You're going down... again. If you thought Descent™ went to the edge of 360° 3D power-blasting sensory insanity, then prepare yourself. You're about to plunge over the edge, and into the depths of Descent II™.
User reviews: Positive (47 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

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You're going down... again.

If you thought Descent™ went to the edge of 360° 3D power-blasting sensory insanity, then prepare yourself. You're about to plunge over the edge, and into the depths of Descent II™.

Suddenly warped into the outer reaches of the Zeta Aquilae System, your new mission sends you into the black depths of treacherous alien mines. You blast through enemy robots with powerful new tools, leaving their flaming hulks in your exhaust. Your ultimate goal: to exterminate the alien robot stronghold from the enemy Alien Base and claim total control -- it's 30 new levels of outrageous destruction.

But this time, you're not alone.

Joining you on your deadly new assignment is your loyal Guide-bot. This faithful companion rushes with you through the twists and turns of the menacing darkness, often scouting ahead to hunt down the orbs, powerups and tools you desperately need to complete your job. But beware -- raging enemies are still determined to destroy you, including the menacing Thief-bot who's set on stealing your weapons of destruction and precious powerups. Get ready -- Descent II™ is about to take you on a whole new synapse-smashing ride.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: 1 Gigahertz or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible
Helpful customer reviews
85 of 97 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
Ok, first off, you don't have to run the game through DOS Box - DX Rebirth is a much better port and works well with STEAM - read the forum post on Widescreen Support for more info.
What is there to be said about the game - it is a classic, the gameplay is frenetic, it really tests your reflexes and the enemies just keep on coming :)
Back in the day I had hours and hours of fun with Descent and Descent 2, then lost the discs and have been wanting to play this ever since. Played it again last night for just a few minutes and was hooked all over again ...
Only gripe is the price - it should have been offered for 50% off just like Descent, other than that, I have no complaints :)
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45 of 59 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
I used to play this game alot. To a point that i knew and still kind of know most of the secrets this game offers. I always loved how this game had such incredible movement freedom....up down left right forward back and even pitch rolling.

This particular version had flash missiles that would blind enemies and anyone or any enemy close by to the detonation. It also featured an after burner and a guide bot. This one also introduced the theif bot.

Anywise the usual are a mercenary employed by the PTMC to invesitagate their mining operations. It seams some computer virus from some unknown source has corrupted their machines and its up to you to destroy the machines, rescue the workers and destroy the mines in hopes the virus wont spread.

The game plays fairly well, and is alot of fun with multiplayer. This version had guided missiles and missile cams...thus you could fly a missile and chase your enemy. If you play multiplayer its even more fun. I recommend this game to any one who likes old nostaligic games from the early 90s. I also recommand this game to people who like first person shooters with 6d movement ability. No not messing up....3d games are you go forward back and can look and maybe jump....but goin in anydirection and control pitch is 6d(ie you can move diagonaly or slide one way while moving your point of view another way). If you do get this might consider looking up the descent rebirth projects on the internet, as they are special loaders that improve the gui and other parts of the game. But you still need this base game to use those things.

One more interesting tid bit about this game...yes aside from me actualy being one of the first with the codes i spread all over the internet way back when becasue the developers gave them to me first.....
This game as with its previous version of Descent 1 had a curious feature of allowing you to play co-op and the usal detah match games....but also the game play literaly didnt even try to synch all the players....thus a person with a really fast connection and really good machine...would out perform some one else with not a very good connection or good machine.
What that means is....if some hacker was trying to lag the game they only messed themselves up....programs like aim bot never worked very well with this game because unles syour machine was fast and you had a good connection better then your opponent you shots would still miss.
Kind of attempts to synchronize or do things like that resulted in a pretty good foil to hackers. Other things like making your self take no damage for example....if against another player this game was designed to not compensate for that could always get kileld no matter what hacks you tried to use.

Its part of the reason its mutiplayer pvp was so popular for so long.
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
As soon as I saw Descent get released on Steam I knew they'd have to follow with Descent II. In my opinion, Descent II is one of the best games ever created. Combining the amazing 6DOF and 360x3D with even better graphics, enemies, and maps. The only really negative thing I have to say about this release is that I think they could have set it up to operate better on current systems (enhance resolution support and so forth).
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
- Negatives

~ Mehs
- Graphics aren't easy to digest at first, even being a player from original release times. Seeing them in game while whizzing around makes it not matter.

