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 (107 reviews) - 80% of the 107 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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
    • 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
37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This is the greatest video game ever made.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28

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. Different levels of success in a mission 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!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
An old school space shooter simulator.

While it aged, it remains fairly enjoyable.
The story is written quite well, even though sometimes, instead of reading about events, I'd have liked to be part of them.

The controls can be a bit dodgy, especially aiming at fast ships in some missions, but for some reason, enabling force feedback, even though my HW does not have it, seemed to have made aiming better.

For the story, it is better to play this, then the 2nd.

The only small grudge I have, is with the final fight, which felt more like a rail shooter than anything, and was slightly disappointing considering the rest of the game.
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158 of 170 people (93%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Freespace 2 is coming June 6th!!!

An awesome game well ahead of its time.

For those who want Freespace 3, it's not going to happen. However you can download Freespace 2 and install Freespace Open from the Hard-Light Forums. The game now features hundreds of mods, campaigns, and user made ships as well as two separate takes on how the Freespace universe could have progressed after Freespace 2. It is also possible to play with upgraded graphics and at higher resolutions. All that for the amazing price of nothing. It is worth noting that Freespace Open is supported on OS X and Linux Operating Systems as well.

Happy fragging!
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75 of 86 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
awesome game! played this back in the day. this does come with the silent threat expansion. My personal opinion is i need a joystick to fully enjoy this, but reguardless this works fine and is enjoyable on my windows 8.1 system. FREESPACE 3 PLEASE!
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