Burning Rangers

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Burning Rangers
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP (1/3Track)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 GS-9174
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
81803
ESRB: Everyone
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81803-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81803-50
USK: 6
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£49.9949.99[5] MK81803-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
AU
FBUR02SSC
OFLC: G8
Sega Saturn
BR
191566
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) is a Sega Saturn firefighting action game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. First released in Japan in February 1998, players take on the role of a new recruit in a futuristic firefighting organization, and are tasked with rescuing survivors and extinguishing fires in a variety of unique levels. Boasting high production values and an emphasis on characterization, Burning Rangers is one of the more fondly remembered of Sonic Team's original games, and one of few that have not been ported to any other platform.

Gameplay

The game is set in a futuristic society in which fire is one of the few major hazards remaining. The Burning Rangers are an elite group of firefighters who have been formed to help cope with such emergencies. The core members of the team are Chris Partn, Big Landman and Lead Phoenix (also known as Reed); as well as two new recruits, Shou Amabane and a woman called Tillis. The latter two are the only characters playable initially, although the others may be unlocked through the use of a password feature. Other major characters within the game include Iria Klein and Neal Belmondo, and there are many cameo appearances from Sonic Team staff including Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima.

The game is notable for its random level generation system, which is unlocked after completing the game once. To help the player find their way around these unfamiliar stages, a navigation system was included - at any time, the player may radio back to Chris, who will provide helpful information about nearby hazards and objectives.

History

Development

The game's characters were designed by Hiroyuki Ochi. Yuji Naka has stated in interviews that Sonic Team wanted the silhouette of a Burning Ranger wearing their "Burneer Unit" jet-pack to resemble that of an angel.

Legacy

A downloadable mission making many references to Burning Rangers was created for Sonic Team's Phantasy Star Online. A race track based on the game, Burning Depths, was featured in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Production credits

Japanese version

Animation part
Sega Digital Studio
Source:
In-game credits (JP)

Overseas version

  • Theme Music: "Angel With Burning Hearts"
    • Words by: Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • English words by: Talking Moon
    • Lead vocal & Chorus: Dennis St. James
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Bass: Zev Katz
    • Keyboards: Charlie Giordano, Albert Menendez
    • Guitars: Vinnie Moore
    • East 4th Horns
      • Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
      • Saxophones & Solo: Dino Gavoni
      • Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark
  • We are Burning Rangers
    • Words by: Talking Moon
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • Lead vocal & Chorus: Marlon D. Saunders
    • Chorus: Arif St. Michael, Robin A. Small
    • Rap: SUL
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Keyboards: Albert Menendez
    • Guitars: Ira Siegel
    • East 4th Horns
      • Leader & Trombones: John Wheeler
      • Saxophones: Dino Gavoni
      • Trumpets: Tony Kadreck, John Allmark
  • I Just Smile
    • Words by: Talking Moon
    • Music & Arrangement by: Naofumi Hataya
    • Lead vocal: Pamela Driggs
    • Drums: Omar Hakim
    • Bass: Zev Katz
    • Guitars: Ira Siegel
    • Keyboards: Charlie Giordano
    • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
    • Flugel Horn: John Allmark
-Animation part-
  • Story board & Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
  • Animation Director: Hiroto Yokote
  • Art Director: Akira Huruya
  • Color Design: Terumi Kobayashi, Takae Iijima
  • Key Animation: Yasuhiro Saiki, Yuichi Kurosawa, Ryotaro Akao
  • Animation: Studio Boomerang
  • Animation Checker: Yumi Enosawa
  • Background: Studio Uni
  • Special Effects: Yoshimi Hayashi
  • Computer Graphics Animation: Tomsphoto, Toshihiro Kawada, Satoshi Ohtsubo, Miyoko Tounou, Aiko Yamagami
  • Production Staff: Yu Kiyozono
  • Assistant Producer: Yudo Ohishi
  • Animation Producer: Yasumichi Ozaki
  • Animation Part Production by: Kyokuichi Tokyo Movie
-English Version Staff-
Sega Digital Studio
Source:
In-game credits
Product Development
Marketing
Source:
US manual[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Burning Rangers/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

BurningRangers Saturn JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
JP flyer
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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #108: "July 1998" (1998-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Secret Service (PL) #52: "Grudzień 1997" (1997-1x-xx)
also published in:

