Best Descent 1 + 2 source port
For all who are still in doubt which Descent source port is the best, I'll just let (mostly) images speak for themselves:
You don't think that this
looks better than that, do you?
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(D2X-XL using high res textures, light coronas, colored light, lightmaps)
How about that then:
(D2X-XL using light maps and per pixel lighting)
How about a headlight that deserves the name:
Have some lightning ...
... and smoke, too!
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Graphics aren't everything.
Take some new HUD elements to aid you in killing those pesky robots ... or annoying multiplayer opponents ...
D2X-XL's got fully 3D, hires textured powerup models, too:
Well, what's gameplay without levels to play?
Get some outdoors with D2X-XL's humongous 6000 segment level size limit:
And some indoors too:
Want to know where you are?
Try D2X-XL's fully textured and lit automap:
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Maybe adding the wireframe will help:
Want new textures, robots, AI, sounds and music?
Try D2X-XL's modding support, like here with DarkFlameWolf's Quake-Descent 1 mod
or Pumo's total conversion demo 'The Kartsal Motivation'
Want a new game, but it has to be Descent?
No frets, D2X-XL has it all: Levels, robots, AI, sounds, textures - the full Descent 1
You're rather into multiplayer?
Hop into games as easy as never using D2X-XL's UDP/IP networking and game tracker support.
Bored with playing anarchy all the time?
There's good news for you: D2X-XL offers new game modes, like Monsterball, Entropy or a full blown CTF mode that works as it should and isn't as half baked as the original implementation. Play team games using team owned multiplayer spawn points and spawn areas instead of spawning randomly in the level - just the way it should be.
Can't find that mission on your HD anymore you loved so much?
With D2X-XL you can sort your missions neatly into subfolders - that's better than having 1000 missions to search through in the game's mission browser, isn't it?
Need a new challenge?
Crank up robot AI and use the improved hit detection to show how good you really are.
For the meticulous perfectionists: D2X-XL fixes a lot of inconsistencies and right out bugs in the original game, like flaws in Fusion hit detection and collision detection flaws.
For the music lovers: D2X-XL supports global and per mission playlists and music (OGG). Play your favorite songs with each mission!
Yeah, you can even turn off all the color and effects glory and play vanilla Descent in all its pixelated ugliness - D2X-XL allows that, too. The improved memory and texture management make it run on all but the lowliest machines (which would probably best be equipped with Win98 and the original Descent for DOS if you're so much into the "good old days" ...)
I will stop here. I am so high up on D2X-XL's feature stack already that I cannot even see any other Descent version anymore deep below me on the ground and still could go on and on. If you really want to get your ass in the know about D2X-XL, read my worklog on http://www.descent2.de
Ok, there's bad news, too. You will have to rearrange a few files into subfolders (if that's too much for you, you probably shouldn't own a computer
). The reward will be that you will easily find all your new stuff to play with in D2X-XL.