Posted on January 2, 2017
Great Old Gaming Gems – Panzer Dragoon Saga
There are a few here who may remember the rather fun dragon blast-em-up Panzer Dragoon and it’s sequel either from the original Sega Saturn console or from the PC ports that were made. What you may not be aware of is that this was transferred into an RPG on the Saturn.
This game has given me so many blissful hours of gaming I don’t know where to begin. One thing I can say is every now and then I like to take a look at my mint edition of the game complete with the cardboard sleeve and check out the resale value on eBay even though I never have any intention of ever selling it. (Just looked and some sellers “buy it now” price is $700. Just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside you know?)
The game was a monstrous task for the developers. 4 CDs filled to the brim with gaming content and a plot line that would leave you hooked. The battle system is everything you know from the original games and more as it upgrades from the original gun & dragon breath to allow you to change your dragons fight style to be defensive, agile, aggressive or magic based. Random encounters enabled you to learn more about the monsters you fight whilst also being a helluva lot of fun.
This game had it all, even a bunch of special features that only revealed themselves later in the game, specifically in relation to the previous Panzer Dragoon games. There’s also a fantastic moment in the game you completely forget about until the very end. Right at the beginning it will ask you your name. This might seem stupid but trust me when I say put in your own real name. I swear you will not regret it.
The one thing that got me on PDS was not the fighting or the customisational aspect of the game. It was something much more basic. The plot line itself was gripping. These characters were so interesting I wanted to learn all I could about them and the story even after I finished it. This game was and is the sole reason for playing Panzer Dragoon Orta on the original Xbox (hey ignore the bad reviews it got. This gave me a little closure and it felt good. In fact I’m probably going to play it again after writing this).
I guess ultimately I’m a sucker for a good romantic sub plot. You never see relationships with this kind of depth outside jrpgs and it’s sad that the whole genre seems to be playing a back role to games like the Call of Duty or Saints Row series. I spent the whole of Panzer Dragoon Saga desperately hoping that the main character got together with the female lead. It’s not like skyrim where you wear the right amulet, do a quick quest, and you’re married. This brought in true emotion and a storyline you could really enjoy.
That’s what I miss about a lot of games these days. You have a lot of gameplay, a lot of decent action sequences, cool special powers and freaking awesome graphics but what ever happened to a game being like a movie that you could be part of? What happened to the emotional flow?
These days you’re usually either trying to get that adrenaline high or trying to enjoy exploring new locations. I remember the last time a computer game made me so sad I felt like crying and so happy I was smiling for days. That’s this game.
Make Panzer Dragoon Saga 2!!!
From the desk of your benevolent god-king