Descenders Review

I had trouble finishing this review; not because I couldn’t think of enough to lớn say, but because I simply couldn’t stop playing this game. Descenders is a BMX game that throws you downhill at breakneông chồng tốc độ and initially, it’s all you can vì chưng to avoid obstacles & keep yourself upright. But shortly I found my reflexes sharpening và my confidence growing, và a well-executed jump from a ledge in the middle of the Scottish highlands was my chance lớn pull off a 360 backflip before hurriedly balancing myself khổng lồ avoid eating dirt upon landing. And it felt GOOD.

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So, the main event is the Career Mode in Descenders, which guides you through a series of randomly generated maps with each having several nodes with various events and tasks, all leading towards a boss cấp độ. There’s great visual variety in the worlds, starting with the beautiful & luscious Scottish scenery, but soon there are forests, jungles, and deserts to lớn explore as well, & each with different obstacles and terrains to lớn master. Completing the Highlands will unloông chồng Forest, but once you’ve sầu achieved this three times you can start straight from Forest, and the same with the subsequent unlockable worlds as well. Each time you fall will cost a life, only earned back through completing màn chơi tasks, và you’ll need plenty of spare lives in the more difficult levels và especially in the huge, gruelling trùm jumps needed lớn advance to the next world.

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Initially staying upright is tough enough, but soon you’ll master tricks.

Now, while it may seem easy to lớn just jump into lớn the later worlds to lớn complete the career, you’ll be at a disadvantage. As you progress you’ll unloông chồng Crew Members with different perks to lớn assist you, ranging between improving flip tốc độ, adding stunt ramps, or reducing xe đạp wobble at high tốc độ. Just lượt thích Hades, the feeling of getting just the right combination of perks can lead to lớn a run that feels lượt thích THE run, perfectly fitting your style, making it all the more brutally thrilling when you make it through a world with a single life left.

As it’s procedurally generated, there isn’t a màn chơi lớn memorise; the emphasis is instead placed on getting better, & it’s been a while since I’ve sầu felt such a satisfying learning curve sầu and feeling of ‘just one more go’ as I attempt lớn master the many moves và style of levels. While initially you have sầu to pay attention to how you handle your xe đạp just to stay upright, you’ll soon master the tricks which l& you rep points và help you khổng lồ unlock accessories lớn glamorise your character. Furthermore, you can earn sponsorships lớn unlochồng even more tasks for some exclusive, themed gear. Altogether it’s a challenging yet satisfying gameplay loop, along with constant rewards that make Descenders almost impossible to lớn put down at times.

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Each unlockable Crew Member gives a new perk to lớn assist you.

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Elsewhere is Daily Challenge, where you get one chance lớn get your name on the global leaderboard. There’s also Multiplayer where you can jump into levels to compete against your friends, a Freeride mode where you generate the sort of cấp độ you want to explore, và a Bike Park where you can thử nghiệm your skills with impunity in a few levels, including a brightly coloured ‘Bikeout’ level suitably stuffed full of swinging obstacles và crash pads.

Helping you along your journey is a fantastic selection of music tracks with some energetic electronic beats designed to keep the blood flowing, with the music carrying over between courses lớn keep the energy levels high. You can also relive your best runs with Replays as well. Sensibly, you can save sầu replays & access a fantastic photo mode after each run, so your fun doesn’t need to lớn be interrupted mid-game. It’s a surprisingly robust mode that had me losing even more time as I tried lớn capture the perfect shot of some of my proudest tricks.

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Bikeout is a silly but great park lớn chạy thử your skills in the Bike Park mode.

Sounds great so far, but there is a catch. This is a game meant for more powerful consoles, and the developers have sầu done a fantastic job of porting the entire experience over khổng lồ Switch but the visual quality does take a hit. The sacrifice made for a stable frame rate is clear, but given how well the game controls and feels, it is understandable and it looks good enough in motion that you’ll barely have sầu time lớn pick apart the details. The game really sings in handheld mode, và it works well with the fantastic pick-up & play nature of the game. There are occasionally still some frame skips; they’re noticeable but never got in the way of gameplay but prepare khổng lồ also spend perhaps a little too long looking at loading screens between nodes as well.

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I spent a lot longer in photo mode than I care lớn admit…

Altogether Descenders manages lớn pull off something that few games can; that true ‘pit of your stomach’ feeling of scale & exhilarating danger that’s so utterly rewarding when you nail the landing. Meanwhile, with a tough main campaign, plenty of different options, và a seemingly endless amount of customisation items for your character, Descenders is a game that could keep you busy for hours. While the Switch port is a little rough around the edges, playing in handheld is absolutely worth it. I’ve put over a dozen hours into Descenders and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface, so if you’ll excuse me… the Highlands are calling.