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Crimson Dragon
5.3 out of 10

Crimson Dragon

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Tedium Can Fly

22 January 2014
  • Conclusion: Not realizing that the game has Kinect functionality and watching the dragon perform dozens of unprompted barrel rolls.
  • Pros: Saori Kobayashi's magnificent soundtrack.
  • Cons: So this is what next-gen graphics look like, eh?
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Crimson Dragon Review

Hardcore Shooter
12 December 2013
  • Conclusion: Not the return to form we’ve been hoping for with a rails shooter. Take a pass on this one.
  • Pros: ○ Nice visuals
  • Cons: ○ Expensive ○ Dragon taming system is mundane ○ Recycled everything
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Crimson Dragon

High-Def Digest
5 December 2013
  • Summary: Yukia Futatsugi, best known as the creative force behind 'Panzer Dragoon,' is coming back to the on-rails shooter genre with 'Crimson Dragon.' Previously announced as a Kinect-required Xbox 360 game, Futatsugi's studio, Grounding Inc., recalibrated it for the Xbox One launch with traditional gamepad controls on the forefront. Though the Kinect commands have been regulated to the sidelines, at $20 'Crimson Dragon' may fill a unique spot on the lineup.
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Crimson Dragon

22 November 2013
  • Excerpt: Inspired by the Panzer Dragoon series, Crimson Dragon takes to the skies of a mysterious planet on the backs of mighty dragons, but can a game with a borrowed legacy and an obscure genre rise above the clouds or does it crash in a fiery ball of jagged polygons? The game takes place on Planet Draco, where colonists from Earth have tamed the native dragons. A mysterious virus has… you know what? It doesn't even really matter.
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Crimson Dragon

21 November 2013
  • Summary: As the spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon franchise, Crimson Dragon has some big shoes to fill. The talent is there, as the former director of the first three Panzer games and a Panzer composer are attached, but the prospect of Kinect gameplay and an Xbox One exclusivity deal made things a bit hard to swallow. The forced Kinect scheme has since been dropped, and as time went on, the game looked better and better.
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Crimson Dragon

18 November 2013
  • Conclusion: Crimson Dragon works well enough as a straight arcade shooter, and there’s plenty of challenge in it. There’s some nostalgic value, too, but it’s weak graphics and frustrating free-flight boss fights make it tough to enjoy the stroll down memory lane.
  • Pros: Good on-rail controls, Deep RPG elements
  • Cons: Dull presentation, Lame A.I. characters, Free-flying controls
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A Spiritual Successor Derailing Its Own Fun

Game Informer
18 November 2013
  • Conclusion: Concept: Resurrect the on-rails shooter genre with a spiritual successor to Sega’s classic Panzer Dragoon series, but fail to recapture the glory Graphics: The environmental design is exotic, but the graphical detail isn’t much better than last-gen games. Not surprising, since it originally began as an Xbox 360 title Sound: The music is moody and dramatic, but mostly unremarkable.
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Crimson Dragon review

18 November 2013
  • Conclusion: The spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon offers a compelling on-rails experience, even if it feels a bit lacking in some areas. With multiple dragons to own and level up, as well as and addictive scoring system complete with leaderboards, there are a few good reasons to plop down $20.
  • Pros: Enjoyable on-rails action, Gorgeous environments, Addictive scoring / reward system
  • Cons: Mission objectives lack variety, Free flight navigation feels like a miss
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Expert Review

18 November 2013
  • Summary: Crimson Dragon is an on-rails shooter that revives the cherished Panzer Dragoon series under a new name, fitted with light RPG elements and a dash of asynchronous co-op. Unfortunately, these added systems don’t make a meaningful impact on the game at large, and the genre’s focused action is perverted by wildly concocted paths that send you and the camera into a tizzy. This, coupled with unusually aggressive enemies, makes Crimson Dragon a frustrating experience.
  • Pros: Later stages exhibit refined level design and visual appeal.
  • Cons: Camera controls get in the way of your ability to fight effectively., The dragon growth system is unrewarding.
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Uninspired fantasy game filled with fiery dragon battles.

Common Sense Media
30 August 2013
  • Summary: Parents need to know Crimson Dragon is a flying shooter involving huge dragons that breathe great balls of fire and energy. These fantastical creatures bellow and thrash when struck, sometimes emanating a spray of crimson that briefly hangs in the air. There's little narrative or messaging and not much to the action beyond twitchy, reflex-oriented aerial battles. However, playing in co-op mode does encourage some teamwork among players.
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