★★★☆☆Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War
is a 3D space craft action simulator. You are a recruit pilot who just joined the Galactic Terran Alliance in its age-long war against the Parliamentary Vasudan Empire, but the war takes a different turn when an unknown threat makes its appearance with the sole purpose of exterminating both races.Pros
: You get to live the war and the events through the eyes of a pilot, and the whole story is detailed through mission briefings and in-game events, and different levels of success may affect the following mission, even open entire branching side missions. The voice acting does a good job a delivering the humane yet rigid tone of a military situation, something you'll rely on for immersion as there is little to no cut scenes. Action is great, and often allows creative thinking to resolve an issue, succeed in a mission and achieve bonus goals. The missions themselves are very varied, rivaling and often surpassing classics of the genre like the Wing Commander
series. Control is spot-on, although optimized for mouseless keyboard. As you progress, you get more and more flexibility in how you want to set and arm your squads.Cons
: The game isn't opened world, but mission-based, so forget any concept of exploring or visiting space stations and planets: you jump in, do the mission, and jump out. The graphics have aged a lot: it isn't retro-style, it's actual pixelated low-resolution interface and texture.Verdict
: The game's graphic aged horribly, but the rest hasn't: sound, music, control, action, everything remained as excellent today as it was back then. I'll recommand this game only to people who enjoys playing classics, and Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War
is one of the good ones!