Dragon Force

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Dragon Force
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), Working Designs (US)
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported: Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Simulation RPG[2], RPG[3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[4] 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[8] 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.[9][10] 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 (JP) #1996-05: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)
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Print advert in (JP) #1996-06: "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (1996-03-22)
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Print advert in (US) #86: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #41: "September 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[11]
  • (US) #87: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[12]
  • (US) #42: "October 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[13]
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Print advert in (US) #29: "November 1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (US) #89: "December 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[14]
  • (US) #93: "January 1997" (199x-xx-xx)[15]
  • (US) #91: "February 1997" (199x-xx-xx)[16]
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Print advert in (PL) #3: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (PL) #54: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[17]
  • (PL) #5: "Kwiecień 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[18]
  • (PL) #6: "Maj 1998" (1998-xx-xx)[19]
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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
(BR)
80
[20]
(FR) NTSC
90
[21]
(FR) NTSC-U
94
[22]
(FR) PAL
94
[23]
(UK)
50
[8]
(UK) PAL
84
[24]
(UK) NTSC-U
80
[25]
(US) NTSC-U
90
[26]
(JP) NTSC-J
75
[27]
(DE) NTSC-U
90
[28]
(US) NTSC
89
[29]
(US) NTSC-U
80
[30]
(PL)
68
[31]
(AU) PAL
80
[32]
(US)
100
[33]
(FR) NTSC-J
80
[34]
(FR) PAL
92
[35]
(DE) NTSC-U
81
[36]
(DE) PAL
81
[37]
(FR) PAL
92
[38]
(DE) NTSC-U
83
[39]
(US) NTSC-U
75
[40]
(DE) PAL
90
[41]
(JP) NTSC-J
82
[42]
(DE) NTSC-U
90
[43]
(DE) PAL
90
[44]
(UK) PAL
86
[45]
(PL)
85
[46]
(UK) PAL
87
[47]
(JP) NTSC-J
83
[48]
(JP) NTSC-J
86
[49]
(RU)
90
[50]
(FI) NTSC
79
[51]
(US)
85
[52]
(DE) NTSC-U
85
[53]
Sega Saturn
84
Based on
35 reviews

Dragon Force

Saturn, JP
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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
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Disc
Saturn, US
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Cover
Dragonforce sat us manual.pdf
Manual
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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

Main article: Dragon Force/Technical information.

External links

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

References

  1. http://www.wave-master.com/wm/works/index.html (Wayback Machine: 2004-05-19 20:54)
  2. File:DragonForce Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  4. http://www.sega.co.jp:80/sega/p_cafe/DB/09028/09028.html (Wayback Machine: 1998-12-03 03:48)
  5. http://riehlspot.simplenet.com/vgame/new/saturn.html (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
  6. http://www.sega-europe.com/saturn/satinfo.html (Wayback Machine: 1998-12-02 14:09)
  7. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1997-08-25), page 48
  8. 8.0 8.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 1997" (UK; 1997-08-13), page 64
  9. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%E3%83%95%E3%82%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9 (Wayback Machine: 2023-07-26 06:32)
  10. http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/J-Force (Wayback Machine: 2023-07-26 06:35)
  11. Game Informer, "September 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 7
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 73
  13. Game Informer, "October 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 5
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 65
  15. Ultra Game Players, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 74
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 65
  17. Secret Service, "Luty 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 22
  18. Neo, "Kwiecień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  19. Neo, "Maj 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  20. Ação Games, "Março 1997" (BR; 1997-xx-xx), page 8
  21. Consoles +, "Mai 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 126
  22. Consoles +, "Février 1997" (FR; 1997-0x-xx), page 130
  23. Consoles +, "Octobre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 118
  24. Digitiser (UK) (1997-09-17)
  25. Edge, "May 1997" (UK; 1997-05-02), page 88
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 60
  27. Famitsu, "1996-04-05" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 1
  28. Fun Generation, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 77
  29. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 6: June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 18
  30. GamePro, "February 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 98
  31. Gry Komputerowe, "11/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  32. Hyper, "October 1997" (AU; 1997-xx-xx), page 70
  33. Intelligent Gamer, "January 1997" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 46
  34. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 72
  35. Joypad, "Octobre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 96
  36. MAN!AC, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 40
  37. MAN!AC, "08/97" (DE; 1997-07-09), page 84
  38. Mega Force, "Novembre/Décembre 1997" (FR; 1997-1x-xx), page 58
  39. Mega Fun, "04/97" (DE; 1997-03-05), page 80
  40. Next Generation, "April 1997" (US; 1997-03-11), page 126
  41. neXt Level, "Oktober 1997" (DE; 1997-09-19), page 76
  42. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 12" (JP; 1996-05-24), page 70
  43. Sega Magazin, "Mai 1997" (DE; 1997-04-09), page 76
  44. Sega Magazin, "August 1997" (DE; 1997-07-09), page 76
  45. Sega Power, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 53
  46. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "10/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 52
  47. Sega Saturn Magazine, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-07-16), page 70
  48. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 231
  49. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 12
  50. Strana Igr, "Aprel 1997" (RU; 1997-xx-xx), page 76
  51. Super Power, "3 1997" (FI; 1997-0x-xx), page 48
  52. Ultra Game Players, "February 1997" (US; 1997-01-28), page 71
  53. Video Games, "2/97" (DE; 1997-01-22), page 93


Dragon Force

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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)
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