From remakes to remasters, PC owners have good reason to be wary of console ports. It’s rare when one makes it over the tracks without being a convulsing mess, leaving players wondering what they just shelled out their hard-earned money for. Even rarer these days are for ones launched on less powerful consoles such as the Nintendo Switch. Well, some good news for fans of this 1995 Sega classic. First announced last October, the Panzer Dragoon: Remake was released last week to PC and then PS4 yesterday.
Synopsis of Reviews
Reviews for the PC version of this remake are currently sparse. However, DSOG has done its own testing using an Intel i9-9900K paired with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. It tested the game at 4K. Now, this hardware might seem like overkill, but we have seen how poorly optimized console ports can tax hardware even more powerful than this. So the good news is that the game played at a pretty solid 60 FPS in 4K. The bad news is that it’s capped at 60 FPS. It should also be noted that GPU was averaging around 40 percent usage, which could mean less powerful systems may have similar results at 4K.
A quick search across the internet, and the most common complaints about this remake is that it may recreate the original Sega version too accurately. Some consider the controls or other game design aspects to be outdated. There is an updated control option, but one thing that remains is how this game is short. It can be completed within a few hours. Those wanting an epic-sized experience might not be happy with it.
Availability and Minimum Specs
Panzer Dragoon: Remake is currently available for PC on Steam and GOG. Each currently has it on sale for 10 percent off at $22.49. They list the minimum CPU and GPU requirements as Intel Core i5-2200 and NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290, respectively. For storage, a humble 8 GB is all that’s needed. The PS4 version is available on the PlayStation Store for $24.99.