Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2003

Universal acclaim - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
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  1. A beautiful game - and stands as a landmark 3D shoot 'em up; a refined, well designed and intelligent title and marks a real progression in the genre.
  2. 100
    It's amazing mixture of finely tuned game mechanics, mind-blowing graphics, and stupendous soundtack will leave you nothing short of amazed. It's one of the best shooters ever made and it's LOADED with extras.
  3. One of those games that keeps sucking me back in to play on harder levels or try to get farther in the alternate missions.
  4. While some might say the game is short, you are going to want to play it over and over and over. Add to that the slew of unlockables in this game, and you have one amazing title that will keep you busy for a long time.
  5. The graphics are beautifully rendered, offering enough scenery to nearly distract from the utter chaos that makes up much of the game and the sound supports Dolby 5.1 which means a surround sound that actually helps you locate enemies in gameplay.
  6. May very well be the most gorgeous console game ever made. The game maintains the classic gameplay basis of the original, while introducing enough new aspects, such as dragon morphing, to keep the series fresh.
  7. This game has tons of gameplay to be had if you give it a chance. Smilebit certainly went the extra mile with the extras in this game.
  8. One of the best shooters ever crafted for the Xbox or any system, a graphical delight with enough depth that even after you've completed it once or even a few times, you'll be likely to come back for another play.
  9. 92
    Addictive, fun, and fantastic, this one is a true demonstration of the power of Xbox. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful game, and you won't find a better rail shooter anywhere.
  10. A welcome addition to the Panzer Dragoon series, and can rightly hold its head high as one of the finest shooters ever created.
  11. An outstandingly well-executed game, featuring gameplay that's easy to grasp but rewards continued practice, exceptional graphics and sound, a good story, and a lot of worthwhile extras.
  12. Rather than confusing the player with endless pages of stats or making the controls overly complicated (something Smilebit did with "GunValkyrie"), the company has achieved just the right balance of gameplay, visuals, atmosphere and story line.
  13. Quite possibly, one of the best games available on any console. THIS is what happens when games are Xbox-exclusive.
  14. Those susceptible to motion sickness be warned: Smilebit were able to devote very convincing flight physics to the camera and movements, some of the best ever captured in a videogame cartridge or disc.
  15. Hardcore gamers will savor every beautiful moment of Orta, and they'll keep playing it religiously to unlock the vast trove of amazing secrets - hidden stages, riders, cinemas, and an entire separate game. [Feb 2003, p.157]
  16. 86
    Simply gorgeous. From both a design standpoint and a technological one, Orta is one of the richest experiences you can have involving both your Xbox and your eyes.
  17. netjak
    Unfortunately, Panzer Dragoon Orta came up short, literally, with it's complete lack of actual gameplay. This game felt like more of a coin-op than an actual console game.
  18. Looks beautiful, and is one of the best shooters we've ever played.
  19. 100
    With an excellent story, complex yet intuitive gameplay, and a dragon-size helping of extra features, the game is a joy to play. The only downside is that it eventually ends.
  20. 90
    Like taking a trip through a modern art museum…except all of the paintings are moving, all the sculptures are breathing, and every display is shooting swarms of genetically enhanced laser missiles at the thoughts inside your head.
  21. Another aspect of the controls that could have been painful, but instead turned out flawless and elegant is the camera.
  22. While it is still reasonable to expect a game released in 2003 to feature complete freedom of flight, Panzer Dragoon Orta is perhaps the finest example of its type on any console released to date.
  23. The simple yet addictive gameplay, amazing and strategic boss battles, and wonderful sense of style make it a keeper and a must have for any Xbox owner.
  24. 100
    A plethora of ultrasweet unlockables. [Feb 2003, p.45]
  25. This is the possibly the best game to grace the genre in years. With tons of things to unlock, and considerable replayability, dedicated gamers will enjoy this title for years to come.
  26. Even as a shooter, its superior control, astounding visuals and all-around enjoyable gameplay come together for one hell of ride.
