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Panzer Dragoon Zwei
パンツァードラグーン ツヴァイ

22 Mar 1996

 
 
The first Panzer Dragoon (1995) was an extraordinary game; an amazing mix of simple, precise gameplay and outlandish, dream-like environments. Its cryptic plot and mythical world was aching to be built upon.
Touted as a prequel, Panzer Dragoon Zwei is a phenomenal follow-up - an unbelievably polished masterpiece of a game, that propelled the series into true cult status.
The vivid colors, pastel backgrounds and Moebius-inspired designs of the original Panzer Dragoon have given way to a darker, more gothic setting this time around, and the plot unfolds in an even more eclectic and 'legendary' style, with the characters speaking a strange and entrancing dialect.
The hero's semi-poetic musings suggest that these events have already taken place, and this is nothing but a retelling of a known tale. So - given that this is a prequel, is he the mysterious dragon rider who perishes at the start of the first Panzer Dragoon?
Who knows... Who cares? The game's cryptic storytelling is perfectly suited to the game's architecture, because once again, it's the gameplay that takes center stage: perfectly fluid, responsive and best of all - fair.
There are 5 different endings in total, all of which are weird and twisted dream-like montages, that only hint to what might really be going on.
 

 
 

 
Panzer Dragoon Zwei might well be the finest original production on Sega Saturn this side of Nights (1996). The game is even smoother than the original; and no matter how many times you play through it, it is hard to fault it in any way. The option of selecting multiple routes also adds a nice amount of variety.
The choreographed set-pieces are even more effective this time: every event, motion, and explosion is perfectly synchronized with the soundtrack, creating a unbelievably dramatic experience. Be it smooth, ambient chords while your dragon takes to the air for the first time, or a thumping and pounding theme tune for the head-on attack of a giant flying battleship.
In fact, technically speaking, everything is superb. It runs surprisingly smoothly too, especially considering the Sega Saturn's notorious difficulty with 3D. To many extents, this is as far as the machine can go.
It remains Saturn-only to this day, too. The original was released on no less than four formats, but this one has yet to re-appear - and the same goes for the third game in the series, the epic Azel - Panzer Dragoon RPG (1998).
A nice touch is that the 'Total Play Time' you log into Zwei will automatically become the amount of money you start with in Azel... A nice tongue-in-cheek way of making you play through the game a few more times before getting stuck into the massive journey that is Azel, but that's OK.
After all, legends are meant to be retold.

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Panzer Dragoon Zwei
パンツァードラグーン ツヴァイ

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 22 Mar 1996
Publisher Sega
Product ID GS-9049
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Make way for one of the most accomplished 3D shooting games the world has ever seen.
It is still quite cheap, too - so give it a whirl!

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 26-page colour manual, spine card.

Panzer Dragoon Zwei Original Soundtrack
パンツァードラグーン ツヴァイ オリジナル・サウンドトラック

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 25 Apr 1996
Publisher PolyGram
Product ID POCX-1026
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Original Soundtrack' to Sega's superb sequel.
Includes a 'S.E. Collection'.

CD case, 22-track audio CD (61:12), 12-page colour manual, sticker, spine card.

Panzer Dragoon Zwei Kōshiki Guide Book
パンツァードラグーン ツヴァイ 公式ガイドブック

DIE WELT VON PANZER DRAGOON ZWEI
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 13 June 1996
Publisher ASCII
Product ID ISBN4-89366-529
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.9 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.24
PRICE
STATUS
A superb 'Official Guide Book' for a superb game, full of art and full-page drawings depicting the world of Panzer Dragoon; enemy and monster designs, strategies, massive 3D maps for each stage, and more.

128 pages, 80 in colour, Japanese.

Panzer Dragoon I&II
パンツァードラグーンI&II

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 13 Dec 1996
Publisher Sega
Product ID GS-9124
Size (cm) 14.5 x 12.7 x 2.2
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS
2-in-1 Sega Saturn 'Double Pack' that includes both:
- Panzer Dragoon [GS-9015]
- Panzer Dragoon Zwei [GS-9049]

Both games are identical in every way to their original releases, they simply come bundled together inside a cardboard box featuring original art.

 






PANZER DRAGOON ZWEI
for SEGA SATURN

FULL SCREEN PAUSE
Press X + Y + Z [during pause]

GAME OVER / RESTART STAGE
Press A + B + C + L + R anytime during gameplay

EXTRA RADAR FEATURES
If you have 'Full Instruments' set to ON,
Press A or B on controller 2 anytime during gameplay

PANDRA'S BOX

To open the box:

(1) Complete the game, (2) Get over 2½ hrs play time, or (3) Have a save game of Panzer Dragoon RPG

To open all the options:
(1) Get a 'Best Shot Down Ratio' of 100% and a rank of 'Winged Death', or (2) Accumulate over 30 hrs play time

The Pandora's Box feature is an interesting, if lackluster feature,
it enables the player to customize the game to his or her heart's content.
But the options are not only a bit pointless and ill-explained, but each 'Box Game' disables the save feature.
This makes 'Box Games' a bit of a side-show compared the more productive goals you could be going for:
(1) Getting the 100% shoot down ratio, (2) trying to beat your personal high score, or (3) simply adding time to the clock
The more time you add to the clock, the more money you have at the start of Panzer Dragoon RPG.
There are a total of 10 selectable dragons in the Box Game:


HATCHLING

GLIDELING

WINDRIDER

ARMONITE

BRIGADEWING

SKYDART

TYPE_01

PUP

TYPE_02

GUARDIAN_D

There are 5 different endings, each one with a different staff roll.
Now, it's not very clear what you must do to genuinely get all of them within a normal game.
A certain amount of points are awarded at the end of every stage, depending on
(1) the amount of enemies shot down, and (2) which route you take.
Below is a chart that tries to break down every possible finish.
Maximum points is 24 - this opens the 'TYPE_01' dragon from Panzer 1 and the very flashback-style ending 'D'.

EP 2
Route
Points
(1)
(1)
(1)
(1)
(2)
(2)
<3>
<4>
<4>
<4>
<5>
<5>
EPISODE 3
Form
Route
Points
GLIDELING
GLIDELING
GLIDELING
GLIDELING
GLIDELING
GLIDELING
(1)
(1)
(1)
(2)
(2)
(2)
<7>
<8>
<8>
<9>
<10>
<10>
EPISODE 4
Form
Route
Points
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
(1)
(1)
(2)
(2)
(2)
(3)
<11>
<12>
<13>
<14>
<15>
<16>
EPISODE 5
Form
Route
Points
WINDRIDER
WINDRIDER
ARMONITE
ARMONITE
SKYDART
SKYDART
-
-
-
-
-
-
<15>
<16>
<17>
<18>
<19>
<20>
EPISODE 6
Form
Route
Points
ARMONITE
ARMONITE
ARMONITE
BRIGADEWING
SKYDART
SKYDART
-
-
-
-
-
-
<19>
<20>
<21>
<22>
<23>
<24>
LAST EPISODE
Form
End
BRIGADEWING
BRIGADEWING
BRIGADEWING
BRIGADEWING
SKYDART
TYPE_01
B
B
B
B
C
D

Ending Gallery
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B



C



D



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