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 (35 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 27
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1.8 hrs on record
- Negatives
N/A

~ 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
-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.
- Controls are still really tight, and with a little tweaking of your binded keys it's even better.
- Gameplay still holds up like a freaking boos though, and that's where it counts.
- The minial vioce acting the game has is really good while it lasts.
- Choice of using guide bot is really nice, some levels can suck to navigate.
Posted: October 21
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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 http://www.descent2.de .
Posted: June 22
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
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!
http://www.dxx-rebirth.com/download-dxx-rebirth/
Posted: April 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Doesn't work on Windows 8.1
Posted: September 12
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1.3 hrs on record
Loved this game back in the day. Happy to see it get a reboot. Some may complain that the graphics are way dated but the gameplay more than makes up for the big polygons. The learning curve is almost non-existent. If it moves, shoot it, if it doesn't move, pick it up, or shoot it anyway. Lots of hidden rooms with extra power ups. Great weapon variety. At higher difficulty levels this game is very unforgiving. There are lots of levels here and a huge number of user created levels available on the web. Definitely worth the $4.99. You won't regret it.
Posted: May 2
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2.4 hrs on record
This game is so awesome, I could not get it to work with DOSBox (didn't know how) so when I found out about Descent on steam, I bought it right away! Fun game, good classical game.
Posted: July 28
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0.4 hrs on record
It's back! Redbook audio and all. Works pretty much just like it used to. For anyone interested in the series however, I would skip the first Descent game, and purchase Descent 2 instead. Improvements like being able to add map markers and the guide bot for when you loose your way help out immensely. Also a bit of advice, there is no up or down in this game, and leaving auto-leveling on will hurt you more than help. The Bandit robot can make things quite challenging so watch out.
Posted: May 7
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7.9 hrs on record
Best Games . 1,2 & 3 Glad Steam has them.
Posted: May 15
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4.7 hrs on record
This is the best game to be conceived of in the 25 years of modern gaming. Stop reading and start playing it you ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s!
Posted: July 10
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22.2 hrs on record
At first I was surprised by it's size, as it's not all that different from Descent 1. I found out that the Redbook audio CD is included in this one! Too bad the Vertigo expansion is not included.

9/10 The last good Descent game.
Posted: June 22
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0.5 hrs on record
Ah the 90's, whats not to love? the bad clunky controls, low res graphics, or maybe the dialog? i dont know about you but for me gaming was a big part of my childhood growing up in the 90's, Decent 2 was one of my first games i played when i was around five years old, Doom was the second. by todays standards Decent 2 might not seem like much, but back then it was revolutionary. With the main objective of the game being somewhat similar to Doom, the player takes control of a spaceship and must navigate enclosed subterrainian rooms and pathways hunting down keys for doors, their is a arcade style score system in the game, which the player is scored on by .. eliminating enemies, saving pilots and other means. while the control system is quite dated by today's standards, its not unplayable, the one drawback in this is that for most people who dont own a flight stick will find the controls to be a bit of a headache because you can only play with either the mouse or the keyboard, not both but this should not be a problom for anyone who has played alot of Windows 95 games. keys are customizable. for the time the graphics are amazing, lights break when you shoot them, weapons are upgradeable and the A I is decent. the game also has a fantastic Soundtrack, consisting of a industrial like metal sound with some electronica as well. so wether your looking to try something new, or trying to relive the good old days of 90"s gaming, Decent 2 is well worth your attention and your few hard earned bucks! 5 out of 5.
Posted: September 8
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8.5 hrs on record
Zero gravity Doom with robots.

Being able to move with six degrees of freedom is finicky, but super rewarding once you get used to the movement scheme. It's hard to imagine a space shooter take place inside narrow corridors, but it really works in this game.

On the surface, weaponry is pretty spectacular; ten different primaries and 10 unique secondary special weapons you can collect and horde and never f*cking use because you might need it later. Really 8 of the ten primaries are "laser" altered in purely cosmetic ways; some can bounce, some can charge, but it's all lasers at the core. Lack of interesting weapon choices is the only thing holding this game back. The levels are amazingly well designed, though there's nothing really to compare them to. It's incredibly easy to get lost in the true three-dimensional maps, so there is the optional guide-bot to help you through, a small drone that leads you to all key locations. The drone is to descent what CL4P-TP is to borderlands, which is to say unbearably annoying, but it is entirely optional, which I appreciate.

Lifespan is long, there are sooo many levels, with challenging boss fights at the end of every chapter, cutscenes are chock-full of true nineties charm and of course, there are plenty of secrets and hidden levels for replay value.

It's not perfect, but its a fantastic game with unique gameplay, well worth trying out if it slipped by you a decade ago.
Posted: August 20
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81 of 91 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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 :)
Posted: February 20
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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 prticular version had flash missiles that would blind near by enemys an after burner and a guide bot. This one also introduced the theif bot. ANywise the usual concept...you 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 recoomend 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 anydrection and control pitch is 6d. If you do get this game...you might consider looking up the descent rebirth projects onthe 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.
Posted: February 20
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
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).
Posted: February 20
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
A worthy sequel to the original. Old school gameplay at its finest.
Posted: March 1
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: February 25
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