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The Descendant - Episode 1: Aftermath

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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68

Top Critic Average

14%

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General Information

Available on:PCMar 24, 2016

Developer: Gaming Corps AB

Genre: Interactive Story

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?

The Descendant - Episode 1: Aftermath Critic Reviews

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Episode ones raises a lot of questions but does a good job of not confusing the player by going too big, too soon. As a standalone product, it is held back only by its length which is a little on the short side. However Gaming Corps AB have created an excellent foundation that future episodes can build from, and the premise should entice anyone who enjoys a post-apocalyptic, science fiction tale. I hope the narrative goes deeper as each episode progresses but if episode one is anything to go by, it should be an exciting and engrossing ride.

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The story is actually pretty good, but being the first episode of the series I found it should have set up the rest of the series better than it did.

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The Descendants may not stand up to Telltale's nearly-uncontestable mastery of the interactive drama, but I definitely feel that genre fans owe themselves a look.

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Despite some basic puzzles, and uninspiring characters, episode one of The Descendant is abundant in atmosphere. The title provides players with an engaging story that will leave them curious to know what happens next.

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