Revival Productions‘ Overload, the spiritual successor to the Descent 3D action games, is finally here.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign that weirdly passed me by unnoticed, which is all the more shame on me, because I’ve been a big fan of the first Descent title back in the days, Overload has made its way to digital platforms. Despite having experienced too many motion sickness moments, I loved that game to bits, as it was the first real 360 degrees first-person action game that was also quite unique by making the player fly through tunnels and then escape each level after blowing up the reactor.
The new zero-gravity shooter stays true to the original by providing the same excitement and also disorientation the series has been known for. But it’s not the same game, obviously due to legal reasons. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as welcome additions like an automap and holo-guide helps navigating through the complex levels and being able to save anywhere sounds also pretty good. A campaign with a story by the Freespace 2 writer, multiplayer, speedrun-modes, the soundtrack by the composers of the original three Descent titles are the icing on the cake. Full VR support (motion sickness galore, anyone?) and graphics that look very impressive should make this the definitive sequel to a series that has been dormant for far too long.
The game is out now on PC, with the soundtrack only available on Steam at the moment. But console versions for Xbox One and PS4 should also follow shortly, maybe even with PS VR support?
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