YMMV / Panzer Dragoon

  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Dermont's Ranch in the Pandora's Box of Saga. "Strange" is putting it nicely.
  • Broken Base:
    • The soundtracks for the first two games. Some fans of the first game's orchestral songs were disappointed that Zwei's soundtrack lacked similar songs and deem it inferior for that very reason. Many others believe that the atmospheric soundtrack for Zwei easily stands its own against its predecessor.
    • Most fans see Orta as the fourth canon entry in the series, especially since former members of the disbanded Team Andromeda were involved with the game. But there are some, including Futatsugi himself, who believe the story ended with Saga and view Orta as a separate entry, as the game wasn't developed by the original team.
    • Which is the best Rail Shooter in the series? Orta or Zwei?
  • Crack Is Cheaper:
    • Saga is the Suikoden II of the Sega Saturn, both being one of the rarest and priciest games for their respective systems. Unfortunately, the loss of the original source code axes any chance of porting the game to another system.
    • A thankful aversion with Orta, which is fairly cheap and abundant.
  • Cult Classic: The whole series, with special mention to Orta - widely considered to be not just one of the best installments, but one of the best (and best-looking) Rail Shooters ever made, as well as a loving Grand Finale to the franchise.
  • Even Better Sequel: All of them. Zwei is widely considered to be superior to the first game on all counts (although opinions vary between the soundtracks), with the introduction of the Berserk mechanic, a more fluid framerate, and better replay value through multiple paths and the dragon's evolution. Despite being an RPG, Saga was received even better and hailed as a masterpiece with gorgeous graphics that pushed the system to its limits, explored the series' world in depth with a great story and memorable characters, avoided many of the common RPG clichés, and introduced a unique battle combat system, all while maintaining everything the series was known for. Orta takes a page from Zwei and improves upon it by implementing elements taken from Saga's battle system, such as positioning and changing dragon forms in real time.
  • Growing the Beard: The original game was a unique rail shooter that showed off what the Saturn was capable of and introduced players to the world of Panzer Dragoon. But Zwei really established the series' mysterious desolate but gorgeous atmosphere, sound direction and lore that would be further explored in Saga, while streamlining the gameplay to deliver a more fluid experience with improved replay value.
  • Hype Backlash: The heavy prices a complete version of Saga commands will usually blunt a potential fan's opinion of the game as they don't feel it's worth the investment.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The rider in the first game's initial cutscene, who is never identified. Fan speculation about him is all over the place.
  • That One Attack: The second and third form of the Final Boss in Orta will start using the same Homing Lasers as the dragon's, making it impossible to evade. Naturally, the best way to counter this is to fire your own at the boss' lasers, cancelling each other out. The problem is the timing is considerably strict - too early or too late will result in a few lasers still taking a chunk out of the dragon's Hit Points.
  • That One Level: In Saga, the Underground Passage in Uru. Since the dragons are absent, a Floater is used instead, which is capped at a Laser Rank of 0 and has no special berserk abilities. The real issue is that it cannot go up slopes, and the maze-like dungeon is filled with them, meaning that not only is it easy to get lost, but any missteps and you'll be doing a lot of backtracking. If you're going for a 100% Completion rate for map exploration, you'll need to explore every area and backtrack some more before raising the water.
  • Uncanny Valley: Spectacularly averted with Orta, which boasts some of the best character designs and facial animations (for Orta) of any original Xbox title.
  • Video-Game Movies Suck: There was a Panzer Dragoon OAV produced in the 1990s. 25 minutes of Flat Characters, nonsensical plot, bottom-of-the-barrel Limited Animation and horribly Obvious CGI. It was universally panned, and ended up on several — er, well, just about every "Worst Anime of All Time" list. Outside Japan, it was only released on VHS by the now-defunct ADV Films, and hasn't been picked up by any other licensor.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Saga easily boasts some of the best visuals on the Saturn. The ability to alter the dragon's Voluntary Shapeshifting for each of its forms is quite an impressive technical feat, especially considering the console was not designed for 3D. The game's In-Universe Game Clock is also impressive by the system's standards, particularly in Zoah where sunset soon becomes night. Orta has this all over, with special mention towards the episodes "Forbidden Memories" and "The End of Destiny".
  • The Woobie:
    • Azel becomes this towards the end of Saga after she loses Atolm, her lifelong companion, and Craymen, the man who woke her, undergoes her Heel–Face Turn and loses her sense of purpose. She slowly becomes more human when she and Edge traverse the Tower for one last time, all before she declares her love for him and loses him as well. When Sestren and the Towers are destroyed, she goes to the ends of the earth in a vain attempt to find him.
    • Orta. She's been locked up alone in a tower most of her life, feared by the Seekers who see her as a weapon only useful for war, and has no friends or known family. Then she gets attacked by the Empire. When Mobo takes her to his village, the elder Ponta can see it's all left her resentful and bitter at the world. Thankfully, things change when they invite her to stay with them and when she later discovers her origins. Then, at the end of her journey, the dragon that saved her life dies, but thankfully, the epilogue shows she's no longer alone.

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