Drone Tactics Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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RPGFan (Jun 14, 2008)
I wasn't expecting myself to enjoy this game. My goal was to plow through it and write a review for a web site, likely saying "yeah, this is another mediocre game from Success and Atlus." But, in my opinion, this title beats the pants off of the last Success game Atlus brought us (Rondo of Swords), and if you can swallow the weak plot and the obvious appeal towards younger gamers, what you have left is an excellent Strategy RPG for everyone's favorite handheld device. Don't hesitate to try this one!
Entertainment Depot, The (Jul 01, 2008)
The fast pace and streamlined combat of Drone Tactics work together to create a game which shouldn’t be overlooked by any fan of tactical RPGs. While the presentation may seem a bit too immature for some, it’s no worse than many similar games coming out of Japan. There’s even been an age shift in the protagonists from later teens to earlier teens, with a bit more innocence thrown in for good measure. That aside, the game is very well put together and a lot of thought went into what will separate this game from others. The developers have a great understanding of all types of players and arranged the game accordingly so that anyone can get something out of it. While it isn’t perfect -- the backgrounds get repetitive and there isn’t a wealth of different bug types -- the game gets so many things right that I couldn’t help but enjoy every moment. If you have even the slightest interest in Drone Tactics, don’t hesitate to pick it up.
NintendoWorldReport (Jun 22, 2008)
Overall, Drone Tactics is an enjoyable turn-based strategy RPG. There are some small detractions from the game, including the unforgiving menu system and the god awful dialogue, but they can be overlooked due to the stellar gameplay. Fans of the genre should head out and pick this one up without question; however, new players should test the water with the Advance Wars series first and see how they like the experience before looking into Drone Tactics.
GamesRadar (May 19, 2008)
To put those complaints into perspective, it'll take you 40-plus hours to finish the story mode. Longer if you try to complete all of the optional badlands missions. That's 40-plus hours worth of awesome battles and addictive customizing.
GameZone (May 30, 2008)
Drone Tactics is a deep, fun strategy-RPG and more than worth your while if you’re a genre fan. I have to admit, when I first started it up I thought it was a kid’s game, nothing more. Once I put a little time into the game, however, I began getting more and more addicted. Few games are as addictive as a deep, well-balanced tactical RPG, and Drone Tactics has got the goods in spades. If you know a kid you want to turn on to the genre, pick them up a copy. If you give it a try, though, don’t be surprised if you end up wanting a copy for yourself, too.
1UP (Jun 12, 2008)
Drone Tactics may look like Advance Wars with giant mechanical bugs and an absurd plot, but it's challenging and fun. Just watch out for those damn centipedes.
Cheat Code Central (May, 2008)
Adult players may find the story a tad on the horrendous side, but Drone Tactics easily holds its own in the strategy and gameplay departments. It's not quite as complex as other entries in the genre - a potentially positive criticism since the game aids younger players who want to give it a try or more experience players who need a break from constant micromanaging. Other than the slick battle animations, which are completely a step in the right direction for turn-based strategy games on the DS, the game doesn't go above and beyond in most respects. However, it doesn't really need to; to the kiddos who'll get a kick out Drone Tactics, squishing bugs will be as gross as this title is engrossing.
IGN (May 23, 2008)
Drone Tactics is a solid strategy game wrapped in a sickly sweet candy shell. In order to get at the gaming goodness you have to bite through generic characters, laughable dialogue, and one of the most inane stories we've ever been forced to sit through (because we can't skip the damn things!). If you consider yourself a fan of turn-based strategy games, though, you may find the engaging insect mech combat to be worth it.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Aug 09, 2008)
Unfortunately, we don't have those extra decimal places, and it's not quite an 8 because it doesn't quite trouble the upper echelons of turn-based tactical excellence. Nevertheless, it's definitely a superior example of turn-based strategy, and certainly the best insect-based example of the genre. And, in a slightly tenuous attempt to tie the end of this review back in to our opening trivia, it's definitely more fun than counting to 10 quintillion.
RPGamer (Jun 04, 2008)
Drone Tactics is nearly a must-buy game for anyone who enjoys the tactics genre. The well-executed combination of deeply customizable units and predetermined class strengths is rarely handled so smoothly. Most tactical RPGs hand the player either a set of completely blank slates, or rigid, barely tweakable, class-defined characters. Being able to see the physical results of these customizations in beautiful 3D is an extra boon.
Game Informer Magazine (2008)
Drone Tactics has a few perks off the battlefield, too. The customization options are especially neat, letting you create your own emblem for your army and change the color scheme of specific units. Unfortunately, some minor control over the visuals isn’t enough to overcome the worn path this game walks in terms of gameplay and design. Drone Tactics is functional and occasionally fun, but it never gets exciting.