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Freespace 2

Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM

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  • ASIN: B00002EPYV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,354 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Classic 12 Sep 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For someone who played the original X-Wing, and an avid fan of Space Combat Simulators, FreeSpace 2 represents one of the all-time greats. Though graphically it has dated, the gameplay and thrilling plot line make this something that you can come back to, even seven years down the line.

Set a generation after the first FreeSpace, the story begins with a civil war between the GTVA (Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance) and a renegade Terran force. The plot soon thickens with the discovery of a giant portal that seems to be holding open a once-collapsed jump gate. Eager to examine it and find a way of reaching Sol, the GTVA soon encounter their old enemy in the vast nebula on the other side - the Shivans.

With bigger capital ships and and brilliantly scripted events, FreeSpace 2 has the potential to surprise you at every turn. Atmospheric cutscenes keep the story going between missions, and the resonating soundtrack lends an eerie quality.

The control system can be complicated to begin with, however, a tutorial mission quickly brings you up to speed on the basic flight and combat controls. A good selection of starfighters and bombers mean that you can approach missions in many different ways depending on your combat style. Depending on objectives achieved and hidden goals, additional missions can be unlocked which lead to some bonus awards and a special fighter.

Perhaps the greatest thing about the game stems from the FreeSpace Open Project, where the source code was released to developers to 'mod' the game. This has led to several recent projects, including a total standalone version of the game based on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series - Beyond the Red Line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very playable 27 July 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Without a shadow of a doubt the most accessible space genre game I've played! Compared to the X-Series, whose painful pirate protection program alone was challenge enough to circumnavigate, the game is very playable from the first moment. The tutorial is very well thought out to gently introduce the gamer to the environment and controls and into space battles within a half-an-hour.
The graphics are perhaps dated, but still very good. The only issue I have is with the standard keyboard controls, which can be re-programmed, and the somewhat nervous joystick steering ... currently making dog-fights a (less) hit-and-(more) miss affair ...
Despite that though, a very immersive and very playable game - wish I'd discovered it years ago (I was lucky enough to get my hands on a free copy from a magazine, but easily worth a tenner if you can get it anywhere else).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire at will! 30 Jan 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is almost extinct by todays standards, i love this game, i recommend you play the original and silent threat to get an understand of how the game works. you are again thrust into the role of a new rookie fighter pilot, some 40 years after the heroics of the last ace pilot, and last contact with the unknown Xenophobic Alien race that was and probably still hell bent on the Human and your Alien allys Annihilation!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  33 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Space Sims I have seen! 26 Jan 2000
By Byron Minick - Published on Amazon.com
Looking for a game that combines the best of all space simulators in one package? Then try Freespace 2! Freespace 2 is an AWESOME, fast-paced space simulator that is "very simular" to a wild combination of Descent, Star Wars, Star Trek, and the best space movies that you can think of. The game's story plot is very cleaverly designed and is enjoyable. The missions are beautifully designed and well planned. The manufactures of this game have obviously put hours of careful thought into making this game of the best of the year. I wouldn't be surprised if this game doesn't continue to win big in the next year also. The game play is very smooth for Pentium III computers; excellent for those that are slower. I have a Pentium II 433 and the game play is still awesome! One thing that makes this game a winner is that it comes with a variety of very nice features that most space simulator packages don't come with. Some of these features are FREE multiplayer game-matching service, in-game chat rooms with multiple public / private channels, automatic statistics tracking, smooth game play, well designed missions, beautiful movie inserts, voice read mission debriefings, the actual game play is like being inside of a live movie (a little addicting, I must admit), mission builder, campaign builder, the ability to modify your missions by selecting your star fighter, equipment, weapons, etc. Another neat feature is that this game comes with a lot of movie clips and communication that occurs in the play time. It also comes with about 40 missions that are aways fun to replay. Missions can come out differently, which is always a welcomed feature. One extra feature (which I have already used is that the game is upgradeable. This way, you can keep freely upgrading your game in case the manufactures find any bugs.) The current version is 1.20.
If you like to have fun, give this game a try. I personally don't buy very many computer games, but this is one that I WILL HAVE TO RECOMMEND. It is definately a must buy!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this game! 11 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This game is by far the best space sim out there. The graphics are incredible, but make sure you have a good 3D card (my 12MB VooDoo2 gets a little jerky at times). The storyline is captivating and well thought out. Anyone playing this game will not be disappointed.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FreeSpace 2: The best space combat simulation game ever made 11 Mar 2000
By Deinabo D. George - Published on Amazon.com
By now some you have already heard of or read reviews of FreeSpace 2, the sequel to the excellent Descent: FreeSpace-The Great War which was published by Interplay back in 1998. There aren't enough adjectives to describe this magnus opus but here are a few: breath-taking, immersive, nonpareil, magnificent, astounding, absolutely brilliant. First things first: FreeSpace 2 requires a Pentium 200MHz with a 3D accelerator card that supports either Glide, OpenGL, or Direct3D. I recommend at least a Pentium II 266MHz or higher and about 1 gig of hard drive space. The game's high resolution artwork supports 1024x768 in 32-bit color and the standard 640x480; 800x600 need not apply.
The game picks up 32 years after the original. The Terrans and Vasudans (the original enemies from the first game)have formed an alliance called the GTVC but a group of renegade Terrans called the New Terran Front have begun to shake things up. It gets worse: the nigh all-powerful Shivans make a return from the last game as well and add more fuel to this cosmic conflagration. As a GTVC pilot you will get to fly new Terran and Vasudan vessels as well as engage in epic dogfights against new Shivan craft. Locales now include nebulae which interfere with your ship's instruments but also your enemies' too.
This game has to be played to be really appreciated. On the hardware side of things EAX and A3D audio support are present and accounted for as well as force feedback. And to make things even merrier Interplay has recently released the game. It's called FreeSpace 2: Sci-Fi Sim of the Year Edition and it has 20 additional levels, which brings the total number to 50. There's also high resolution wallpaper and a few other goodies not found on the original CD
If you have even the faintest interest in computer games, or enjoy playing hardcore sci-fi sim combat games, then get FreeSpace 2. It will totally rock your world.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Space Sim to Date 23 Dec 1999
By Kory R Lasker - Published on Amazon.com
Let's see, why would you want Freespace 2?

- Incredible gameplay
- Huge capital ships that are miles long
- Amazing graphics and sound
- 70 ships and 20 weapons
- An engaging plot
- Cooperative multiplayer SquadWar

I could use a lot of other adjectives to describe the wonder that is Freespace 2, but I leave that exercize up to you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 3 Jan 2000
By Andrew X. Lias - Published on Amazon.com
Look, there's nothing I can say that can do this game justice. Saying that the graphics are groundbreaking, the sound is excellent, and that it has an honest-to-<insert deity> plot that would actually make a fairly decent SF novel just doesn't capture the magnitude of this game.
Go to the Interplay website and download the playable demo. Afterwards, pick your jaw up off of the floor so that you can buy the full version.
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