Game of Today: Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998)
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a critically acclaimed role-playing video game. It was released for the Sega Saturn and is the third game in the Panzer Dragoon series.
You play as Edge and your mission is to free the world from the will of the Ancients. But you are not alone, a powerful flying dragon will help you to complete your destiny.
The story takes place in an unspecific, post-apocalyptic environment. Angry mutant creatures roams around everywhere and human factions fights for food and other resources.
Gameplay consists of free-roaming exploratory levels, either on dragon or foot, and battles. In the free-roaming levels, the player uses a combination of puzzle-solving and strategic thinking, with frequent interaction with non-player characters in the case of on-foot travel, to progress in the game and further the story.
Combat also plays a large part in the game, with common small enemies and story-centric boss opponents standing in Edge’s way. As with other RPGs, experience points are handed out after successful battles, with the player’s dragon growing in power and ability as it gains levels based on its amount of points. Panzer Dragoon Saga is strongly story-driven, and non-interactive cut scenes, many of which are pre-rendered CG sequences, are frequently used to illustrate important plot sequences.