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Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)

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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.


Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Glide wing is the best form for intercepting enemy missiles.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Free as a bird... or a dragon.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Title screen
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox These dragons don't look friendly.

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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

Retroage Oct 09, 2010 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Freaks 365 Apr 19, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
XBox Solution (XBS) Jan 22, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Jan 10, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpot Jan 13, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Apr 14, 2003 90 out of 100 90 Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90 Mar 19, 2003 87 out of 100 87
XboxFrance Jun 27, 2006 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

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


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.


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.


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