Drone Champions League – The Game Review

Welcome to the Drone Championship League. A sport made up of fast paced professional drone drivers with pinpoint accuracy. Around the world people love the concept of drone flying and as of late has become something of a spectacle, with huge competitions that have drawn in big name sponsors from around the globe. So why not make a game? DCL for Xbox has just landed and there is no other way to feel the rush of drone flying unless you actually fly a drone, at least this way we can fly and not have to deal with fixing them after.

“Fly through over 30 spectacular tracks and compete online against other pilots from all over the world! Discover real drone racing tracks like the snow halfpipes of LAAX and the castle ruins of Reutte. Each location will present a new and unique challenge and will demand all your piloting skills!”

The excitement drawn to these events is massive. Bright neon colors and Red Bull stickers and posters as far as the eye can see. Being that these drones can fly up to speeds of 140Km+ the tracks can be long and treacherous with many winding curves, loop to loops and tunnels with tight passages. Couple this with blown up obstacles and everyday hurdles like light posts and cement pillars or even screaming to the top of skyscrapers can make for a truly nerve racking experience. Not to mention the first person view from the players perspective.

You have a variety of game modes. Time attacks which pits you against other players ghosts as you try to take first place. Multiplayer speaks for itself but with this game you can apply and participate in real time events and competitions which take place on certain dates and times. And then free play mode which lets you explore the rather well made levels and locations of real tracks from around the globe.

Winning events and time attacks grant you cash to spend on your drone. You have a limited selection of drones to chose from but as you play you can spend your cash on various skins and accessories like your wind trail, yes you can have sparks, rainbows, musical notes trailing behind your drone which adds that slight fantasy element and fun to the game.

There are also a variant in controls. Arcade (Easy) sees you only needing to turn while flying a drone making it feel more like a crazy roller coaster ride and makes for an enjoyable learning curve. As you adjust the difficulty to the harder and more realistic modes, you will find things get pretty hairy. Requiring you to use your full flying skills to adjust pitch and strafe you will be flying like a champ in not time… well, after some practice.

Conclusion

DCL is a great experience and a lot of fun; with many sponsors, professional players and fans it easy to see how this has become a popular sport, so why not make a game to go along with it.? Many challenging tasks await and if you have the patience, you to can drone like a pro.

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Good
  • Great visuals
  • Fun and addictive
  • Challenging
Bad
  • Based on multiplayer only
7.5
Good
Gameplay - 7.5
Graphics - 7.9
Audio - 7.5
Longevity - 7
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Hey gamers! Dj Redcap here, been a gamer for years. A passion for video games since the early days of Atari Pong to the modern ages of Xbox One X, I've seen the Sega Master System, the NES, the Dreamcast, GameCube and all the rest. Born 1984, I have seen some great video game advances over the years and I'm glad to be here for them all. Hail from a small dot down the bottom end of Australia and proud to support Xbox. Feel free to hit me up on Xbox GT: vv Dj Redcap vv or twitter @Dj_Redcap

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