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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 Some consider the controls or other game design aspects to be outdated.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.

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Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

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  1. I held off on getting the Switch version cuz I knew it was coming to PC. Ironic that now every current platform has it, except for XB1, when Panzer Dragoon 3 (Orta) was exclusive to original Xbox. I still play Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei on my Saturn and PD Orta to this day. Orta looks awesome with XB1 back-compat. Waiting to see if they do a remake of 2. 3 doesn’t even need a remake, it just needs a good port to PC.

  2. [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 19348, member: 1298″]
    I got excited that this would be some WWII Tank game. 🙁
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    Couldn’t tell you how many times over the years I though the same. Never had this game but heard about it a lot. I did have a game on the PS1 called Omega boost which shared a number of similar characteristics.
    [MEDIA=reddit]retrogaming/comments/7bnmf5[/MEDIA]

  3. [QUOTE=”Eduardo_Domingot, post: 19338, member: 246″]
    I had no idea this was coming but I am happily shocked.
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    Yeah the game has had a Steam page up since last year, so it’s been on my wishlist for a while. I think it was announced that it was coming to PC shortly after it was announced for Switch. What [I]did[/I] surprise me is that it was also released on GOG, which is awesome.

    I don’t re-play PD1 anywhere near as much as I re-play 2 and 3 (framerate, graphics, and input response just don’t compare to PD2, and PD2’s multiple paths and dragon forms give it a lot more replayability), but I’m definitely looking forward to getting some time in with this remake.

    [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19355, member: 87″]
    I did have a game on the PS1 called Omega boost which shared a number of similar characteristics.
    [MEDIA=reddit]retrogaming/comments/7bnmf5[/MEDIA]
    [/QUOTE]
    Thanks for sharing that video. That was a good look at Omega Boost. I definitely didn’t know some of the information presented in there. That’s a game I sadly did not get to spend much time with. I really need to rectify that one of these days.

  4. [QUOTE=”DrezKill, post: 19391, member: 230″]
    Thanks for sharing that video. That was a good look at Omega Boost. I definitely didn’t know some of the information presented in there. That’s a game I sadly did not get to spend much time with. I really need to rectify that one of these days.
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    Back then I was pretty hardcore with Gran Turismo so I was keen on seeing what they could do with this style game. Still got the original rom for it and fire it up everyone once in a while in an emulator. It’s one of those games I’d always hoped would’ve gotten a modern remake. Pure button-mashing madness!

  5. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19396, member: 87″]
    Back then I was pretty hardcore with Gran Turismo so I was keen on seeing what they could do with this style game. Still got the original rom for it and fire it up everyone once in a while in an emulator. It’s one of those games I’d always hoped would’ve gotten a modern remake. Pure button-mashing madness!
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    Gran Turismo is the only thing that makes me consider buying a PlayStation every generation.

  6. [QUOTE=”Eduardo_Domingot, post: 19426, member: 246″]
    Gran Turismo is the only thing that makes me consider buying a PlayStation every generation.
    [/QUOTE]
    I bought a PS4 Pro fully expecting at least one Gran Turismo. Every gen before this had two, not one. You can imagine how I felt when it was confirmed there will be no new GT within this generation.

  7. [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 19428, member: 1298″]
    I bought a PS4 Pro fully expecting at least one Gran Turismo. Every gen before this had two, not one. You can imagine how I felt when it was confirmed there will be no new GT within this generation.
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    Well, the sorta good news is that I think I heard there’s one in the pipeline for PS5. I thought I read that somewhere in the last year. I used to love GT not just for racing but it was like having a virtual racing car encyclopedia accessible through a controller, that is once you had all the cars unlocked. Sometimes I’d spend hours just comparing stock specs of things. Good memories.

  8. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 19436, member: 87″]
    Well, the sorta good news is that I think I heard there’s one in the pipeline for PS5. I thought I read that somewhere in the last year. I used to love GT not just for racing but it was like having a virtual racing car encyclopedia accessible through a controller, that is once you had all the cars unlocked. Sometimes I’d spend hours just comparing stock specs of things. Good memories.
    [/QUOTE]
    I wont lie I still fire up Gran Turismo 1 on a PS1 Emulator and relive my childhood haha. That game might not be pretty but it was still damn good.

  9. I inherited an OG Xbox a long while back and seem to recall a Panzer Dragoon game. Of course the thing died shortly after I got it (probably why I got it for free).

  10. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 19452, member: 297″]
    I inherited an OG Xbox a long while back and seem to recall a Panzer Dragoon game. Of course the thing died shortly after I got it (probably why I got it for free).
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    Yeah, that was the 3rd game (4th in the series), Panzer Dragoon Orta, which to this day remains exclusive to the original Xbox. A fantastic and difficult game. I remember saying back when it came out that it did a good job of using that GeForce 3-based GPU. Looks really good now on XB1.

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