Things I Like: Panzer Dragoon (Sega Saturn)

Panzer Dragoon Sega Saturn boxart

Since I never owned a Sega Saturn, I never played Panzer Dragoon on its original console. Luckily Sega included the full-game as an unlockable bonus in Panzer Dragoon Orta on Xbox.

Panzer Dragoon Sega Saturn video Game

Before I played Orta, I knew of the Panzer Dragoon series as Sega’s answer to Starfox. Funny enough, since this was a launch title; it actually pre-dates Starfox 64 as the first true-3D rail shooter from a major console maker.

Flying dragon Panzer Dragoon Sega Saturn

Granted the graphics don’t exactly hold up well today. I believe Orta’s version of the original was ported from the PC version, so I assume that a original Saturn version is going to look even worse. But if you can get passed the sub-par graphics, it’s a decent rail shooter that has a much different feel than Nintendo’s Starfox series.

Sand worm Panzer Dragoon Sega Saturn

The other thing worth noting is that the game is shorter than you can imagine. Starfox 64 had secret paths to extend play-time, but there’s not much more to chew on in Panzer Dragoon once you’re done. But it was a nice bonus in Orta, so I can’t complain. I have to imagine, my opinion would be more jaded if I had bought this on Saturn back in the 90’s.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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