The film Just had its first screening at the National Film Theatre in London and went down really well. It seemed to make quite a few people cry which was a really great thing to see happen.
I thought while I’m here that I would mention a bit about why I first fell in love with the Panzer Dragoon series. I have read a lot on the forums about people discovering the series through Zwei or Saga or Orta etc, but it wasnt the games that got me it was the cut scenes.
When I was a kid I wanted a Saturn but my parents wouldn’t get me one. I wanted it because I had a marketing VHS that showed game footage and cutscenes from titles such as Clockwork knight and Panzer Dragoon.
The panzer dragoon exert on the VHS blew me away! I had never seen CG animation before, and the world it depicted was unlike anything I’d ever encountered. Hunters with crossbows riding on strange beasts (i wouldn’t know they were called Coolias for years) being overtaken by an oared, flying battleship. It was breathtaking, inspiring in me a lifelong love of distant post-apocalyptic worlds with the same discrepancies in technology as crossbows and battleships.
The dragon duel was amazing and i think the Sky Rider getting shot was the first time I’d ever seen an animated character die. I particularly loved the shot where Kyle and Lagi fly off and pass over the two hunters in the canyon.
The gameplay preview was also impressive and the music made a lasting impression.
My parents never did fork out for a Saturn (not that I blame them) and it was more than a decade before I came across Panzer dragoon again in the form of Orta for the 360. The think that persuaded me to buy it was the promise of the original game included as an extra.
So I bought Orta, loved it. Then bought a Saturn of ebay and got Ein, Zwei and Saga and loved them too. I have found them a hugely rewarding series to follow, but all in all the original has to be my favourite because that cutscene made me yearn to play it for so many years.
I wonder if anyone else came to Panzer Dragoon this way? Anyone else get that VHS? I can’t remember how I came to have it.