Blown Back To Life
HIGH The best, most enjoyable Gears since the series’ debut.
LOW The story might be too scaled back for its own good.
WTF I never thought Gears would sink deep into microtransactions. I was wrong.
In 2026, a massive cataclysm will rock the world. Earthquakes will ruin nations, chunks of Japan will fall into the ocean, and a massive city-spire known as the Tower of Barbs will rise from the sea and beckon adventurers to explore its heights. Oh, and a skateboarding grim reaper wearing 3D glasses will also be there to dole out advice to those who dare the climb.
These days, the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre seems so crowded I often wonder if we’ve already reached a point of oversaturation, so I was skeptical that developer Sparkypants could bring anything new to the table. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see Dropzone introduce a unique take on the MOBA, and it’s shaping up as an exciting arena game with some strategy and progression elements added to the mix.
When you think of id Software, a few names come to mind — Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake chief among them. However, when you think of Quake specifically, you’re probably not thinking of the original. Instead, you’re probably thinking of Quake II or Quake III: Arena, both of which released to much larger fanfare and moved away from the original’s premise and setting.