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I went nuts for Descent. Even game players who are absolutely stone-cold turned off by the thought of exploring anything in the Doom-ish first person perspective should race to check this one out. Granted, the slow down is a turn off and the lack of dangerous contact with any humanoid type creatures does tend to give Descent a slightly less involving sense of terror than Doom and its immediate ilk. But, there's nothing quite like tumbling down a tunnel in complete disarray as you desperately try to find the exit out of the mine shaft you've just destined for destruction. In every capacity, Descent for the PlayStation is a resounding success.
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Your friends with computers are doing teasing you. They can no longer boast that they can play games like Descent on their PCs while you're stuck playing yet another fighting game on your console system. Descent for the Playstation is here --- and it will blow your mind!
Despite the limitations of the Playstation controller, Descent is incredibly well done. Doom-fatigued players looking for the next challenge will want to take this Descent.
With the industrial tunes of Skinny Puppy and Type-O Negative, impressive fighting effects, a link-up feature, plus 5 new levels, there's plenty of cool original stuff in the Playstation version of Descent. In fact, there was enough to make me start playing again. Just like Doom, I though I was burned out on the computer version, only to have the Playstation re-spark my interest. This is a great conversion of a great game, that's all that needs to be said.
If it weren't for the fact that the graphics really hadn't been updated from the PC to a 32-bit console, this game might have gotten an ultimate award. This claustrophobic, disorienting game is really a hoot! The mazes will drive you crazy! Get this one!
For you fans who've played the game before, enjoy 5 new levels of 'Anarchy', bringing the grand total to 30. Another big plus is the sound track!! The music is great and ranges from heavy metal to techno. Descent is the first game I have ever played that should come with a bonus sound track.
Its been a little like TAKING DRIVING LESSONS, with 22 directional and action motions. I completed 9 levels on the EASY skill level and so re-started on the medium level so as not to spoil the game by completing it too quickly. This level provides just the right amount of challenge. I now feel that I have mastered all of the crafts maneuvers and tactically I have learned to slide around corners therefore avoiding nasty surprises and traps! I have completed 24 levels, but find it difficult to play for long periods because of the movement. I am still enjoying the challenge and am sure that I will complete the game in time.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
This is one of those games that can be classified as "groundbreaking", because of the 360-degree movement of the ship throughout the vast levels of corridors. This PC port-over has a smooth frame rate, enhanced lighting effects and above all, the perfect control when used with the PS pad. Descent has some nice cinemas and a cool map feature, but other than proper maneuvering through the corridors, it falls short when it comes to the excitement level. Challenging though.
The control is a little complex, as you're using a joypad and not a keyboard or flight stick, but once mastered will prove relatively painless. The only big drawback lies in the game's simple objectives - it does tend to get a little repetitious. But other than that, the game is great.