Percentile Rank

Descenders is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 16 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 16 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
A-
A-
Aug 31, 2020

It’s a refreshing change compared to other entries I’ve played in and around the genre and one that ensures I’ll keep coming back to Descenders regularly for the foreseeable future. After all, a few more runs and I might just be able to make it through the forest completely unscathed.

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Scored Reviews

Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 11, 2019

Descenders is a fun and challenging mix between arcade and roguelike genders with freeride as the perfect excuse. High speed, risky tricks and an infinite amount of procedural tracks are the pillars of one of the best surprises of 2019 so far.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2020

After each descent you want more. More speed, more show, more fun, Descenders is the classic easy to play hard to master game, embellished with rogue-like elements that exponentially increase its longevity.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 20, 2019

Descenders is an arcade extreme downhill freeriding, a real tribute to the '90s.

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WayTooManyGames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2020

If anything, it’s a very unique concept, mixing downhill cycling, a Skate-inspired dual-stick trick system and some roguelike elements. Sure, it’s a bit ugly and a bit janky, but considering the disappointing lack of extreme sports games being released over the past few years, this is a very welcome breath of fresh air. You don’t even need to be a cycling enthusiast in order to enjoy it. I sure as hell am not one of those.

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JVFrance
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

The downhill mountain biking simulation seems to have found, with Descenders, a truly faithful and quite convincing video game production. We enjoy discovering all the regions offered and accomplishing the bonus objectives, while progressing in the career of our rider. The Die & Retry side specific to the software is frankly interesting and we liked this feeling of learning all along. It will suit much more by its gameplay than by its graphics and its musical track, but that was more than enough for us to enjoy it.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

Descenders is an essential experience of arcade racing, inspired by the great 90s classics, which relies on a crazy sense of speed and adrenalinic gameplay. It may be a little bit rough in terms of visuals, but it's hectic and fun.

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GamePitt
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2020

Descenders is a fast, exciting, and ever-changing adrenaline-pumping addictive game which I find hard to put down. The game on the PS4 suffers from some slowdown, jerky moments and unresponsive controls, especially in levels with a lot of assets, but I still found the overall experience fun to play. There’s a bunch of difficult and long-winded trophies which will keep you busy within the procedurally generated main game, plus the multiplayer, Freeride, Daily Challenge, and bonus custom Bike Parks – you’ll never run out of things to do within the game. I play this game daily and every session feels new and exciting.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2020

Descenders is a little rough around the edges, and it can be punishing, but there's a lot to get stuck into, with a satisfying gameplay flow and a brilliant soundtrack.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2020

Descenders offers up some excellent arcade biking thrills in short bursts, with the multiplayer prolonging the fun. The simplistic nature of the gameplay will grate eventually, but it's worth investigating for those who want a two-wheeled adrenaline rush without too many frills.

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Gamefa
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2020

Overall Descenders is an engaging game that can bring you fun times. The uniqueness of each course makes the game even more exciting and the multiplayer is so much fun. Although the the punishment system is questionable and the game doesn't look very good visually, Descenders is a decent game that totally worth your 25$.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 23, 2020

Descenders is a solid experience if you're looking for a time waster that you'll return to over and over. While constant screen tearing issues hamper its presentation quite a bit, the game has solid controls, as well as simple though endlessly entertaining mechanics. While the controls aren't the tightest we've seen, they do everything adequately and contribute to the fun. Add in the wide range of biomes to race through, including some more wacky ones towards the end of the game, and it makes for one fun package. And that's to say nothing of the fun little gimmicks, like the first-person mode and the trials-style courses. Descenders has everything you could possibly want in a downhill cycling roguelite.

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Checkpoint Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 22, 2020

Descenders reiterated one of my motto’s in life – don’t knock it till you try it. I have no inclination in real life to be the next Evel Knievel or do any mountain biking, but I really enjoyed pressing the right buttons to make my little biker gal do tricks and swerve around the tracks like she was born to ride.

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BaziCenter
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 24, 2020

Descenders can be entertaining for a few hours and although some of its mechanics such as controls and physics are sub-par compared to other games in the genre, it still offers enough cool gameplay moments to be considered an okay indie game.

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Video Chums
Sep 9, 2020

Descenders is one of those rare games that procedural generation makes it less fun. I wish it was a fine-tuned experience instead.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 21, 2020

Descenders is a game that once you get to grips with can be a lot of fun, unfortunately, it probably has one too many flaws for it to be considered great.

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