PlayStation Gamer REVIEW

DESCENT

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Developer:
Interplay
Parallax Software
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3D Shoot'em up
Andrew Horning

Descent-pic1 Descent has been one of the most popular PC games over the last little while and is now on the Playstation. If you've ever played the PC version then you'll know what to expect in terms of graphics, sound, and gameplay. There are also a few nice additions to the Playstation version that the PC game didn't have. The objective of the game is to kill robots, find keys, rescue hostages, and blow up the reactor in each level. There are a few bosses thrown in as well. You pilot a space vessel through DOOM like mazes using plenty of different weapons to complete your task.

Descent-pic2 The graphics in this game are quite good, a little better than the PC version in my opinion. The resolution seems higher than the PC version and there are a few effects that are not in the original. The walls light up in different colours now depending on which laser you are using. There are also cool FMV sequences at the beginning and end of levels. There is a bit of slowdown when there are tons of robots on the screen but this is pretty rare. The sounds are perfect with plenty of different laser blasts and robot sounds. The music is also very good. It's a mix of rock-techno, and it fits the pace of the game well.

Descent-pic3 Gameplay is one of this game's best qualities. The game is a full 3d world and controlling your ship takes some getting used to, but once you do it's hard to go back to the 2d like control of DOOM. Almost every button on the controller has two different functions, and you can change the functions of each as you wish. There is also a link up mode for two player battle, but I didn't get a chance to test this out. I'd recommend this game to those who never had a powerful enough computer to enjoy the PC version, because it is a great game. If you already own the original and have a good PC, it's not really worth it for the small extras.


Graphics Sound Gameplay Lifespan Overall
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