Panzer Dragoon: Remake

Developer: MegaPixel Studio
Publisher: Forever Entrainment
Platforms: Switch
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 26/03/2020
Price: £22.49/$24.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

[ Introduction ]

So it is finally here! The Panzer Dragoon: Remake! Full disclosure Legend of Dragoon and Killer 7 are the only rail shooters I have enjoyed in the past. I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Was it worth the wait?
During a hunt on an unnamed planet, you find an ancient abandoned cave. You witness a fight between two Dragons. After the Prototype Dragon kills the armored Blue Dragon’s pilot, it is up to you to keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower or die trying.
There is not much to say about the story, as that is basically it. A plot is not why you want to play a Rail Shooter typically anyway. It is a nice bonus but not the draw.
Panza Dragoon city

[ Gameplay ]

The gameplay is simple, this being a rail shooter, the dragon is always moving forward. It is up to the player to shoot the enemies and dodge the incoming enemy fire. A single shot is done by pressing B and holding B will do a lock-on attack. 
It is possible to move the camera view in 90 degree turns to move around the Dragon; this is done be pressing LZ or RZ. There is a radar in the top right corner, this shows what angle the enemies are coming from. This is the worst part of the control system, as there is a slight delay after pressing the button. It is really annoying, a lot of health can be lost to this. Besides that issue, the controls are responsive.
The other slight problem with the game is that it is SHORT, very short I finished my first run on normal mode in around 2 hours or so with no deaths. Hard mode took a little longer with a few deaths. I wanted more, it is great that this is a true remake for the game but would have liked a few extra features added.
Panza Dragoon shoot

[ Visual and Perfomance ]

The visuals are stunning, especially if you compare it with the original version. There has been a lot of work put in to making the world of Panzer Dragoon look rich and alive. Even in the distance there are flying creatures. The world has a tone of detail and looks good but could be better to be honest.

Panza Dragoon Dragon

[ Sound ]

The music and sounds have all been updated. Not that there is much time to overly take note as you are dodging all sorts of bullets flying towards you. There is a handy ping when the auto lock on locks of to an enemy.

Panza Dragoon explosion

[ Conclusion ]

Overall Panzer Dragoon: Remake brings a classic game to a modern look. There is not much of a story, so don’t be hoping for anything in depth.  I loved my time with Panzer Dragoon; I just wish it lasted longer though. The controls let it down. I hope this is a sign that the rest of the series will be getting remade in the near future as well. As I said, I wanted more.
If you like this check out our review of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon HERE!

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