Panzer Dragoon Saga
We promised you an update on this hot new RPG, and here it is. As we've said before, Panzer Saga is a role-playing game that takes place in the mystical Panzer universe (a sort of Mad Maxish futuristic world where wars are fought with ancient biological weapons). A long and well-rendered intro will immediately immerse players in this world.
When the game starts, you'll find yourself walking around in a 3-D world. To perform actions, you must pull up a targeting sight. You can move this sight over objects to check them out (a twist on the old cursor- over-the-hot-spot gameplay of graphical adventures like Discworld).
After a while, you'll encounter your mount: a friendly dragon who saves you from certain death. From this point on, you can fly around anywhere you want (but you still use the targeting sight to look for items or activate switches and such).
The early levels are pretty straightforward. This means the game follows a linear plot line (yes, you have complete freedom of movement, but the game guides you along where the programmers intend you to go). Throughout your travels, in-game cinemas and full-motion video will weave the story together, like in Sony's Final Fantasy VII.
Also, as in most RPGs, fights will interrupt your adventure. Panzer Saga's battle engine combines elements from the previous Panzer games with a unique half turn-based, half real-time system. Once an encounter starts, a three-step time meter will begin to charge up. When the first level is full, you can perform a simple action (like shoot your carried weapon). You can wait longer, however, for the second or third step. This will give you access to the more powerful attacks, like the dragon's berserk powers (which cost magic points and is earned through level raises). The downside? While you're waiting for the time meter to fill all the way up, you're susceptible to enemy attacks, which won't wait for you.
This is no ordinary crossover of genres. Panzer Dragoon Saga is a unique RPG with never-before-seen gameplay ideas. Fans of the two shooter/action games in the series should feel right at home with this spin-off. It has the same high-quality music, graphics and ambience Panzer I and II have. If you're looking for something different and epic, keep an eye out for this one.
MANUFACTURER - Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
THEME - RPG
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
Forget about the super-deformed characters, talking animals and cutesy story lines of most old-school RPGs. Panzer Dragoon Saga is a dark role-playing game that immerses you in a grim world so real, you'd think you were watching an epic movie.
The long (more than 10 minutes) intro introduces you to the Panzer universe, where nations war with ancient weapons dug up from the bowels of the planet. You play as Edge, a young guard on a remote excavation site. Your adventure starts when a turncoat general assassinates your captain and steals a mysterious artifact from your post. We don't want to spoil any more of the story for you (since it's one of the strongest points of this four-CD game), but let's just say it will draw you into its strange and fascinating world like very few RPGs can.
Another highlight of Panzer Dragoon Saga is its amazing combat system. Fighting works a bit similar to the Final Fantasy RPGs, where you act in turns after short time increments. In Panzer, however, you have three time meters. As they build up, you get access to different actions and more powerful attacks.
But a Panzer game couldn't be complete without elements from the previous games in the series.
In Saga, you can circle around opponents in 90-degree increments, looking for weak spots and staying out of harm's way Oust as you would in Saga's two shooter predecessors). Be careful, though-you'll be penalized for wasting too much time in combat. The faster you kill an enemy, the more experience points and better items you'll receive.
With its well-blended mix of science fiction and fantasy, and its unique and revolutionary combat system, Panzer Saga will be a role-playing experience unlike anything you've played before.
2016-09-07 Panzer Dragoon Saga game added.