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Descent

2 years ago

Descent: Underground resurfaces with a shorter title and more single-player focus

For a while, I'd forgotten about free-floating FPS Descent: Underground - turns out it had just gone radio-silent for a retooling, announced here. Still being worked on by Descendent Studios and now backed by publisher Little Orbit, the game is now just called 'Descent', and is now a more single-player oriented game, diverging from the originally multiplayer-centric Underground.It'll be entering beta testing in November and is…

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Excellent Descent successor Overload gets a level editor

Overload is one of the best retro FPS revivals out there. Simply put, it's Descent 4 in all but name, developed by the original crew, complete with a soundtrack from the combined composers of the original three games. The only real complaint I had about it in my mini-review of it here was that it was a little on the short side, despite an excellent New…

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Descent’s true spiritual successor Overload is out today

1994's Descent was a game before its time. While other FPS's of the era were only beginning to ask people to aim with the mouse, Descent demanded full 360-degree rotation and strafing on every axis. Perhaps now the time is right, as the original developers have reassembled as Revival Productions to deliver Overload, a true return to form for the free-flying shooter. It's out today, and…

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4 years ago

Interplay Sells Off Descent, Kingpin, Earthworm Jim Etc

Don't call it a comeback. Don't call it, like, three comebacks. Interplay, once renowned as a house of PC ideas, has failed to get back off the ground across various attempts at resurrection, and it seems matters have gone no better for whoever is currently wearing the well-worn skinsuit. 'Interplay' has just announced a firesale of various intellectual properties. Which means that the likes of…

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5 years ago

Spiritual Descent Remake Overload Needs $17K In 4 Hrs

Edit: and it made it, with just under two hours to go. Yer new Descent will be a reality, then. Congrats to Revival.The bums, they are a-squeakin'. There are just four hours left on the Kickstarter clock for Overload, the game from the core creators of the original Descent, and it appears they need to round up the best part of $20k in that time.…

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Overload Demo: New Shooter From Descent Creators

The folks who co-created Descent in the '90s have released a playable demo of Overload [official site], their spiritual successor to the fine zero-gravity spaceship shooter series. With less than three days left on their Kickstarter campaign, they're just over half-way to their $300,000 goal (£210k-ish)."Er, Alice," you interrupt, "I'm not being funny, but didn't they Kickstart a new Descent last year? It's already out…

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Descent Veterans Kickstarting Basically Descent 4

Remember that Descent game Kickstarted by people by who didn't make Descent? Here's an unofficial Descent remakequel Kickstarted by people who did make Descent.If Descent was on your Kickstarted comeback bingo card, then today's the day to wave your pen in the air. Mike Kulas and Matt Toschlog, lead creators of the 1990s' beloved six-degrees of freedom spaceshippy FPS, have gotten the band back together…

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Descent: Underground Unearthed On Early Access

Reimagining classic 90s video games is something crowdfunding platforms seem cut out for. Ah, nostalgia, what a wondrous thing. It's been some 15 years since a Descent game reached our telly screens, and 21 years since the first - a pioneering space shooter with six degrees of freedom - did the same.After barely succeeding on Kickstarter earlier this year, the multiplayer-focused Descent: Underground [official site]…

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6 years ago

Descent: Underground Is Verti-Go On Kickstarter

You wait fifteen years for a proper Descent game, and then several come along at once. Tsk.A group of industry vets have licensed the Descent trademark from Interplay and begun development of Descent: Underground [official site]. They launched a Kickstarter campaign a couple of days ago; as I write this they've already passed the 25% mark. Their pitch video follows.

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Descent Reimagining Sol Contingency Foxed

Fan remakes and reimaginings are labours of love living on a knife-edge, potentially blooming into a glorious monument to their adoration but knowing that one single letter from the owner could shut everything down at any moment. Sol Contingency has received that letter. It was to be a shiny "reimagining" of Parallax's splendid six-degrees-of-freedom space shooter Descent in the UDK, but owners Interplay have stopped…

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7 years ago

Descent Is 19 Tomorrow, And On Steam Today

Yesterday, when I glanced at the new releases on Steam and saw "Descent" I thought, "Huh, someone's used that name again - well, it has been nineteen years since it came out." And then I dropped down dead of old age and horror because it's been nineteen years since Descent came out. I've only just recovered from this death, and looked again. No, it's actually…

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8 years ago

No Downside: Modder Remaking Descent In UE3

Remakes are strange creatures. They come in all manner of breeds - from timely and lovable to completely mystifying to completely mystifying until you actually see it and go, "OK, sure. That actually doesn't look half-bad" (Rise of the Triad). And then others, well, they're just confusing. Emotionally confusing. I think a brand new Descent Unreal Engine 3 remake from particularly intrepid modder, er, Max…

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GOG Adds Mac Support, Witcher 2 Mod Kit Dated

This "Macintosh Personal Computer" thing is never going to catch on, but folks like Valve and now GOG insist on humoring owners of these unnaturally pristine elf machines, so here we are. During its much-ballyhooed news-a-thon, GOG drew back the curtain on a new version of its service tailored to Macs, which brings with it 50 games (eight of which you receive free just for…

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