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More Panzer Dragoon Than You Could Ever Want

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the way-better-than-lair dept.

Classic Games (Games) 31

Via GameSetWatch, links to the 1up site for a giant feature on the complete history of the Panzer Dragoon series. From the GSW post: "As Mielke explains: 'The reason for this unique cover story is to take a look back at this underappreciated, underbought, near-legendary series that climaxed with the release of 1998's Panzer Dragoon Saga, a game that is unlikely to ever see a port to any system, ever. Taking the DNA of Sega stablemate Space Harrier and welding it to an Empire Strikes Back-style plot, developer Team Andromeda created an epic, picturesque showdown between good and evil that would send lasting shockwaves through the fledgling 32-bit era.'"

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More than I want (4, Funny)

Cerberus911 (834576) | more than 7 years ago | (#20657221)

From the number of replies it looks to be more than anyone wants.

Re:More than I want (1)

Atragon (711454) | more than 7 years ago | (#20657401)

From the number of replies it looks to be more than anyone wants.

But what about you? You seem interested in this story...

Re:More than I want (1)

dsojourner (695863) | more than 7 years ago | (#20657895)

The original reply was, of course, from an AI who has not (yet) been granted the legal status of person hood. In this light you see that the response was completely correct.

Well i don't think they have shit on this guy (1)

silentace (992647) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658871) []

Re:More than I want (1)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 7 years ago | (#20662881)

I just want a Panzer Dragoon for Wii.

Not quite (1)

MooseMuffin (799896) | more than 7 years ago | (#20657611)

Its not more than I could ever want unless its an affordable way for me to play panzar dragoon saga!

Re:Not quite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20660373)

Well, on windows with a fast cpu, there's the SSF emulator. Satourne works pretty well. Hopefully, the very fast (and cross-platform) Yabause emulator will get PDS working soon.
  Your other option is to pick up a used Saturn, which may or may not meet "affordable" by your standards.

Re:Not quite (1)

MooseMuffin (799896) | more than 7 years ago | (#20660441)

I actually own a Saturn (stop laughing). Its the $150+ pricetag for the game via ebay that I'm unhappy about. TFA says that the original game's source code is basically destroyed, so there's no hope of a port.

Re:Not quite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20664675)

Hmm. Well, then in that case, you can always grab a copy off your favorite bittorrent site, or the saturn newsgroup, and just try the swap trick to get past the region lock.

Shameless props (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20661043)

PD (Ein) and Zwei are both available on GameTap (actually on an emulated Saturn) if you don't feel like pirating. Unfortunately, neither game is on their free rotation at the moment.

ugh YESS (3, Informative)

deathtopaulw (1032050) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658013)

I just recently got to play through 1,2, and Saga and I must say

Saga is the first RPG I've ever played that I actually liked. The only game since it that got the hybrid RPG/real time fighting engine right was KOTOR. I urge anyone with a saturn and $200 to play it, hahaha

or just anyone with some time to research saturn piracy and 4 spare CDRs

I don't want ANY (0)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658123)

I'm from Poland, you insensitive clod!!!!

We are not insensitive! (0)

Dareth (47614) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658249)

We are not insensitive, we are pissed off that you get all that cheap Polish sausage to eat, and all them hot Polish women! Take that you insensitive clod!

Re:I don't want ANY (0)

Nimey (114278) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658415)

You're just pissed that Panzer Dragoon > Horse Dragoon.

(yeah, I know that's a myth)

Re:I don't want ANY (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 7 years ago | (#20663365)

It's not entirely a myth. Guderian mentioned it in his book, "Panzer Leader", if I remember correctly. His armor was halted by lack of fuel, and was thrown back by some Lancers attacking. Also, the true encounter in question did happen, it just wasn't "Lancers charging tanks". It was more like "Lancers fleeing armored cars and got gunned down and misinterpreted as charging". For all we know, the charging did happen during the attack on Guderian. It's an oversimplification if anything, the statement that "Polish Lancers charged tanks".

Re:I don't want ANY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20665357)

Overrated? My oh my, looks like a German's got some mod points.

Panzer Dragoon Saga really needs a port (2, Interesting)

Piata (927858) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658187)

One of the best games I ever played. That along with Dragon Force and a bunch of other crazy, random and unique RPGs really made the Saturn a great console and I wish those games would pop up on the Wii VC.

One of the best series ever... (2, Interesting)

macshome (818789) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658549)

Without a doubt, in my mind at least, the four Panzer Dragoon games represent some of the finest gaming ever. I remember playing Panzer Dragoon Zwei for the first time and just being struck by the cinemas and the story that they managed to weave. Zwei is a good example of a game that shows a great amount of artistry for people that don't think games can qualify as art.

At least part of my affection for Rez comes from the fact that it's much like Panzer Dragoon stuffed into a crack pipe.

