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
$49.9549.95[6] 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[8] 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.

Story

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The Burning Rangers


Prime Directives:

Save human life
Protect our future
Keep hope alive

It is the near future. The world has changed; the people are the same.

Humanity still survives on dreams and hope. But the dreams are being forgotten, the hope is fading.

It is the Burning Rangers' task to face the man-made terrors of the new age, entering the most dangerous areas to save the lives of those trapped by disaster.

Their task is not only to rescue people, it is to rescue hope from the dark path the world has taken.

— US manual [9]


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 are dispatched to emergency incidents to fight fires and rescue people in danger.

Gameplay

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Mail

The game is a 3D action platformer with a third-person perspective played in the corridors of burning buildings and space ships. Each mission has an objective for completion, and the Rangers must also locate and rescue stranded civilians by collecting energy crystals dropped from extinguished fires. Rangers occasionally encounter hostile robots during their missions. Each stage ends with a boss battle, which include fire-breathing flowers and robotic fish. The player assumes control of one of two apprentice Rangers, Shou or Tillis. Since there is no in-game map, the Rangers rely on a voice navigation system to find their way. The player can move the camera by holding Y and moving the D-Pad. The player can also swivel the viewing angle 90 degrees left with L and 90 degrees right with R, which can be used to look around corners while running through them.

Rangers are moved with the D-Pad (or the analogue stick when using a 3D Control Pad). Rangers are equipped with a jet pack, which is activated with A or C. The jet pack thrusts the Ranger into the air. The Ranger can get an additional boost when in the air by pressing A or C again; holding the button engages the thrusters for longer. The player can perform rolls and somersaults by pressing in a direction after boosting. Rangers automatically jump over small gaps while running over them. They also grab automatically grab ledges if they fall short of clearing a jump. Sometimes a wall or floor explodes; explosions are preceded by whistling sound, and the Ranger can backflip to avoid the explosion by holding Down. Rangers can also swim underwater, rising with A or C and diving with B.

Rangers are equipped with laser guns for putting out fires. They fire a pulse with B. The intensity of a fire can be determined by its color: red flames are weak and generally extinguished in one shot, while blue flames are strong and require multiple shots. Green flames belch fireballs at the Rangers. Fires leave crystals when they are extinguished, which can be collected by moving the Ranger near them. Red crystals are worth one crystal energy unit, and green crystals are worth five crystal energy units. Additionally, the Rangers can charge a powerful laser blast by holding B and fire by releasing. These blasts are the only way to damage enemy robots and bosses; the Ranger automatically aims at the nearest enemy. They are also more effective at extinguishing fires than standard pulses, able to extinguish regular fires in fewer hits as well as able to extinguish larger fires that pulses cannot, but fires put out with laser blasts do not leave crystals.

Crystals function similarly to rings in the Sonic the Hedgehog games: possessing at least one crystal allows the Ranger to survive damage from an enemy or fire. Taking damage scatters the Ranger's crystals, which can be collected again, and renders the Ranger vulnerable to death. In addition to finding crystals after extinguishing fires, crystals can be found preplaced in levels. Rangers are equipped with remote transportation devices and use crystals to transport survivors after locating them. Survivors are automatically transported when a Ranger walks near one, at the cost of five crystals. The player receives a continue for transporting a survivor with ten crystals. Rangers are revived at the last rescued survivor after dying (as long as the player has continues remaining).

Players are guided through each mission by Chris, the team navigator. She provides directions to survivors as well as helpful information about nearby hazards and objectives. The player can radio back to Chris at any time with X or Z.

Environments contain several doors. Blue-striped doors can be passed through, and yellow-striped doors are locked. Doors with red stripes on the other side cannot be re-entered after they close. Rangers can unlock doors by finding consoles and activating them with B when standing in front of them. Sometimes the Rangers must obtain an ID card to proceed.

The Danger Limit Readout System acts as a timer for each mission. It increases gradually as the mission progresses. For every 20% that the limit increases, the surrounding area is engulfed in flames and explosions for a few seconds. If it reaches 100%, the area is constantly bombarded with explosions. The meter is reduced by extinguishing fires and rescuing survivors but cannot be lowered past the last 20% threshold. A bar at the top of the screen visually indicates how close the limit is to the next 20% increment.

