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  • Summary: Many generations have passed since the human colonists of Planet Draco lost contact with Earth, and they have reached a fragile truce with the native dragons. Now they face the return of an old threat, a colossal destroyer known as the White Phantom. In Crimson Dragon, use Kinect to controlMany generations have passed since the human colonists of Planet Draco lost contact with Earth, and they have reached a fragile truce with the native dragons. Now they face the return of an old threat, a colossal destroyer known as the White Phantom. In Crimson Dragon, use Kinect to control your dragon and repel the violent enemy life forms. Teach your dragon new skills, and train it to become strong enough to face combat in harder missions. Bring your trained dragon online to take on missions in co-op. Expand

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Crimson Dragon - E3 2013 Announcement Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 39
  2. Negative: 10 out of 39
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    A pleasant surprise. As a massive fan of the Panzer series, I was worried that this wouldn't quite honor it, but there's plenty here for gamers who have been longing for an entry since 2003's Orta. There are some mechanical problems, but any old-school rail shooter fan will be able to handle them.
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Its pretty world and detailed monsters are slightly offset by a lack of variety, and its free flying segments feel kind of pointless when they don't let you do anything you otherwise couldn't on-rails. But its score-based, arcade core and digestible levels will keep you coming back for more until you're sittin' pretty on top of the leaderboards.
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    65
    It needs a long period of adaptation, since the complex controls match the complex gameplay we're facing. Crimson does have its audience, but maybe it's not wide enough for a launch title.
  4. Nov 26, 2013
    55
    As long as you go in not expecting a life changing experience, there’s an afternoon or two of enjoyment to be had here.
  5. Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Despite some quality visual design, Crimson Dragon is a rough-shod, clumsy experience that yields little gameplay depth or variety and frequently threatens to nickel-and-dime players.
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    50
    It’s during its harder moments that Crimson Dragon pushes you away. A combination of heavy handling and poor communication make you feel hoodwinked rather than outmatched, and the ability to buy continues with Gems you’ve purchased with real money sullies the challenge. It’s a good job that the Zen gardens of those easier levels are always there to return to.
  7. Nov 18, 2013
    35
    If Crimson Dragon had been released for iOS or Android devices at a cheaper price, it would be one of the year’s more interesting releases. Instead, the final product is a rushed, homogenized mess of a game that fails to live up to its loosely associated pedigree.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    I’ve been playing Crimson non-stop (tired). First, I’m a huge Panzer/shooter fan so I must thank the team for actually bringing this game toI’ve been playing Crimson non-stop (tired). First, I’m a huge Panzer/shooter fan so I must thank the team for actually bringing this game to the XBOX. I have to say the gameplay is nothing like the reviews describe. There is a ton of replayability, Ive evolved/unlocked multiple dragons, collected a variety of different skills (lasers of death) and have a ton of cash for more stuff. The levels are gorgeous, but of course I was not expecting much visually from a game that only costs $20. Having wingman you can hire from other players is pretty neat especially since you get rewarded if players use yours. Also I liked the free flight areas, it was nice being able to go faster or stop and float to hit key spots on the bosses.

    Is the game hard? Yes, if you are playing Classic. But that’s what I love about the game. If Crimson was easy, I would have been disappointed. But there is a Casual mode, which I assume is less difficult for people who just want to see the story or are simply not good at shooters. I should note that a wingman is a must if you are playing classic mode, you will get pwned if you do not bring one. I read complaints about MTX, but I never needed to use it. It seems MTX options are there if event you want something quickly. But again, the missions give you aton of cash so I never needed it.

    One small wish item, it would have been nice to swtich the controls to something more like the old Panzer games where the reticle was fixed to the dragon. Not a biggy as the new controls are easy to pickup.

    In summary, for $20, you’ll get an awesome shooter with lots of repalyability. I for one am looking forward to seeing the next designation of Draco.
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  2. Jun 4, 2016
    10
    Why didn't I know about this game sooner? I'd love to elaborate on why I think this game didn't get the credit it deserved but I'll spare theWhy didn't I know about this game sooner? I'd love to elaborate on why I think this game didn't get the credit it deserved but I'll spare the corporation bashing for private discussion. So I'll skip to the review. Any fan of titles like Panzer Dragoon will love this game. The controls are clunky until you get past the FPS pre-programming of games like CoD. Your aim does not have to change just because you move your dragon. Now to the micro pay option, what a bummer that this didn't work out. Think about it for a second, if you absolutely love the game but now all your dragons are leveled. With games without micropay that's the end of game over thanks for playing. But wait this game had micropay so now you can invest in the game and who knows maybe enough people feel the same way and oh wait what's this now there is a new dragon to play with did they just say there coming out with 2 more in a few more months. how is this any different from oh I don't know lets say CoD lately or any other game on the market these days. But reputable publicity companies tear into this games micropay option, which i have yet to feel pressured in anyway to buying anything at all. So Crimson Dragon gets killed before it can even grow. For what it's worth I think this company did a great job on this game and will continue to show my support Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2013
    10
    I believe Crimson Dragon is a prequel to Panzer Dragoon.

