By - wowbobwow
Ooo, Descent was such an awesome game. Did you ever play the remake?
Looked this up. Looks like Descent: Underground is in legal troubles. However in 2018, "Overload" was released on Steam. Just nabbed it for $7.50!
I keep hearing that it's awesome - I'm definitely gonna check it out! That said, once you get used to playing it with a true "six degrees of freedom" controller like
Ahh man, got me in the feels.
Descent was the first computer game I remember playing with my dad. I was like 4 I think. He would steer the ship and I would shoot. Good times.
Yes!! When Descent II came out I was psyched!
And play it with a sidewinder or similar flight stick
They say it's a descent game.
Yes! Descent. Nostalgia is off the charts with this one. 14 year old 90’s me and present day me would love to sit there and play! 25 MHz SX process with no sound card. Was still amazing at the time.
Descent³ was one of the first games I played, and it was a beloved part of my childhood. It was only years later that I realized that the ³ at the end was not in reference to three dimensions but in reference to it being the third game.
The woes of pre-teen me losing orientation and pitching/yawing while slamming into walls
I just remember sitting in a computer lab and the kid with the joystick just absolutely kickin' everybody's asses.
Anybody remember Descent's nuclear weapon?
Don't think I ever got the full version, but the demo was fantastic!
Holy shit! My Dad brought home Descent and my brother, Dad and I played the shiiiit out of it. Such a great game, an under rated classic IMO 🔥 So much nostalgia for me!
I feel like it doesn't get the retro love the other 90s games get and it feels bad.
Mannnnnn I love this game!!!! 🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽❤️❤️❤️❤️
Can you imagine how awesome (& vomit inducing) a Descent remake would be in VR?
We have that it's called overload. Gloriously vomit inducing!
I found this sweet mostly-dead beige PC tower at a yard sale a few weeks ago, and have been steadily building it out ever since. Found the awesome Gateway monitor on the sidewalk, found the Dell "Bigfoot" mechanical keyboard at Goodwill for $6, and the other bits-and-pieces have come from eBay, thrift shops and my own stash of retro stuff. Here's a quick summary:
Descent had one of the best damn soundtracks in addition to being a pretty damn fun game. Good times
Is it bad that I have all those bits, along with hundreds more, gathering dust in my basement?
Needs a Lite-Scribe burner too to make those fun ripped CDs with a monotone copy of the original disc art on it!
I remember my PC from that era. AMD Athlon 64 and Radeon 9000 Pro was where it was at back then.
My high school buddy programmed the multi-player stuff on Descent. He'll think is cool.
Between the keyboard, mouse, and two controllers, you almost have enough buttons to play Descent
Gog.com they do a lot of the work for you and always have great prices on older games.
So that's a 2006 CPU with a 2003 GPU, 2007 (I think?) RAM, 1998 sound card and operating system, running a 1995 game? Cool!
If you have a wattmeter could you measure how much the monitor and desktop draw? Kinda curious
What OS are you running? Literally DOS 6 or similar? You could do that, but driver support would be easier if you ran Windows 98 SE and then used the DOS version that came in that. Having the gui and such is nice for downloading and installing drivers.
Have you tried DOSBOX?
Plant pot specs?
I remember those speakers with the family computer growing up!
That damn level 7 boss.
I wanna reinstall the game just so I can fire an earthshaker missile up its ass one more time
IMO the Driller (Pig with a vulcan cannon) was hands-down the most troublesome enemy. Just such a pain in the ass nearly every time.
We don't speak of that boss. We just destroy it quickly and quietly, then move on. The number of times we die trying to kill it be damned.
Okay, that guy was actually pretty easy to take down even at higher difficulties. But you had to do two things precisely:
You need Winamp on the screen for the full experience.
It really whips the llama's ass!
Holy fuck is that Descent?!?
Check out Overload on Gog. Made by the same team.
Decent... Was that the game where you are a pilot in a mining spaceship, killing aliens/mercenary mining ships?... 3d when most he's weren't right?
Yep, you got it! First game I remember playing where there truly was no concept of "up" or "down." Total zero-gravity freedom, in all it's nausea-inducing glory :D
I love this!
Thank you - me too!
I grew up with descent and foresaken.
Lmao my friend had Forsaken but in his room he had this comically small mini CRT monitor, like it must have been just a few inches diagonally across max. Would have been like either
Descent rig you’ve got there.
That was a Descent pun.
Caution: don't try this code in Descent II.
The soundtracks of my childhood
Theres a newer version that supports VR developed by the same creators called
It wasn't underrated. It was quite famous with the best installment the last one: descent 3. Amazing graphics, if you had the power.
Why do people always say this shit about a game they like.
What no Zip Drive?!
