Dark Savior

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Dark Savior
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega (US, Europe), Climax Entertainment (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (1 track)
Peripherals supported: 3D Control Pad, Saturn Backup Memory
Genre: Action RPG[1], RPG[2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 T-22101G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
81304
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81304-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81304-50
USK: 12
Sega Saturn
UK
£39.9939.99[4] MK81304-50
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
219zł219
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G8

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Dark Savior (ダークセイバー) is an indirect sequel to Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole on the Sega Mega Drive that combines 2D sprites with a 3D environment. It was released on the Sega Saturn in 1996.

Production credits

Staff
Map Unit
  • 3D Map Planner: Yoshimasa Arai, Shinya Nishigaki, Koji Sugimori, Kiwamu Mikogami
  • Chief 3D Map Designer: Hidehiro Yoshida
  • 3D Map Designer: Ryuchiro Miyazaki, Hirotada Kakusaka, Koji Konno
Character Unit
  • Character Designer: Kiwamu Mikogami
  • Chief Character Animator: Yoshiro Hirashita
  • Ryu Ya: Ryushiro Miyazaki
  • Koyuki: Shingo Yamada
  • Other Characters: Hidehiro Yoshida, Yojiro Hirashita, Koji Takahashi, Toshiaki Sakai, Tomonari Shinjo (Rit's), Hidetaka Matsushita (Rit's), Kahoru Kujo (Rit's), Akifumi Yama (Rit's), Yuichi Sakurai (Rit's), Koichi Murakami (Rit's), Katsunori Sato (Rit's), Miyuki Nakazawa (Max Entertainment), Reiga Yasuda (Max Entertainment), Kiyohumi Hino (Max Entertainment), Katsumi Yamamoto (Max Entertainment), Tetsuya Kadono
  • Effect Animator: Kazushige Inaba
  • Battle Director: Yojiro Hirashita
  • Assistant Battle Director: Kazushige Inaba
  • Interface Designer: Shingo Yamada
Program Unit
Sound Unit
  • Composer: Hiroshi Kondo
  • Sound Programmer: Masayasu Yamamoto
  • Sound Assist: Namie Moriya
  • DARK SAVIOR Theme Song: 「恋を眠らせて」
    • Performed: Ann Lewis
    • Lyrics: Toshio Terada
    • Music: Hiroshi Kondo
    • Arranged: Akihiko Matsumoto
  • Recording Director: Hidehiko Koike (Victor Entertainment)
  • Co-Director: Hirokazu Sakurai (Hipland Music)
  • Engineer: Akira Fueki (Victor Studio)
  • Assistant Engineer: Seiji Sekine (Victor Studio)
  • Artist Promotion: Yuichiro Etoh (Victor Entertainment), Yasuhiro Umeki (Victor Entertainment), Tatsuya Fukuo (Victor Entertainment)
  • Artist Management: Akihiro Makino (K-Rock Inc.)
  • Executive Producer: Akihiro Shimizu (K-Rock Inc.)
  • Recorded At: Victor Aoyama Studio, SINGLE "Koi wo Nemurasete" VIDL-10755, ALBUM: CD-EXTRA "LA ADELITA" VIZL-50001, VHS VIDEO "VIDEO WOMANISM II" VIVL-186
  • Parallel II Ending Theme: 「愛が待っている」
    • Performed: Kaori Aso
    • Lyrics: Shiiru Kawai
    • Music: Hiroshi Kondo
  • Recording Director: Masayoshi Tanaka
Movie Unit
Promotion Unit
  • Advertisement: Hirokazu Kanno (Sega Enterprises), Chika Ikegame (Sega Enterprises)
  • AD Designer: Yoshimasa Arai
  • AD Planner: Toru Murakami (Daiko Co., Ltd), Osamu Hatano (Daiko Co., Ltd)
  • Publicity: Mizuho Mochizuki
  • Publicity Assist: Tetsuhiro Watanabe, Mitsuyo Sasaki
  • Director: Koji Sugimori
  • General Manager: Shinpei Harada
  • Producer: Shinya Nishigaki
  • Executive Director: Kan Naito
Hyuperion Perspective
Parallel Scenario
(C)Climax 1996
Source:
In-game credits


Source:
US manual[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Dark Savior/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

