Another problem is the lack of a level select, meaning you'll have to replay the early levels each tie you play. Be sure to check out the introduction - it's one of the best I've seen in a Saturn title. Panzer Dragoon is a landmark shooter, and every Saturn owner should have this game in their library.
80
CD Player
Baller-Strategen und Simulationsfreaks beklagen den eingeschränkten Handlungsfreiraum, Action-Puristen sind von der 3D-Optik und fetziger Nippon-Musik hin und hergerissen. Hervorragende Steuerung und großzügige Kollisionsabfrage sichern auch Joypad-Anfängern faire Chancen, Profis fühlen sich durch Polygon-Gigantomie und abwechslungsreiches Design gefordert: Riesige Endgegner werden ohne Geschwindigkeitseinbuße aus komplexen Echtzeit-Strukturen zusammengefügt, jeder Abschnitt wartet mit neuen Ideen und Gegnerformationen auf. Das fehlende Extrawaffensystem läßt sich angesichts neuartiger Zielanvisierung und 360-Grad-Blickwinkel leicht verschmerzen, drei Schwierigkeitsgrade und intelligente Gegner-Taktiken fesseln selbst nach mehrmaligem Durchspielen. Für action-begeisterte Saturn-Besitzer ist “Panzer Dragoon“ ein Pflichtkauf.
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MAXIMUM Magazine
By its very nature, Panzer Dragoon is a tad on the simplistic side in the gameplay department, but it's certainly the next best game released after Daytona USA and Virtua Fighter, beating off Bug! in terms of enjoyment and playability.
80
Sega Collectors Guild
But despite minor gameplay issues, this game stands out as a must- have simply because Team Andromeda created such an engrossing world. They even created a new language for the game to make it more realistic! The language, which fans refer to as Panzerese, is rumored to be an amalgamation of Latin, German, Japanese, and other modern languages.
80
Power Unlimited
De Saturn heeft wat mij betreft z'n eerste vlieg- en vuurproef ruimschoots doorstaan. De filmpjes zien er prachtig uit, de 3D-effecten zijn overtuigend en alles gaat snel genoeg. Alleen jammer dat de bewegingsvrijheid in Panzer Dragoon beperkt is. Verder niets dan lof.
80
Coming Soon Magazine
Panzer Dragoon is a fantastic 3D shooting game available for the Sega Saturn by Sega which features 360 degree views and shooting possibilities.
73
Retroage
Trochę się poznęcałem nad saturnowym smokiem i w świetle powyższych wad pojawia się pytanie skąd właściwie wziął się mit fenomenu Panzer Dragoon? W momencie ukazania się gry, w 1995 roku mieliśmy do czynienia z absolutnym boomem na wszystko, co trójwymiarowe. Nawet kiepskie gnioty potrafiły sprzedać się przyzwoicie, jeśli tylko uniknęły dwóch wymiarów. Panzer Dragoon to chlubny wyjątek zalewu tandety jaką karmiono wówczas graczy. Wśród wszystkich developerów, którzy niejako dopiero uczyli się okiełznać trójwymiar, Sega potrafiła wrzucić na rynek produkt grywalny, choć nie wybitny. Nie imponuje grafiką, bo obiekty są proste, żeby nie powiedzieć toporne. Muzyka absolutnie nie zapada w pamięć, ale doskonale pasuje do gry. Panzer Dragoon broni się jednak jako całość. Wszystkie części składowe dobrze ze sobą współgrają, czego efektem jest właśnie to coś. Coś, co sprawia, że gracze mimo wszystko chętnie zagrają w opancerzonego smoka z Segi Saturn i będą miło wspominać go po latach.