At the end of each stage, the player receives a rank, with S being the highest and D being the lowest. The rank is based on the number of survivors rescued, the number of crystals at the end of the mission (including crystals used to transport survivors), the time taken to defeat the boss, and the limit percentage at the end of the mission. Once the game is completed, a random generator mode is unlocked that mixes up the order of corridors in the game's missions, with a potential total of 3,125 unique routes, as well as the locations of switches and survivors. The player can replay completed stages to earn higher ranks and to find more survivors. There are 108 total survivors in the game.

Every survivor has a name and sends mail to the player after being rescued (which can be accessed from the main menu). Sonic Team members make cameos as survivors, including Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima. Claris and Elliot from NiGHTS into Dreams also appear as survivors. Sonic Team members send secret passwords and bonus pictures when rescued, including passwords that allow playing as the other Rangers on each mission. The game uses the Saturn's internal memory or a backup cartridge for saving, but the password feature unlocks after completing the game for replaying the same randomly generated missions or accessing bonus content. Passwords are given after completion of a mission.

Characters

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Shou Amabane (ショウ・アマパネ)
Sex: Male Age: 21 Hometown: Japan Area 
Shou is a new recruit to the Burning Rangers. When he was eleven, he was rescued by an unknown Ranger, who died in the attempt. Shou decided his destiny was to become a Ranger and repay his debt. He is energetic and eager to prove himself.
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Tillis (ティリス)
Sex: Female Age: 19 Hometown: Unknown 
Tillis is a new recruit and the youngest member of the Burning Rangers. She is an orphan who lost her parents in a fire and decided to dedicate her life to saving others from similar loss. She is cheerful and upbeat.
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Lead Phoenix (リード・フェニックス)
Sex: Male Age: 22 Hometown: Europe Area 
Lead is the field leader of the Burning Rangers. He joined firefighting after graduating high school for the experience rather than the desire to help people but quickly gained an appreciation for the job. He is cool-headed and circumspect. His name is pronounced as "Reed" in-game.
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Big Landman (ビッグ・ランドマン)
Sex: Male Age: 35 Hometown: Africa Area 
Big is the oldest and most experienced member of the Burning Ranger. He was badly injured in an accident early in his career but, determined to continue his service, had his body rebuilt with mechanical implants. He is the strongest member of the team and possesses an iron will.
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Chris Partn (クリス・パートン)
Sex: Female Age: 24 Hometown: America Area 
Chris' father was a Burning Ranger who died when she was young. Out of admiration for him, she decided to continue his legacy. She is the team leader and trains new recruits. As the team navigator, she stays on the ship and directs the other Rangers. She is cool-headed and astute even in the heat of the moment.

Missions

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Training Space
Chris and Lead guide the new recruits, Shou and Tillis, through the basics and teach the player the controls and game mechanics.

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Fallen Memory
The core reactor of the power plant has been breached, and the Rangers must save the workers and shut down the reactor before the plant explodes.

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Silent Blue
An accident has occurred at an undersea marine research laboratory, and the Rangers must rescue the trapped researchers and the park visitors. The Rangers devise a plan to rescue all the visitors by destroying the joints connecting the lab to the park.

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Gravity Zero
Flames are spreading through a space colony, fueled by its oxygen reserves. The Rangers must rescue any survivors and determine and eliminate the cause of the incident.

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Winged Cradle
The Rangers are introduced to Iria Klein, a girl placed in suspended animation and sent into space after contracting an incurable disease. Iria informs the Rangers that her ship is set to crash into Earth, causing complete devastation, so the Rangers devise a plan to stop the ship and rescue Iria. There is only one person to rescue on this mission, Iria. She provides directions instead of Chris on this mission.

History

Development

The concept originated with the idea of rescuing people as opposed to killing them, which was an element that producer Yuji Naka felt was too common in contemporary video games. The team chose firefighters because they felt that fire was an effective way to create a suspenseful atmosphere.


