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Descent (PlayStation)

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Title Screen


Developer: Parallax Software
Publishers: Softbank (JP), Interplay (US/EU)
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: January 26, 1996
Released in US: March 12, 1996
Released in EU: May 1996

TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

The poster child for 6DOF combat got a console port a year after its PC debut, introducing coloured lighting effects, a remixed soundtrack from the Mac version, some additional exclusive multiplayer maps, and some deliciously cheesy pre-rendered FMV sequences.

To do:
* Examine the five new EXCLUSIVE anarchy levels that were only available on the PlayStation version. [[1]]

FPS Display

Descent PS FPS display.png

Use the following code to display a FPS counter.

800BE674 01
800BF264 01
800BF980 01
(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

Each level has its own texture set, stored in a .pst file. The .pst file includes a table mapping Descent's texture ids to regions of the Playstation's VRAM, as well as including blocks of graphical data to load into VRAM. Most .pst files have some garbage data and a few unused textures left over from other levels, but all of the .pst files have the following unused graphics.


The error texture is present, but never normally appears.


The cut afterburner gauge is also packed in, as unused as ever.

Key gauges and the energy bar for the status bar view are present, but the status bar itself is not.

Unused Text

descent.tex is the game's main text repository file, and can be found within DESCENT.HOG. Within it, there are several unused strings:

\nBeta v3.0
\nBeta v3.0
Seems to refer to an early version of the game.
View Demo
View Demo
Refers to a mode from the DOS release of the game which is not present here.

Regional Differences

To do:
More documentation.

Title Screen

Descent JP Title.png Descent PS Title.png
Descent JP Menu.png Descent PS Menu.png

The title screen in the Japanese version is slightly brighter compared to the American and European releases. Additionally, there's no copyright text in the main menu.


Weapon Names

JP JP Translation US/EU
レーザー Laser Laser Cannon
クワトロレーザー Quattro Laser Quad Laser
バルカン砲 Vulcan Cannon Vulcan Cannon
拡散砲 Spread Cannon Spreadfire Cannon
プラズマ砲 Plasma Cannon Plasma Cannon
核融合砲 Nuclear Fusion Cannon Fusion Cannon

Sub Weapon Names

JP JP Translation US/EU
ショックミサイル Shock Missile Concussion Missile
追尾ミサイル Homing Missile Homing Missile
爆弾 Bomb Proximity Bomb
拡散爆弾 Spread Bomb Smart Missile
メガミサイル Mega Missile Mega Missile

Stage Names

The European release fixes a typo in the fifth Total Chaos stage's name.

Bushwacker's Paradis Bushwacker's Paradise