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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 Orta in the opening cinematic
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Trying to shake off the attackers from behind.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Crashed in the snow... guess the fighting is taking its toll.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Episode results

Promo Images

Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshot
Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshot
Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshot
Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshot

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User Reviews

Xbox-exclusive AAA title - and largely overlooked Xbox *Legion* (144)
Why did'nt this game sell? Xbox Classic Nigel (150)
Panzer Dragoon Orta for "non mother tongues" Xbox Super_Anima (5)
Sadistically frantic shooter game Xbox Nathan Pannbacker (58)

Critic Reviews

Retroage Xbox Oct 09, 2010 9.4 out of 10 94
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 19, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
IGN Xbox Jan 10, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92 Xbox Apr 02, 2003 91 out of 100 91 Xbox Apr, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88 Xbox Mar 19, 2003 87 out of 100 87
GameSpy Xbox Jan 13, 2003 86 out of 100 86 Xbox Oct 27, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
All Game Guide Xbox 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 07, 2003 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.


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Upholding the Legacy Award (Xbox)
Information also contributed by Macintrash and Sciere

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