We wanted to create a game where you could rescue people. Nowadays, there are so many games where you just kill people. Instead we decided to make a rescue game. In addition, right from the start, it seemed that fire was the most appropriate way to create that sensation of fear and tension. So in the end we combined these two elements.

Yuji Naka[10]


The game's characters were designed by Naoto Ohshima. The cover art was drawn by anime artist Hiroyuki Ochi. Yuji Naka has stated in interviews that Sonic Team wanted the silhouette of a Burning Ranger wearing a jet pack to resemble that of an angel.

Release

The game was one of the last Saturn games released in Western markets, followed only by Shining Force III and Magic Knight Rayearth in North America and by Shining Force III and Deep Fear in Europe.

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
Burning Rangers Saturn credits.pdf
[11]


Product Development
Marketing
Source:
US manual
Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf
[12]

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
[19]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
95
[20]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
75
[8]
Edge (UK) NTSC-J
80
[21]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
75
[22]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
80
[23]
Freak (IL)
97
[24]
Fun Generation (DE) PAL
70
[25]
Game Buyer (US) NTSC-U
75
[26]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[6]
Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-U
75
[27]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
66
[28]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
76
[29]
Neo Plus (PL)
70
[30]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
75
[31]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
75
[32]
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
94
[33]
SuperGamePower (BR)
86
[34]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
90
[35]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
87
[36]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
89
[37]
Sega Saturn
81
Based on
21 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
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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
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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.

Saturn (JP) Extra files
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. http://riehlspot.simplenet.com/vgame/new/saturn.html (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
  4. http://www.cyberdrive.net/%7Egskalba/Releases1998.htm (Wayback Machine: 1998-12-06 05:03)
  5. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/rec.games.video.sega/burning$20rangers
  6. 6.0 6.1 GamePro, "August 1998" (US; 1998-xx-xx), page 110
  7. Computer & Video Games, "July 1998" (UK; 1998-06-10), page 44
  8. 8.0 8.1 Computer & Video Games, "May 1998" (UK; 1998-04-15), page 64
  9. File:Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf, page 4
  10. Sega Saturn Magazine, "May 1998" (UK; 1998-04-15), page 50
  11. File:Burning Rangers Saturn credits.pdf
  12. File:Burningrangers sat us manual.pdf, page 30
  13. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "11/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 40
  14. Gry Komputerowe, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 12
  15. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 24
  16. Neo, "Grudzień 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 2
  17. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "1/1998" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 80
  18. Secret Service, "Styczeń 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
  19. Consoles +, "Avril 1998" (FR; 1998-0x-xx), page 136
  20. Consoles +, "Juin 1998" (FR; 1998-0x-xx), page 116
  21. Edge, "April 1998" (UK; 1998-03-25), page 94
  22. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1998" (US; 1998-0x-xx), page 143
  23. Famitsu, "1998-03-06" (JP; 1998-02-20), page 1
  24. Freak, "3/98" (IL; 1998-xx-xx), page 1
  25. Fun Generation, "04/98" (DE; 1998-03-06), page 79
  26. Game Buyer, "August 1998" (US; 1998-0x-xx), page 24
  27. Gamers' Republic, "June 1998" (US; 1998-05-xx), page 64
  28. MAN!AC, "07/98" (DE; 1998-06-03), page 72
  29. Mega Fun, "07/98" (DE; 1998-06-03), page 94
  30. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 59
  31. Next Generation, "August 1998" (US; 1998-07-21), page 94
  32. neXt Level, "Mai 1998" (DE; 1998-04-17), page 66
  33. Sega Magazin, "Mai 1998" (DE; 1998-04-01), page 12
  34. SuperGamePower, "Maio 1998" (BR; 1998-xx-xx), page 60
  35. Sega Saturn Magazine, "May 1998" (UK; 1998-04-15), page 56
  36. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1998-06 extra (1998-03-06ex)" (JP; 1998-02-20), page 187
  37. 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: Burning Rangers Taikenban (1998)
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1997-12-01