This is a very early demo of the game Overload, a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent.
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Release Date: Mar 7, 2016

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“Everything you’d want a spiritual Descent sequel to be.”
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The pre-alpha build of Overload, a new six-degree-of-freedom shooter from the creators of Descent, contains three levels, including a "destroy the reactor" level and a fun challenge mode. While the game is early in the development process, the teaser shows off the intense combat, amazing explosions, and cutting-edge lighting. With 8 usable weapons and 3 menacing robot types, players can get a taste of what’s to come when Overload releases next year.

System Requirements

    • OS: XP SP2+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 2.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
On the heels of classic Descent (and Freespace), the strong design pedigree immediately shines through - the glowing eyes of the robots, the punchy sound, the (optional) 90* auto-leveling, the subtle bob of the ship when stationary, getting lost looking for the exit door after blowing the reactor - it's all here. Overload feels fantastic and I would encourage anyone reading this to try it out.

The teaser will likely run you about 30-45 minutes, with a nice training section, sample mission, and endless(?) survival challenge mode. Unity 5, looks and runs fantastic. Feels great on both Keyboard + Mouse and 360 Gamepad, and looks as though it should support a HOTAS setup (update: doesn't seem to support an X52 quite yet). Very technically impressive for a pre-alpha.

As of this writing, Overload currently has 3 days remaining on Kickstarter:
I only came across it the other day, but it has been picking up Steam and making notable funding progress while I've been watching it - it looks like it could very well pull off an 11th hour finish (and I hope it does), so if you're interested, please give the folks at Revival some support!

Thanks for reading!
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
It's Descent. If you played Descent when you were younger, it's back, proper.
The two designers for the original Descents have made a proper spiritual continuation, it looks and plays exactly as it should; you smash panels and parts off repurposed mining robots until they go fireworks, while they try to extract the meaty bit from your ships metal shell using various methods.

The controls are intuitive, the momentum physics behave as you would expect, the weapons have a solid feel to them (even the frickin laser beams) and each connecting hit gives a physics reaction and a pretty light show as reward.
The sound is great, the baddies sound suitably demonically possessed, the lighting is a real treat, accurate realtime shadows (something of a rarity these days for some reason) are on full display and it all sits together in a surprisingly atmospheric package.

You still get as disorientated as the original Descents and the screen fills with carnage quickly, but that's a positive in this reviewer's book.
The story is to be written by the writer of Freespace 2 and the music is from the original Descent's crew, many Parallax (original Descent) developers are in the team, making this a very exciting project.

Check out the Kickstarter for more info, definitely check out the excellent free teaser demo, it's nostalgia redone right.
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47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
If you like the original Descent games Im sure you are going to like this game teaser.This teaser is very well done and its like a complete demo but is still alpha.In my computer plays perfect.Very good graphics and shadows, perfect controls I cant wait for this game AAAA+++ 10/10
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
The original team that defined the 6DOF genre over 20 years ago is back together and bringing 6DOF into the 21st century. This playable teaser has the look and feel I've come to expect from the makers of Descent and It has me yearning for more.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This demo is well worth the download
This demo is terrific!
It's Descent with better graphics, better AI for well thought out and menacing robots, exciting and pulse pounding 6dof flight. The original creators of Descent completely got this modern remake right. The flight feel is spot on.
Give the free demo a try. The challenge mode is tough...the AI is very smart and difficult to pin down.

It's fun.
It showcases how awesome Overload is.
It's free.
It's well worth the download.

If you're on the fence about supporting the kickstarter, try the demo.
If you just want to have some fun like you did with Descent, try the demo (you'll want more for sure...)
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30 of 35 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This "teaser" or preview build captures the magic of Descent perfectly, showing a lot of promise for the full release.

If you like the teaser, please back this project's Kickstarter campaign at
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
There have been many attempts to rekindle the magic of Descent, the venerable progenitor of the entire 6DoF genre. Some have been bug-ridden trash, others have been moderately acceptable if lacking polish, and a couple have been well-made but lacking in important features like multiplayer. But the true look, feel, and pace of the Descent originals have only ever been rivaled by the equally-venerable competitor, Forsaken. Even the recent entrants to the field, Descent: Underground and Sol Contingency, pay homage to their forebears while not quite adequately delivering the full experience.

And along comes Overload, a game on Kickstarter with the intention of doing just that, coded and produced by the same key players that brought us the original Descent franchise... and you can tell. This game may not carry the same name (because Interplay owns the name), but the look, sound, and feel are all decidedly Descent in every way.

This is what I've waited for, and it absolutely must be made. The teaser demo above gives you everything you need to know. Even in a pre-alpha state, with joystick support almost nonexistent, you can still tell what this is capable of. If you loved the original games, run (don't walk) to their Kickstarter page and make sure this gets funded. Right now.

Seriously. Now. Go.

EDIT: Build version 4, which should now be on Steam or will be shortly, fixes all the joystick issues as far as I can tell.

