Panzer Dragoon Remake Review (PlayStation 4)

On a far, lone planet, you encounter two dragons awaken from the ancient times. Armed with a deadly gun from the past, and the guidance of your armored blue dragon, you must fulfill your destiny and keep the Prototype Dragon from reaching the Tower.

 

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 8.42gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Input choice-modern and classic.
  • 3 difficulties-easy/normal/hard.
  • Photo mode.
  • Uses a DS4 speaker.
  • On rails shooter gameplay.
  • Full stats section showing games played, accuracy, enemies killed and playtime etc.
  • Enhanced cutscenes.
  • Original soundtrack-on/off.
  • Movement-you change direction of view in 45-degree implements.
  • Settings-aim auto lock=on/off, classic reticule=on/off, and hide in-game Hud.
  • Shoot and lock-on missiles.
  • Gorgeous locations.
  • Big boss fights.
  • Has better graphics fidelity than the Nintendo Switch version.
  • Fun to play.
  • Dripping in nostalgia.

Cons:

  • Long loading times.
  • No leaderboards.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Short game.
  • Lock-on has a learning curve to it.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

I’m old enough to have experienced this game the first time around and I thought it was a thing of beauty then. Today it has had a complete overhaul and to be honest it’s how I remembered the original game! The cutscenes are all remastered and just overall you can feel the love from the devs. Unfortunately, the gameplay is very dated, and with no new additions, the game shows its age. It has a place and for us old gamers it’s proper lush, new players will pick it up eventually and have a good time but a short time. I personally like it and want more but I am sad that it is shorter and more basic than I remember. Make no bones about it though, the PlayStation 4 version is the definitive version with more tweaks, fixes, and additions over the Nintendo Switch version.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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