FreeSpace 2, the follow up to the classic Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War is ready to engage you in the second round. Follow the Grand Terran Vasudan Alliance further into the mysteries of the Shivans. Get your flight stick and hit the flight deck. The last time was just a warm up.
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Mixed (160 reviews) - 66% of the 160 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014

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Addressing install issues

Some users report an error when trying to launch the game.

We are working on a fix, but you may be able to resolve the issue right now by following these steps:


1. Open the folder where Freespace 2 is installed (usually "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Freespace 2\data")

2. Open the "Registry" folder. If there is no Registry folder open the "Data" folder

3. Double-click the file "FS2.reg"

4. Click the "Yes" button to make a system change

5. Click the "Yes" button to confirm

6. Click the "OK" button when Reg Edit says it's done

7. Launch Freespace 2 from your Steam library

Depending on your system settings, you may need to temporarily lower your UAC (User Access Control) settings or disable your anti-virus to make the change. Then re-enable UAC and/or your anti-virus software. We apologize for any inconvenience.

About This Game

The year is 2367, thirty two years after the Great War. Or at least that is what YOU thought was the Great War. The endless line of Shivan capital ships, bombers and fighters with super advanced technology was nearly overwhelming.

As the Terran and Vasudan races finish rebuilding their decimated societies, a disturbance lurks in the not-so-far reaches of the Gamma Draconis system.

Your nemeses have arrived... and they are wondering what happened to their scouting party.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 254 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7 Compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2490 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.4 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 Compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2490 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster Compatible
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Competizione
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Volition said they would kill people to make Freespace 3, it's not hard to see why. After more than 15 years, this is still the best space sim around. Freespace Open even makes it pretty to look at again and throws in a ton of mods including the original Freespace.

How to get FS2 working: https://steamcommunity.com/app/273620/discussions/0/540744475152850046/
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kjj
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
ok if you never played this game an you like space an ships you gonna love this.
the story behind the game and the game play, it`s the best sim when coming to ships.
dont take my word for it play and see for your self.
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Faceman
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
My favorite space sim of all time, it's not a sandbox, exploration or trading game, get Evochron or Star Citizen for that...

This is an immersive, campaign driven, dogfighting space sim. It is old, but it holds up really well. Freespace 2 is great fun with a joystick and throttle, for total immersion try Voice Attack (VoiceBot probably works too) and TrackIR.

I recommend installing the FSOpen installer (http://www.fsoinstaller.com/) over the steam version and copying (and renaming) the yal_launcher.exe to FS2.exe (backup the original) then you can run the updated verison with the much better graphics and bugfixes through the Steam launcher.

The FSOpen Installer also supports and will download and install new campaigns. You can get help with FSOpen from http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?board=151.0
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FallenHealer
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A well done game and the best space fighter simulator i have ever played to date after doing the bug fix it suffers from.
The story picks up years after the events of the first game and unless you play that first you are going to be a little in the dark about the plot, but other than that is a good and enjoyable plot.

The fights that you will partake in will range from engaging fighters and bombers to taking down corvettes and cruisers and is always entertaining watching them blow up (unless your teammates destroy them while you were lining up the killing shot then it get annoying). The AI in this game does not suck and can excel at dispatching your teammates and you if you are not careful and the same can be said about your own teammates, although they will sometimes need a helping hand when an enemy gets behind them and will inform you of the same thing.

The guns and missiles that you will unlock as you progress through the game will allow the adding (if the ship allows it) of individual guns into slots to complement eachother such as a gun with good hull damage but not very good shielding damage with a gun with the opposite properties. Missiles range from lock ons, fire and forget and dumb fire and are useful in quickly taking down enemies or turrets.

The line up of ships vary from space superiority fighters, intercepters, heavy fighters and bombers and in most cases have multiple versions of the types with differing armoring, speeds, manoverability and gun and missile (and differing amounts of the same missiles you can carry) slots.

The actual playing of the game is smooth and other than a few hiccups in framerate runs incredibly well and the fights can become challenging and exciting for the player with the right difficulty, the HUD on your screen will keep you up to date with monitoring crucial ships to protect and constant tracking of any ship that you can target.

