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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 Firing a barrage of missiles at enemy dragons.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Crashed in the snow... guess the fighting is taking its toll.
Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Glide Wing dragon form can autolock and fire non-stop, but has no missile attacks.

Promo Images

Panzer Dragoon Orta Concept Art
Panzer Dragoon Orta Logo
Panzer Dragoon Orta Screenshot
Panzer Dragoon Orta Concept Art

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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

GameZone Xbox Jan 23, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Xbox Jan 10, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Defunct Games Xbox Jan 21, 2003 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic Xbox Feb 27, 2003 A- 91
GamePro (US) Xbox Jan 16, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90 Xbox Mar 18, 2003 89 out of 100 89 Xbox Apr, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88 Xbox Mar 19, 2003 87 out of 100 87 Xbox Mar 19, 2003 17 out of 20 85
XboxFrance Xbox 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.


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

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