+ Positives
-You're a space pilot with complete 3D camera rotation and movement with a load of badass weapons, I'm glad its 'inside' to have points of reference so I feel like theres an up. (See Freespace 1 and 2 for an 'in outer space' experience)
-I NEVER give credit to awesome soundtracks on games (I don't know why), I need to give it here though.
- Great level design, builds up really well from beginning levels.
- Choice of using guide bot is really nice, some levels can suck to navigate.
- Controls are still really tight, and with a little tweaking of your keyboard it's even better.
- Gameplay still holds up like a freaking boos, this is where it really counts.
- The minial vioce acting the game has is really good while it's around, along with its minimal yet interesting story.

Personal Rating: 9.5/10
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
A worthy sequel to the original. Old school gameplay at its finest.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
I was around 30 already when the Descent 1 demo appeared, and for me this game was a revelation. I had played Doom before, but it wasn't my cup of tea really. Descent however had me the moment the entrance room of Lunar Outpost appeared in front of me on my monitor, moving slightly up and down as my ship gently wiggled.

Descent's gameplay is very unique because of the full freedom of movement in all three spatial axes. For its day (and if looking at what many game devs consider "AI") the robots (the game's "NPCs") had a very good and quite diverse AI. Depending on your point of view, gameplay of the first two titles of the series can seem bland or refreshingly straight forward, which is very much owed to the abstract and artificial nature of the levels and lack of unique and varying tasks and goals in different levels. Still the basic principle of the game seems very appealing to me.

On the other side, if you are looking for great and frantic multiplayer action, Descent imo still is one of the best games out there. It greatly rewards skill, offers a huge variety of explosive gadgetry and allows for creative gameplay.

There are also several fan-driven mod projects improving the game and allowing to run it on modern OS's and hardware. If you really want to enjoy Descent even today, you should download and install one of these.

The one I prefer (and maintain) is D2X-XL, which allows to play Descent and Descent 2 in vanilla mode like in the old days, but also has a ton of optional enhancements for those who like to try a fresher flavor of Descent, offering high resolution textures, better models, improved sound, colored light, many effects (smoke, fire, lightning, weather, glow, etc. - stuff that is standard today), and much, much more, and on top of that has Oculus Rift support.

There also are great new missions available for D2X-XL, breathing new life into Descent with diverse, detailled levels, improved graphics, new level mechanics and non-standard objectives.

D2X-XL runs on MS Windows, Linux and OS X. Find it on .
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
Best Descent gamer ever in my opinion. Descent II was the first game of the Descent series i had ever played and it was captivating on how truly remarkable its visuals were and still are for such a classic game. Gameplay is simple and easy to control much like the original Descent with the added feature of having the ability to obtain an afterburner to give you a speed boost. in regards to the changes of visuals and mechanics of the game, it remains much like how it was in the first game but with added particle effects and a few graphical tweaks. One major difference between Descent II and it predecessor is the added music to the game, simply amazing, would be one way of describing it, but in all seriousness the music of the game comes from Mark Walk and Type O Negative and i believe from Ogre of Skinny Puppy as well. They are a collection of Industrial artists that collaborated in the makinf of Descent II's music and to great success as it adds a whole new depth to the new game, providing another punch in the intesity of the overall game. As for the added functions to the game not much has changed though there are a few new weapons and missiles one can get, as well as a few ship modifications as well. Overall Descent II will always be worth purchasing, whether it be for its incredible music or its classic, fun 3d shooter mechanics. Definitely worth every penny!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
actually, this game is amazing, its old but still a great game! you have to get the rebirth update for this game to be play other people. multiplayer is very intense and heart pounding and yes i would recommend this to other players!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
Just as awesome as I remember! Its concept and game play are timeless. On the higher difficulty settings it makes modern FPSs seem like child's play. Keep a bucket near by because you're going to need it!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Great game, but hard as hell. You pilot a ship that can move in any direction in 3D space, including several simultaneously. In the spirit of early 90s shooters, your goal is usually nothing more than collect keys, rescue hostages, open doors, blow up a reactor, and escape before the whole place blows up. Despite the simple plot, this game is excellent thanks to the high customization, the great level design, and the learning curve that requires you to move around complex environments with ease. The game is all about the labyrinthine level design, and navigating extended levels. You're given a map, but challenge yourself to not use it. The enemies are somewhat varied and there are a lot of powerups. The graphics are indicative of the late PS1 era; it's significantly better looking than Descent 1 but inferior to Descent 3's graphics. I grew up with this game so it has a soft spot in my heart, but it hasn't gotten any easier. The music is pretty good, too.