The joystick is a very effective tool for this game as with the mouse i found that the fighter would zoom of my screen (thank god for the display that shows up at the edge of the screen to tell me where to turn) and i would have to swipe the mouse a few time in the direction i wanted to go before I had visual contact again but unlike the mouse i found myself overshooting the target lead multiple times with the joystick but thats probably because i'm bad at using it.

The game also has a mission editor called FRED2 that I personally enjoyed playing around with but requires a understand of how the coding in the engine works, for example the corvettes will not fire their main lazers until you give them the ability to by going into the events editor and enabling it there by replacing the operators of the event I made for it, despite that you can change the name of the ships in this program and had fun giving them wacky names.

Overall the game is impressive and is highly entertaining. The only negatives i have for this game is that:
1. I bought this a day before the special (thanks steam) and;
2. once during a mission a prompt in the coding did not activate as it should and i flew around for a few minutes while nothing happened before deciding to reset which fixed the problem the second time around.
3. Resolution...but that's just nitpicking at an old game.
But other than that i could not give a higher recommendation for anyone to at least pick up the game for a little bit to play through.
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Klaxon
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I used to play Freespace The Great War, A LOT! I LOVED that game. Never got this one until I found it on Steam. Got it to work after a few tweaks......holy ♥♥♥♥ is this game harder than the first one!

I can't really describe how big of an improvement over the first game this is really.

I recommend this game, despite needing some tweaking to get it playable, but when you do play, I have one warning: FRIENDLY LASERS HAVE FRIENDLY FIRE ON!
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Dark Ranger
( 65.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Easily one the best space sims of all time. Modding is where this game really shines. Freespace 2 has a great modding community that is still active today.

Many of the negative reviews bash the game for not working out of the box. Trust me, if you get this game, you'll get the best experience by just getting Freespace Open. Freespace Open is easy to download and use and fixes all of the problems, as well as make the game absolutely beautiful. It also includes many user made modifications if you choose to install them.

If you're a fan of space sims, get this game. You won't regret it.

You can get Freespace Open here: http://www.fsoinstaller.com/
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Akurei Kiabutsu
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Don't waste your money it doesn't work with windows 8 os, uless you have an older os. It's sad it's not compatable with windows 8 because i played the demo years ago and enjoyed it.
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✩ silver ✩
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
good old game
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Cam "Shaft" Mitchell
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
The best space sim I have ever played.

Make sure you goto www.fsoinstaller.com and get the updated graphics after purchasing this game off of steam, or the game may not even work properly, the update supports macos linux and every verson of windows.
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Beacon_of_FUNK
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
FYI A majority of the negative reviews are from clowns too lazy to troubleshoot compatibility.

The fix for the root directory is running FS2.reg in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Freespace 2\Registry" (or search for FS2.reg). Just run and add and you are in.

As for the game itself, it's fantastic. There isnt that much else to it. Just make sure you are a SciFi pilot junky before making the heavy financial investment into FS2.
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Insane_Bolt
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Modded it to bring graphics up to date and thus my gametime not showing on here (though I've read there is a way use Steam with mods). Well worth getting on sale. It must have had a fairly big budget back in the day, as it is well made. I see why it is so well regarded and has such a community. Many mods to choose from beyond graphics - new campaigns, a few of your favourite sci-fi franchises to name some.

Not hard to mod. If I can get the game working with mods, so can you.
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a pancake
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Awesome combat mechanics. A bit complex at first but once you get the hang of it it is wonderful.

The story is good. Not many cutscenes but the bit of lore and narrative in the game is excellent.

My only complaint is the game feels a little short. But overall Freespace 2 is great.
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Tyrswed
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
This game is, without a doubt, the best star-fighter sim that has ever been made.
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Harry Reckinrod
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2015
I got the original Descent: FreeSpace and Silent Threat from one of those bargain-rack displays in the video game section at Wal-Mart in the early 2000s. Remember, when Wal-Mart still had PC games? One of my friends had been raving about it, and he was a pretty big nerd, so I figured I'd give it a try. I didn't expect much from a game released the same year as StarCraft, but it was only $10 so what the hell? I took it home, popped it into the CD drive of my 200MHz Pentium MMX machine with 32MB of RAM and a video card with 4MB of memory...