  27. I shudder to think of what it looks like on HDTV... The gorgeous presentation here will likely win all the critical accolades, but there is a tricky genius to Orta's gameplay as well.
  28. Entertainment Weekly
    Orta harkens back to the play style of classic arcade games but blends it with visual panache to become an addictive fantasy novel brought to life. [17 Jan 2003, p.87]
  29. The most beautiful shooter we've ever played. In fact, it's a work of art. [Feb/Mar 2003, p.74]
  30. It's Pandora's Box, a treasure trove of bonuses including extra modes and characters, CG movies, detailed stats, and the original Panzer Dragoon, that will keep gamers coming back. [Feb 2003, p.69]
  31. What makes all of the killing and such so exciting is the detail put into their deaths. Once you blow up an enemy you are treated with tons of particles flying around and colors that will make more than a few eyebrows rise.
  32. Official Xbox Magazine
    A stunning beauty with deep gameplay to match. [Nov 2002]
  33. Panzer Dragoon Orta is a fine action game in a classic style with some new bits of gameplay thrown in. If you are a fan of arcade-style shooters, stop reading now and go buy this game.
  34. Game Informer
    Orta actually comes packed with a few surprising enhancements, injecting some depth into the gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.105]
  35. The game delivers everything you want in this kind of action game--great visuals, replayability, and enough button tapping action that I now have a green circle with a white A permanently tattooed on my thumb.
  36. Play Magazine
    Art is at the core of Panzer Dragoon Orta, and it permeates every facet of the game, from the gross to the subtle. [Jan 2003, p.24]
  37. Cheat Code Central
    Sure, rail shooters may be considered old-school, but Panzer Dragoon Orta is the definitive rail shooter. It's what rail shooters have long aspired to become; it's an evolved specie.
  38. The sound and music don't particularly damage this offering, but could have been a lot better considering the quality put into the gameplay and graphics.
  39. 80
    Often the game throws ten or twenty enemies on screen at once, together with goodness knows how many bullets, but the framerate is pretty much solid throughout.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#49 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Heath
    Mar 15, 2005
    There is essentially no freedom of movement in this game. It's nothing but pretty graphics and alot of button smashing. I was bored with There is essentially no freedom of movement in this game. It's nothing but pretty graphics and alot of button smashing. I was bored with it in the first 20 minutes. Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2014
    As you can see, the negative reviews are complete baloney and make no good points about any supposed flaws in this game. In reality, this isAs you can see, the negative reviews are complete baloney and make no good points about any supposed flaws in this game. In reality, this is the king of rail shooters. It takes a ton of skill and practice to complete the game even on normal mode, and the mechanics are very deep. You have a lot more freedom to move and shoot than any other rail shooter out there, as you can pan the camera 360 degrees to shoot things all around you. You can even move around bosses, literally, to the front, sides, and back, as you please. Add to all this the ability to change dragon forms between 3 different dragons, and a complex leveling system, and you have a crazy gem of a game. There's absolutely loads of replay value here, too. Besides just trying to master the main game, you can unlock special scenarios and the original full Panzer Dragoon game that came out on the Sega Saturn. The only flaws the game has are just in figuring out how the heck to beat some of the bosses, but as this does add to the replay and challenge, it's really no big deal. With a beautiful shooter like Orta packaged with the original classic game, you have to give this game a high score. The effort they put forth is tremendous, and it shows. Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    Perfect Game. 10 fast levels, with a magnificent gameplay skill-based and a lot of tough boss battle. The graphic is awesome, expecially forPerfect Game. 10 fast levels, with a magnificent gameplay skill-based and a lot of tough boss battle. The graphic is awesome, expecially for the year of release, musics also are good. The background story is really interesting and it's a shame that Panzer Dragoon Saga, the "prequel", is so expensive to buy...and rare to buy. This game introduced me inside the "Panzer Dragoon world", Orta is probably one of my favourite game of all time. Hope that Sega (maybe with Nintendo?) one day will retake this series again...
    10/10, brilliant, perfect, awesome.
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