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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Despite some quality visual design, Crimson Dragon is a rough-shod, clumsy experience that yields little gameplay depth or variety and frequently threatens to nickel-and-dime players.
Pros: Some great creature design. Boss encounters are grand in scale and bring much-needed variety to the gameplay. Antiviral story is intriguing. Sometimes, the mechanics make for a soaring experience.
Cons: Story is not told well. Most missions are repetitive. Sluggish movement and camera response. Previous-generation graphics. Microtransactions and grinding are unpleasant.