AND WAS BLOWN AWAY. The explosions, the lasers, the enormous capital ships...It made X-Wing vs TIE Fighter (my other big space flight sim crush) look like a cartoon. Not a good cartoon either; more like something I would draw. I loved it. I lived it. I wanted the sequel. But FreeSpace 2 wouldn't run on my old girl.

Then, one day browsing Steam, I said "I wonder if they have FreeSpace 2." OMG, yes they do! And there's a mod project for it called FS2 Open, with a ton of user-generated content and tweaks? That lets me play at my monitor's full resolution? AND SOMEBODY MADE A MOD TO LET ME PLAY THE ENTIRE FS CAMPAIGN USING THE FS2 ENGINE? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

I had some trouble getting FS2 Open to launch. What worked for me was downloading, in addition the FSOpen stuff, wxLauncher for the FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project. It's pretty awesome and I'd recommend it even if you're having no trouble launching.
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Volan
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 26, 2015
Fantasic game, dont let the negative reviews get you down. The fix on the store page works, at least it worked for me.
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Macca Pakka
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 20, 2015
It's not a game if your PC runs an operating system created more recently than 1998.

DOS era titles should be patched to work on modern operating systems before taking people's money and letting than go to all the hassle of trying to get it to run.
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johnmc50
( 105.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 28, 2015
I tried this game before when I had windows 8.1 but now I have windows 10
I'm a little relucton to try it again. I loved the 1st one and very good at it.

The 1st freespace the great war I found some help for you

after capture of ajunia 1 and told slip in enemy teratory look for jump note
go to the buttom left fly full speed using slash this key \
also hit tab get as close as possible to jump note Quickly scan ships that they want
every each 3 check where the fighters are be sure they are not getting to close to you
if dis is minusing there are getting closed- if adding there're goin g a way. The main one is lucifer you have to scan.

The next hint is scanning your centetries It's a trap. note protect galata when you see cancer and torus trying to ram ship order each ship to destroy them 1st then when muller comes out every body atttack it.

now nere the last part bastren is trying to close in on lucifer. but another ambush they through, just attack the small ship egnore the big one.

You may play a little bumber cars with them

When your in the colorful jump note your job it protect the bombers by shooting the small ships.
So free space one the bgreat war I know well. I beat the game 5 times. I will recamend free space but beware
windows 8.1 won't work with it. and don't know about windows 7.0- As soon as I get another steam card I'll try free space 2 again. only becuase it had great reviews
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wwjd23wjd
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 18, 2015
so i got this game a while a go and it did not seem to work but i fixed that. Now the game cant even run because of windows 8.1-10 same goes for Star Wars Jedi accademi these are my favorite games i have but they dont work. please try and fix this i will be forever thankfull.


All in all this is in fact a grate game though if this problem is fixed i would definetly recomend it if you are into flight combat simulatpores
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Ready
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2015
Oh gosh... Where to start? Well, you take the original epicness of Descent: Freespace and add in new ships, weapons, vastly new and improved lore, more combat variety, and more customizations to your ship controls. On top of that already well-seasoned game you throw in some new spices by adding Freespace Open, a free customization/modernization program maintained by diehard fans of the series, improving the graphics and allowing modabilty for even more gameplay.

There might be issues with the startup of the game but with Freespace Open these issues were corrected and even without it a simple fix can be applied to get you up and running.

And do not let my hours deceive you, I played the game through the Open Launcher and had one of the most epic times of my life playing this revamped classic.

I give this game 10 Sathanas Juggernauts out of 10.
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۩_۩BeholderOfKings۩_۩
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: August 22, 2015
ı CANNOT MANAGE to play Freespace from my Steam Client !
Sorry but do not waste your time and money for this game.
Very shame for the company that produced it and and steam to service this game like this here! :(
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Easily one the best space sims of all time. Modding is where this game really shines. Freespace 2 has a great modding community that is still active today.

Many of the negative reviews bash the game for not working out of the box. Trust me, if you get this game, you'll get the best experience by just getting Freespace Open. Freespace Open is easy to download and use and fixes all of the problems, as well as make the game absolutely beautiful. It also includes many user made modifications if you choose to install them.

If you're a fan of space sims, get this game. You won't regret it.

You can get Freespace Open here: http://www.fsoinstaller.com/
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
My favorite space sim of all time, it's not a sandbox, exploration or trading game, get Evochron or Star Citizen for that...

