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> Elan Doreé is originally a ST-V arcade
from the unknown developer Sai-Mate. Since I never
played another Sai-Mate game I wasn't very sure what to expect.
But I was very surprised to see how great this fighter is. This game
adds a lot of new aspects to traditional fighting games, just like the
battles with flying dragons and the magic attacks.
> Unfortunately, this game doesn't have any FMV sequences, so the first
thing to really call my attention was how good the polygon engine is.
Everything is amazingly textured and smoothly animated. However,
the graphic effects will close a lot of ignorant people's mouths with a
lot of "impossible" effects for a Saturn -- just like transparencies
and an extensive 3D engine.
> Backgrounds are also worth a special mention; they're beautiful and spectacular,
and come complete with scaling effects on the floor.
> Good control -- simple and tight. Elan Doree allows you
to fly free by pressing a button and jump off the dragon as well.
> Melodies are very good, but they lack in instrumentation. I really
don't know why Sai-Mate didn't make better use of Saturn's
sound chip (I've heard Saturn's Yamaha is the best sound
engine -- only beaten by the Uberconsole's).
> On the other hand, we have great sound effects (dragon roars, explosions,
clashes...) and plenty of voices.
> This game is really fun and impressive. There is also a survival
mode where you can try to beat your records. However as with most
vs fighting games, it would be more fun playing with a friend; and the
best thing, this game is close to being 100% importable (all menus are
> This game is really a pleasant surprise. Amazing graphics and gameplay
make Elan Doreé a great game to import.
8.5 | Graphics: 9.5 | Control: 9.0 | Sound: 7.0 | Fun: 8.5
> ST-V: the arcade hardware version of the Saturn.
At this point there haven't been a ton of ST-V games, but
at least they've been of good quality. Remember... Golden
Axe the Duel, Die Hard Arcade
and Funky Head Boxing? Yes, all ST-V
conversions for Saturn. The latest ST-V
game to be converted to the Dual 32 bit console is known as Elan
> In a simple one sentence description, Elan Doreé
is where Panzer Dragoon
meets Samurai Shodown in 3D glory. It's a fighter,
but one in which being on the ground is a disadvantage. You see,
each character rides a dragon which means that you're actually supposed
to be flying at all times. Most of the fighting takes place on a
2D plane, but you do have complete freedom of 3D movement. Which
means instead of merely dodging attacks, you can actually fly around and
get behind your foe in a whole new way.
> I rated this game at 100% importability since it's basically English
throughout. All the menus, gameplay screens and even the ending credits
are in English. About the only thing that's Japanese is some of the
speech and the ending story text. This might as well be the American
> The graphics aren't overly ambitious, but they're consistently smooth
and glitch free. The polygon generated 3D arenas have unlimited size
which is good since you're flying. Each character rides a different
dragon with unique looks and fighting styles. For instance, Keyaki
is my favorite character and she flies a red dragon which breathes fire
-- she's known as a Fire Dragon Master. Naturally, each character
has his/her own backdrop which consists of flat ground and a multi-scrolling
background (usually 2 layers).
> The view is usually from the side as most of the fighting occurs that
way. However, if you start to fly around or get dismounted, then
the view switches to a 3/4 overhead 3rd person view. All the while
everything is constantly zooming in and out to accommodate the proximity
of the combatants.
> The special effects are cool, but nothing that we haven't already seen.
You'll see flame bursts, explosion halos, transparency, etc... One
cool feature is the large size of the characters mounted on their well
> The control is relatively basic, but that's good in my opinion.
The buttons are attack1, attack2, jump and free roam. You can use
certain button combinations for the special moves or you can set up the
control pad for special 1~3 ala Virtua
Fighter. These special moves are carried out by your
dragon via the D-power meter. This meter is replenished by using
non-dragon attacks. Of course, there are combos and multiple hit
attacks to be learned.
> One neat thing about the gameplay is that you can actually knock an opponent
off their dragon. Once this happens, they become momentarily stunned
and you can pummel them with energy bursts from your dragon! Finally,
the free flight isn't a novelty... It's a strategic necessity!
> The standard set of arcade tunes that are included are generic in my
opinion. However, just go into the options menu and select the arranged
music and you'll have a much better experience. The arranged selections
consist mainly of orchestral and rock music. The sound effects include
a typical array of hit effects, explosions, (sometimes chincy) character
screams/speech and dragon shrieks.
> Elan Doreé includes three modes of play: Arcade,
Vs. and Survival. You get ten characters to choose from -- five male
and five female. As always, a human opponent is the best way to go.
If that's not possible, the CPU can put up a very good fight. I think
most would agree the more you play this game, the more interesting it becomes.
> The free flight makes Elan Doree something other than a
"been there done that" rehash. Aside from the music and sound effects,
most everything is done well from the graphics, to control, to options.
I recommend Fighting Fans get it while you can because this one is hard
enough to find already.
8.8 | Graphics: 9.6 | Control: 9.6 | Sound: 7.5 | Fun: 8.5
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