tl;dr Get this game. The Descent series makes you think in a very unique way and this game was my entry point into the series.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
Descent 2 is one of the best 3d space shooters i've ever played, from the awesome music to the great gameplay, and all the litle secrets in the game make it that much sweeter, great game 10/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
This is like if the designers of Descent had a meeting and said, "Let's take everything from Descent that was awesome, and make it even better." Weapon variety is even bigger, though I question the usefulness of some of it, the levels are bigger, but still sprawl. The Guide Bot is a good addition for new players to help them get acquainted with the levels, yet can be ignored outright by those wanting a more pure experience. New gadgets improve survivability while introducing an enemy that can take them away from you.

The game has crashed on me once, but that seems to be a DosBox issue.

In short, is still rly good.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
Follow up to the best game ever. More guns harsder bots. Dynamic missions. It is an improvement on perfection. Need to set mon to run in 800x600 for good experiance. I wish they would release a hires version. Love this game perfect for lan. Grew up playing this stuff. I have missed it for 20 years. Still love it. Thanks Steam.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
I was a huge fan of this and Descent 3 when they came out (Descent 1 not so much). I think Descent 2 was the first video game I bought for my PC. Some complain that the graphics are dated. This is true but don't let that dissuade you from getting this title. The gameplay is still a lot of fun and the level variety is tremendous. There are also a huge number of user generated levels available for download. Excellent bang for your buck.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
Im not sure which way to go on this its a fun game, but it was hell to get running, first you will notice that the game says zero hours recorded the reason for that is that I needed to download a mod which isnt recorded by steam in order to get this game running on my machine, if you are running this game on a modren OS you will have difficulties installing it, however those difficulties can be solved by following the steps on this site enjoy!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
My childhood games have returned. Descent 2 and Descent: Freespace were the #1 hits of my day on the Windows 98 and finally after many years I get to relive these experiences. It's taking me a while to get reacquainted with my old joystick but I'm totally loving every minute of it.

Descent 2 requires some definite tweaking. It took my about an hour to figure everything out, including my joystick issues, but it all functions properly and took no additional patches to work. Using the mouse could be an issue unless you really know how to modify the game. I however do not know this, but I feel the joystick is the only way to properly relive the experience.

Steam has just became the best gaming service I have ever had and I can't find a console or other company that even comes close to offering sales of this nature or retro games that can be played with this kind of ease. I know I'm just sucking up now but in reality I couldn't be happier.

Old or young, PC gamer or not, everyone should try this game to gain some nostalgia and respect for how far the industry has come since then as well as relive what was one of the best games of mine and many others childhoods.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
One of the best and most intense games ever made. Get the rebirth graphics overhaul/mod and you're set to go.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
Shrink your screen, and you will be a winner! AWESOME, I'm getting 23,093fps! Weeeeeee
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I was extremely looking forward to playing this re-release. Hoever, it isn't a re-release. It's a completely unupdated and clunky direct port of the old game. This means you will very quickly find the game unplayable, under-responsive, and with impossible to utilize controls. You WILL need to mod this game to make it work, and that means having to play the game as if it were a non-Steam game anyway. At that point, you might as well buy it somewhere else like GOG. If you do happen to get this, though, I recommend installing D2X-Rebirth as soon as possible.

The game itself? Incredible, a classic of 3D first person shooters. Satisfying, even if its graphics may be a bit dated. And it is quite a challenge too. If you're not after rough flying and can't deal with poor textures, Descent 3 may not be the worst thing to look at.

But I can't recommend it as packaged here on Steam. Please do yourself a favor and check alternate sources first.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Probably the greatest FPS game of all. Its fast, and still very difficult to get through on Insane. I've been a huge fan since I was a kid. I especially love that Parallax has added heavy metal music to this new purchase on Steam. It makes the game return with a vegence. Too many memories to say anything negative about this game, because there isn't anything negative. What's to complain about? I get to play an old favorite game of mine again, and again, just like back in my day. Now, leave me alone... I've got alot of dying to do here to beat this game all over again.
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