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Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
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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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (29 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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100
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Les superlatifs manquent pour caractériser l'expérience que procure Panzer Dragoon Orta aux joueurs. Véritable rêve éveillé, Panzer Dragoon Orta transcende la série entière et nous dévoile son univers comme jamais auparavant. Possédant un gameplay au petits oignons, un dynamisme jamais en baisse de vitesse, et de multiples éléments du précédent Panzer Dragoon lui assurant une bonne technicité, le tout couplé à une incroyable richesse de contenu, j'ose aujourd'hui poser une pierre finale à l'édifice du "Shoot'em up" en attribuant la note maximale à Panzer Dragoon Orta, qui est définitivement au sommet de son art, et qui le mérite énormément.
95
GameZone
Anyone who owns an Xbox will not do wrong by picking this title up. This immersive game is like taking part in a movie, with sweeping camera angles, incredible graphics and sound, and cutscenes that take you right into gameplay. And while some might say the game is short, you are going to want to play it over and over and over. Add to that the slew of unlockables in this game, and you have one amazing title that will keep you busy for a long time.
94
Shin Force
Panzer Dragoon Orta has done what few other games have done for a series -- surpass the first in the series' overall prowess for the given console. I can't imagine a fan of shooter games or the Panzer Dragoon series not owning Orta. Finally, as I've been predicting for some time, Smilebit has proven themselves as a leading developer for Sega, if not in the videogame market as a whole.
94
Retroage
Panzer Dragoon to seria związana z Saturnem. Można powiedzieć jego znak firmowy, jedna z najpiękniejszych gier na tę konsolę. Mimo że jest to tytuł kultowy i znany prawie każdemu graczowi nigdy nie zdobył sobie wielkiej popularności. Powodów tego było kilka. Przede wszystkim bardzo specyficzny klimat i design gry. Nie każdemu przypadł do gustu nad wyraz japoński styl rozgrywki. Na Saturna ukazały się trzy odsłony sagi. Dwie pierwsze to klasyczne strzelanki na szynach, a ostatnia to rasowe japońskie RPG. Niestety satek powędrował do piachu tak jak i jego następca Dreamcast. Tymczasem Sega niespodziewanie zapowiedziała kontynuację serii. W 2002 roku na konsoli Microsoft Xbox zagościła czwarta odsłona serii o podtytule Orta.
93
Game Freaks 365
Panzer Dragoon only has 20 levels but they are huge. They keep a player interested for a long while. After you beat the game though, you can unlock an older version of the Panzer series, Legends of Dragoon. Be prepared for some old school graphics as this game was from the Sega Saturn days. But don't worry, you will still see the same solid gameplay that Panzer Dragoon has. All and all, Panzer Dragoon is a great overall game and is HIGHLY reccomended for all Xbox gamers.
92
XBox Solution (XBS)
Personally, I felt that Panzer Dragoon Orta was a very difficult game to review because it has to be experienced to really get the true feel of the game. The game is just so incredible on so many different levels that to try and put it into words is nearly impossible and anything I can say about the game doesn't do it justice. Even though it is one of the shortest games I have for my Xbox, it is worth every penny I spent on it. Plus, having the ability to experience the series from the very beginning is a welcomed feature and I hope that more developers follow SEGA's example on this one. If you are not a fan of rail shooters already, after playing this game you will almost certainly become one. I can not recommend this game enough.
92
IGN
Rail shooters, unfortunately, are a dying breed. But Sega continues to put them out. Rez, for PS2 and House of the Dead III for Xbox were both good shooters. But Panzer is the best. Addictive, fun, and fantastic, this one is a true demonstration of the power of Xbox. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful game, and you won't find a better rail shooter anywhere. Panzer doesn't try to do anything more than be the best rail shooter around. It isn't trying to be better than Halo, it's not trying to be GTA: Vice City -- It's a rail shooter. And for what it is, as limiting as some gamers may find it, it's about as good as it gets.
