Descent 3 + Mercenary Review.
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Descent 3 + Mercenary by Outrage Entertainment and Interplay.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from my friends at GOG for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Descent 3 is the final game in the famed Descent series and it’s was the first to be made with 3D graphics. The game is a 6 DOF (Degrees of Freedom) sci-fi shooter that puts you in the pilots seat of a space ship as you make your way through intricately designed levels facing nanovirus controlled robots.
The game is mission based and sees you travelling to many different planets and moons in the solar system. The majority of the game takes place within giant facilities such as prisons, storage facilities, subway stations and other areas. Each of the levels is incredibly detailed and it’s very easy to get lost in them. As you progress through the game, the objectives that you’ll need to complete will become more numerous and challenging. It took me a while to figure this out but you can check your objectives by pressing Shift+Tab.
One thing that I noticed about this game is how good the enemy AI is. It’s been a long time since I’ve faced off again AI that so utterly and completely destroyed me. You will need to be incredibly quick on your toes to go up against them and even then they will often out maneuver you with ease. I was playing on Rookie difficulty and they were still completely destroying me so the AI is no slouch in this game and it’s pretty impressive at that. They don’t make AI like it anymore, that’s for sure.
The game also features online multiplayer that’s still played even today. You can connect through a LAN (Making it excellent for LAN parties) or you can use http://d3.descent.cx/tracker.d3 which hosts online matches.
The Mercenary expansion pack adds new missions, new multiplayer maps, a fourth ship, new features, and a level editor, allowing you to create your own custom maps.
Overall, Descent 3 has easily been the toughest game that I’ve played in some time. It not only requires precision but it also requires a lot of patience. You will die, a lot, and you will also get lost as well. It’s a challenging game and if your reflexes lag behind (Like mine) you will fail at this game pretty hard. It’s unforgiving and it’s recommended more for those that want a challenge. For more casual played or even novices, you’ll quickly get frustrated with this game and quit. Still, I did find it’s AI, graphics, sound/music, and level design to be quite impressive to say the least.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Descent 3 + Mercenary$9.99
Features of Interest
- Excellent Level Design
- Excellent AI
- Challenging Gameplay
- Great Graphics For Its Age
- Great Sound/Music
- Levels Can Be Pretty Confusing
- Requires Precision and Very Good Reflexes
- Might Be Too Challenging For Some
- Very Easy To Get Lost
- Time Consuming