Dropship: United Peace Force is a futuristic combat title that puts the player in the role as a member of an elite international soldier. It allows players to control a variety of ground and air-based vehicles through its many missions. There are 20 missions in all, and multitudes of enemy forces gunning for you. Each mission is laid out beforehand with an extensive cinema, though the game doesnít offer branching missions, its linear gameplay is still challenging. Once you get started, it quickly becomes apparent that this isnít the usual superficial console shooter. Playing Dropship is enormously challenging, since each one of the mission objectives need to be strictly adhered to. This is a straight-forward combat title, but the combat doesnít come until later. Earlier missions emphasize controlling your ship but the game gradually introduces you to new tactics and weaponry. This makes the early going a bit dull, but with patience and persistence, you gradually gain more abilities as you earn the commandersí trust to handle weapons. Fighting through the first couple of missions is hard, since each one will take awhile to complete. However, once you get into it, Dropship wins you over. Each mission has multiple objectives, which gives the mission structures plenty of depth. While each of the vehicles in the game has their own conventions, they share enough commonality to make the transitions easy and exist in a common space which allows the player to master new vehicles quickly. Luckily there is an extensive training mode that guides you through the game. Youíll have to master the controls before attempting missions, since fiddling around with the techniques during timed missions is going to make you lose every time. The interface is a bit complicated and still seems a bit clunky even later on in the game, making things more frustrating than they should be. This can be overcome after some extensive time, but Dropship will still require plenty of time to beat. The investment pays off with a solid, enjoyable title that immerses the player into the action.
Thereís plenty of action during the game, and the sensations of flight it creates is a good one. Dropshipís plot is interesting to a certain extent, and unfolds at a good clip during between mission cinemas. Itís not the most original storyline but it does help to keep you motivated. You also have to suffer through some bland dialogue which is clichťd and dull and the constant reminders get on your nerves after awhile. If you take too long to complete an objective, your commander yells at you to hurry up and a clock is displayed. This adds to the tension and makes the gameplay much more challenging. The only problem with this is that the time lengths and placement of the objectives and strike points seems a little arbitrary. This makes the gameplay difficult, and not surprisingly, curtails the overall enjoyment significantly. As stated earlier, the initial missions seem to drag on, and the game is a bit too exacting in its mission objectives.
Thereís surprisingly little leeway given to players.
For example, during the flight missions, in addition to having to put the ship
down precisely inside the landing-zone indicator, you also have to land in the
same direction the landing-zoneís arrow is pointing. This is going to far and
is obviously extremely annoying, though it does add to the realism somewhat. It
doesnít help that simply turning the ship is a complicated maneuver requiring
several steps. Also adding to the gameís overall feel is that the Dropshipís
have two modes, hover and flight which are used to achieve different objectives.
However, switching between the Hovering and flying isnít as seamless or
intuitive as you would expect. Youíll frequently find yourself hovering when
you want to fly, and since the game automatically transitions between the modes
at odd points, it seems to make little logical sense. This makes landing the
ship much harder than it should be, and being even a little off in the direction
once you do land means you have to do this again;. You also have to press down
again once you get on the ground to officially land. This is extremely annoying
and is a big detriment during play. A simpler, easier to understand would have
helped the game immensely, but the clunky controls remain a problem throughout
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