| Panzer Dragoon Orta |
Genre: Arcade / Shooter
Publisher / Developer: Sega / Smilebit
Released: Europe - March 21, the U.S. game is already out
What good is Xbox? It may sound trite, but many argue something like this: "Bill Gates is stubborn as a mule, so he would not give their console die." Sense of stability and impressive technical parameters Xbox'a sometimes inspire developers to create masterpieces that are, perhaps, will never appear on other platforms. One of those rare gems and a Panzer Dragoon Orta.
Among other things, the game has stunning graphics. Screenshots give about it only a remote idea, because it must be seen in motion. By exciting topics of gameplay and graphics, we'll come back, but now a little digression. In the PDO the plot is very important, which is unusual even for a Japanese arcade. All ten major levels (the main reason - will explain later), "glued" together informative screensavers. The logic of the developers is simple: first, the player must soak up the atmosphere of the game, and only then to indulge in all serious. By themselves, CG-rollers immensely beautiful, but the fantasy world where the events took place that does not look like paradise. Bloodthirsty mutants - the legacy of the war with biological weapons - have multiplied everywhere. But not from them comes the main threat, because the focus of evil is a greedy empire, decided to enslave the world. The domination of tyranny would be inevitable if one day the imperial soldiers did not commit a fatal error. In one raid, they destroyed the prison where his life languishing young woman named Orta (Orta). Escaping to freedom, vengeful girl straddled tucked under the dragon's hand and rushed to administer justice.
However, despite the pace of battle, not only have to rely on reflexes, but also on the brain.The fact that the dragon is able at any moment to transform into one of three forms:
Base Wing - Std. Dragon can move at high speed and shoot a beam of homing lasers. This guise makes no special advantages, but has no apparent weaknesses. In short, against most opponents - the most it.
Glide Wing - This form allows you to maneuver at high speed to ram enemies and hurt. Armor and the main weapon in this case weaker, but Orta appears gun, capable of heavy fire to eliminate flying in your face shells. In the hands of an experienced player Glide Wing - a powerful force.
Heavy Wing - the most narrow profile form. In fact, it is only good against the massive and hulking enemies (bosses, for example), because it has a maximum power and minimum speed. In addition, homing lasers can capture only a small number of targets.
Yet, despite the impressive arsenal available to you from the beginning, this shooter is the same simplicity. Even in the mode of Easy you will not be easy, but say nothing about the Normal and Hard. With proper dexterity to master the basic scenario can be a matter of hours, but apart from him there are also additional, secret. Particularly patient gamer, collected enough points, will play a young imperial pilots and other characters, each of which has its own peculiarities. In short, if you decide to suck all the juices from the PDO, then the passage will take more than a dozen hours.
Beauty - a terrible force. You know it when he lost his life, zaglyadevshis the splendor of the surrounding landscape. High detail impresses no less than the special effects that are simply enchanted. Huge flying fortress bosses, incredible mutants such as land sharks doprygivayuschih from the ground up to the sky - all this makes us forget about the high complexity and in general about the world. Whatever was said, and good graphics can not be underestimated.
Sega decided to keep a sound game series in its original form, so it did not translate the dialogues with the Japanese into English. Music represented not only rhythmic techno tunes, but good symphonic compositions. And as to what I love symphonic music in games, if only you knew. (^_^)