Review by Link San

"Who needs FF VII when you've got this jewel."

Panzer Dragoon Saga for Sega Saturn.

The second game in the series, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, was a prequel to the original Panzer Dragoon. Panzer Dragoon Saga picks up many years after the conclusion of Panzer Dragoon. Players take control of Edge, a simple guard at one of the Empire's excavation sites. During the excavation a girl encassed in stone is found. An attack ensues and the people Edge was hired to protect are all dead. After confronting his attackers, thrown down a hole, and faced with death, Edge is rescued by a dragon. Following the rescue, the player then assumes the role of Edge and begins their quest.

In Panzer Dragoon Saga players will do more than fly on the back of the dragon. Many times the player will travel on foot in order to interact with townspeople. All of the townspeople speak and have various things to say, some helpful and some useless. Also while at villages players can purchase weapons and items.

Battles are in real time and primarily take place while Edge is riding the dragon. In order to perform an action, one of three meter bars must be filled. The meter bars represent: the item menu, Edge's pistol, and the dragon's homing lasers. When multiple meter bars are filled at the same time special attacks become available.

Featuring an epic story line that puts you at the center of a war between two nations, and giving you the knowledge of the Ancient Age, Panzer Dragoon Saga is anything but your typical role-playing game.

Graphically, everything in this game is superb and, at first glance, doesn't look like any Saturn game you've seen before. The four CD's that the game comes on are packed with gorgeous real time and rendered cinemas as well as thousands of high quality textures, all different than the rest. Also, the game is filled with impressive lighting effects as well as special effects and spells that, while not as impressive as Final Fantasy VII's, are still a wonder to behold.

Of course, no role-playing game is ever just about graphics. For fans of the previous two titles, Panzer Dragoon Saga will have you in awe as you encounter tons of environments and creatures from the other titles. The story line as well is anything but typical as you discover one of the few remaining dragons and set out to avenge your friends' death. Soon after, you begin to learn more and more about this vast world that Team Andromeda has created and you'll soon find yourself in awe as you encounter situations you never thought possible. So many of these encounters occur that I can't even begin to list them as it would take many pages to do the game justice.

RPG fans, Panzer Dragoon fans, Saturn owners, and any self respecting gamer owes it to themselves to experience this game. One of the few titles that exceeds all expectations and will forever be engraved in your mind, Panzer Dragoon Saga is a game, errr...experience, not to be missed!

A good manual that details all of the numerous controls and options in the game. Puzzles, encounters, and battles all become strategic, enlightening, and fun! The best on the system with tons of variety and there is always something new to see. Taking around 20 hours to beat, this game is filled with so much good and hidden stuff that you're sure to return. A vast score of great Panzer-esque tunes.

Graphics - 9
Sound - 9
Enjoyment - 10
Documentation - 10
Overall - 10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 10/18/04


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