91
Peliplaneetta.net
Panzer Dragoon Ortassa on paljon sitä, mikä vanhoissa peleissä oli hyvää. Siinä ei tapeta ihmisiä realistisesti veren roiskuessa, vaan käydään valtavia taisteluita satumaailmoissa lohikäärmeellä lentäen. Toiminta on juuri sopivan yksinkertaista että vähänkin kokeneempi hahmottaa sen nopeasti, ja kuitenkin tarpeeksi vaativaa että mielenkiinto säilyy. Lyhyys haittaa hiukkasen, mutta mieluummin lasillinen nektaria kuin kannullinen käynyttä litkua. Juuri tällaista tavaraa tusinalisenssien näivettämät pelimarkkinat kaipaavat.
91
The Video Game Critic
My main complaint with Panzer Dragoon Orta is that you don't always know what the heck is happening around you. The disconcerting camera angles during play, coupled with an incomprehensible storyline often left me bewildered. Sometimes friendly companions are difficult to distinguish from the bad guys, and the colossal bosses require an inordinate amount of time to defeat! Orta is one tough game, and you shouldn't be ashamed to set the difficulty to easy. Still, this is a game you'll return to time and time again.
91
Defunct Games
This is an action gamers dream come true, and if it doesn't make it on the Xbox, then perhaps this franchise was never meant to make it big. Regardless of how it does in the stores, this Panzer Dragoon is one heck of a game, and is hopefully the start to a very good year of video games. This game is a pure masterpiece.
90
SegaFan.com
El modo de juego principal de PDO es corto, una duración de dos horas y media más o menos en el nivel de dificultad mínimo y unas cuatro o cinco en el normal. Afortunadamente existe la Caja de Pandora, una sección que aglutina una gran cantidad de extras de los que se podrá disfrutar a medida que se cumplan objetivos de lo más variopinto, desde acabar el juego en un nivel de dificultad en concreto o conseguir un ranking A en ciertas fases a jugar un número de horas exigido.
90
SEGA-Portal.de
Der Sound ist in dem vierten Teil der Panzer Dragoon Reihe immer passend zur jeweiligen Spielszene. Natürlich ist auch dieses Spiel wieder Geschmackssache. Den Einen wird das Spiel und die gesamte Story von Anfang an vor dem Bildschirm fesseln, ein Anderer mag dieses Spiel vielleicht überhaupt nicht. Probespielen ist daher sicher von Vorteil. Wer diese Genre jedoch mag, sollte unbedingt zugreifen und versuchen, den höchsten Drachenrang zu erkämpfen. Dieses Spiel ist zu Recht ein wahrer Kracher!! Selbst wenn das Hauptspiel in allen Modi durchgezockt wurde, muss noch längst nicht alles geschafft sein. Die Pandora Büchse allein bietet noch viele freispielbare Dinge. Besonders das UR-Panzer Dragoon ist ein großer Leckerbissen dieses Sega Games für die Xbox.
90
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Det är ingen lögn att säga att detta antagligen är den bästa story som något spel i denna genre någonsin har haft. Om du vet med dig själv att du avskyr allt som rör sagor eller science fiction så ska du kanske undvika att plocka upp Orta i spelhyllan. Men för övriga är det en klockren köprekommendation. Detta är helt enkelt välavvägd, skön och blytung action - fast med en stor portion hjärna.
90
X-Power
PDO is een game die geweldig is als je van het genre houdt. Nu is dat wel vaker het geval, maar het is natuurlijk wel zo dat PDO een specifiek genre is. Misschien kunnen we zelfs wel zeggen dat het een genre op zich is. Er van uitgaand dat het besproken concept je aanspreekt, kunnen we stellen dat PDO een echte aanrader is. De uitvoering is helemaal top: grafisch ziet het er geweldig uit (de game heeft hiervoor een prestigieuze EDGE award gewonnen), de muziek en geluidseffecten zijn mooi en de besturing vloeiend. Als jij fantasievolle werelden kan waarderen en graag je vaardigheden verbetert dan is PDO dé game voor jou.
