Burning Rangers is a 1998 action game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn. It was released in Japan in February 1998, and later that year in North America in May and in Europe in June. The game is set in a futuristic society in which fire is the only danger. The player assumes control of one of two apprentice rangers, and completes tasks across the game’s four levels.
About Burning Rangers in brief
Burning Rangers is a 1998 action game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn. It was released in Japan in February 1998, and later that year in North America in May and in Europe in June. The game is set in a futuristic society in which fire is the only danger, and stars an elite group of firefighters, the Burning Rangers. The player assumes control of one of two apprentice rangers, and completes tasks across the game’s four levels. The primary objective is to transport stranded civilians from burning buildings, by collecting energy crystals dropped from extinguished fires. Since there is no in-game map, the player character relies on a voice navigation system to find their way. Each level is an interior space, and consists of multi-storey rooms and corridors divided by interlocking lifts and doors. The response to the graphics was mixed, with some critics feeling they were among the best on the Saturn, although it was noted for its poor collision detection and occasional glitching. Burning Rangers was among the final five Saturn games released in America, and was the first Saturn game to be released on the Game Boy Advance, the GameCube, the Xbox, the PlayStation and the PlayStation 2. It has been described as “the most fun game I’ve ever played” and “the best Saturn game of all time” The game was directed by Naoto Ohshima and lead designer Takao Miyamoto and was released on 31 November 1996.
It is available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian and Spanish. It can be pre-ordered for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. It also has a version for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 with a price tag of $99.99. The Sega Saturn version of the game is available for the Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 2 for $99, and the Wii for $49.99, as well as the PlayStation Portable for $59.99 and the Xbox One for $69.99 (with a 3GB microSD card). The game has a total of 3,125 unique routes, including a random generator mode which mixes up the order of corridors in the game’s four stages, with a potential total of 2,125 routes to choose from. There is no multiplayer option, but the game can be played as a single-player campaign with up to four players. The final mission sees the Rangers rescue Ilia Klein, a girl placed in suspended animation and sent into space after contracting an incurable disease. Ilia informs the Rangers her ship is set to crash into Earth, causing complete devastation, so the Rangers devise a plan to stop the ship and rescue her. At the end of the mission, it is revealed that Ilia has become fully cured of her disease and settles into her new life on Earth as a member of the Rangers. During the final mission, the Rangers are introduced to a girl called Shou Amabane. Shou and Tillis are the only members of the team to survive.