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The Descendant

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THE DESCENDANT is a five part episodic adventure game series where the end of the world is only the start.

After climate change wrecked the planet, a man-made extinction event wiped humankind off the face of the Earth. Only a few thousand ‘descendants of humanity’ were hand-picked to survive the apocalypse, cryogenically suspended in underground bunkers known as Arks.

Centuries passed. The world recovered from the nuclear holocaust, and all the Arks reopened, except one — Ark-01.

Taking place across two timelines, in the past you'll play as Mia, a janitor tasked with keeping the precious descendants housed within Ark-01 alive while the facility continually fails around her, and in the present, you'll play as Donnie, one of the investigators trying to rescue any surviving descendants trapped within, all while discovering a far greater conspiracy buried within the underground Ark complex.

Every action and choice you make directly impacts who lives and who dies, leaving the fate of Ark-01, and mankind itself, in your hands. Will you save mankind? Or doom us all?Key features
  • An episodic adventure spreading across multiple story-rich timelines
  • Investigative gameplay, challenging puzzles, tense action sequences
  • Meaningful and difficult choices with branching dialogue
  • A tailored experience, full of tension and drama
  • Every player choice can influence the future of mankind
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Developer
Gaming Corps AB
Publisher
Microids Indie
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.descendantgame.com/

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista+
  • Processor: Intel i3 2.0GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD or nVidia card with 1GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia 500 series or higher
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 12 GB available space

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS: OS X 10.10
  • Processor: Intel i5 - 2,7 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 6100 or higher
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Mid-2012 and newer with at least above hardware
Recommended:
  • OS: OS X 10.11
  • Processor: i5-4570 - 3.20Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 1024MB or higher
  • Storage: 12 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Mid-2013 and newer with at least above hardware
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The Descendant reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
I got all the Episodes of "The Descendant" straight for around 15 Euros. Before Buying, I read through some Reviews of the Game and now come to a similar Conclusion. The Puzzles Unfortunately were dispensed with an Inventory in "The Descendant," which has set Limits on the Puzzles themselves. You can pick things up, but they are then automatically used in the right Place. Sometimes you need more than one irescent Object and then they can be found later in different Rooms. Later, puzzles are added In the Close-up view and even these are not overly complicated. Overall, the Puzzles are not particularly dominant, but do not annoy. With one Exception, in Episode 1 there is a longer section that needs to be resolved under Time pressure. It's a Matter of Taste But I like to solve Puzzles without Time Pressure, especially if you can't Save freely. Contrary to my Fears, this did not happen again in the Game. The Atmosphere Much In "The Descendant" reminds me of the 2015 Film "Air." The Story of "The Descendant," however, is the better one for me. The English Speakers are doing a good Job. Sound and Music are set to support the Scenes. The Atmosphere is supported by this and so the Game manages to build up a Threat backdrop even without real Time pressure, as in the Above section. Graphics and Lighting are compelling. Ultimately, after each Episode, I wanted to know what to do. In some Reviews, the Story only became interesting after Episode 2. I find the Story is already good as of Episode 1 it only picks up more Ride from Episode 3. The Storage System I had already mentioned that in the Game is not stored freely but automatically. Since I like to try other Dialogue Options, this can sometimes be a bit annoying, because everything has to be repeated to the right Point when you were dissatisfied with your Choice. So I went back regularly to the Main Menu to put a Backup of my Storage Stock on one of the three Memory Slots or create a Copy. Conclusion I got the 5 Episodes through after about 12 Hours. During that Time, I only had one Crash to the Desktop. (Episode 5 when I watched the big Cryotank.) Otherwise, the whole Game ran fluidly. The German Subtitles are well translated from English and ensure that you can play the Title even without a good Command of English. Despite a few little Carvers, "The Descendant" is a good India title worth its Money to me. So If you don't look for a Head Nut but want to be well Entertained, I think you're in good hands with this Title.
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