This is an immersive, campaign driven, dogfighting space sim. It is old, but it holds up really well. Freespace 2 is great fun with a joystick and throttle, for total immersion try Voice Attack (VoiceBot probably works too) and TrackIR.

I recommend installing the FSOpen installer (http://www.fsoinstaller.com/) over the steam version and copying (and renaming) the yal_launcher.exe to FS2.exe (backup the original) then you can run the updated verison with the much better graphics and bugfixes through the Steam launcher.

The FSOpen Installer also supports and will download and install new campaigns. You can get help with FSOpen from http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?board=151.0
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I used to play Freespace The Great War, A LOT! I LOVED that game. Never got this one until I found it on Steam. Got it to work after a few tweaks......holy ♥♥♥♥ is this game harder than the first one!

I can't really describe how big of an improvement over the first game this is really.

I recommend this game, despite needing some tweaking to get it playable, but when you do play, I have one warning: FRIENDLY LASERS HAVE FRIENDLY FIRE ON!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A well done game and the best space fighter simulator i have ever played to date after doing the bug fix it suffers from.
The story picks up years after the events of the first game and unless you play that first you are going to be a little in the dark about the plot, but other than that is a good and enjoyable plot.

The fights that you will partake in will range from engaging fighters and bombers to taking down corvettes and cruisers and is always entertaining watching them blow up (unless your teammates destroy them while you were lining up the killing shot then it get annoying). The AI in this game does not suck and can excel at dispatching your teammates and you if you are not careful and the same can be said about your own teammates, although they will sometimes need a helping hand when an enemy gets behind them and will inform you of the same thing.

The guns and missiles that you will unlock as you progress through the game will allow the adding (if the ship allows it) of individual guns into slots to complement eachother such as a gun with good hull damage but not very good shielding damage with a gun with the opposite properties. Missiles range from lock ons, fire and forget and dumb fire and are useful in quickly taking down enemies or turrets.

The line up of ships vary from space superiority fighters, intercepters, heavy fighters and bombers and in most cases have multiple versions of the types with differing armoring, speeds, manoverability and gun and missile (and differing amounts of the same missiles you can carry) slots.

The actual playing of the game is smooth and other than a few hiccups in framerate runs incredibly well and the fights can become challenging and exciting for the player with the right difficulty, the HUD on your screen will keep you up to date with monitoring crucial ships to protect and constant tracking of any ship that you can target.

The joystick is a very effective tool for this game as with the mouse i found that the fighter would zoom of my screen (thank god for the display that shows up at the edge of the screen to tell me where to turn) and i would have to swipe the mouse a few time in the direction i wanted to go before I had visual contact again but unlike the mouse i found myself overshooting the target lead multiple times with the joystick but thats probably because i'm bad at using it.

The game also has a mission editor called FRED2 that I personally enjoyed playing around with but requires a understand of how the coding in the engine works, for example the corvettes will not fire their main lazers until you give them the ability to by going into the events editor and enabling it there by replacing the operators of the event I made for it, despite that you can change the name of the ships in this program and had fun giving them wacky names.

Overall the game is impressive and is highly entertaining. The only negatives i have for this game is that:
1. I bought this a day before the special (thanks steam) and;
2. once during a mission a prompt in the coding did not activate as it should and i flew around for a few minutes while nothing happened before deciding to reset which fixed the problem the second time around.
3. Resolution...but that's just nitpicking at an old game.
But other than that i could not give a higher recommendation for anyone to at least pick up the game for a little bit to play through.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
ok if you never played this game an you like space an ships you gonna love this.
the story behind the game and the game play, it`s the best sim when coming to ships.
dont take my word for it play and see for your self.
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The best space sim I have ever played.

Make sure you goto www.fsoinstaller.com and get the updated graphics after purchasing this game off of steam, or the game may not even work properly, the update supports macos linux and every verson of windows.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
FYI A majority of the negative reviews are from clowns too lazy to troubleshoot compatibility.

The fix for the root directory is running FS2.reg in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Freespace 2\Registry" (or search for FS2.reg). Just run and add and you are in.

As for the game itself, it's fantastic. There isnt that much else to it. Just make sure you are a SciFi pilot junky before making the heavy financial investment into FS2.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Awesome combat mechanics. A bit complex at first but once you get the hang of it it is wonderful.

