Biking goes extreme in downhill free-riding game Descenders
Fast and furious biking without all those annoying broken bones.
If there's one series that deserves a revival, it's Skate. The physics-based skateboarding games offered a deeper and more realistic take on skateboarding than Tony Hawk's kickflipping antics – not to mention all the hilarious bails and bonkers glitches the games' animation system led to.
While EA has remained stubbornly unreceptive to the demand for a Skate 4, fans of tough extreme sports games might want to keep an eye on Descenders, a downhill biking game from the developer of the speedy platformer Action Henk. Combining the fine control of the Skate games with the furious pace of freestyle BMX, Descenders looks like it might be just the ride virtual adrenaline junkies have been waiting for.
Along with its heavy focus on realistic physics, Descenders features procedurally generated worlds that promise to make every downhill run different from the last. Competition will also play a major role in the game, with players pledging allegiance to one of three teams and striving to lay down the best times on the global leaderboard. Whichever team tops the leaderboard at the end of the month will be rewarded with special gear and other prizes for players to deck out their riders with.