Panzer Dragoon II Zwei,[note 1] also commonly referred to as Panzer Dragoon Zwei, is a rail shooter released exclusively for the Sega Saturn. It is the second Panzer Dragoon game released, serving as a prequel to the 1995 video game Panzer Dragoon. It was developed by Team Andromeda, one of SEGA's internal development studios.
Zwei's gameplay is similar to that of its predecessor, with the addition of alternate routes, a "berserk" attack, the ability to evolve a dragon into different forms, and several unlockable features in a section of the options screen called "Pandra’s Box [sic]". The game was developed in parallel with Panzer Dragoon Saga. After development was complete, Zwei's staff joined the Panzer Dragoon Saga team.
As with other Panzer Dragoon games (apart from Panzer Dragoon Saga), Zwei is an on-rail shooter. The player takes control of Jean Jacque Lundi. Each level has a certain amount of enemies that must be defeated with either Lundi's gun or Lagi's lasers. There is also the berserk attack which is a rain of lasers from Lagi for a limited amount of time eliminating all enemies on screen. Zwei was considerably more in-depth than Panzer Dragoon, with alternate routes to be taken and a dragon that evolves based on your performance in the game, along with the ability for the player to customise their game via Pandora's Box.
The plot of Panzer Dragoon Zwei takes players back twenty years before the first Panzer Dragoon game took place; its main character is a boy named Lundi, who had lived all his life in a small village out in the endless wastelands of the world. Lundi lives in a superstitious village where mutant coolias are killed, but when Lundi discovers a mutant coolia with wings, he decides to keep it and let it live. Lundi names the coolia 'Lagi', protecting him and hiding him away from the superstitious people of his village, who would have put Lagi to death had they discovered his existence. Lagi has a strange green glow in his throat. After a few years the coolia begins to grow wings. Lundi takes the coolia out to try to get him to fly. On one occasion, when Lundi takes Lagi out, a huge ship called Shelcoof controlled by Sestren destroys Lundi's village in an attempt to kill Lagi, who is possessed by the Dragon Program. Lagi's green glow grow's brighter and Lagi fires arrows of light from his mouth, the trademark attack of dragons from the ancient age. The lasers do not reach Shelcoof and Lundi begins to chase Shelcoof; riding atop Lagi’s back, Lundi set out in search of vengeance. The ultimate goal of the game is to take down Shelcoof.
The NTSC-J version of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. There was also an NTSC-J Panzer Dragoon I & II Box Set.
Date of Release: 22nd of March, 1996
As with the packaging for the NTSC version of Panzer Dragoon, the packaging for this game does not have the real Panzer Dragoon logo on it, but it also does not have a real Panzer Dragoon image on it either. It is unclear why Sega of America put a completely unrelated render of a green dragon on the front of their box, but rest assured this is neither a hoax nor a pirate copy.
The NTSC game disc also has the region code for Japan on it, so it can be played on a Japanese Saturn as standard.
Year of Release: 1996
The PAL version of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. If you look closely, you’ll see that the “village” on the front of the box is actually two stills from the game’s opening sequence, distorted to give the impression of perspective.
Year of Release: 1996
- A literal English translation from German would otherwise require the title to spelled out as Panzer Dragoon Two Two; it is likely that the Roman numerals "II" were placed in the logo to assist in understanding, rather than being an addition to the game’s title.
- Panzer Dragoon Zwei official website
- Panzer Dragoon II Zwei on Panzer Dragoon World
- Panzer Dragoon II Zwei on Panzer Dragoon Legacy
|Panzer Dragoon series|
|Original series||Panzer Dragoon (PC conversion • Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27) • II Zwei • Saga • Orta|
|Remakes||Panzer Dragoon: Remake • II Zwei: Remake • Voyage Record|
|Handheld games||Mini • Tiger Electronics|
|Non-Panzer Dragoon games||Crimson Dragon • Crimson Dragon: Side Story|
|Developers||Team Andromeda • Smilebit • Land Ho • MegaPixel Studio • Wildman, Inc|
|Publishers||Sega • Forever Entertainment • TA Publishing • Wildman, Inc|
|Staff||Yukio Futatsugi • Tomohiro Kondo • Akihiko Mukaiyama • Haruto Watanabe|