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  • Summary: Admire the amazingly detailed dynamic terrains and incredible vistas, from a desert canyon to a tropical island to arctic glaciers based on the most spectacular and exotic locations all over the planet. The breathtaking landscape includes monumental rocks, volcanic lava flows, scenic riversAdmire the amazingly detailed dynamic terrains and incredible vistas, from a desert canyon to a tropical island to arctic glaciers based on the most spectacular and exotic locations all over the planet. The breathtaking landscape includes monumental rocks, volcanic lava flows, scenic rivers and ice fields that provide a memorable experience in incredible graphics rarely seen in digital-only titles. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    91
    This is an exciting, adrenaline-pumping game that I think fans of everything from Hydro Thunder to Star Fox 64 could get into and enjoy, if only they knew it existed. Definitely a sleeper, and definitely worth your time.
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    85
    I had no problem getting into an online race with three others, and I suffered absolutely no lag. SkyDrift strikes me as the perfect game for speedfreaks and those looking for a good trashtalking experience with friends.
  3. Oct 21, 2011
    85
    There's been a lot of comparisons between SkyDrift and Wipeout - in fact it's how the game was pitched to me when I was given it. The thing is, Wipeout - and its sequels - while matching SkyDrift for fun, are quite different in style. In fact, I'd be more inclined to say that this is like the love child of Mario Kart and Crimson Skies. Crimson for visuals, and Mario for ridiculousness.
  4. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    While not perfect, this game is still a lot of fun. The definition of easy to play and tough to master, SkyDrift is an addictive romp for those willing to take the time to learn how to become the Dominic Torreto of the skies.
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    75
    This is nice to look at, but a lack of content prevents it from holding your attention for long. In that respect, Skydrift sort of serves as a distraction game to hold you over until the next major release shows up.
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    SkyDrift is 1200 Microsoft Points (£10), and because of that you can somewhat forgive the shortcomings, since the title is full of quality instead of quantity. It's worth the admission fee as it is a blast to play, and a bit of a surprise hit that sprang out of nowhere. If you've been waiting for the next decent arcade racer on Xbox Live Arcade then you should check out this title.
  7. Nov 16, 2011
    50
    The problem of a distinct lack of variety persists, of course, and the lack of an arena-based dogfight mode feels a wasted opportunity. [Issue#115, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    I think this game rulez, really! It looks really good, especially for a downloadable game, and you always have the feeling: just one moreI think this game rulez, really! It looks really good, especially for a downloadable game, and you always have the feeling: just one more time...and again, and again :) Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    10
    This game is really, really good, especially considering a low budget PSN game. I saw this game on PSN by mere chance, Downloaded the demo andThis game is really, really good, especially considering a low budget PSN game. I saw this game on PSN by mere chance, Downloaded the demo and got impressed with the quality and so much fun you can have with it. And I`m not a big fan of racing ou planes games. Strongly recommended! Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    SkyDrift is my new favorite! There are tons of action, cool planes, awesome graphic, the music is so catchy, and finally IT IS A PLANE RACINGSkyDrift is my new favorite! There are tons of action, cool planes, awesome graphic, the music is so catchy, and finally IT IS A PLANE RACING GAME! I really missed this genre. The power ups are fun and cool, also I really like that they upgrade when I pick the same type. The control is tight and get used to it very soon. Reminds me a bit of motorstorm and WipeOut! And it is a fantastic fun in online. Expand
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Amazingly addictive racing, well worth it. I especially enjoy the survivor mode. Nice one! I wish I would be better but practice will probably do it..
  5. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    SkyDrift is an exhilarating, chaotic and frantic experience, this game is a must-buy. Skydrift is a return to a era when all a game had to doSkyDrift is an exhilarating, chaotic and frantic experience, this game is a must-buy. Skydrift is a return to a era when all a game had to do was raise your pulse to dangerously high levels and entertain you and, in that respect, is an unqualified success. It feels like the kind of experience you always hoped youâ Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    Skydrift is breathtaking in every sense. With incredible level design and adrenaline pumping gameplay, this small game will race itself in theSkydrift is breathtaking in every sense. With incredible level design and adrenaline pumping gameplay, this small game will race itself in the hearts of gamers. Perhaps the best racer since WipeOut, it takes that same idea and converts it into a more realistic idea of fighter planes and a load of weaponry and carnage, while keeping the speed. Even if it might get frustrating to handle, the overall excitement and tons of quality factors make up for so much, itâ Expand
  7. Sep 12, 2011
    8
    I don't buy arcade games that often, but I liked the multiplayer enough to drop 15 bucks on the game. There is a learning curve to the flyingI don't buy arcade games that often, but I liked the multiplayer enough to drop 15 bucks on the game. There is a learning curve to the flying (which also depends on the plane you choose), and there are only 6 tracks (12 if you count reverse) but overall I'm satisfied because the track design is solid (but not perfect). There are plenty of planes to choose from but they aren't all available from the start, but working towards unlocking them wasn't annoying.

    Survivor mode wasn't what I expected it to be. I was hoping it was going to be more of a 'last man standing' (kind of like a deathmatch) mode instead of eliminating the person in last place. So, when you play online, you'll see a lot of rage quitting that can effect the game. Winning a 'speed race' depends on you choosing the right place for the track and knowing all the shortcuts. Otherwise, you'll see yourself constantly coming in last place. The Action Race is basically a cross between Mario Kart and Wipeout. Pros will convert pickups to the speed boost function. But you'll also need to use your weapons as defense or to gain a spot. It's a balance. Hopefully people won't pick this up and forget about it in a week's time. It's a fun flight.
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