Prepare to get ‘Rekt’ in this high-octane mountain biking rush
PUBLISHER No More Robots Developer RageSquid Format Xbox One ETA 2018
Fancy belting it down dirt tracks on a mountain bike through dense forests and down steep slopes, and at such dizzying speeds that you’re probably at risk of reacquainting yourself with your breakfast? Well, developer RageSquid has just the thing.
Descenders is about mastering your bike skills on procedurally generated tracks. Every new race will be a track that you’ve never seen before, and never will again. This is what makes this extreme downhill mountain biking game continuously exciting to play. Your first few runs will surprise you at how fast the game plays but it won’t take you long to pick up some basic skills and before you know it you’ll be pulling off double backflips and 720-spins in your sleep.
You’ll quickly get scouted from one of the three in-game racing teams. Team Enemy are all about tricks and stunts, Team Arboreal prefer off-road tracks where you can show off your technique and skill, and Team Kinetic are the speed fanatics who enjoy the steep courses. Once you’ve chosen a team that best suits your style you’ll start to earn a reputation from every race you complete and every trick you land, and be rewarded with new gear and vanity items. As an added bonus, if your team is at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the month, everyone will gain exclusive rewards. But it is possible for your reputation to go down. Every time you bail you’ll lose one per cent of your rep, which doesn’t sound like much but means a lot when you have reputation points going into the hundreds of thousands.
After you complete the first race, you can choose from a selection of game types with varying levels of steepness, curves and stunts. Our particular favourites are the steep tracks that have stunt opportunities peppered along the route. The adrenaline really starts to pump when you’re bolting it down towards a ramp and have to brace for the landing.
These track choices branch out but start to bottleneck until you reach the fifth race, which is the ‘Boss Jump’. If you successfully complete this jump you’ll be able to play in a new area, but interestingly this doesn’t unlock the area for you to play when you return to the game. To do that you’ll need to complete the Boss Jump three times in total. Without the procedurally generated courses this would seem tedious but they offer enough variety that you’ll be happy to do it.
With challenges, equipment and gear to unlock, and unlimited tracks for you to hurtle down at breakneck speeds (literally, because something is going to snap if you hit a tree at 50mph) there’s much to be excited about with Descenders.
“Every trick you land will be rewarded with new gear and vanity items”
Below Jump on your bike and be a menace to forest foliage everywhere.