Today's game from my #segasaturn collection is #panzerdragoonsaga
Although I feel the #panzerdragoonseries was generally at its best when the games were shooters, the universe and background story was more than engaging enough to merit deeper exploration - and an #RPG was probably the best vehicle at the time through which to do that.
Fortunately, #teamandromeda had the commonsense to realise that - as #panzerdragoon and #panzerdragoonzwei were both on-rails shooters - making Saga as accessible as possible would be a good move, and so did. And the game really shone.
Trademark Panzer elements survived, but were adapted to suit the RPG gameplay perfectly. But it was never obstructive - and even if you'd never played a #JRPG before, you could get used to it quickly and easily enough.
And the package as a whole worked so well. The gameplay had a decent blend of slower-paced and action bits. The story was engaging, and offered real insight into the world of Panzer Dragoon. And while long, it wasn't too long.
The accessibility also had one other plus point: with Sega's arcade AM teams focusing more and more on the Model 3 and NAOMI boards (neither of which would see games ported to Saturn), RPGs were fast becoming a major part of Sega's remaining Saturn output - and #panzersaga was a great entry point for those of us more in tune with arcade ports.
Ultimately, I still prefer Panzer Zwei. But Saga was a massively important part of the series, and am delighted to own a PAL copy of it.
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