Descent: Freespace - The Great War

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As a pilot in the Gallactic Terran Alliance (GTA), you've known the Vasudans as the enemy for a long time. But things are about to change. An unknown menace, with technology beyond both ours and Vasudans, are destroying both sides. And now, old enemies must unite to fight this common enemy, and the dissenters and traitors on both sides.

Descent: Freespace is a space dogfight simulator. The game features a vast amount of weapons, missiles and bombs, as well as large capships. It also has online multiplayer. Take fighters and bombers on attack, recon, escort, and sweep missions against enemy capships and fighters and bombers. Defend your own capships and other assets. Your rating and performance is noted after every mission, with suggestions (if applicable). You can call in reinforcements (if available), and your wingmen actually do fight intelligently, as there can be dozens of fighters flying about.


Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows You see the target....
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Missions
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Choosing a weapon
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Intro: Mayday! Mayday! Aaaah, help!!! Send reinforcements NOW!!!

Alternate Titles

  • "Conflict: Freespace: Wielka Wojna" -- Polish title
  • "Conflict: Freespace - The Great War" -- European title

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User Reviews

The fresh and arguably better alternative to the Wing Commanders and the X-Wings. Windows (28)
Watch out, Wing Commander! Windows Kasey Chang (3652)
Screw star wars Windows Sam Tinianow (98)
An excellent and complex space sim. Windows Gene Davison (729)
Fast and addictive; a great space shooter. Windows faceless (395)
A mediocre game at best. Windows Tomer Gabel (4353)

Critic Reviews

Svenska PC Gamer Windows Aug, 1998 92 out of 100 92
PC Action Windows Jun 17, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Game Over Online Windows Jun 07, 1998 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Windows Jul 28, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Power Play Windows Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jul, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jun 25, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1998 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 13, 1998 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Oct, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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DVD version

The multi-lingual DVD edition of Freespace was bundled with Creative DVD drives. Not only subtitles, but all the videos and speech were translated to other languages.


The section in the Freespace manual explaining how to create pilots and manage the pilot roster has a sample screenshot featuring several pilot names. One of those names is "BlueHair". This is a reference to the Wing Commander series, one of Freespace's inspirations and also one of its rivals. BlueHair was the semi-official nickname of the player character in the first two Wing Commander games.


Freespace was renamed to Descent: Freespace to avoid "same name" issues with a disk utility. However, in Europe, the Descent series had never sold perticularly well, so the publishers decided to rename the game to Conflict: Freespace in that region, thereby avoiding the Descent association. Subsequent Freespace titles don't use either of the prefixes.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Runner-up as Best Space Sim of the Year
Information also contributed by Terok Nor, Virgil and WildKard

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