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.
User reviews:
Mixed (154 reviews) - 65% of the 154 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

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The best space sim I have ever played.

Make sure you goto 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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843 of 961 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 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 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
It's free, I promise.
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232 of 289 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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