The story is good. Not many cutscenes but the bit of lore and narrative in the game is excellent.

My only complaint is the game feels a little short. But overall Freespace 2 is great.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Modded it to bring graphics up to date and thus my gametime not showing on here (though I've read there is a way use Steam with mods). Well worth getting on sale. It must have had a fairly big budget back in the day, as it is well made. I see why it is so well regarded and has such a community. Many mods to choose from beyond graphics - new campaigns, a few of your favourite sci-fi franchises to name some.

Not hard to mod. If I can get the game working with mods, so can you.
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849 of 967 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Basically the last and best space sim. Since the steam edition will most likely throw errors at your face for trying to play an almost decade and a half old game on a modern system, Head over to hard-light.net to get Freespace open with the mediavp's and start enjoying this game in all its glory.

It will:
1. Allow you to actually play the game
2. Play it on any resolution
3. Massively improve the visuals.

The people at hard-light.net are also always available for techsupport and will help you with any technical problems you may run into.

Also shameless self promoting: If you like Freespace and have a taste for anime flair, check out http://wingsofdawn.hard-light.net/
It's free, I promise.
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234 of 291 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Freespace 2 was the definitive in-cockpit ship-to-ship space combat simulator of the transitionary period between the 90's and 2000's. If you have any interest in this genre, and you haven't played this game yet, you're missing out on the masterstroke that paved the way for games like Freelancer and EVE Online.

If you're having technical issues be sure to check out the Freespace Open project, which attempts to fix some of the bugs and update the graphics and lighting to a level contemporary players may be more comfortable with. For me personally, as-downloaded, my installation of Freespace 2 refused to run properly, but after installing FSO, it executes effortlessly.

In the space of a few minutes, you'll find yourself weaving between capital ships, trying to dodge flak, focus-fire on enemy capital weaponry to disarm them, and dog-fighting with customizable ships and loadouts. All the while, a grand narrative is unfolding with plenty of little twists and flavor to keep your interest.

Best of luck, pilots.
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75 of 81 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Doesn't work out of the box (shame on you, Steam, for allowing this to happen) but is easy enough to fix with the excellent Freespace Open Installer (http://www.fsoinstaller.com/). Do yourself a few favors:

1) Buy the game.
2) Install FSO.
3) Dust off your old joystick.
4) Enjoy playing this superb space combat simulator.

'Nuff said!
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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
303.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
Why I recommend this game

This game is what made me the gamer I am today. I bought it back when it first came out, I bought it on Good Old Games and now I've bought it on Steam. Why? I'll tell you why - I believe it's the greatest game ever made.

Why this game is awesome and deserves your attention;
  • The original graphics were fantastic back at release in 1999.
  • You won't be using the original graphics when playing the game.
  • The story was - and still is - amazing. Far better than the usual tripe.
  • There's an excellent balance struck between you being an incredible pilot who saves thousands of lives, and you just being a dude in a one-person fighter who can't single-handedly save the day.
  • You play against both rebel humans, and a dark & insidious alien race.
  • Your Shivan opponents don't have Star Trek-style translators. There's no communicating with them or understanding their objectives. They don't fight for territory and they don't act like humans on a different team. They're aliens - and both their ships and their tactics demonstrate that.
  • All too often, the strength of your enemies in games is inconsistent. They march into the beginning of the game with a roar, and then die with a whimper at the end. Or else you're handed a gimmicky win. This doesn't happen here - both your victories and your loses feel justified and fair.
  • You play a variety of roles. You scout hostile territory, battle enemy fighters, protect large capital ships from enemy bombers, destroy large capital ships as a bomber, neutralize the main weapons of enemy destroyers to give your side a fighting chance, protect innocent civillians in transport vessels, hunt down a traitor and more. Look, it's hard to give a comprehensive list while avoiding spoilers - y'know?
  • There's a huge variety of ships, primary weapons (lasers) and secondary weapons (typically missiles).
  • The community at hard-light.net are constantly creating new content by developing their own missions and campaigns - which you can do yourself - as well as enhancing the game engine, working on new models and textures, improving AI... and it's all yours for free!
  • The community at hard-light.net provide technical support for Freespace 2 Open.

Advice to those who buy it

Y'know what's better than playing a game 15 years old? Playing one with modern graphics!

