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Destructoid (Nov 18, 2013)
Crimson Dragon was a pleasant surprise. As a massive fan of the Panzer series, I was worried that this wouldn't quite honor it, but there's plenty here for gamers who have been longing for an entry since 2003's Orta. There are some mechanical problems, but any old-school rail shooter fan will be able to handle them.
Cheat Code Central (Nov 25, 2013)
I had fun with Crimson Dragon, but I’m not entirely sure everyone will. You have to have kind of an addictive personality to really get into it. A lot of the game is propelled forward by its grindy levels and progression system, and if this isn’t your thing, then you’ll likely get incredibly frustrated and just turn the game off to play more Killer Instinct. However, if you are the kind of person who could spend hours raising their perfect dragon, getting S ranks on every stage, and simply appreciating some fantastic graphics, then you will probably have a lot of fun with Crimson Dragon. It’s not the AAA blockbuster that we all thought it was going to be--heck, I won’t even go as far as to say that it’s better than Panzer Dragoon--but it is a solid title that you can pick up for a budget price. As far as Xbox One launch titles go, you can do far worse.
Crimson Dragon is an impressive game that falls short of Panzer Dragoon‘s lofty heights. Visually, it looks better in every way but playable character design. Environmental details make the world come alive, while an epic soundtrack makes your battles within it seem worth fighting. The iffy camera and bumpers can make those fights tougher than they should be, though, and no amount of power-ups and difficulty setting changes can make up for the flaws of the gameplay. Still, at twenty dollars, this is well worth picking up to show support for the franchise and the on-rail genre as a whole. It’s lucked into getting a reasonably prominent release during a major system launch, so if it’s ever going to become a well-respected niche again, this title’s success will be the key that opens up the door. It’s got some dings on it, but is still worth traveling through.
67 (Nov 22, 2013)
Schade: Crimson Dragon war eigentlich mein heiß erwarteter Geheimtipp für die Xbox One, doch mit seinen legendären Vorgängern kann das Spiel nicht mithalten. Die mystischen Drachen, gigantischen Raupen und verschnörkelten Salzfelsen sind zwar wunderhübsch designt, es entwickelt sich aber nicht der gleiche fesselnde Spielfluss wie früher. Der Angriff der zahlreichen Gegner ist nicht so spannend und abwechslungsreich ochestriert wie damals. Außerdem wird es gelegentlich zu unübersichtlich. Auch die verhältnismäßig schwache Technik und die übertrieben fragmentierte Aufrüstung nerven. Im Gegenzug sorgen das Aufpäppeln der Drachen und Experimente mit Attacken auch für Langzeitmotivation. Als ich mich an die Macken des Spiels gewöhnt hatte, hatte ich durchaus Spaß an den schnellen Luftkämpfen und werde mir das Spiel heute auch auf meiner privaten Xbox One kaufen. Trotzdem bin ich nach Genre-Highlights wie Panzer Dragoon Orta, Rez oder Child Of Eden enttäuscht.
Game Critics (Jan 22, 2014)
Crimson Dragon is clumsy, frustrating and often downright hideous. I realize that the Xbox One's launch lineup was pretty underwhelming, but even those new owners desperate for software to play on it should keep Crimson Dragon low on their lists.