Drifting Lands Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Drifting Lands by Alkemi. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Drifiting Lands is a game that combines both action RPG and shoot ‘em up gameplay. The game is described as a hack and slash RPG first and foremost with the shoot ‘em up gameplay being secondary. You play as a pilot of one of three ships as you fight your way through waves of enemies.
At the start of the game, you’ll be given the choice between one of three ships. Each ship has it’s own unique stats and fighting abilities. One ship is fast but has low health while another is slow-moving but has a ton of armor. The third ship is a balanced fighter and is a great one to choose if you’re new to the game. The ship you choose can be customized with various parts ranging from engines to weapons. You can also buy and sell equipment using the marketplace.
The game features over 70 active and passive abilities allowing you to customize your own unique style of play. It’s recommended that you keep a repair ability equipped at all times because they’re incredibly handy during battle. I also recommend utilizing a bubble ability as well so you can block incoming attacks, which is really handy for when there’s a lot of bullets on-screen.
Skills are split into 3 different categories, basic active, advanced active and passive. Each category has it’s own sub-categories with unique abilities to unlock. In basic there’s blade, detonation, bubble, repair, and warp. Under advanced there’s weapon, slow, ring, mine and spear. Finally, under passive abilities there’s credit, survivor, impact, and close range skills. You unlock new skills in each category as you go up in rank.
Once your ship is all setup and abilities equipped, you’ll need to head to the command center where you’ll be able to take on various missions. There are times when you’ll be able to take on quests by speaking with the other characters. These missions allow you to progress the story and obtain new rewards. Each mission has a duration and you can view it by mousing over the mission. Each mission you take part in is randomly generated but the way they’re setup doesn’t really change much so it’s more or less the same each run.
During a mission your objective is to destroy any and all ships that come into your view. The game plays like a vertical side scrolling shooter but the way the enemies come into the screen is a lot like Galaga. You gain points based on how many enemies you destroy which goes into your overall score at the end.
The developers recently added mouse controls to the game as well so you can control the entire game using the mouse and keyboard. A controller is still the recommended control method because the mouse controls are a little floaty as of right now but I’m sure they’ll improve moving forward.
Drifting Lands is a very enjoyable game and it’s unique combination of both action RPG and shoot ‘em up gameplay is sure to please fans of both genres. The game is easy to get into and it’s a great pick up and play style game so you don’t have to play it for long periods of time to feel like you accomplished something. If you’re in the mood for something unique in either genre, Drifting Lands is a great choice.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Tons of Replayability
- Fun Shoot 'Em Up Based Gameplay
- Tons of Levels
- Great Soundtrack
- Tons of Equipment to Acquire/Equip
- Mouse Controls are A Bit Floaty
- Levels Are More or Less the Same, Regardless of Random Generation