Descent - Gameplay
Gameplay from Descent, the classic corridor-crawling pilot shooter.
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There are several fan-driven mod projects improving the game and allowing to run it on modern OS's and hardware. If you really want to enjoy Descent even today, you should download and install one of these.
The one I prefer is D2X-XL (well, I am the maintainer ;-)), which allows to play Descent and Descent 2 in vanilla mode like in the old days, but also has a ton of optional enhancements for those who like to try a fresher flavor of Descent, offering high resolution textures, better models, improved sound, colored light, many effects (smoke, fire, lightning, weather, glow, etc. - stuff that is standard today), and much, much more, and on top of that has Oculus Rift support.
There also are great new missions available for D2X-XL, breathing new life into Descent with diverse, detailled levels, improved graphics, new level mechanics and non-standard objectives.
D2X-XL runs on MS Windows, Linux and OS X. Find it on http://www.descent2.de .
A remake of this game with VR support . And be sure to have a bucket nearby cos it will be hell of a ride...
The keyboard controls for this were tough to master, but once you got the hang of it they weren't so bad. Kudos to whoever was playing this for the video, obviously got some practice in before recording haha ;-)
I remember playing it so much.. I had to upgrade my graphic card in order to be able to get a reasonable FPS lol...
Memories. I remember it being much more awesome looking... I was thinking someone should remake this about halfway through the video, but then it dawned on me that this was mostly just strafe, shoot, repeat. Probably wouldn't hold up.
@Hello- Me!!! This is exactly how I played all the descent games and I LOVED it. Same with Terminal Velocity as well.
@KIDFOX I'm not even sure if you could buy video cards in 1995 or if all graphics were still integrated but yea I remember this game stressing my PC out.
@StammBladecastr Memories, indeed. The dodging. The strafing. The disorientation caused by that pesky third dimension. The urge to hurl all over my keyboard. Good times.
@StammBladecastr A while back I read about someone redoing this game in unreal engine, but haven't heard much about it since, might warrant a Google search :-D
@Psycold @KIDFOXYou had separate video cards at the time. It was before 3D cards, but you had a variety of 2D cards ranging from very basic via accelarated 2D cards the #9 Imagine 128 card I bought with a whopping 4 MB - I could do a whopping 1152x864 in true color, if memory serves.
The whole Dell P133 w/17" screen and the Imagine 128 cost about 5-6000 USD IIRC.