Dragon Force

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Dragon Force
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), Working Designs (US)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Simulation RPG[1], RPG[2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[3] GS-9028
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,8002,800 GS-9145
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
T-12703H
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81382-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81382-50
USK: 12
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[6] MK81382-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
AU
FDRA13SSC
OFLC: G8

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Dragon Force (ドラゴンフォース) is a tactical RPG developed by Sega for the Sega Saturn.

The game became notorious for showing the power of the system by controlling 200 characters (made with sprites) at the same time without having any slowdown.

History

It was originally developed by J-Force, a company founded by former Wolf Team developers, but finished at Sega after J-Force went bankrupt. Western localizations were made by Working Designs, and unlike most Working Designs releases, this one was also released in Europe (by Sega).

In North America, four different disc variants exist and three different Dragon Force-themed stickers for a Saturn Backup Memory cartridge.

Sequels and re-releases

It was followed by Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni.

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits (JP)
USA Team
  • Director: Victor Ireland
  • Translation: Akiko Peterson, Victor Ireland, Dean Williams, Laurie Tom, Tim Trzepacz
  • Programming: Tim Trzepacz
  • Additional Music: Bill King
  • Recording Engineer: Bill Staeck
  • Voice Talent:
    • Astea: Katie Staeck
    • Nolun: Dean Williams
    • Teiris: Rhonda Gibson
    • Rudget: Jon Thompson
    • Katt: Kathy Emma
    • Narrator: John Truitt
  • Manual Design: Don Shirley, Victor Ireland, Cindy Ireland
  • Product Testing: Bonnie Shirley, Eric 'Pottle' Brewer
  • Sales: Kelly Knight
Japan Team:


Magazine articles

Main article: Dragon Force/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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JP print advert
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-05: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-06: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #86: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in EGM² (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Neo (PL) #3: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)
also published in:

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №58, p32/33
88 №45, [1]
Sega Saturn
87
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-U
94
[16]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
94
[17]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[6]
Digitiser (UK) PAL
84
[18]
Edge (UK) NTSC-U
80
[19]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
90
[20]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[21]
GameFan (US) NTSC
89
[22]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
80
[23]
Gry Komputerowe (PL)
68
[24]
Hyper (AU) PAL
80
[25]
Intelligent Gamer (US)
100
[26]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
80
[27]
Joypad (FR) PAL
92
[28]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-U
81
[29]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
81
[30]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
92
[31]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
83
[32]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
75
[33]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
90
[34]
Sega Magazin (DE) NTSC-U
90
[35]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
90
[36]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
86
[37]
Świat Gier Komputerowych (PL)
85
[38]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
87
[39]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
83
[40]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
86
[41]
Strana Igr (RU)
90
[42]
Ultra Game Players (US)
85
[43]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
85
[44]
Sega Saturn
84
Based on
30 reviews

Dragon Force

Saturn, JP
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Dragon Force (Manual)(JP)(Sega Saturn).pdf
Manual
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgDragonForce Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
Cover
DragonForce Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
Disc
Saturn, US
DragonForce Saturn US Box Back.jpgDragonForce Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dragonforce sat us manual.pdf
Manual
DragonForce Saturn US Disc Alt1.jpg
Disc (type 1)
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Disc (type 2)
Saturn, EU
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Cover
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
664,816,320 CD-ROM (EU) MK81382-50 V1.100
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
569,045,232 1996-03-08 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9028 V1.007
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
569,056,992 1996-04-09 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9145 V1.011
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
665,834,736 CD-ROM (US) T-12703H V1.000
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1996-06-27 CD-R Page
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1996-10-31 CD-R Page
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1996-11-01 CD-R Page

Extra content

This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Saturn (JP) Extra files
Folder / File Type Size description
DISC_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 601 About this game.
DISC_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 7,221 Story
DISC_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 43 Copyright


External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn
  • Sega of Japan catalogue page (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. File:DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. http://www.sega.co.jp:80/sega/p_cafe/DB/09028/09028.html (Wayback Machine: 1998-12-03 03:48)
  4. http://riehlspot.simplenet.com/vgame/new/saturn.html (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
  5. Computer & Video Games, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-07-11), page 34
  6. 6.0 6.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 1997" (UK; 1997-08-13), page 64
  7. Game Informer, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 7
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 73
  9. Game Informer, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 5
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 65
  11. Ultra Game Players, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 74
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 65
  13. Secret Service, "Luty 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 22
  14. Neo, "Kwiecień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  15. Neo, "Maj 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  16. Consoles +, "Février 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 130
  17. Consoles +, "Octobre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 118
  18. Digitiser (UK) (1997-09-17)
  19. Edge, "May 1997" (UK; 1997-05-02), page 88
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 60
  21. Famitsu, "1996-04-05" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 1
  22. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 6: June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 18
  23. GamePro, "February 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 98
  24. Gry Komputerowe, "11/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  25. Hyper, "October 1997" (AU; 1997-xx-xx), page 70
  26. Intelligent Gamer, "January 1997" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 46
  27. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 72
  28. Joypad, "Octobre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 96
  29. MAN!AC, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 40
  30. MAN!AC, "08/97" (DE; 1997-07-09), page 84
  31. Mega Force, "Novembre/Décembre 1997" (FR; 1997-1x-xx), page 58
  32. Mega Fun, "04/97" (DE; 1997-03-05), page 80
  33. Next Generation, "April 1997" (US; 1997-03-11), page 126
  34. neXt Level, "Oktober 1997" (DE; 1997-09-19), page 76
  35. Sega Magazin, "Mai 1997" (DE; 1997-04-09), page 76
  36. Sega Magazin, "August 1997" (DE; 1997-07-09), page 76
  37. Sega Power, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 53
  38. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "10/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 52
  39. Sega Saturn Magazine, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-07-16), page 70
  40. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 231
  41. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 12
  42. Strana Igr, "Aprel 1997" (RU; 1997-xx-xx), page 76
  43. Ultra Game Players, "February 1997" (US; 1997-01-28), page 71
  44. Video Games, "2/97" (DE; 1997-01-22), page 93


Dragon Force

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Books: Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Prima's Dragon Force Unauthorized Game Secrets (1997)
Music: Dragon Force Original Soundtrack (1996) | Dragon Force Complete Album (2005)
Audiobooks: Dragon Force: Souseiki Hen (1996)

Prereleases:
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1996-06-27 | 10-31 | 11-01



Games in the Dragon Force Series
Dragon Force (1996) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni (1998) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 18: Dragon Force (2005)
Dragon Force related media
Music
Dragon Force Original Soundtrack (1996) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni (1998) | Dragon Force Complete Album (2005)
Book
Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996) | Prima's Dragon Force Unauthorized Game Secrets (1997) | Dragon Force II: Kami Sarishi Daichi ni Official Guide (1998)
Audiobook
Dragon Force: Souseiki Hen (1996)