Excerpt: While there are a lot of excellent racing games on current consoles, fans of frantic, combat based kart racing have rather limited choices. But now you can add one more viable option, as SkyDrift is simply a blast.
Summary: " SkyDrift " is a decent little game. It’s perhaps slightly overpriced at 1200 points, but there are plenty of tracks and planes on offer. Unfortunately, it suffers from many of the classic pitfalls that XBLA games fall into, with poor sound and a somewhat generic feel to it.
Excerpt: SkyDrift is a little game that tries really hard. It has action! It has heavy machinery that flies at break neck speeds shooting each other to pieces! It even has power-ups! We should know by now, however, that a list of features does not a game make…
Summary: Unlike many arcade racers, SkyDrift is not for the faint of heart. For all incredibly beautiful courses and seemingly blast-‘em-style approach, the game is remarkably difficult, giving very little leeway to newcomers to the aerial racing scene.
Excerpt: Combining elements of racing and shooting, does this downloadable title from Namco Bandai contain enough action? There are three different types of races played over the six locations, with the courses played in reverse to provide extra longevity.
Summary: Although racing games have always been hugely popular, the genre has yet to leave a lasting mark on the Xbox Live Arcade. It seems like the only racers gracing Microsoft's download service are arcade ports (OutRun, Sega Rally) and advertisements masquerading racing games (Yaris, Crash Course).
Excerpt: After Digital Reality released the well thought out but poorly executed zombie-defense game Dead Block , I honestly had no idea what the company was planning to do next. So when it was announced that Digital Reality would be developing and publishing a plane-racing game called SkyDrift I was, well,...
Summary: SkyDrift is a decent dogfighting racer, but it lacks originality which ultimately doesn’t make it stand out as much as it should. It has some great moments and it’s fairly easy to get the full 200 gamerpoints, so its worth downloading the trial to at least see if its your cup of tea.
Conclusion: Skydrift brings gorgeous visuals, addicting multiplayer competition and interesting mechanics to the Xbox Live marketplace, which feels a little too saturated by art-games at this point. It doesn’t want you think, interpret or behold any artistry that so many arcade games opt for.