    Did you love Panzer Dragoon? Then you will love this too. It feels like a classic
    I believe Crimson Dragon is a prequel to Panzer Dragoon.

    Did you love Panzer Dragoon? Then you will love this too. It feels like a classic Sega arcade game with some modern sensibilites. You control the dragon flight with one analogue, the shooting reticle with the other. It takes a certain time, but you finally achieve a "flow" created by the gameplay, outstanding visuals (some reviewers have called it ugly? I don't get it. It's very Moebius.) and the awesome music.

    When playing this game, I'm always smiling. I'm so happy to be playing what I consider a prequel to Panzer Dragoon. You see, the story tells of humans recently arriving on this planet populated by dragons, then they start getting infected and some survivors can bond with their dragons. They also start discovering some ancient ruins. If you know your Panzer history, you totally realize that this could be the background for when Panzer begins, except Panzer is probably thousands of years in the future of Crimson. The "ancient" technology looks very similar and the "bonding" with dragons, which is common in Panzer, but just beginning here in Crimson.

    As you keep on playing, it opens up and you can feed & evolve dragons, just like Panzer Dragoon Saga! You start off with some dragon powers, but you eventually get some that act pretty much like the original Panzer lasers you remember, you just don't start off with them. You equip/gain dragon powers, like you would equip weapons in RPG's.

    I remember when Panzer Dragoon came out. It was criticized for the horrible frame rate (15fps), rough graphics (even for a Saturn Game) and the on-rails gameplay. Reviews were average. Later came Panzer Dragoon Zwei, which got way better reviews due to it being more polished and having higher production values. Then came Panzer Dragoon Saga which was a culmination of all three and was just an outstanding action RPG.

    I can tell from most of the "professional" reviews, that all they know about Panzer Dragoon is that it was a Saturn game. By reading the reviews, they make no mention of its gameplay history and background, just that a few members of the team worked on it. However, Panzer Dragoon was not regarded as a classic back then, but only through time (and its sequels) has it gained that achievement. None of the reviewers seem to acknowledge this.

    If this game had been $60, I would give it a 8 or 9. However, it's $20. The cinematics are mostly hand-drawn images. You can tell they just put all their money into the gameplay sections. And that's ok. If we get a full $60 game, I would expect super-cool CG cinematics. Let's hope they can do that in a new "prequel". I am glad someone at Microsoft took the chance on this team and this game. Congrats!
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  4. Feb 23, 2016
    8
    The gameplay for Crimson Dragon is a (small) step down from its spiritual predecessors like Panzer Dragoon Orta and Panzer Dragoon 2, howeverThe gameplay for Crimson Dragon is a (small) step down from its spiritual predecessors like Panzer Dragoon Orta and Panzer Dragoon 2, however I found the levels, graphics, and extras more than made up for that. I found that there's tons of stuff to do in Crimson Dragon, more so than in its (spiritual) predecessors. CD boasts a large extras section called "Dragon Roost" that will allow you to upgrade and modify your dragons. Dragon Roost is a spectacular mode that will be sure to keep you coming back for more. Besides the (hidden & unlockable) films, illustrations and records options available in CD, there's also plenty of playable levels featuring tons of different dragons. I personally love the option of being able to hire a wingman in order to help me beat a level or area. Something else that's also completely unique to Crimson Dragon is the boss fights. I'd say about 50% of all boss fights are not on rails, which really mixes things up and gives the game another layer.

