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Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)

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Description

The fourth installment of the Panzer Dragoon series has you playing Orta, a young girl who has been imprisoned by the Empire. Under a wave of attack, the prison camp is broken through by a mysterious dragon, and Orta takes it upon herself to ride the dragon, and destroy the Empire once and for all. Along the way, she will also discover her own destiny, and the mystery surrounding her new friend.

Simply put, you have limited control of the dragon for most of the game, as your trigger finger will be shooting non-stop at the enemies that fly around the area. Orta will be your main source of fire-power when you simply press the fire button, but by pressing and holding, the aim cursor will change, allowing you to fire a burst of power from the dragon at whatever the cursor aims at.

The dragon itself can change into three forms at a press of a button. Each form has a different style of attack and power ability.

A port of the original Panzer Dragoon is included.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Glide Wing dragon form can autolock and fire non-stop, but has no missile attacks.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Glide wing is the best form for intercepting enemy missiles.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Orta in the opening cinematic
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox In-game menu also displays your current level of each dragon form.

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User Reviews

Xbox-exclusive AAA title - and largely overlooked *Legion* (138) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Panzer Dragoon Orta for "non mother tongues" Super_Anima (5) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Why did'nt this game sell? Classic Nigel (150) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Sadistically frantic shooter game Nathan Pannbacker (58) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 Apr 19, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
XBox Solution (XBS) Jan 22, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Defunct Games Jan 21, 2003 91 out of 100 91
GamePro (US) Jan 16, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
4Players.de Mar 19, 2003 87 out of 100 87
DreamStation.cc Oct 27, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Netjak Feb 07, 2003 8.4 out of 10 84
Extreme Gamer Mar 07, 2003 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesdog Nov 10, 2003 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Development

The game was developed by Smilebit and most of the SEGA team that worked on the previous Panzer Dragoon titles had already left the company. Kentaro Yoshida returned to SEGA partly to ensure the continuity of the series, and to work along with the director who had already worked on Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Extras

The original Panzer Dragoon (based on the PC updated version) is included as unlockable extra.

Version differences

According to the magazine gamesTM (issue #34), all Japanese copies include a hidden English-language option that's automatically selected when playing on a Western Xbox with a mod chip.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Upholding the Legacy Award (Xbox)
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Kartanym (10780) added Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox) on Feb 27, 2003