The community at hard-light.net are regularly churning out improvements which make the game prettier, improve the AI, and expand the content available by creating their own missions and campaigns which you can play FOR FREE. New models, new textures, game engine enhancements, etc.

Read this guide: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=271287997

I was going to create one myself, but there's no point re-inventing the wheel.
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55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
Before my review. The game didn't run at first and gave the message: ""Freespace2/Fred2 cannot be run from a drive root directory!". After looking around and saw some crazy solutions finally came to this very simple steps (no need for you to edit anything just click 3 times):

A) Go to the directory that the game was installed in
B) Go to the 'data' folder
C) DOUBLE click on the file 'FS2.reg'
D) Click 'Yes' When asked if you want 'Registry Editor' to make a system change
E) Click 'Yes' When Registry Editor asks if you are sure you want that change
F) Click 'OK' when Reg Edit says it's done
G) Run the game and enjoy

OK with that out of the way, one more point: you need a mouse (or preferred: a stick game controller). I was using the mouse tab from the laptop and then tried to navigate with the keystrokes and it is just too hard that way. You need to aim.

This is a 10+ year old game and I think the last great space simulation. Great game. You play a pilot and get promoted along the way until you are controlling your aircraft and giving instructions to wingman. Here are some highlights:

+ A campaign well thought out. After a few missions you get involved in it. Feels like an epic campaign.
+ Even through you are controlling your aircraft and giving missions to a few wingmen, you feel you are part of large battles. Lots of aircraft flying around.
+ Great tutorials, which are made nicely as training missions needed to be completed to get promotions. Also tutorials are made throughout the campaign. So you start with a few tutorials and latter on you do some more advanced ones.
+ The game is easy to get into. Part of it is the tutorials and the level design very well done.
+ Aircraft have multiple kinds of weapons, shields, you can call another aircraft to resupply you.
+ High production values

Minus points:
- Graphics feel a bit outdated.
- Need mouse or better stick controller.
- There will never be a Fresspace 3 :(
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100 of 134 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
Having owned the original retail version of this game for several years, playing countless hours, I can thouroughly recommend it. It is the game that defined the genre and set the standard for all games of it's type for the future.
You play the role of a Terran (human) fighter pilot fighting against a seperatist Terran faction when the doom bringing alien race, defeated in the first game (which was equally good) known as the Shivans appear and threaten the Terrans and Vasudans (old enemy turned allies).
The gameplay is dynamic and the missions diverse in objective, from dogfighting avast array of fighters, to bombing capital ships or going undercover on special missions. The graphics are more than decent for a game of it's era and the physics are superb.
I would recomend using a mouse/keyboard for gameplay rather than a joystick or gamepad, because space goes in all directions and relying on a joystick can get confusing sometimes.
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238 of 350 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
HIT YOUR BURNERS PILOT DIVE DIVE DIVE
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Still the best singleplayer space combat sim out there. The first had a tighter plot but this one has capital ship beam cannons, so it wins. If you've played Mass Effect you'll also find a lot of suspicious similarities in the plot (Though it's Sci-Fi so I doubt FS is the first).

Buy it so they make #3 and I get closure.

*Assuming you do the quick fix to get it to actually run*

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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2015
This game was basically my childhood, can't really describe how much I love it. Story is deep, meaningful, and full of mysteries. Combat is wonderful. They rarely make games as good as these anymore.
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This game is one of the games that I grew up playing. After several years of hoping this game would appear on Steam (My physical copy is getting old), it finally made it and I got it and the first game in a heartbeat. The game is the best space-flight combat simulator that I have ever played. Rich with its own lore and story, Freespace 2 has much to offer. Two different storylines (The main campaign and the Hammer of Light) are available right off the bat to get you started. The main campaign gives you an in-depth tutorial on how to play (I play with the keyboard because I think it is easier) and it has joystick combatability.

Another nice thing about this game is the amount of support it has from its fanbase. Freespace Open is a mod that updates the graphics to a more modern equivalent and it opens you up to different mods that include Battlestar Galactica, Wing Commander, and there's even a Star Wars mod.

In conclusion, I must recommend this game to everyone who sees it. There were some problems with the launch of this game on Steam, but if you are using Freespace Open and follow one of the guides, you will no problem getting this game correctly instaled.

9.5/10
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