When I think about games from the ’90s that I really, really miss, Descent comes to mind quite a lot. Fortunately, we’ll have a new shooter next week that might fit the bill.
Overload is a 6DOF shooter from Revival Productions, a small studio founded in 2014 with former Descent developers. Unsurprisingly, that’s pretty much what Overload is aiming for: a modernised love-letter to Descent.
The game’s been in early access for almost a year, but fully launches on May 31 (so probably June 1 Australian time). The principles are the same: strafe and shoot your way around tight corridors, fight off waves of robots, rescue hostages, blow up a reactor or two and bugger off before the level collapses.
The full campaign will have 15 levels, with 10 separate levels for a challenge mode and a “sample add-on” solo level that’s separate from the main campaign. There’s multiplayer as well, but Overload is really just a solo shooter at heart.
A console launch is “coming soon”, although there’s no news of a Switch port just yet. If you want to get a sense of how the game plays, a free demo using a build of the game from April is available here.