DarkSavior Saturn JP Flyer 1.pdf

PDF
JP flyer 1

DarkSavior Saturn JP Flyer 2.pdf

PDF
JP flyer 2
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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 (JP) #1996-14: "1996-14 (1996-08-23)" (1996-08-09)
also published in:
  • (JP) #1996-15: "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (1996-08-23)[7]
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Print advert in (JP) #1996-16: "1996-16 (1996-09-27)" (1996-09-13)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
81 [8]
Sega Saturn
81
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
(HU)
86
[9]
(FR) PAL
92
[10]
(UK)
75
[11]
(UK) PAL
83
[12]
(UK) PAL
70
[13]
(US) NTSC-U
84
[14]
(JP) NTSC-J
68
[15]
(US) NTSC-U
78
[16]
(PL)
85
[17]
(FR) NTSC-J
100
[18]
(FR)
95
[19]
(DE) PAL
68
[20]
(DE) PAL
85
[21]
(UK) PAL
90
[22]
(DE) PAL
80
[23]
(FR)
95
[24]
(UK) NTSC-J
87
[25]
(PL)
78
[26]
(DE)
90
[27]
(UK) PAL
91
[28]
(UK) PAL
92
[29]
(JP) NTSC-J
70
[30]
(JP) NTSC-J
80
[31]
(US)
80
[32]
(DE) PAL
84
[33]
Sega Saturn
83
Based on
25 reviews

Dark Savior

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
DarkSaviorSaturnJPManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Darksavior sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, FR (Blister pack)
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Cover
Saturn, GR
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
377,086,752 CD-ROM (EU) MK81304-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
389,550,000 1996-08-05 CD-ROM (JP) T-22101G V1.000
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
381,393,264 CD-ROM (US) 81304 V1.000

Track list

1. Data track
2. CD Warning message (special) and some voice and songs (25:38)
Running time: 25:38

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
_ABSPR7.TXT TXT (Abstract) 8 Maker
_BIBPR7.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 8 Maker
_CPYPR7.TXT TXT (Copyright) 8 Maker
INDEX.HTM HTM 4,035 Messages from the developers.
README.TXT TXT 2,703 Messages from the developers.

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 well as unlock extras.

Dark Savior Save Data
Name Comment File Size
DARKSAVE_## DarkSavior 32

References

  1. File:DarkSavior Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee2.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-10-02 10:31)
  3. http://riehlspot.simplenet.com/vgame/new/saturn.html (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 http://www.sega-europe.com/SATURNL.HTML (Wayback Machine: 1997-07-15 06:26)
  5. Computer & Video Games, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 53
  6. File:Darksavior sat us manual.pdf, page 18
  7. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (JP; 1996-08-23), page 6
  8. GamesMaster, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 67
  9. 576 KByte, "Május 1997" (HU; 1997-xx-xx), page 26
  10. Consoles +, "Février 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 114
  11. Computer & Video Games, "February 1997" (UK; 1997-01-10), page 70
  12. Digitiser (UK) (1997-03-06)
  13. Edge, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-28), page 76
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1997" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 58
  15. Famitsu, "1996-09-06" (JP; 1996-08-23), page 31
  16. GamePro, "March 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 98
  17. Gry Komputerowe, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  18. Joypad, "Octobre 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 70
  19. Joypad, "Février 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 94
  20. MAN!AC, "02/97" (DE; 1997-01-08), page 66
  21. Mega Fun, "02/97" (DE; 1997-01-08), page 76
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "February 1997" (UK; 1997-01-xx), page 36
  23. neXt Level, "März 1997" (DE; 1997-02-21), page 72
  24. Player One, "Février 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 66
  25. Saturn+, "Issue 4" (UK; 1996-10-24), page 30
  26. Secret Service, "Czerwiec 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 67
  27. Sega Magazin, "März 1997" (DE; 1997-02-12), page 68
  28. Sega Power, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 42
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "February 1997" (UK; 1997-01-16), page 74
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-15 (1996-09-13)" (JP; 1996-08-23), page 241
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13
  32. Ultra Game Players, "February 1997" (US; 1997-01-28), page 67
  33. Video Games, "2/97" (DE; 1997-01-22), page 92


Dark Savior

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