In the 22nd century AD, man is unraveling the mysteries of what we call matter. But a runaway chain reaction causes random electromagnetic pulses to be sent in various directions, confusing the orbiting missile defense system into firing at the Earth, causing a mass extinction. All races flee the godforsaken planet as it becomes unable to support life. When the great treasures left on the planet begin to attract space pirates, the Galactic Council sends a group of eight marines on pioncycles after the pirates. They are the Forsaken.

Acclaim's Forsaken for Windows, PlayStation, and N64 is a first-person shooter that plays somewhat like a cross between GoldenEye, StarFox, and Descent. There are five effective degrees of freedom, as the play system automatically controls roll, making it easier to find one's way around the levels. Overall, I found the game a bit more fun than Descent, especially considering I can handle a console joypad better than I can a keyboard.