EDIT2: The Kickstarter got funded! Keep an eye out in 2017 for the release! And they've comitted themselves to a multiplayer DLC, so all is right with the world. See you in the mines.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
If you enjoy great shooters or you love DESCENT, then back this game on KICKSTARTER before 10:00 AM Pacific THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 11. Time is running out!

Overload is a spiritual successor to the classic, award-winning Descent series from the 90's, made by the original creators of the genre. Descent and Overload are "Six-Degree of Freedom" shooters in which you pilot a ship in complete freedom through underground environments and battle hordes of robots.

This game delivers, even at such an early stage in development. The Playable Teaser features a tutorial, a classic singleplayer level, and a Challenge/Survival Mode with awesome replay value. The Challenge Mode is where you are probably going to have the most fun. I streamed it for almost three hours!

Fortunately you don't have to take my word for it. You can play the FREE teaser on Steam right now and make your own informed decision. How many Kickstarters can say that?

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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
10/10 for the level of development it is currently at.

Weapons are diverse and balanced, controls are great, even with only 3 bots the enemies play off each other well.

The ingame HUD is difficult to read during a fight but that's to be expected for such an early release.

The FEEL of this game is right, so as content gets added (bots, levels, weapons, etc.) I know it will become a great game. If you don't believe me, try for yourself its free after all!
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 11
Really enjoyed this game.

The controls were nice and fluid.
The weapons felt solid and the sound effects were nice.
The AI was not bad although they were still pretty easy to kill. There was one instance were one bot just ran around the level and I all I did was chase after it and try to kill it while killing off the other bots. Not sure if it was intentional but was fun never-the-less.

Nothing negative to say.

Can't wait for full release.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 4
Great fun, and a definate feel of the creators love for their old work! Some framerate issues at times, but since this is, as they are quick to remind, an early teaser and not fully accurate of the finished work, I'm expecting an awsome game once it arrives!
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
Yep, it's Descent all right. I wish they would do something about the finding exit after blowing up the reactor thing. Hated it in the past, still hate it now. Make an optional line guiding the player or something.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Descent is dead. Long live Descent.

Behold, Overload, the true heir to the 6 DOF shooter that defined my childhood gaming experience.

Buckle up, Material Defender, because Overload will bring your memories of 1998 into the present faster than you can escape an imminent mine collapse.

This game looks great. The devs have lovingly brought the enemy character design from Descent and Descent 2 into 2016. The enemies are new, but it's easy to see their ancestral heredity. It's in their angles, proportions, eyes, and movement.

The lighting is nice, and way more dynamic than the Descent series'.

Why am I comparing Overload, a demo from 2016, to Descent, a game trilogy from the 90s?

Mostly because Overload "feels" the same. It has swoopy, rolling dogfights in confined spaces, an interesting set of powerful weapons, and enough demo gameplay for a few hours. It's enough time to get the feeling back, and made me hungry for more gameplay.

I only wish that the death animation was slightly shorter, or different. Yes, I know I'm dead. Can I stop spinning, and just get back to playing more?
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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
This is the best Descent remake yet, period. For me, that's exactly what I wanted.

Suffice to say, a lot goes into the success of the original Descent games and the fine tuned multiplayer that many of us remember and long for. A lot of those things are subtle, from level design, to hit box shapes, to weapon speed and turn speed. Many 6dof games have tried but they have mostly come up short of replicating Descent's feel and combat style. Regardless of how fun other 6dof games may have been, this is it. This is a true return to the core archtype of the genre. This is what I have been looking for for more than a decade. It's so satisfying to finally have it again.

I can't wait to see the final product.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
I'm hyped.

I grew up on Descent / Descent II and Overload feels like an absolute return to that manic, frenzied, slick 6-DOF shooting action that I know and love.

I've tried other 6DOF titles lately and none of them have quite captured the *feel*. This one does it.

The visuals, audio and engine are all coming together nicely - I've access to the PAX2016 demo and it runs incredibly smoothly, the lighting and textures are really coming together and I'm seeing solid 130+ FPS at 1080p at high/ultra details throughout. It's silky smooth.

The gameplay is fun with a nice (and growing) range of weapons (primary and secondary), robots and so on.

If you're looking for a blast from the past or a GREAT 6DOF arcade shooter which looks and feels awesome then this is definitely one to watch. If the demo is any indication at all - this is going to be awesome.
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Agent Ash
0.5 hrs
Posted: September 11
This is classic Descent, but looks and feels smoother and more modern. I want more.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 6
"This is a very early demo"

Let's be 100% honest here. This "early demo" is about a million times more functional, well-thought-out, and just beautiful as a game than some of the stuff released as being complete here. This right here is how a game SHOULD look, and it's still just a demo!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: September 5
With just a bit of customization, this was handling EXACTLY like Descent. This, is absolutely gorgeous. I know it's only a teaser and isn't close to finished, but I think the textures really need more variety. Descent had very distinct rooms, corridors, etc. You'd recognize if you've been *here* or not. I found, in at least a few places, I would get VERY lost, for long periods of time.

Regardless, this was absolutely amazing, and I can not wait to own it. :D
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
very fun great graphics i hope they finish the game cant wait for another 6dof shooter
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