Volition's classic is back. Descent: FreeSpace is the quintessential old school space shooter. With a deep story, great graphics and engaging battles against fighters to capital ships it keeps you moving. Breakout that flight stick and enroll with the Grand Terran Alliance today.
User reviews: Very Positive (69 reviews)
Release Date: May 7, 2014
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About This Game

The ruthless Shivans emerged through subspace near Earth, harboring technology light years ahead of anything seen before. They made no attempt to communicate. They did not respond to your heralds. They simply attacked and destroyed everything in their path.

As a pilot for the Galactic Terran Alliance you are no stranger to war. However when racing through space to engage your new enemy for the first time, you sense something different. Suddenly darkness blankets your spacecraft. Your stomach sinks as your eyes pan across the Shivan flagship's massive body. Then it begins. Swarms of fighters pour out of the belly of the flagship and scream towards you. You’re about to discover everything you know about space combat, dogfight style - just changed.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1 Ghz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 1600 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 7 Direct Sound compatble or better
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 1.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9c Direct Sound compatble or better
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a RE-Release branded as a 2014 release, they've done nothing to make it "2014" compatible.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
It's a great game. I know this from playing it when I was a kid. It'd be swell if I could play it again without it crashing Windows 8 every damn time I run it.
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Starfox without the fox or the game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I played this game when it originaly came out in 1998 on my ole 3DFX cards. It was an amazing game then. Even today its not to bad compared to some of the new games out, It has a great story wich i think many of todays games lack. For $6 you really cant go worng. I also got Freespace 2 and played it all the way through again. Funny thing is I still own the original copies of both these games.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Back in the day this was one game that made me go out and buy a filghtstick
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This game does NOT like windows 8.1 64-bit. Major crashes and none of the forums could help.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Played the game years ago, going to play again :)

Highly recommended.

5/5 stars

I especially love the story line
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I remember playing its demo over and over again when FreeSpace was released in 1998. As a 12-year-old I was in awe and completely immersed in the experience fighting the unknown, mysterious and deadly Shivans. When it released on Steam a while ago, I instantly bought it and relived that same feeling - albeit with an xbox 360 controller rather than my old joystick - I recommend using a joystick if you have one, the 360 controller lacks precision for this type of game (though not enough to be disruptive).

If FreeSpace 2 is the better game, this one opened up the world of space combat sims for me. Looking forward to playing more similar games now that the genre is seemingly becoming more popular again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game is epic. This was my first space shooter game and the dog fights are challanging. real feeling like. if a first player go through the training to learn the keys. must have a joystick or other device. great story too. i could never play on advanced level. Too hard. Never tired multiplayer. the feel of the game and the story, is what keeps me back to this game. too bad there isnt a part 3.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Game is just as i remember it. I didnt have any of the problems anybody else is having running it. In terms of jet style space combat descent was a badass pioneer which i hope someday is re awakened
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Just as good as I remember. I transfered my save data that I kept and it worked, so I don't have to get back to where I was. Also includes The Silent Threat expansion. Even the cheat codes still work. =]
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I was born a couple years after this came out, but it's so much fun. I was looking for a space sim and this was suggested. The gameplay is slick, and I could care less about graphics. What's more amazing is how it stands up to the test of time. Freespace 2 is even better, which is saying something.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I loved this game when it came out, but the lack of removing the inverted controls from the mouse input is just annoying...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Best Space game Ever!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Pros:
Dogfighting is very fun, and story is good, joystick/controller support
Cons:
Forced 480p, Cursor is very jittery

I have found 0 mods that can fix the cons, but I'm sure they're there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
My all-time favourite space combat game. The gameplay is tight and complex, missions are varied and progress in difficulty smoothly, graphics were amazing in the day (and still are with the Freespace Opensource project and FSPort), and the campaign is well-written and paced, albeit the "lore" is sparsely explained without the manual.

The release on Steam does not let you control your resolution and personally I get a terrible flicker in menus and briefings, so I would actually recommend Freespace 2 and the Open Source engine, which enables you to play the FS1 campaign as a port/mod, plus a plethora of user-created content like enhanced models with normal and specular mapping, total conversation campaigns etc. Plus, the new engine squashes some old bugs and has built-in post-processing effects. It's the ultimate Freespace experience.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
The game is very good. I was just getting into it by doing the tutorial first missions but all of a sudden, it doesnt work anymore. STEAM needs to sort this asap.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Great game. The graphics of course suck by modern standards but if you are willing to look past that (or use FSO once Freespace 2 is on Steam) its worth it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
The fall of summer 1998. I just bought a game. The feel of knowing what incredible game it was, still comes to my heart everytime I hear the sound of game. The first game I've played online on 56K modem. Many friends...a lot of played coop missions. The feel like I lived in there with many others. The music reminds me of these times. Still hope for the 3rd part, you know...
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Classic. Too cheap to pass up!

+This game was ahead of its time and the vision/competence of its developers is apparent.
+Well-written plot with good atmosphere.
+Graphics are surprisingly servicable for a game of its age.
+Wide variety of ships and weapons with many ways to approach a given mission.
+Stats, medals, rank, glory!
+Missions are generally quick and often have a twist.
+Varied difficulty levels
+Big ships, respectable dogfighting action.
+Clean interface, very good controls

-Enemy dogfighting AI gets predictable
-Graphics/physics do not inspire awe
-Good storyline somewhat offset by linear campaign

I give this a 9.5 for 1998, an 8.0 for 2014.
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