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 (105 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2490 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound Blaster Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Nice game BUT the age is really starting to show off. This game was released more then 10 years ago and if you are looking for a nice game with many details this is not it. But if you are one of these "90s" kids that played this game when you were young i can recommend you to do it, bring back the memories. Making this game start is also a pain. So in conclusion, no don't buy this if you are after something good, buy this for the "old game" feel.
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754 of 864 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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.
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215 of 267 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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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198 of 263 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
First off, this game is brilliant. It's been brilliant since is came out 15 years ago, but the steam version is riddled with problems and you have to jump through a ton of hoops just to get it going. Considering the only reason I bought this off steam and not another platform was that I had thought steam would have streamlined the installation and configuration process, but alas, they have not. Amazing game, but steam shouldn't have something available for purchase that isn't install and go.
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95 of 126 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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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222 of 324 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
HIT YOUR BURNERS PILOT DIVE DIVE DIVE
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
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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101 of 151 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
"Freespace2/Fred2 cannot be run from a root drive directory"
Yet another game that wont run being sold by Steam.
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96 of 144 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
"Freespace2/Fred2 cannot be run from a root drive directory"

Nuff said, avoid this at all costs until someone fixes it.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Freespace 2 is, fifteen years later, still the finest first person combat-focused sim around. It's combination of exceptional storytelling, insanely satisfying combat and the best control scheme and H.U.D. around still make it the pinnacle of the genre. Whether you're escorting a convoy, flying undercover or destroying a Shivan cruiser, you're in for an amazing thrill-ride. You can see my own play through of the game right here to get an idea of what's in store.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6K1_LepsaN-XOh-0ZHC27hY2YXInKmn5

This isn't simply a game you're purchasing, however, it's also a platform for more content. Thanks to the Source Code Project, you'll not only have access to updated graphics, but new missions, campaigns, and mods that extend the Freespace universe and help create new universes as well. This engine also powers the total conversions for the Wing Commander-based Saga and Battlestar Galactica-based Diaspora games as well.

So with Freespace 2, you're not just buying one game, you're purchasing a portal into years of fan-based work and content that goes well beyond the amazing base game. And heck, even if you never used the SCP, you'd still have one of the finest space games around. Do yourself a favor and buy this, whether you fly with a joystick or a mouse, you won't be disappointed.
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Hey guy's if you can't get the game to run, goto this link
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=78710.0
http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=85435.0

Follow the instructions! if you do so you will be able to play and it will only take 3-5 minutes to set up make sure you put all the files in your Freespace2 folder that can be found in steamapps , common
ex. C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Freespace 2
if you don't want to wait for the steam fix that might never come.
Makes sure to follow the instructions if have any issues add me to steam i would be happy to help.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Easy fix for those getting the root directory error when trying to run it:

1) Download and run this: http://www.fsoinstaller.com/files/installer/FreeSpaceOpenInstaller.jar

2) Choose the game directory (e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Freespace 2")

3) Mods are optional, although I would recommend "FreeSpace Open 3.7.2 RC3 Windows Standard".

4) After installation, launch the game.
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55 of 88 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
game doesnt work dont buy this broken game
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57 of 95 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
My absolute favorite game of all time.

Dat voice acting, dem graphics, dat moddability, dat story, dem feels, dat excellent flying feel, dat everything.

Buy it.
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43 of 73 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
like many others, I have just purchased this on steam, only to find it will not run. It seems steam has provided little if any support to solving the issue depite their willingness to market the game. Avoid purchasing from steam unless you enjoy a lot of hassle.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
First things first, the Freespace 2 Open Source Code Project has essentially brought Freespace 2 to 2014-era graphics. Find it through Google and bring this classic, masterpiece of a game to the modern day.

I will go on record and say it: Freespace 2 is the best space flight sim ever made. It has never been beaten and no game has ever really come close to matching the high-octane action and depth of control gameplay, nor have they ever matched the amazing sense of scale (Freespace 2 truly gives you large capital ships and swarms of fighters), nor have they ever beaten Freespace 2's incredibly atmospheric and surprisingly deep story of apocalyptic hubris. It is a game I have kept on my hard drive since first playing it in 2000.

The voice acting is solid and understated, befitting the professional military nature of the story. The music fits. The gameplay is fast-paced with missions ranging from dogfights to blockades to covering capital ships as they duke it out with beam cannons, flak batteries and torpedoes. No space sim has come close.

The fan community has kept the game alive for the past decade. So, while there is no final conclusion to the Freespace saga, many talented individuals have turned out many professional campaigns and mods. There are even huge projects for popular series like Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Star Wars and Wing Commander. If this reviewer may make a recommendation, when you finish FS2, move onto the Blue Planet campaigns for a thrilling possible take on Freespace 3.

The best space sim ever made. 10/10. Buy it.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
UPDATE: I am changing this to a tentative positive because I got it working. I followed these steps from someone's comments in another review:

"Goto C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Freespace 2\data
Click on FS2.REG. It'll ask if you want to add it to the registry. Click yes. Play Freespace 2"

I actually don't know if the game itself warrents a positive review, but it is working. I will update again once I have put in enough hours. Thanks.

It is an initial positive review because the fix did not require any third party software like so many users reccomend.

END UPDATE

I want to play this game. I want to like it. It seems like my type of game, but it won't play! I am getting the same error:"Freespace2/Fred2 cannot be run from a root drive directory"

I have tried to get it to work by going to forums, but no such luck. I have tried Vista and 8.1.

Selling a game with this much feedback that it doesn't even work seems borderline criminal. They need to fix it or Steam needs to refund, block the developer, and possibly take action.

Odd...it says I need to play the game for 5 minutes before I can post a review, but it won't let me play. So I am trying to leave it on the error. If it works you will see this review.
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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Games doesn't work after installing. You'll need to get a bunch of extra software off hard-light.net and a lot of patience to get everything to work. Don't buy it here.
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31 of 53 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Can't recommend it as I can't get it to work. Avoid until steam sorts this out. Not good service Steam!!
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