90
Games TM
After a break of more than four years, Smilebit has re-introduced SEGA's enduring series in style. It's likely that the general public will overlook such a commendable offering in favour of the generous amounts of well-marketed tripe that so regularly reaches high positions in the charts. Besides, this is SEGA - a company whose products never seem to achieve high sales figures, irrespective of quality. However, give it a play and you'll discover a remarkable combination of solid gameplay and graphics engineering that mixes the pure playability of a retro title with the technology of today.
90
GamePro (US)
Panzer Dragoon Orta is like taking a trip through a modern art museum?except all of the paintings are moving, all the sculptures are breathing, and every display is shooting swarms of genetically enhanced laser missiles at the thoughts inside your head.
90
Gamers.at
Panzer Dragoon. Nur Besitzer eines Sega Saturn können mit dem Namen etwas anfangen. Obwohl der Name auf etwas Militärisches schließen lässt, gibt es im ganzen Spiel kein Vehikel welches sich als Panzer schimpfen lässt. Panzer Dragoon Orta ist ein Action Titel der in einem komplexen wie auch atmosphärisch interessanten Szenario spielt. Auch wenn dem Spiel eine simples Gameplay vorgeworfen wird, lässt sich dieses nicht pauschal auch auf den Rest des Spiels übertragen. Aber was sage ich! Mehr davon steht im folgenden Review.
90
GameSpot
You don't need to be a fan of Sega's 8-year-old Panzer Dragoon fantasy shooter series to appreciate the outstanding Panzer Dragoon Orta. But if you were fortunate enough to have played the Panzer games for the Sega Saturn, you'll be especially thrilled with this latest installment, an Xbox exclusive developed by Sega's talented Smilebit studio that not only showcases the power of Microsoft's console, but is also one of the best traditional video game shooting experiences ever made. Panzer Dragoon Orta is surprisingly long for a single-player shooter, and it's loaded with great extra features that are sure to keep you coming back to the game's 10 diverse and challenging levels. You'll find that the game's mechanics are deceptively simple, and that there's some real depth hidden beneath the incredible good looks and fast-paced, epic action. All this adds up to an experience that every Xbox owner ought to indulge in.
89
Gamesmania
SEGA hat's einfach drauf. Was Panzer Dragoon Orta an Grafik, Sound und Atmosphäre auffährt, rechtfertigt definitiv den Kauf einer Xbox. Nirgends gibt es eine schönere Ballerorgie, die auch noch so eine packende und ausgezeichnet erzählte Geschichte bietet.
88
GameCola.net
Overall, this is a game for anyone who likes shooters and fast-paced action. It is also an excellent introduction to the genre. It has plenty of shooting, brilliant graphics (probably still among the best to be found on any system), good pacing, and a decent storyline. It also has plenty of extras, including the original Panzer Dragoon game. It’s short, but the extras more than make up for this shortcoming. And dragons are really, really cool.
87
4Players.de
Obwohl Panzer Dragoon Orta „nur“ ein Rail-Shooter ist und damit ein Relikt aus vergangenen Software-Zeiten zu sein scheint, sollten Action-Fans nicht an dem Titel vorbei gehen. Denn so simpel das Spielprinzip auch ist, so sehr fasziniert es auch. Zudem findet Ihr derzeit auf keinem System eine derart opulente und darüber hinaus in sich absolut stimmige Grafik, die zusammen mit der stets passenden Sounduntermalung immer wieder für Freude sorgt. Dass das Vergnügen mit nur zehn Missionen recht kurz geraten ist, wird durch die zahlreichen verschiedenen Wege, die Ihr in den Abschnitten finden könnt, wieder etwas abgemildert und reizt so zu einem nochmaligen Durchspielen - vom original Panzer Dragoon ganz zu schweigen. Panzer Dragoon Orta ist schlichtweg ein kurzes, aber intensives Action-Vergnügen, das auf den zweiten Blick einen für das Genre immensen Tiefgang und eine fantastisch eingebundene Story offenbart.
