Developed by Alkemi, a small french independent studio, Drifting Lands was just an early access game before. But last June 5 of this year, after more than 3 years of work to make Drifitng Lands a great game as possible, it is now a full game and it retails to the price of P 489.95. If you like side scrolling 2D/3D action, shoot ’em up, loot galore with a touch of RPG, you may want to consider adding Drifting Lands to your list of games to play.
The first impression I have with this game is the lack of appeal of the main menu. I thought that this a bit of boring side scrolling game where you just shoot some bad guys and just fly over them. But, the game proved me wrong in many ways even if the game tends to be repetitive at times.
Here in the Command Center, this is where you select your missions and it has a side missions too. Although every mission runs pretty much the same aside from the difficulty of each as it increases. Before you start the game, you have two choices for difficulty, Normal and Forgiving Mode. Normal Mode is easy. Forgiving Mode, not so easy. Litteraly.
Before you take the flight, you must choose your ship. Three choices you have. Interceptor, Marauder and Sentinel. The Interceptor is the basic one. Lightweight, does the damage fairly well. But, it has thin armor so expect you’ll gonna get hurt easily. Marauder is in the middle. Average firepower and resistence but a lot tougher than the Interceptor. Last is, the Sentinel, tougher than both Interceptor and Marauder but moves slower but can take a lot more damage.
You can also customize your ship in the Command Center. From weapons, armors, shields and you can even rename your ship to something cool. Also, credits are earned during and after each mission that you can use to upgrade your stats and purchase new items to make your ship much stronger. There are also special abilities you can use to aid you on your mission.
CONTROLS AND NAVIGATIONS
The game is best played with a controller for easy navigation of ship. It is recommended as well before you reach the main menu. I just wished they include the option to use the controller in navigating the menus from main menu selection, accessing the ships profile and selecting your mission.
If you don’t have a game pad, you can either use mouse for movement and keyboard for shooting or you can use keyboard alone for both movement. Button mappings are easy to understand and beginner-friendly as well.
GRAPHICS AND VISUAL STYLE
Right before anything else, game’s aspect ration doesn’t fully support the 21:9 or the ultrawide screens for that fully immersive experience that’s why there are black bars found at both sides of the screen. So take note of this ultrawide masterrace.
Drifting Lands is a system friendly game. You can play this even on an entry level laptop or desktop. The graphics is pretty good despite of its relatively small file size. Taken from Steam, below are the minimum and recommended system specs to run Drifting Lands:
- OS: Windows XP or Better
- Processor: Anything for gaming bought in the past 2 or 3 years
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: Any AMD/ATI or NVidia with more than 512Mo of DEDICATED RAM
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 1 GB available space
- OS: Windows 7 or 8.
- Processor: Intel Quad Processor.
- Memory: 4 GB RAM.
- Graphics: Any powerful AMD/ATI or NVIDIA card with more than 512 of RAM.
- DirectX: Version 9.0c.
- Network: Broadband Internet connection.
- Storage: 1 GB available space.
With so much things going on the screen, you can’t help but admire how engaging all the characters from your ship down to the enemy ships’ bullets. Its fun dodging all those obstacles and the effects of blasting them with your special abilities is superb. It’s a mix of 2D and 3D visual style making the game balance and pleasing to the eyes.
OST – ADDING MORE ADRENALINE RUSH
Drifting Land’s OST is created by Igodart. Their fast music for Drifting Lands makes the game more exciting and adds more thrill to the game. You can check the entire content by listening here thru Soundcloud.
Drifting Lands is filled with fun and excitement whether you’re a fan of horizontal shoot ’em up or not. Add to that the RPG-esque style of grinding all the way up to boost your ship by means of upgrading your weapons, armors, attributes and other factors that can help you win your mission makes you play the game more. Controls are pretty basic and the game’s system requirement can be played even on a budgeted system. Although the main menu could use a little more improvement to make the game more appealing right from the start, but everything else looks just fine especially it’s priced just right for only P 489.95. But, hey, you can always wait for that Steam sale. *winks*
- Graphics – 4
- Controls – 4
- Sounds – 4
- Replay Value – 4
- Price – 4
Rating this game 4 out of 5!