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 №68, p52-54
Sega Saturn
81
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
95
[13]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
95
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[5]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
80
[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
75
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
80
[17]
Freak (IL)
97
[18]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
70
[19]
Game Buyer (US) NTSC-U
75
[20]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[21]
Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-U
75
[22]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
66
[23]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
76
[24]
Neo Plus (PL)
70
[25]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
75
[26]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
94
[27]
SuperGamePower (BR)
86
[28]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
90
[29]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
87
[30]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
89
[31]
Sega Saturn
81
Based on
20 reviews

Burning Rangers

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Burning Rangers (バーニングレンジャー) Saturn JP 取扱説明書.pdf
Manual
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Jewel Case
BurningRangers Saturn JP Box InlayF.jpgBurningRangers Saturn JP Box Inlay.jpg
Inlay
BurningRangersSaturnJPCSC.pdf
Reg Card
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Audio Disc
BurningRangersSaturnJPSonglist.pdf
Flyer
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
BurningRangers Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover
BurningRangersSaturnBrManual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
374,704,176 CD-ROM (EU) MK81803-50 V1.001
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
388,098,816 1998-01-27 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9174 V1.003
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
136,446,576 Audio-CD (JP) GS-9174 (Disc 2)
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
375,388,608 CD-ROM (US) 81803 V1.001
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1997-12-01 CD-R Page

Track list

Game Disc

1. Data track
2. CD Warning message (special) (0:09)
Running time: 0:09

Audio Disc

1. Burning Hearts: Honoo no Angel (4:01)
Japan Burning Hearts ~炎のAngel~
Vocals: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
2. We are Burning Rangers (4:37)
Vocals: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
3. I Just Smile (4:15)
Vocals: Tomoko Sasaki
Running time: 12:53

Extra content

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

Folder / File Type Size description
\EXTRA\LARGE Folder 11,803,128 It contains 9 wallpaper images of XGA size.
\EXTRA\SMALL Folder 4,614,648 It contains 9 wallpaper images of VGA size.
\EXTRA\WAV Folder 9,187,150 It contains 43 extra voices.
\EXTRA\READ_ME.TXT TXT 58 Warning message about extra files.
BR_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 1 No message
BR_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 1 No message
BR_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 42 Copyright


Save data

The game makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up as well as the Saturn Backup Memory to save progress through the game as either playable character. You can save up to three saves on either the internal back-up or the RAM Cart.

Burning Rangers Save Data
Name Comment File Size
B_RANGERS__ BR data 30

References

  1. File:BurnRang sat jp back cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. Press release: 1998-06-05: If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Game
  4. Computer & Video Games, "July 1998" (UK; 1998-06-10), page 44
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1998" (UK; 1998-04-15), page 64
  6. File:Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf, page 30
  7. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "11/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 40
  8. Gry Komputerowe, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 12
  9. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 24
  10. Neo, "Grudzień 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 2
  11. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "1/1998" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 80
  12. Secret Service, "Styczeń 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
  13. Consoles +, "Avril 1998" (FR; 1998-0x-xx), page 136
  14. Consoles +, "Juin 1998" (FR; 1998-0x-xx), page 116
  15. Edge, "April 1998" (UK; 1998-03-25), page 94
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1998" (US; 1998-0x-xx), page 143
  17. Famitsu, "1998-03-06" (JP; 1998-02-20), page 1
  18. Freak, "3/98" (IL; 1998-xx-xx), page 1
  19. Fun Generation, "04/98" (DE; 1998-03-06), page 79
  20. Game Buyer, "August 1998" (US; 1998-0x-xx), page 24
  21. GamePro, "August 1998" (US; 1998-xx-xx), page 110
  22. Gamers' Republic, "June 1998" (US; 1998-05-xx), page 64
  23. MAN!AC, "07/98" (DE; 1998-06-03), page 72
  24. Mega Fun, "07/98" (DE; 1998-06-03), page 94
  25. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 59
  26. neXt Level, "Mai 1998" (DE; 1998-04-17), page 66
  27. Sega Magazin, "Mai 1998" (DE; 1998-04-01), page 12
  28. SuperGamePower, "Maio 1998" (BR; 1998-xx-xx), page 60
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "May 1998" (UK; 1998-04-15), page 56
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1998-06 extra (1998-03-06ex)" (JP; 1998-02-20), page 187
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 11


Burning Rangers

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Books: Burning Rangers Official Guide (1998)
Music: Burning Rangers Sound Track (1998)

Prereleases: Prototype 1997-12-01 | Burning Rangers Taikenban (1998)