86
GameSpy
What you ultimately get out of PDO depends on what you want. If you're looking for a fresh and vibrant experience, its visuals will please your eyes; its soundtrack and story provide formidable foundation and filigree, culminating in a soaring epic. If that's what you're looking for -- you'll be pleased with the excellent value you get from your rental. Conversely, if you're the type who can't resist a game that grades you and are willing to chip at it, finding the pathways and hidden secrets strewn through the levels, you'll have absolutely no complaints slapping your $50 on the barrelhead.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Une véritable petite merveille que ce Panzer Dragoon pour qui saura se laissé entraîner dans ce shoot peut-être trop old school mais à l'ambiance terriblement enchanteresse. Un peu d'onirisme dans les jeux ça change. Mais mieux vaut savoir à quoi s'attendre avant d'investir, soit on adore, soit on est frustré.
85
DreamStation.cc
In terms of non-stop action and beauty Panzer Dragoon Orta is the best Xbox has to offer. What the main game lacks in length is made up for by a bunch of awesome unlockables. Panzer Dragoon Orta is an instant classic but two aspects keep it from being a masterpiece: Unclear story and repetitiveness. In spite of those two flaws, every self-respecting Xbox owner should have this game.
84
Netjak
Panzer Dragoon Orta had all the makings to be an instant classic. Tight gameplay, bleeding edge visuals, and some great sounds to make things sound real. Unfortunately, Panzer Dragoon Orta came up short, literally, with it's complete lack of actual gameplay. This game felt like more of a coin-op than an actual console game. Cost could be a factor here as this title would be worth a purchase at around $29.99. It could have been a completely awesome title, but it started fast, burned out, and left you feeling empty and wanting more by the end (which sucked, by the way). Regardless, it was fun while it lasted.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I found the gameplay to be extremely addictive, despite the repetitive nature. The large amount of extras in Panzer Dragoon Orta easily doubles the longevity, making up for the relatively short main quest. Throw in the astounding graphics and you have a near total package. The sound and music don’t particularly damage this offering, but could have been a lot better considering the quality put into the gameplay and graphics.
80
XboxFrance
Unique épisode à voir le jour sur la génération des consoles 128 bits, Panzer Dragoon Orta signe un retour fracassant avec une réalisation menée par une main de maître, une durée de vie convenable. C’est un véritable plaisir de ressentir toute l’atmosphère lyrique et violente que dégage cette série. Seul le gameplay très old school risque d’en faire quelques réfractaires. Dans tous les cas PDO est un des titres à posséder impérativement.
80
All Game Guide
The short length of each episode encourages repeat visits, and players know where and how they can improve by watching the ranking screen at the end of the stage (number of enemies killed, time of completion, damage received, and so forth). While it is still reasonable to expect a game released in 2003 to feature complete freedom of flight, Panzer Dragoon Orta is perhaps the finest example of its type on any console released to date.
80
Extreme Gamer
If you were fortunate enough to play the originals and enjoyed them then get this game. If you are not a big fan of rail shooters or intense, edge of your seat action, then I would still suggest at least giving it a rent. For all others, this is a solid buy and you will not be disappointed. The only problem resides in the main quest’s shortness.
79
Insert Credit
What you have in front of you when you go to purchase Orta is a less-than-totally-spectacular sequel to a historically important series. Its story is heavier than its older brothers in the shoot-em-up genre, and lighter only slightly than that of its RPG cousin. It is almost frustratingly full of new abilities, extra modes and features -- sadly, not one of them turns on the real soundtrack. The ability to play the original on-rails classic(s) with a controller the size of a duckpin bowling ball is a definite plus, and worth the price of admission for one who might have never owned a Sega Saturn.
50
Gamesdog
For the hardcore Japanese arcade fans then this is manic enough to give them what they want, yet for the rest of us this game while being great of action and graphics is just too linear to keep you entertained for any longer than an hour at the most. If you get bored easily then this isn't for you.