Round Up: Crimson Dragon Reviews Not Soaring as High as Expected
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Stuck in the middle
Worrisome news, on-rail shooting fans. Crimson Dragon, the spiritual successor to the cult favorite Panzer Dragoon series, is earning itself a bevy of mediocre reviews. Currently sitting at a 54 on Metacrtic, reviewers have taken issue with the cumbersome control scheme and underwhelming visual presentation. Overall, not very many people seem to find the quality of Crimson Dragon meeting the standards set by the series it's styled after, but there are a couple glimmers of optimism.
Here's the rundown.
A pleasant surprise. As a massive fan of the Panzer series, I was worried that this wouldn't quite honor it, but there's plenty here for gamers who have been longing for an entry since 2003's Orta. There are some mechanical problems, but any old-school rail shooter fan will be able to handle them.
Just don't expect anything particularly "next-gen" about the game. The visuals are reminiscent of any given game from the end of the X360 or PS3's life cycle. This is an update to an old style of gameplay, but there's not a lot new here. There's a lot of old to love, though.
Though Crimson Dragon has a slight next gen aesthetic, the controls are unintuitive and sluggish – proving that you can’t change the recipe after you’ve started cooking.
There's a solid game somewhere in here, but it's one that continually trips over itself and the big name game of old it's filling in for. All in all, it's a bitter reunion for Panzer Dragoon fans.
I could forgive all of these missteps, the weird microtransactions, the underwhelming graphics, the off-kilter systems, if, on a very basic level, it was fun. It's not. Crimson Dragon manages to take riding on a sweet flying dragon and make it a bland, frustrating slog. In my book, that's about as unforgivable as sins come.
Will Crimson Dragon be landing on your Xbox One this weekend, or is it flying in a little too low for your tastes? Drag on to the comments and let us know!