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Descent: Underground is a first-person shooter video game being developed by Descendent Studios and is a prequel to Descent.

This game was funded by a Kickstarter started on April 10,2015, and was released on Steam as an Early Access title on October 23, 2015. This game is pretty unique when it comes to shooters. It’s not your grab a gun and run around the map kind. It’s more like piloting a unique fighter jet, and wrecking all opponents. You fight through twisting tunnels and vast caves, dodge walls, and find enemies around every corner.

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Narrative

The main story of the game is piloting a jet as Earth’s only source of vital resources. You get to face friends (or take the mission solo) and defeat as many hordes of enemies as you can. One negative thing about this game is that single player has not yet been released, so we will just have to wait and tell what that would be like.

You can explore the Descent universe as you have never seen it before (or if you did not play the original, its just a brand new adventure anyway). Earth is controlled by evil executives and infected robots of the original Descent. Earth wants to be free of this horrible corporation, and that’s where you come in. War rages below the Earth’s crust, so prepare to delve into mines and strongholds as you fight legions of killer drones. So go out and uncover the secrets of the tunnel to turn the tide of War!

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Gameplay

This is one of those games you keep playing without realizing five hours have gone by. Descent: Underground supports an array of playstyle options with different types of ships to control. You have your attack, tank, repair, and (of course) the jack-of-all-trades.

The gameplay is unique for first-person shooters. You pilot your ship and take out drones while navigating through dangerous terrains. You have to control your ship and dodge enemies coming from everywhere with full 360 controls, and it’s one of the coolest features in this game. Aiming, on the other hand, tends to lag a little. The sensitivity could definitely use some improvement. Don’t get me wrong, I love having full control, but your turns are slow even with maximum sensitivity.

The maps in this game feel like they haven’t changed anything from level to level. Every map is practically the same, other than a few doors and some color changes. Let’s hope the developers change that on the full release of the game.

When you do a solo vs. bots game, the drones just overpower you. You are a single ship that has to fight waves of up to five ships at the same time. If you have to take on that many alone, you should either get some help or make the bots a little easier to hit. The enemies hit so hard, they take you out in practically one round of shots. A tad bit unfair, if you ask me.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer in this game is a ton of fun. You and your team get to strategically take on another team of pilots, and you have to choose your ships carefully. Diversity is needed, or you and your team are bound to fail. As long as you got all basics covered and you have teamwork, you’re gonna have a blast of a time.

The downsides come from the wait time taking forever. I was waiting for a game to start for about thirty minutes. That is probably due to the fact that there are not many people playing this game. Once you actually find a match, let the fun begin!

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Performance & Graphics

This game is not too heavy graphic wise. All you need to play this game is the following:

  • OS: Windows 7(64-bit)
  • Processor: 64-bit
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 550 Ti or better, AMD 7950 or better.
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

The performance is just about average for any shooter type game. Descent: Underground run smoothly and operates as you would expect it to. Nothing crazy and out of the world for this game.

Audio

The audio in this game is not the greatest. There is a pretty good soundtrack for the waiting screen and when loading into the actual game. Other than that, the music seems very generic for Descent: Underground. The voice acting sounds like it was audio put through some sort of auto-tune. Finally, the sounds of the actual game (gunfire and fancy stuff like that) is pretty on point. Sounds like lasers exploding upon metal, which is pretty much what Descent: Underground is.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, this is not a game worth twenty bucks. If you ever happen to get the game on sale? Do it! It’s an enjoyable game for what’s currently out. Maybe when they actually add some story, the game could be more enjoyable. I recommend adding more to the multiplayer, as well as less difficult AI. It’s almost impossible to attack six enemies with only one weak cruiser. This game still needs a lot of work before I would recommend it to friends.

Score: 6

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