Excerpt: Ah, Panzer Dragoon. I remember it like it was yesterday: the day I first stumbled upon the $399 Sega Saturn in 1995. The first game that I bought for that system was a weird-looking thing entitled Panzer Dragoon. When I took it home, I was enthralled. The opening CG cinema, though a bit ugly (not too ugly, mind you) by today\'s standards, was a thing of beauty at the time. The game itself was even better.
Conclusion: Panzer Dragoon Orta is one of the best games to be found on the Xbox platform, and quite possibly, one of the best games available on any console. THIS is what happens when games are Xbox-exclusive. It is beyond doubt that the extremely intense action and amazing graphics just could not be recreated on any other console. Addictive, smooth, and sophisticated, Panzer Dragoon Orta leaves fellow shooter House of the Dead III in the dust.
Excerpt: Let me say first that as far as under-appreciated, most deserving games go, I think that the Panzer Dragoon series is definitely near the top of the mountain. This is probably due to its “on-rails” nature (I think StarBlade way back when left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth for the genre) which seemed to scream “shallow gameplay”.
Pros: + Absolutely gorgeous graphics
Cons: - Not for those that don't appreciate old school shooters
Excerpt: Thank you for purchasing this dragon from Dragoon Enterprises. Cared for properly, your dragon will provide you with many years of service over a wide range of applications. Whether it’s toasting crumpets, taking the children to school or simply transforming a decadent, corrupt and evil empire into leaden ash, your dragon will prove an invaluable aid for the pressures of modern living.
Summary: PSO is an achievement in every way with outstanding gameplay, graphics and audio it's hard to imagine many games that can outshine it. Lengthwise the game isn't a game that will last much longer than 10-15 hours on your first run through the main game but with so many great unlockables to earn and with the added desire to earn better rankings and to find the alternative routes the game will provide plenty of goods for your money, especially with the full game of the...
Excerpt: , the Empire has risen again and awakened dragons of their own, called Dragonmares. Riders of the Imperial cavalry guide their Dragonmares to unleash a maelstrom of destruction upon the unsuspecting town.
Summary: Sega's legendary Panzer Dragoon series has
finally made its rabidly anticipated comeback on the Xbox. Its vastly improved
graphics makes the experience even more amazing with incredible environments and
characters that take the series forward substantially. The overall feel and
controls are faithful to the original games, though there are some new twists
that keep things interesting.
Excerpt: Orta is a young woman has been imprisoned for as long as she can recall. During a siege on the city she's held prisoner in, Orta is freed by a dragonmare. She rides the beast to freedom and sees the world about her for the first time in her life. During her trip, she discovers more about herself and why she was imprisoned. The story of Panzer Dragoon Orta is delivered through a number of FMV and in-game cutscenes that really go a long way to fleshing out the story.
Pros: Awesome design and execution of graphics, Fast and frantic action, Tons of unlockables, No English Dub
Cons: Gamers who don't like rail shooters will want to skip
Excerpt: As the old saying goes, "third time's a charm," but instead of designing an original work or a sequel to one of their franchises, Smilebit was given the oppurtunity to revive a series that was believed dead: Panzer Dragoon. Created and cultivated by the beloved Team Andromeda, Panzer Dragoon and its successors are among the best of the Sega Saturn's small but fantastic group of "must-play" games.