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The First Descendant is in Steam’s top 10 played despite negative reviews and performance woes

It shows no signs of slowing down just yet
Last Updated on July 3, 2024
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The First Descendant was released yesterday, and thousands of players jumped in to see what NEXON Games’ latest title has to offer. Unfortunately, many were disappointed after encountering various issues, including connection problems. But despite the game getting mostly negative reviews on Steam, it is currently one of the most-played games on the platform.

Not all is bad though, and we could enjoy some time in the game with the right graphics settings – but not every system is the same of course. Let’s take a closer look at the game’s reception.

The First Descendant is currently in Steam’s top 10 charts

At the time of writing, The First Descendant is the seventh most-played game on Steam, with more than 159,000 players currently online. The 24-hour peak for the game is 229,257 players, which is also its all-time peak. The game shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, we can expect the numbers to receive a massive boost over the weekend when most people have some free time.

Most played games on Steam (Image source: SteamDB)

When it comes to reviews, the game has a mixed rating on Steam. Overall, more than half of the reviews are negative, with only 46% of reviewers recommending the game. The negative reviews highlight various issues, including gameplay problems, microtransactions, and connection issues. The game’s monetization system has not been well received by players, as it requires them to spend real money on almost everything. Although there is an option to grind for specific items, not everything can be unlocked through this method.

What about those performance issues?

Players are also facing performance issues, such as stuttering in The First Descendant and they’re unable to play the game properly because of them. One player claimed that they played the game for 34 minutes, during which it crashed seven times, with five of these crashes resulting in BSODs. This had nothing to do with using weak components, as the game has been crashing on high-end Intel CPUs, such as the Intel 13900K and 14900K.

At the moment, The First Descendant is going strong on Steam despite the majority of reviews being negative. But will it be able to continue like this for long in its current state, or will we see a decline in the player base soon? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. If the developers address the issues and improve the game’s state, it might even bring back players who stopped playing because of these problems.

Abdul is a tech writer and Editor for PC Guide, specializing in all things tech, gaming, and hardware.