January 3, 2001
Dropship: United Peace Force - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players Price
18/1/2002SonySCEE Studio Camden1$99.95

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Despite the view there is no pop-up.
Dropship is one of the most exciting games in development. Although it may appear to be a flight simulator, it's so much more. You see, at times you can land your craft and, much like in the movie Aliens, you can deploy a land based vehicle to take out enemies from the ground. It's an excellent blend that anyone who has played the recently release demo could attest to, works superbly. If you thought that the Playstation 2 was going to go quiet after Christmas then guess again. This game could quite possibly the best game yet on the system.

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Taking out an enemy chopper.
Dropship: United Peace Force is set in the year 2050. The world is gripped by increasing levels of conflict and political instability. As a result the international heads of government create a new unified international army - the United Peacekeeping Force (UPF), tasked with identifying and eliminating any hostile threat to world peace.

You start the game as a new recruit to the Dropship squadron of the UPF. After your initial training period is completed you're thrown into the heat of battle. From there, you face a series of missions, developing your combat skills to take on the enemy in the air and on the ground, leading to an all out assault on the headquarters of a corrupt regime in the hope this will galvanise the prospects of global peace.

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Close encounters of the deadly kind.
The developers are calling this a 'deploy and destroy' game where you can deploy a vahicle to get in close to the action to rescue hostages, take out enemy positions and, well generally create havoc. With the flight simulation aspects this is a blend that has been rarely attempted in the past on any system and should provide some exciting action. The game takes place in four different territories. These are North Africa, which is mainly desert, Colombia which is very mountainous, Kazakhstan which is snowy rocks and the coast of China.

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Despite the view there is no pop-up.
One of the most impressive aspects of this titles is the graphics. Studio Camden have pushed the Playstation 2 to new levels with over 280 square kilometers of terrain in the game and absolutely no pop-up or slowdown apparent. The enemy craft all look wonderful while the speed of the game, as your craft can go well over 1000km/hour, is impressive.

Dropship looks and, thanks to the demo, plays superbly. The graphics are among the best seen while the gameplay should be varied enough to hold your interest. Studio Camden may not be too familair to many, but they used to be Psygnosis, a name that should be familiar to almost any PSOne owner with hit games such as Wipeout and Formula One.