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10 Great Games Like Descenders

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.

Unfortunately, Descenders is not available on Android, PS5 or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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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

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Costs: Purchase cost



 

Forza Horizon (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Racing

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...


Riders Republic

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Riders Republic is an extreme sports game. You can mountain bike, ski, snowboard, fly in a wingsuit and rocket-suit. This builds on other spots games with tens of online players competing at once in each event.


Lonely Mountains Downhill

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Race down a mountain on a bike. Make your way through thick forests, narrow trails and wild rivers. Race, jump, slide and try not to crash all the way from the peak to the valley. You choose your route to find the fastest way to the finish line.


Art Of Rally

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 23/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @FunSelektor

Players: This is a single player game

Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.


Jet Set Radio (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Jet Set Radio is an action game where you play a skating youth traversing Tokyo, spraying graffiti and evading authorities. It was influenced from late 90s Japanese pop culture such as the rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper.


Motorstorm (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Racing

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing game. Whether...


Trials (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 26/02/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...


Skate 4 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...


Skate Story

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Rhythm and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Skate Story is a skateboarding game that focuses on the skill, weight and locomotion of controlling the board. Running through the game is a story where you explore the underworld beneath New York City.


Tony Hawk 1 and 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.


Descenders is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Descenders in the following lists:

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satsifying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your oppoenents.
 

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 


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