The First Descendant: Is it worth a try? Absolutely!

Hold onto your loot bags, folks! Nexon Games has unleashed "The First Descendant" upon the gaming world, and it's time to dive into this free-to-play, third-person looter shooter that's causing quite a stir. Powered by the eye-candy machine known as Unreal Engine 5, this game is serving up some serious visual feast. But is it all sizzle and no steak? Let's find out!

 What's The First Descendant All About? 

Picture this: You're a Descendant and humanity's fate rests on your trigger-happy fingers. No pressure! Here's the lowdown:

  • Third-person looter shooter
  • Solo play or co-op with up to 4 players (introvert or extrovert, take your pick!)
  • Unique abilities for each Descendant (superhero vibes, anyone?)
  • Giant bosses to tackle (I hope you're in the mood to dismantle.)
  • Crossplay action between PC, Xbox, and PlayStation
By the way, not for nothing... but I appreciate the fact that they don't require us to sign-in to a separate platform/launcher to play this game. We can literally jump in on our platform of choice.

 First Impressions: More Than Just a Pretty Face? 

Now, I've been around the Nexon block a few times, and let's just say we've had our ups and downs. Remember 'Combat Arms'? I enjoyed it to an extent, until the hackers flooded the zone and made that game worthless to support. If cheating is needed, it made the matches DOA. People were getting kills through walls, knifing from a distance, and people we going nuts as a result. 

Now I must admit, some of the reactions were funny, but... at the end of the day if you can't even enjoy the DLC you invested in because the cheating was just that blatant, what's the point? So, I went into The First Descendant with expectations lower than my K/D ratio in most shooters, but at the same time the door wasn't completely shut because I've enjoyed some of their other titles.

Surprise, surprise! The game actually left a good first impression. Is it perfect? Nah. Will it keep me hooked for the long haul? The jury's still out. But for a fresh release, it's showing promise.

 Trailers vs. Reality: A Pleasant Plot Twist 

We've all been catfished by game trailers to some degree, right? Those beautiful scenes that bear no resemblance to actual gameplay? Well, hold onto your skepticism, because The First Descendant's trailer seems to be... actually representative of what you can expect to strong degree.

 The Power of Open-Mindedness 

Here's a quick anecdote: A guy I met from Manchester (cheers Matt) almost wrote off the game based on his friend's experience. Plot twist: His friend doesn't even like looter shooters (so... wtf?)! After showing Matthew the trailer and some gameplay, he's now itching to try it.

Moral of the story? Don't let others' biases cloud your judgment. Just because someone's lactose intolerant doesn't mean milkshakes suck for everyone, right? The judgement has to make sense, if there's a fatal flaw or the game is broken in a way that deserves no justification, that's different than simply not liking a game based on preference. The trailer showed the right stuff and served up elements of the story in a nicely packaged glimpse.

 The Verdict: Give It a Shot! 

Look, The First Descendant is free to play on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox ($0.00). You've got nothing to lose except some hard drive space. If you end up loving it, maybe toss some financial support their way if you see something you like. If not, well, at least you gave it a fair shake. By the way, 

Remember, gamers: Keep an open mind, form your own opinions, and as always... game on!

 + Sophima