Who needs a Zip Drive with a CD ROM RWD?
Oof. What was the max like 100 megs?
Nice MT-32!! I used to have one of those for some reason…. I think I borrowed it… it was a fun box.
you mean mid-90's? I was playing descent on my Aptiva with windows 95!
is this always in the kitchen?
Yep! Once the CPU comes up to full temp, we can fry our eggs on it :-)
Imagine cooking in the kitchen and playing a turn based game in between. Fucking rad AF
when this guy has a better setup than me :0
Had to scroll way down for this comment. Everybody is cheering Descent, but this controller is so very Y2K!
I was completely blown away by Descent and the fact that it was possible to make a game where you moved in three full dimension.
Ah, Descent, the game that made me realize I get motion sick rather easily. Nothing like getting the cold sweats and almost heaving in the school computer lab. Still fun though.
Looooved Descent 1 & 2 with my MS Sidewinder on Kali!
Roland MT-32. Amazing stuff. Jealous of this rig!
OMG I love that game...
No, it's Descent.
THANK YOU! Every I speak to claims they've never heard of Descent before. Fantastic game series.
No sidewinder stick?
Gotta throw some Tribes on there. Shazbot!
Upvote for Descent, I poured dozens of hours into that game as a kid. One of my all-time favorites.
Descent was the first game I got when I got a Pentium 1 with win 95. That game was tight
Descent 3 is what got me into online gaming over dial-up. In fact is was Parallax Online's chat lobby for descent 3 that I chatted with people about 9/11 in
I loved Descent!
Great job on this and brings back alot of memories. Similar PC build during my college days. Although I think I had a Voodoo2 card, but my bread and butter was dis games that didn't use it anyway.(Sierra/Lucas arts, XCOM, HOMM2, Duke3D,etc)
OH MY GOD DESCENT!!! Hell yeah! One of my all time favorite games. My username has been the same for almost 20 years, and it's because of Descent: Freespace.
OMG!! Descent was the bomb back in the day!! Clearing out abandoned space mines of crazed robot drones….pure nostalgia.
Descent was amazing!
Man, this really brings back nostalgia for the internet of this era.
Is that an A drive? I haven't seen one of those in ages.
I need more pictures like this.
I don't think it can play Crysis
Descent and Descent 2 were my favorite games as a kid!
First PC I ever bought for myself was to play that game. 486 DX4 100.
I know 90's pc gaming accessories were often junk, but god if they didn't create some of the most interesting controllers. If only they had standardized some number of core inputs and wrote better libraries for force feedback (akin to how modern xinput api's work) we could've kept having interesting controllers I think. Probably even 3rd party versions of what Sony's Dualsense does with extra functionality. I always hoped one day that force feedback and other inputs would be natively supported and exchangeable in a settings menu in games.
Descent!!! I loved that game!
My first PC game, I remember crashing so many times.
Is the Creative Sound Blaster Live PCI + LiveDrive still considered 'future-proof'?
I forgot about descent, I loved descent.
Holy crap, Descent! That's a blast and a half from the past! First game to give me motion sickness!
Whoa - guessing very few people know about that time sink but I most certainly do. Enjoy!
I loved that game!
Omg I remember going to a friend's house to play descent since I didn't have a computer yet.
"Creative labs beige #7" should be a pantones color!
The 3,5" Card Reader did it for me. Well done.
Aw yeah! Me and my dad used to play 2-player Descent II SO much back in the day! I gotta get it running on doxbox one of these times again!
Definitely keep a glass of water right on top of your PC
I can't believe a remake or reboot of Descent hasn't been done yet.
There is Overload, made by some of the same team as the OG Descent games. I think it has VR capabilities, but I never bothered to find out.
All I think about when I see this is pre-Source Counterstrike. Simpler times...
You might as well do a sleeper pc run doom 1994 at 999fps
Whew boy. I tried playing that cut the other day, my old ass can't handle them quick movements no more. Tunnel running for days
Man, I'm trying to relearn trichording. That's such a rush when you hear that missile lock alarm!
God I love that game. Going through it again with Rebirth!
The one thing I'd have the hardest time with is going back to an old mouse. I'd have to find at least an old laser one for mouse-based games. The keyboards were fine, especially the old mechanical ones.
I found the soundtrack to that by putting the game disc in a standard cd player. Whoda thunk it
I imagine a modern descent would be absolutely perfect/terrifying for a VR setup.
Looks like someone has been watching LGR… or should be!
Wow! I had one of those weird ball controllers, only got it to work halfway decent in forsaken and descent.
I didn't know this many people were fans of Descent. That was a fantastic game! pretty sure I still have the install CD around here somewhere.
God I loved that game.
Descent was a fucking killer game.
