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The First Descendant Beta Preview: Good Intentions, Middling Execution

As a new free-to-play looter shooter, The First Descendant faces stiff competition. With established juggernauts like Destiny 2 and Warframe getting regular expansions and smaller games coming out on a regular basis, it’s not easy to prove yourself in this crowded genre. After spending some time playing him solo and his four-player co-op in the upcoming beta test of The First Descendant, I doubt this will be a breakthrough. What’s here is fun enough, nothing particularly glamorous.

The story of The First Descendant doesn’t feel out of place in classic science fiction. It’s an old tale of mankind fending off alien invaders. Here you can choose one of his 10 playable descendants with unique skills to fight off Vulgus. At first he is limited to choosing between three, the rest can be unlocked later through research institutes. The differences aren’t just superficial, as they have different stats and combat skills. Note that the appearance of descendants cannot be customized. Nexon Games has stated that decorations, a feature not available in this beta he test, can be done, but the team wants to keep everyone’s unique side.

Once you’ve chosen your character, you’ve arrived at Albion, the cute hub world of the First Descendants. Here you can upgrade your weapons and take on quests. I ventured towards the Kingston area and got some field missions.There’s a bit of a difference between defending set objects and investigating broken detectors. Boss fights are contained separately in Void Intercept Battles, accessible from terminals throughout Albion. These fearsome enemies have specific weaknesses and unlike field missions, they cannot be played alone.

However, the missions in this beta weren’t exactly exciting, even when playing with friends. One of the goals was to kill a continuous wave of enemies to power down the target’s shield, and I had to repeat this several times. I also discovered that when playing co-op, if I started a mission, this didn’t activate for the entire party, causing some initial confusion. You must either participate or shoot the enemy. It’s certainly not the biggest problem, but it’s not the most intuitive. Given that this is an early beta, hopefully it will change before the full release.

I still enjoyed fighting the first Descendants because of the different playstyles of each Descendant, ranging from defensive moves like Ajax’s Reverse Door Shield to offensive moves like Viessa’s Ice Beam. Everyone has 4 active skills in combat, up to and including options. Everyone packs something different, encouraging them to explore and unlock other characters.Equip his three guns at once while scrolling the mouse and flicking with his wheel. You can also. If you’re not satisfied, defeating the more formidable Vulgus will usually give you a better gun.

I still enjoyed the first Descendants combat, thanks to the different playstyles of each Descendant.

You can also boost existing weapons through runes. These provide additional benefits such as electrocution immunity, increased running speed, and his HP recovery when defeating an enemy. Runes are blankets applied to categories based on the type of gun. As an example, Torrent Runes only apply to Machine Guns and Tactical Rifles. The capacity that can be equipped is fixed for each category, and the more powerful the rune, the higher the cost. It’s much more effective than using runes for individual weapons, and saves quite a bit of time when you’re likely to juggle many weapons. increase.

Abilities and runes can be improved directly through the Rune Master in Albion. Offering combat perks that change appropriately for different playstyles is a nice touch to combat, and there are some solid customization options here. Visit the Event Terminal to acquire new weapons and runes. Defeating monsters gradually increases his mastery rank, unlocking perks such as additional rune slots.

The First Descendant’s customization and progression system has potential, but it doesn’t make much sense if the field missions aren’t all that fun. Right now, it feels like your average looter shooter with more polished visuals. There’s a good chance it will improve in the full release, but for now, we’re not fooled by this beta. If you want to give it a try, you can jump into the open beta on Steam next week. Otherwise, The First Descendant will launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PS4, and PC next year.

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