• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2003
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8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

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  • Summary: The dragon rises to power once again in Panzer Dragoon: Orta. Dragons, creatures that once ruled the skies, are now mankind's only hope against a dark empire. With humanity at war and on the brink of extinction, it's up to you and your dragon to take to the skies and assist in the rebellion.The dragon rises to power once again in Panzer Dragoon: Orta. Dragons, creatures that once ruled the skies, are now mankind's only hope against a dark empire. With humanity at war and on the brink of extinction, it's up to you and your dragon to take to the skies and assist in the rebellion. On the back of your flying friend, you'll become part of intense chases and battles with powerful enemies. In order to defeat the evil empire, you must master multiple weapons, dragon powers, and advanced attacks. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Looks beautiful, and is one of the best shooters we've ever played.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Another aspect of the controls that could have been painful, but instead turned out flawless and elegant is the camera.
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    Beautiful and inspired, but too short.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Nov 5, 2020
    10
    A very good game, great gameplay, controls, a very, very underestimated classic, today such games are not made
  2. SaskaN.
    Sep 18, 2003
    10
    Best shoot em' up on any platform EVER! Absolutely awesome graphics and gameplay. Now, if those same guys could ever make a new version Best shoot em' up on any platform EVER! Absolutely awesome graphics and gameplay. Now, if those same guys could ever make a new version of R-Type... Expand
  3. LordA.
    Jan 13, 2003
    10
    (import version) Holy ****. This is the best looking game ever made. And the best game ever. Remember the time you first played Sonic? Better (import version) Holy ****. This is the best looking game ever made. And the best game ever. Remember the time you first played Sonic? Better than that. Halo? Better. It's the best game ever. Buy 10 copies. Expand
  4. KeenanS
    Jun 8, 2009
    10
    This game was absolutely incredible and stands as my favorite Xbox game of all time and one of my favorite games of all time as well. This This game was absolutely incredible and stands as my favorite Xbox game of all time and one of my favorite games of all time as well. This game is challenging and is a bitch when it comes to difficulty (Especially some of the bosses). The game has a cool storyline, fantastic and fast-paced on-rails action, and even decent graphics. This game is fantastic and should be bought by anyone who still owns an old Xbox. This was a phenomenal adventure and it's a blast to play! Expand
  5. DaveF.
    Aug 15, 2003
    9
    Yeah you can bicker about its limited freedom and all, but this plays like a better version of the original classic panzer games, with better Yeah you can bicker about its limited freedom and all, but this plays like a better version of the original classic panzer games, with better control, more gameplay elements, and of course some of the best graphics in a video game PERIOD. Awesome game. Bottom line its very fun which is why we all play games in the first place BECAUSE ITS FUN. Expand
  6. Wiseman
    Mar 2, 2003
    8
    I love the graphics and the lightning fast seizure-educing play. It's not really a perfect game, but there wasn't an instant I I love the graphics and the lightning fast seizure-educing play. It's not really a perfect game, but there wasn't an instant I wasn't having fun playing it. I love the art gallery too. Expand
  7. BrittanyT.
    Dec 27, 2002
    0
    Yeah, a shoot 'em up game? No, I don't think so. Bored to pieces in less than five minutes. The freedom the creators sacrificed forYeah, a shoot 'em up game? No, I don't think so. Bored to pieces in less than five minutes. The freedom the creators sacrificed for better graphics was too much. They ruined the game...however, with the ability to maneuver and fire like unreal championship 2 it could definitely win some brownie points. But it doesn't have it, so it won't. Expand

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#9 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
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#6 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003