> What was to spawn Panzer
Dragoon Zwei and Panzer
Dragoon Saga (both for Saturn as well) is a great game
itself. Panzer Dragoon is also a showcase launch game
for Sega's widely underrated 32 bit console. Following
a style similar to the original
Star Fox (Super Nintendo),
Dragoon is quite an interesting game. Basically, you fly
on a powerful dragon to destroy monsters, ships and such.
> Mystical, surreal worlds are inhabited by bosses and enemies are all
over the place. You have to fly along a set course through the levels,
however, you maintain a limited ability to steer around while shooting.
In addition, you can use the L and R triggers to shoot the nasties that
are on your flank or sneaking up behind you (a very nice touch).
> Not bad considering the supposed 3D limitation of the Saturn,
and the fact this was a 1994 Saturn system launch title (Japan
-- 1995 in USA). The graphics aren't super smooth like on the N64,
but that doesn't mean they are bad. The effects used in the game
are very nice, and the final boss is just simply huge.
> So what if the graphics are bilinear filtered. Overall, I feel
that the 3D objects and scenery in the game still look fine. Team
Andromeda even included reflections, albeit non hardware.
You'll pilot through seven realistic levels ranging from tropical blue
ocean cities to subterranean passageways.
> I've only played with the standard Saturn controller, but
the controls are tight, and the gameplay is fine and easy. You get
view controls, a fire button, and aim 90 degrees to the left or right buttons.
You can also hold down the fire button to lock onto multiple enemies for
an easier time.
> The sounds in the game don't particularly stick out in my mind.
Most are shots from your dragon, things blowing up, or your dragon screaming
from a laser hit.
> Panzer Dragoon's orchestral music is pretty interesting.
The designers actually timed the stage's length to match the music!
This is just really cool, in my opinion. Also, I feel this game's
music is a lot better than that of Panzer Dragoon Zwei, although
the music in that game [Zwei] wasn't bad either.
> It's not bad... not bad at all. If you enjoy shooters of this style,
you'll like this game. With an adjustable difficulty, all players
can enjoy Panzer Dragoon. You can earn continue credits
as a bonus for accuracy as well. Although it's pretty short, you'll
have a lot of fun playing it over many times.
General Blood ~
9.4 | Graphics: 9.0 | Control: 9.8 | Sound: 9.8 | Fun: 8.8