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Prepare To Start Your Descent. Sensory overload in 360° 3-D. Welcome to Descent™ - 27 levels of the most mind-bending, stomach-churning action game ever. Featuring true 3-Dimensional worlds with light source shading, texture mapping, 3-D morphing, directional sound effects and sizzling music, this is technology taken to the limit.
Release Date: Feb 13, 1995
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Prepare To Start Your Descent.

Sensory overload in 360° 3-D.

Welcome to Descent™ - 27 levels of the most mind-bending, stomach-churning action game ever. Featuring true 3-Dimensional worlds with light source shading, texture mapping, 3-D morphing, directional sound effects and sizzling music, this is technology taken to the limit.

Something has happened at Lunar Base I. The Post-Terran Mining Company has lost contact with the miners and none of the mining robots are responding. The PTMC has brought in you the Material Defender to deal with the situation. Your mission is to find any survivors and find the source of threat. You will start a journey that takes you from the Moon to Pluto. Best of luck Material Defender.

Lunge straight down mine shafts, twist around never-ending tunnels and fight your way past robotic menaces in an environment that's truly 6 degrees of freedom... move up, move down, shoot everything everywhere. Hang onto your senses (and your lunch) as you drop straight down mine shafts on a ride that'll leave you spinning.

And what's the good of losing your mind if you can't share the experience with your friends? Descent invites you and your buddies to dive into the action together with head-to-head combat and cooperative two-player modem and eight-player network support.

Get ready for Descent...

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 or better
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 32 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
438 products in account
17 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
A repackaged GOG release. Just uses DOSbox, so you manually have to install and mess around with a source port in order to get it working properly with Steam.

A fantastic game, but this release is absolutely pointless considering Descent 1 + 2 is $10 at GOG, while Descent 1 and 2 are $10 each on Steam.
Posted: April 21
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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23 reviews
14.3 hrs on record
NOTICE 1
**I’m a total newcomer to this game**

NOTICE 2
** Don’t buy DESCENT 1 on Steam unless it’s on a really low sale. When I say “recommended” I really just mean the game itself, not buying it on Steam. You can get this game and DESCENT 2 on GoodOldGames.com for $10. **

DESCENT is basically classic DOOM in zero gravity. The space ship you fly and missiles you launch at robots might lead you to believe it’s a space flight game, but it’s really a straight-up mid 90’s first person shooter in space (or rather underground on worlds all over the solar system). You explore labyrinthine levels collecting blue, yellow, and red keys to eventually reach the exit. The zero-g factor as well as a few other things though make DESCENT unlike most shooters released before or since.
If you’ve ever played that game FORSAKEN from Acclaim, the levels are kind of like that. You progress trough them similarly to how you would in DOOM, but they are much more three-dimensional here, which makes navigating them a task in itself. Luckily, DESCENT gives you a 3D automap and a great deal of control over it compared to DOOM’s automap, which you’ll need to use if you don’t want to get lost.

Not only do you have to navigate DESCENT’s mazes, but also plan what you do in them. Every level has hostages to rescue for extra points, but they die if you lose a life while carrying them. Also, after destroying the mainframe at the end of each level you have 45 seconds to find and escape through the exit, so it’s usually best to grab the hostages right before facing the mainframe. This navigation and planning can make DESCENT surprisingly cerebral for an action game.

Ultimately what makes DESCENT challenging though is its large and unique gallery of enemies. The problem is with how the developers decided to place them in the levels, making DESCENT an unnecessarily hard game in some parts, even compared to DOOM.

You’ve got your different varieties of enemy ships that shoot different weapons at you, but there are also enemies with interesting behaviors. One type does a pretty good job of flanking you if you let it; another simply watches you and enhances the AI of enemies around it. Eventually you discover different methods and maneuvers to use against each one. Thinking on your feet in DESCENT becomes intense in a new way when you’re doing it in zero-g.

Where it get’s annoying is when DESCENT sets up its many unfair ambushes. You’ll enter rooms from the only entrance only to be immediately surrounded. Enemies sit behind doors ready to attack in ways that are unavoidable unless you know it’s coming ahead of time from having reloaded the game. Worst of all is probably one particular enemy that, as soon as it becomes aware of you, almost instantly slices down your health with a chain gun while giving off a high-pitched pig-like scream.

Some of this might actually be affected by the source ports that have been released for DESCENT and are pretty necessary for playing the game in modern resolutions and at high framerates. I used DXX Rebirth but I think there are others. The issue is that some parts of the enemy AI are tied to framerate, the biggest issue being homing missiles. On the DXX Rebirth, once fired they’re almost impossible to dodge because they can turn on a dime.

Lastly, if you have a PC flightstick, DESCENT is supposed to be best played with them. I worked out a fine keyboard and mouse scheme. You might also want to try mapping out an Xbox 360 configuration too, which the source ports make possible.

Overall, there really have been few games like DESCENT made before or since, other than its sequels. If you’re into FPSs of its era it offers almost 30 levels of some of the most difficult FPS action this side of super-hardcore DOOM WADs.
Posted: March 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
847 products in account
2 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Relive your nausea inducing childhood.
Posted: June 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
This game brought FPS games to a completely new dimension! The.... Z-Axis! Before I played this game I was limited to exploration on only the X and Y axis, but after I played Descent, I had access to the Z-axis which meant that I could fly UP and THEN shoot! This was completely differnt than jumping in so many of one way in the sense that I could stay up, after I flew up but when I jumped up, in other games, I would come back down. But now, I am able to go up, stay up and shoot down. What else could I ask for? Open space?!?! Well, that's another game for another time.
Posted: April 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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13 reviews
12.9 hrs on record
This is one of the first games I had ever played (The other one being Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure). The gameplay for this game feels more like an FPS that allows you to fly around rooms than a spaceship combat game. The story is not anything special, but all the secrets, exploration, and epic boss battles will make you descend over and over again in Descent!

10/10
Posted: April 18
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439 of 463 people (95%) found this review helpful
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10 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
I'm sure some will disagree, but this is a game that got absolutely everything right back when it first released on DOS, from sound, to graphics, to balance, to gameplay. It has that X factor that is hard to come by. It's maddening, addicting, scary, thrilling, and yet deeply rewarding. Few games back in the early 90's kept me as enthralled as this game did. The 360 degree movement made the gameplay truly unique at the time, not to mention confusing if you didn't pay attention to where you were. Combine that with the thrill of uncovering what lay ahead in the mines, the difficult bots that were out to destroy you, a great soundtrack, and action not matched by many at the time. Descent is an instant classic and it's nice that it lives again so the newer gamers can experience a piece of PC gaming history, and so those of us who were lucky enough to descend into it's depths the first time around, can revisit the mines our corpses littered more then we probably would've liked.
Posted: February 11
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