Drone Strike Force
Upon loading the game you’ll find yourself in the Garage, where you will be able to choose one of three different drones to play with. The three drone types are the Raptor 1000 (Hunter), the Sky Reaper (Combat)and the Megadon M9X (Sentinel). The Raptor 1000 is the smallest and most evasive of the three drones with its High Acceleration and Top Speed. However, its Health Points and Energy are very low. That said, this isn’t the type of drone you want to go toe-to-toe with the bigger boys on the playground. Where the Raptor 1000 excels is using its Stealth Skills and High-Speed maneuverability.
The Sky Reaper is in the middle ground of the three drones; its Top Speed is about seventy-five percentage less than the Raptors. Its Acceleration is closer to the Raptor’s, but still a little bit slower. However, it has more Health Points and Energy, making the Sky Reaper a good choice for an all-round performance. The Megadon M9X is the big bully of the playground; its Top Speed and Acceleration are much slower than the other two drones – it's built like a tank! High Health Points and Energy means that it can take a spanking much longer than the other two. There are various other drones which you can buy from the market when you’ve earned enough credits.
You can select the drone you’d like to play with from the bottom of the screen. Here it will display any drone you currently own, positioned in the centre of the garage. Each drone, when selected, will display its Weapons, Skill, Items and Perks. In the bottom left corner is where you can edit your loadout, change weapons, skills and perks that you currently own. All drones have two weapons at their disposal along with one skill, two items and perks once the second of each has been unlocked. You can also customise the look of your drone with Skins, and these can be unlocked by either completing objectives or buying them with credits.
Beside Garage at the top of the screen is the Market here you can buy new and more devastating weaponry and drones. Next to the Market is the Tech Center; here there are the three drone types (Hunter, Combat and Sentinel) Research Tree. Each of the trees consist of Perks, Items and Skills and are indicated by corresponding shapes in the research trees (Circle for Perks, Square for Items and Hexagon for Skills). Each of the research requires various amounts of credits to research them. In the top right-hand corner, you’ll find your Name, Rank and any Credits you currently own.
Once you’ve chosen your drone it’s time to hit the Battle Button in the bottom left of the screen. This will then start searching for a game for you to join. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find an online game running currently. However, after a minute or two I am being directed to a Skirmish match with bots while it still searches for an online match. I do like this as there’s nothing worse than watching a clock display the amount of time you’ve been sitting around waiting for a game. The downside of this though, is that you don’t gain any experience, or credits to help you rank up and unlock new drones and equipment while in this mode. Looking at an older screenshot I took, I notice that on the Garage screen, it said Server Status and Server Online in both bottom corners. This isn’t being displayed currently, so it could be the reason why I’m not finding an online game. The game is in Early Access so things like this are to be expected.
In the options you’ll find settings for Graphics (Display Resolution, Window Mode, 3D Resolution, FPS Limit, Anti-Aliasing, Post Process, Shadow, Texture, Effects, V-Sync and Motion Blur). In Audio there are Master, Music and Sound Effect sliders. Finally, you’ll find options for Controls - Mouse (Sensitivity and Focus Sensitivity Sliders and Invert Look), Movement, Weapon, Item and Skill key binds which you can customise to your own preference. You can play using a game pad or keyboard and mouse; I personally preferred using keyboard and mouse over the game pad.
Even though I haven’t been able to play online I have enjoyed playing against the bots as it searches for a game. The game runs very well, it’s smooth and I like the graphics. I’ve only played one map and there isn’t any way to change to another map or to change the difficulty of the bots currently; a bit too easy at least for me (MODESTY GOES HERE). Hopefully this will change in the future as again it is Early Access but so far, it’s looking very good.
One other thing I’ve had trouble with was when trying to use my Item on the Sky Reaper, its Sentry Turret. I’m able to select it but unable to place it down anywhere, hopefully this will also be sorted in the future. I would say certainly keep an eye on the game; it’s fun to play and runs very well! The only let-down currently is that there are no online games to find, and you’re unable to rank up for the better equipment.
Review written by Piston Smashed™ for Zeepond.com!
Positives+ Very enjoyable to play
+ Easy to learn
+ Good graphics
+ Runs well
+ Play against bots while waiting for an online game
Negatives- Struggles to find online games (but it is Early Access)
- No achievements
- No cards currently
Choose your drone, equip its weaponry, learn new skills as you battle against other drones for supremacy of the skies.
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Zeepond Rating: 6/10
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