Review: Drifting Lands (Steam)

Drifting Lands is an hybrid of classical horizontal shoot’em’up with a lot of strong gameplay elements coming straight from the action-RPG genre.

Pros:

  • 1653MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Three save slots.
  • Decent graphics.
  • Two modes of play- Normal and forgiving.
  • Three ships to initially pick from.
  • Optional tutorial.
  • Graphic options- Resolution, Fullscreen, Dynamic shadows, AA, V-sync, Scaled UI.
  • Main hub- Here you can buy/sell items, Craft, Get missions and upgrade your ship.
  • Abilities- Unlock/buy new abilities. You have 4 slots that can be equipped with your abilities.
  • Earn upgrade points and spend them in the big skill tree.
  • Steam cards.
  • Side scrolling shoot em up with RPG elements like crafting and item drops.
  • Item drops have rating class from common to legendary.
  • Game difficulty goes up as you play.
  • Loadout- Four ability slots with two passive slots.
  • HUD in game shows level progression.
  • Tight shoot em up with a lot of bullet hell scenarios.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Menu shortcuts.
  • Drag and drop UI system.
  • Roguelike in that you lose all collected items so far in level and must restart the level.
  • Can fully customise your ship and abilities and really change how the game plays.
  • Fun to play.
  • Scratches the loot drop itch along with any shmup fantasies.

Cons:

  • No real voice acting.
  • Slow starter.
  • Text in some menu options is very small.
  • A lot of tutorial pop ups.
  • Feel a bit overwhelmed with so many mechanics at play.
  • Screen can get really busy and make it hard to see where you are.
  • The levels early on feel very basic and its not until later on you get the proper shoot em up feels and experiences.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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