is a 3D space craft action simulator. Decades after the war that lost both race's homeworlds, the new Galactic Theran-Vasudan Alliance is rebuilding its forces, up until the the discovery of an extremely ancient Jump Node, and the return of the Shivans.Pros:
There is little to say besides it is everything you liked about Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War
. The engine was improved, both in terms of resolution, interface and control, and those improvement match in terms of in-game technological advancement of shield, firepower, and options. The story, once again told to an anonymous pilot recruit through mission briefings and in-game events, picks up some time after the previous game and digs deeper into the lore and origins of the mysterious Shivans, and includes multiple winks to missions from the first game. Control are just as pitch-perfect as they used to be, assuming you play in keyboard-only mode (early 90s style: no mouse).Cons:
Same flaws as the previous game: no exploration, little branching paths, ugly aged graphics (even with the better resolution). "More of the same" is accurate, as there is little innovation over the gameplay or game itself when compared to its predecessor. The game wasn't correctly ported to Steam and requires a manual intervention before working (luckily, it's an easy process well documented in forums).Verdict:
By today's standard, this game could have been an expansion pack rather than a sequel. If you didn't like Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War
, there is no reason to even consider this one. But if you did like the previous one, you'll like FreeSpace 2
just as much!