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: Mostly Positive (94 reviews)
Release Date: May 7, 2014
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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
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
"Descent Freespace - The great War" despite being an old game (1998) is in my opinion an all-time-jewel of space sims, in its time I liked it even better than Wing Commander. The story, the mission design, the enemies - Shivans and Vasudans - are just captivating. Nowadays at this price you should have a look, there are worse ways to waste your time than saving mankind;-)
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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, 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!
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153 of 165 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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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Played this one at initial release, and it is AWESOME.
Works greate on win8.1, supports gamepads)))
Hope to FreeSpace 2 + all the mods on steam aswell as FreeSpace 3)

Never got to play the expansion, so here is my chance :P

Hope you enjoy the game as much as I do!
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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Amazing game from back in the day! Excellent space combat simulator with a great story and it also has one of the best intro cinematics I've seen in a game! Plus, it comes with the expansion Silent Threat.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
Okay, Freespace 1 - The Great War : Check
Original Graphics and resolution : Check
X52 - Pro Supported : Check

This game might be old, but you need to know this.
Freespace, X-Wing, Wing Commander, Starlancer & Freelancer; what do those games have incommon?
Exactly, they're the best of the best when it comes down to Sci Fi Space Combat Sims.
Smooth controls, interesting missions, singleplayer & multi player.

If you're a real Sci-Fi space combat fan...get this game. It's a must have. One of the best space combat games ever made. You need this in your collection, you need to encourage Steam to accept more of those games in its store. You must commit seppuku if you deny the will of your Sci-Fi heart.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
When I saw this had become available on Steam, I was overjoyed. Freespace: The Great War was one of my absolute favorite games as a child, and I believe it still holds up strongly to this day.

The game begins 14 years into the war between the Terrans and Vasudans, and before long, an even greater threat shows its face, an ancient and destructive alien race known only as the Shivans...enemy to Terran and Vasudan alike.

Freespace: The Great War is a space flight sim. While most missions involve you either protecting an important target, or wiping out enemy forces, oftentimes both, they are all varied in their actual content and no two missions really feel the same. As the game progresses, you gain access to a good variety of different ships, each with varying strengths and weaknesses, as well as an assortment of different weapons.

Another of Freespace's strong points is its atmosphere, formed mostly from the music and dialogue. It will make you feel like you ARE the pilot, and a part of the game itself. This is definitely one of the things that helps to set Freespace apart from other space sims. I have never played another space sim that gave quite the same feeling Freespace does.

This release includes the expansion, Silent Threat, which continues the story after the main campaign's ending with several additional missions.

I really can't recommend this game enough. If you're a fan space flight sims or flight sims in general, and have not played this game, now's your chance to experience a masterpiece.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
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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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This game does NOT like windows 8.1 64-bit. Major crashes and none of the forums could help.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Back in the day this was one game that made me go out and buy a filghtstick
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27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
And to it begins, the destroyers have come. An epic like none other!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2014
Amazing game on its own right, but the sequel (Freespace 2) is even better, and once you have the base game, you can install FSOpen, which includes HD graphics and tons of mods with hundreds of custom missions (including a very accurate port of Freespace 1!)

If you want to show Steam that you appreciate Freespace in hopes that it gets Freespace 2 to Steam faster, by all means buy this game. Otherwise, head on over to GOG and buy Freespace 2 there; you'll get a better version of this game as well as the sequel, which is a much better deal.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Played the game years ago, going to play again :)

Highly recommended.

5/5 stars

I especially love the story line
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
The day has finally come! We are getting FreeSpace 1 and 2 it seems! I cannot stress how amazing these two games are. Hands down THE BEST space sims out there, and some of the best games ever released, period. Amazing dialogue, probably the best I've ever encountered, and I've played my fair share of games in my 20 or so years of gaming, along with absolutely amazing combat mechanics, and visuals that hold up today, this is a MUST BUY.

DO IT.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
This is one of, if not the best, space sim games made in the time when they were a top Genre of PC game history. It has a great story line, and great sequell, which may or may not show up on steam. If you grab this, dont forget to pick up FreeSpace 2 aftwards, its on GoG and has a large and active modding compunity that has kept this game up to date both feature and graphics wise.

I can only hope to see FS2 get on steam, with the FSOpen mod on official support. Such an action would bring Freespace into the realm of contending with F2P games, as it will be cheap ($15 for base files) then have 5GB of mods slaped on to brin it in line with high end Open GL graphics, and a new matchmaker ands stats browser to replace PXO. All these things are already made, they are just not on steam. Cant wait for the ease of use that steam will bring, and hopefully the influx of new players to one of the best games in history!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Freespace on steam! I've probably spent hundreds of hours playing the sequel and its numerous user made campaigns, so this was a must buy. Although the controls may seem a bit daunting at first, once you get the hang of it the flight model is one of the most satisfying you can find. Don't let the dated graphics put you off from an old school gem from the space sim's golden age!

It should be noted that the game tops out at a resolution of 640x480 without any mods, and thus the steam overlay doesn't work properly. A widescreen solution can be found here.
http://www.gog.com/forum/freespace_series/vanilla_gog_freespace_with_widescreen_aaaf_steam_overlay_and_eax

But whizzing around asteroids in 640x480 does have it sown appeal :P
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