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The third installment of the famous 3d shooter Descent. Hop in your Pyro-GX, dive at high speed into the mines and blast hordes of robots without mercy!

Descent³ features the same 360 degrees, three axis action that the players of Descent and Descent II have come to love, but this time the game has far improved 3D graphics, more diversified objectives, more lethal weapons, and 3 different ships you can pilot.

And for the first time in the Descent series, you can actually fly out of the mines and explore outdoor areas.

Descent³ was also designed with multiplayer play in mind, and features a lot of mutiplayer game modes: the classic deathmatch, teamplay, capture the flag, monsterball (a kind of soccer with giant balls) and entropy.


Descent³ Windows Outside on a planet near Earth (I think Mars or Venus).
Descent³ Windows Opening a door to discover enemy robots, each armed with the dangerous vauss cannon
Descent³ Windows Scenario Instructions
Descent³ Windows Entering my name

Alternate Titles

  • "Descent III" -- Informal title
  • "Descent³: La saga continue ..." -- French tag-lined title
  • "Descent³: die Saga wird fortgesetzt" -- German tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Not just for mining anymore... Windows Chris Martin (1094)
Very nice installment in the Descent series, but not the best. Windows Goteki45 (308)
May be the best game out there Windows Jeremy Bailey (5)
My Favorite Descent "Descentdant!" Windows Peter Hoeft (2)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Windows 1999 100 out of 100 100
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 1999 93 out of 100 93
IGN Windows Jun 14, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Mac Ledge Macintosh Mar 12, 2000 4.5 out of 5 90
Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game industry News (GiN) Macintosh 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1999 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jul, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Spel för Alla Windows Sep, 1999 5 out of 10 50
Deaf Gamers Windows 2002 2.5 out of 5 50


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There are several Descent³ novels in your local bookstore, written by Peter Telep (who also wrote novelization of Space: Above and Beyond, and Wing Commander: The Movie, among others)


The 1st disc came with a trailer for the late lamented Star Trek: The Vulcan Fury game. This was to be the ultimate trekkie adventure game, complete with a script by Trek author DC Fontana. The game used photorealistic renders of the cast of TOS. You could even see the drawn eyebrows on Spock! For some reason, Interplay canceled this game.

Information also contributed by Scott Monster

Related Web Sites

  • Planet Descent (One of the biggest Descent sites around the internet)
  • The Descent-Network (Site Description: "The Descent Network hosts the biggest websites for Descent-related information and download since mid of 97. Since mid of 1998 we are extending our web to cover all other games released or about-to-be released by Volition, Inc. and Outrage Entertainment. This URL,, is there to combine the sites and to serve as a gateway to the Descent Network sites, as well as offering shared resources."

    My Opionion: Its the largest collection of stuff for the Descent Series that I have ever seen, thousands of levels for Descent 1,2,3 and Freespace 1,2. Numerous contests going on, like level building contests and robot building contests. Also has a whole arsonal of Descent robot and level editing tools for download. If you like descent, you will LOVE this site. )
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