Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Innovative, exciting, and once you look past the visuals (which aren't really awful, just plain), a truly great game to play.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    62
    The mission progression helps things gel, but the leaden controls and graphical sterility weigh down an otherwise decent action game. [August 2002, p.123]
  3. 60
    The occasional high difficulty will alienate most players, though for those who can take the heat, Dropship is a great buy.
  4. Game Informer
    75
    Much like the plane you pilot, Dropship isn't a very pretty or elegant beast; but if you want some good airborne action, it gets the job done. [August 2002, p.78]
  5. 90
    The transition from flying a plane to steering a four-wheeled armored truck to shooting a gun in first-person view is smooth, addicting, and, best of all, keeps the pace of the action consistent enough for you to be involved to the very end. [July 2002, p.74]
  6. Stunning visuals, spectacular gameplay, and a realistic plot.
  7. While the game is certainly impressive on a technical level, some elements of its graphical presentation seem somewhat primitive when viewed against current standards.
  8. 72
    Despite my aggravations and frustrations with some of the aspects of the game, there was an addictive quality to Dropship on a Rubik's-Cube level.
  9. 79
    In essence, as military combat games go, Dropship is the jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind.
  10. Sometimes it’s tedious work, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that playing sky taxi isn’t rewarding.
  11. A compelling game which, once you get over the at times steep learning curve, will keep you very happy, as the action is superb.
  12. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    80
    This game is hard – it starts out tough and gets tougher from there. [June 2002, p.98]
  13. PSM Magazine
    70
    A rather enjoyable, if not totally innovative, experience. [June 2002, p.39]
  14. Not for little kids, senior citizens or the easily-discouraged, Dropship demands serious commitment and many hours before revealing its true worth. Once it grabs you though, Dropship makes "Ace Combat 4" and "Lethal Skies" come across as trainee rookie simulators.
  15. A peculiar game, a very specialist title more like a true flight-sim then the arcade games we’re used to on consoles, yet the controls have been thought about to ensure its accessibility.
  16. We've played "Starfighter" and "Ace Combat 4" and they are both excellent titles, but if you want to be engrossed in a battle that looks great and plays like you always wanted a game to play, Dropship is certainly for you.
  17. A great game...But it misses out on the magic four stars because of the sheer difficulty that will undoubtedly throw certain people into spitting fits and hissing rages.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 13, 2010
    7
    Very steep difficulty curve, but makes you come back for more. A unique premise that is done fairly well. The game tends to lean towards beingVery steep difficulty curve, but makes you come back for more. A unique premise that is done fairly well. The game tends to lean towards being unfair towards the player at times, but they are pretty few and far between. A unique game in a genre dominated by Ace Combat and similar titles. Worth a purchase. Full Review »
  2. AndrewB.
    Aug 29, 2002
    10
    Absolutely excellent, enough challenge, enough action, graphically amazing!!! Please help I just can't stop playing this damn game!
  3. PaulA.
    Jun 14, 2002
    10
    It totally rocks man?