Dude I use to play that game when I was 6 omg
You need Doom on that bad boy
I didn't have a computer as a kid but all my friends did and we played Descent 2 among other games. That's a really cool setup!
So it’s actually a space shuttle under that old chassis?
this is lit
I love every part of this.
Nice you just need to downgrade your keyboard and mouse then you're good to go!
Cathode Ray Tube TV sets are so difficult to maintain. Seriously, the picture on mine started warping just a few months after I got it. These things are all antiques by now, the factories that produced them mostly shut down around 16 years ago. Back in the 70's, you could find guys to repair these things on every corner. But now? only a few repairmen in the entire u.s.
Descent is 90's.
One of the things I forget about this era of PC gaming is how awful most controllers for PC were. Microsoft really changed that with Xbox.
There's a mod Descent DXX or something. That game is as fun today as it was when I got my Pentium 75mhz.
Hell yeah, Descent. +1 for that alone
first family pc was a 133mhz celeron cpu, 1.2gb hdd, 16mb or ram, cant remember the sound card but it was a few steps below the sound blaster cards.
Dude! You got a Dell!!!
Spent so much time with that game that I played whole levels in my dreams!
Needs a Sidewinder pro. Might as well get a Voodoo3 while you're at it.
Shit I forgot all about that game!
Needs more Gravis game pad
Descent II was mind-blowing to both me and my dad. Most advanced game I’d ever played until that point was Sonic the Hedgehog.
God I was good at that game... it made me want to puke though.
Plant with water on top of a computer... erm.
Ok, why is your computer in the kitchen?
It was also the era of putting pc's in strange places, i mean why in a kitchen?
This is a great idea! I love it.
Trust me, if I can do it, you can too :-)
Those speakers are way to small. But it's looking good!
Needs more coding manuals under the monitor to prop it up.
That's a nice rig. Great CRT and that Roland MT32 is pure class.
I really really miss CRTs.
Did modern motherboards still fit in that case?
I miss the days of computer electronics shows and buying this stuff in OEM packaging from sketchy Russians at the convention center.
You need a "100 shareware/freeware games" cd.
Such such a good good game. Ran just good enough on my 368, got to play it at launch!
Gotcha a fuckin live drive too!!!!
God I spent so many hours playing that game
Holy fuck, that's so awesome.
Hey I think I have that controller somewhere in an old box! I can’t even remember what game I tried to play with it.
Thaaat is beautiful
Needs more flames on the side.
I don’t see a dial up modem on the list.
Hahaha - I yanked the dialup modem to free a PCI slot for the Sound Blaster!
You better be running windows me!
I'd strongly recommend getting a CF to IDE adaptor. Old HDDs are unreliable and the CF will mount just like a hard drive.
Yeah, I'm definitely gonna do that eventually. All my vintage Macs and Amiga systems have been upgraded to "SCSI2SD" drives for the same reason - I'll plan on doing the same here once this rickety old 40gb drive finally spins itself to death
I love this. I remember trying to kludge together what I could afford back then.
The glory days of multiplayer gaming. Love it.
Live drive, separate cd-rw drive, multi card reader, and a turbo button? This guy fucks.
Very nice but some 3Dfx lovin' might be even nicer.
You got Windows ME?
I felt myself get motion sickness just looking at that load screen.
Get yourself a razor boomslang mouse, and it will be complete.
Another excellent game from that era is One Must Fall 2097. Fighting game like Mortal Combat, but with robots.
How much energy does it use? I remember my old computer using quite a lot of energy, almost half the wattage of my entire apartment.
I forgot about that game! Great call
Fuck this brought me back, anyone play gladiators on dos?
This kinda stuff was my entire childhood.
For the authentic 90s feel, dont forget to get a 'radiation guard' for the screen! (Or at least it was common where I lived: Not sure about other parts of the world)
In the kitchen tho?
I do my best computing in the kitchen
Wow dual opitcal drives. I haven't seen that in a LOOOOONNNNGGGGG time.
Hmmm not bad. The Roland Midi box is pretty sweet, but a bit old compared to the rest of the setup. I remember those tiny eMachines speakers! lol.
Upvote bc Descent was dope!!!
Loved Descent! Edit: who remembers Bioforge? There's some Nostalgia for you. Or going back farther... Solar Winds.
I really love this. I've wanted to build an older gaming PC for a while, so many of my favorite games are a nightmare to get running on modern PCs.
This is a thing of beauty.
Looks good! Just needs a mousepad :)
Looks great! Why it stands in the kitchen?
Oh man, all you’re missing is a copy of Myst and Cyberia and you’ve got my 95 dream machine
I feel like I've day infront of this compete, in this setting at least once or twice before. I've never finished decent, but I spent a lot of time cheating at it.