    Though it belongs to the limiting genre of rail shooters, Crimson Dragon still rises up to become a great game that doesn't necesarily soar above my expectations, but it did at least meet them. Even as a shooter, its good controls, astounding visuals, and all-around enjoyable gameplay come together for one hell of ride.
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  5. Dec 27, 2013
    8
    For a $20 download game, this is a steal. It honestly feels like it could have been a full release. While it's not exactly that next-gen inFor a $20 download game, this is a steal. It honestly feels like it could have been a full release. While it's not exactly that next-gen in any way, I didn't want a Xbox One so that every game I played would be somehow objectively better than past games, and I certainly didn't expect LAUNCH titles to be able to make the most of the hardware. What launch titles can? Looking at it as a game, it's the first on-rail shooter I ever played which lets you target enemies separately from your own movement. This means you can fly right while shooting to the left. In the past, if you had to dodge bullets the opposite direction from an enemy, you'd potentially miss your chance to hit something. While this can be frustrating to learn how to use properly, it's really no less of an improvement than going from Wolfenstein 3D to Quake in terms of how much more control it gives the player. Some people complain about the grinding, but there is really none. Replaying a level to get a better score, master the game, and get more items is not grinding. If that's grinding, then EVERY shooter is grindy. Think about what progression was like in other Panzer Dragoon games or even Star Fox. You would play until you got a Game Over, then replay the same levels over and over until you won. If the game feels too hard for you, you can change the difficulty to casual, too. One thing I love in this game is the different abilities and and dragon types. The options you have to change your weaponry are huge, and make a real difference. Microtransactions aren't an issue because there's nothing you can buy with money that can't be easily won in the game. I don't even know why they bothered giving you that option. The game is not designed around that at all. Overall, if you enjoy on-rails shooters like this then you can't pass this up for $20. Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2014
    7
    When I initially saw the mediocre reviews of the game when the Xbox launched last year, I just skipped this game and forgot about it. ThanksWhen I initially saw the mediocre reviews of the game when the Xbox launched last year, I just skipped this game and forgot about it. Thanks to Games With Gold I got a chance to play it anyways and so far, I'm very glad for that.

    Microtransactions in the game seems to be the real downfall for everyone, yet they're just annoying in the beginning but quickly after half a days work (and without paying a penny might I add) there's no reason to worry about them. For example; In the beginning you earn about 2000 credits and start out with 15000 overall. Items will cost 10000-14000 credits, which seems ridiculous. But about the time you get to evolve your first dragon (for me atleast) you start earning 15000 credits every mission, no problems.

    There are six dragons to fly with four attributes total. All of the dragons can evolve and learn secondary attacks with diffirent attributes from their own. You can also change the core attribute of your dragon if you have the items for it. Items for evolving and changing attributes are found in levels, mostly the items are attained from rare monsters that (seem to) pop up every so often but not necessarily in the same level as you saw them the first time.
    The only problem I have with the six dragons is that there seem to be an unbalance. I haven't encountered it by myself yet since it seems like I'm so early in the game. But you can tell by the next cool little segment.

    In the game you can hire a wingman with credits, yeah hire, around 10000-11000 each and they only stick around a set amount of missions. Here's where you will find out which dragons are the best. In the beginning you have wingmen produced by the game but when you start hiring, it's other player's dragons, how they've evolved it and their attributes. Most of them (everytime I hire one) are fully evolved, max leveled light attributes. The best attack I've seen so far comes from those dragons, a little unbalanced but nothing gamebreaking.

    The story is simple but nice and I guess more of it would make sense if you've played Panzer Dragoon (which I have not). Graphics are more of what you would expect from the 360 but it's not an ugly game considering how the scenery looks. B-E-A-utiful world.

    Now to Gameplay, pretty simple aswell, it's an on-rails shooter so if you miss an enemy, he's gone. Eventually you'll go into a free-flight mode to fight big monster bosses. That mode is frustrating as heck, luckily, it doesn't happen very often.

    -Would I have bought it if it wasn't offered on GWG? Nope
    -Am I glad it was offered? Yes I am
    -Would I have bought it if I knew how much I'd like it if it wasn't offered on GWG? Yeah, actually yes.
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  7. Mar 30, 2017
    1
    On se croirait revenu dans les années 90 avec cet ersatz décomposé de Rebel Assault : du prédirigé précalcuchié où on bouge un curseur et onOn se croirait revenu dans les années 90 avec cet ersatz décomposé de Rebel Assault : du prédirigé précalcuchié où on bouge un curseur et on tire. Pas très beau de surcroît, c'est peu de le dire, voire carrément de mauvais goût. Rien à garder, le reste à jeter aux oubliettes des étrons vidéo-très-vaguement-ludiques et d'un pathétique affligeant. Expand

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