Re:One of the best series ever... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20681475)

They ought to update + re-release it... even for PSP or DS or something.

And I thought this was about a PD compilation... (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658751)

Foul editors who tease me with thoughts of a complete Panzer Dragoon compilation! Begone. Shoo! I would have also settled for a redone Panzer Dragoon - still the single best game in the entire PD series, in my opinion.

Re:And I thought this was about a PD compilation.. (1)

Dev59 (953144) | more than 7 years ago | (#20661041)

It's my opinion that Zwei was vastly superior to the still awesome original.

PDS is still great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20658935)

I still own a gen1 Saturn and original (one of the initial 1000 total copies in the states at the time) copy of PDS. I still fire it up every once in a while. Still one of the greatest RPG's I've ever played.

Panzer Dragoon Orta (1, Interesting)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 7 years ago | (#20658987)

Admittedly, I haven't played any of the games in this series except the Xbox version, Panzer Dragoon Orta. Despite being too short, it's a great, great, tremendously good game. Best graphics of any Xbox launch title, ingenious, easy-to-learn gameplay, interesting sci-fi setting. I admit it, I cried at the end. Plus it starred the craziest insect-dragon-bone-thing ever: []

Re:Panzer Dragoon Orta (1)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 7 years ago | (#20661157)

I have the first one, Zwei, and Orta.

I've always heard that Saga was the best, but I can certainly say that Orta should have been called Panzer Dragoon Sorta.

It's an okay game, really, but Zwei is certainly better for a lot of reasons (not counting graphics, of course) and if Saga is as good as they say it is, Orta doesn't even compare.

Brings back memories (1)

rinkjustice (24156) | more than 7 years ago | (#20662503)

Panzer Dragoon forever is right. Being an old skool gamer, I was a huge fan of the Sega Saturn, and the Panzer Dragoon series was a big reason why. A big thanks to 1up for giving the game the props it so richly deserves. It really was a special game, and a unique gaming experience, and it's sad that so many gamers of the day were too blind to see how cool it was.

Re:Brings back memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20663383)

Sega Saturn is "old skool?"

Re:Brings back memories (1)

Old School Saturn Fa (575758) | more than 7 years ago | (#20664697)

Yes, yes it is!

Amazing gaming moments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20664429)

This article about the amazing Panzer Dragoon game series brought back a memory of one of the most amazing gaming moments I've had.

I had played through the intro to Panzer Dragoon Saga, and was very impressed already. I knew this was going to be a great game. The music, the spoken dialogue in the Panzer language, the art and character design, and the atmosphere of the game were fantastic. By the end of the intro I had a good sense of the Panzer Dragoon setting, and was anxious to get further into the game. Then the intro stage ended...

And then I flew the dragon.

I was stunned. My world seemed to fade away around me and I was left with a sense of awe at the masterpiece in front of me. The dragon was alive, and beautiful, and it completed and filled the Panzer Dragoon world in a way that went beyond any of my expectations. In my amazement, I sat frozen for many seconds and I nearly dropped the controller before I took a breath, and sat back in awe. Eventually I recovered and went on to play my way through the entire game, and it was the best gaming experience I've ever had.

I once thought I would feel foolish describing a video game in those terms, except that I don't at all, because that is exactly what happened.

I have rarely felt that way in my life, but to give some context here are the only other times I can recall...

The first time I played Myth: The Fallen Lords, again due to the amazing atmosphere and the complexity and realism of the engine. (This feeling was less than for Panzer Dragoon Saga.)

In the LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring, the scene where Aragorn wakes the hobbits to see the Argonath, and the music picks up and the camera flies around the ancient statues. Absolutely stunning. I was truly in awe at that scene.

When I spoke with Senator Harrison Schmidt (Apollo astronaut) and realized that he had been on the moon, drove the moon rover, and I looked at a picture of the Earth that he took through the window of the lunar orbiter. This floored me, as well.

There you go. I hope that explains some of the feelings that people have about Panzer Dragoon Saga. Somehow, it is more than just a game; it is a world and an experience that you can become a part of for the duration of the story.

Panzer Dragoon Saga (1)

ukyoCE (106879) | more than 7 years ago | (#20666809)

Panzer Dragoon Saga really got the short end of the stick, being released past death of an already poorly received console (Sega Saturn). I had a Saturn and wanted the game, but I simply never saw it for sale in the United States. I've tried to find it online, and the few copies that are up for sale are $150 or higher.

This would be a perfect game to release on the Wii console, or to port to a new console and re-release. PLEASE SEGA GIVE US PANZER DRAGOON SAGA!

No comparisons to.... (1)

British (51765) | more than 7 years ago | (#20667315)

Lair? How many "ride on a dragon and hilarity ensues" games were ever released?
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