Descenders Review

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Posted: 3 weeks ago.

Author: Wesley Williams and Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to avoid wiping out. Of course the faster that you do all of that, the higher score you'll post on the leaderboard.

The game provides a number of beautifully presented environments to race through, all which have their own unique elements. Deserts come with a large number of hills to perform arial tricks, while forests provide lots of tight turns and trackside trees to avoid, which makes it tricky to ride at full speed. It doesn't end there though, as you'll find yourself racing down an icy glacier, riding on the rooftops of Favelas and there may even be a volcano in there too.

However, what makes Descenders unique, are the rogue-like elements, which mean the tracks always have a random element to their design and layout. Complete an entire run in any environment without bailing out too many times, and you get to face the challenge of a boss level — a steeper, tricker course that has a massive jump at the climax.

As you race, you'll earn rep (reputation) points and these are key to unlocking the game's customisable elements. Progress well in the game and earn enough points and you'll be able to deck yourself out in new gear and try out the various different bikes and paint jobs the game has on offer.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @RageSquid

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 and a half hours and 12 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. This works as 4-8 player online multi-player, with support for public and private races.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 3+.


This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Informative Vibration: Controller vibration indicates aspects of the game, echoing visual and audio cues.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Wesley Williams


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