Descent: Game rip
Alternate name: Descent; Freespace: Silent Threat
Characteristics: Action, 1st-Person Perspective, Arcade, Shooter
Publishers: Interplay, Soft Bank
Developers: Volition, Parallax, Parallax Software
Original/port composers: Brian Luzietti, Larry Peacock, Leslie Spitzer, Tim Wiles, Allister Brimble (Amiga), Ken Allen (Dos), Jim Torres (Dos), Brian Iuzietti (Dos)
PlayStation - United States
ZX Spectrum 48/128
PC Dos (1994) - Europe
Amiga (1995) - Europe
PlayStation (26 Jan 1996) - Japan
PlayStation (May 1996) - Europe
Sega 32X (Unfinished) - United States
Released: 01 Jan 1994
Related Plaform: PC Dos
Format: Sequenced music (MID)
Composers of these tunes: Brian Luzietti, Larry Peacock, Leslie Spitzer, Tim Wiles, Ken Allen, Jim Torres
Source / Archiver / Ripper: Mirsoft
Music type: Game rip
Archived process: Archived completely
Num of tunes: 27
Size of archive: 412 KBytes
- "One of the best Midi Soundtracks Ever" (by LIGHTNING, 10 Apr 2005) [10/10]
Without a doubt Descent ranks in my view as one of the best MIDI soundtracks.I remember when I got my AWE32 and I was amazed at the quality of the songs.Download now and listen to the 1st,3rd,8th and 12th level`s music. Fantastic stuff and make sure to download Descent 2 soundtrack too :-)
- "Very interesting, although not perfect" (by Scooter Fox, 14 Oct 2005) [8/10]
Well, this music is really good when you listen to it carefully. However, it is not that good when acting as game music - it plays in the background, but won't make you stop playing for a few minutes just to listen it. It's a job well done anyway.
- "The music of a Material Defender!" (by honkstar82, 17 Sep 2012) [9/10]
Three hundred and sixty degrees of freedom. That's what Interplay promised, and boy did they deliver. Listen to these tunes with your headphones on and you can hear how the drums move from side to side on the menu theme, or the swirl of gas around your head in the fifth level's music. Descent has a rocking space-techno soundtrack that really gets your mind in the mood for entombed combat against corrupted robots, but it's awesome to listen to all on its own. When you're in-game you won't notice all the little nuances that a good soundfont will bring out of these tunes, and I still get chills whenever I hear the opening bars of Descent's 'Briefing' music. It's a little like 'Grabbag' for the DN3D crowd, one of those pieces of music that defines your memory of a game by letting you know that soon you'll be knee-deep in the dead.
This archive is of great quality and organized well. Unfortunately none of the levels have their actual names listed, even in the MIDI data, just a number. This is unfortunate, since not every level in the game has its own unique music. Some levels share music, and when you are paging through your media list trying to find "that one song", it's much easier to remember 'Venus Nickel-Iron Mine' than 'Level05'. It would be great if the ripper had at least included the name of the first level to feature these tunes in the filename as well as the level number, but oh well. If you're the obsessive type, try looking up the songnames on Planet Descent. This is a great pack of songs from an amazing game, and still holds up well against modern music. Oh, excuse me, kicks the tar out of modern game music.
- "Destination Saturn" (by Warcow, 24 Oct 2012) [8/10]
When I first played this game at a friends home back in '95, it was unlike any other gameplay I had tried before and I thought the music was cool and fitted really good with it. When listening to the soundtrack today I feel the same vibe and it still works.
And I agree with honkstar82 that the songs here is better than most music to any new game today, it sure was another quality then. My favourite tune would be Game18.
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