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The second Descent game features new levels, new weapons and new robot enemies. It also comes with helpful ideas for the player like the Guide-bot, the ability to fly with afterburner or energy-to-shield converter that many times they become a must!


Descent II DOS In-game shot - 1
Descent II DOS Main Menu
Descent II DOS Returning from the first Descent game (from the intro, in Asteroid belt)
Descent II DOS In-game shot - 2

Promo Images

Descent II Screenshot
Descent II Screenshot
Descent II Screenshot This screenshot was also featured at the <a href="">Parallax Software website</a> (Wayback Machine link).
Descent II Other In-game robot model

Alternate Titles

  • "Descent 2" -- European title

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User Reviews

A great FPS with a cool twist! Windows Lord Matthias (18)
The same game with better graphics and better levels DOS wossname (156)
Didn't like the first, didn't like the second. DOS Tomer Gabel (4354)
Fantastic graphics and sound but hard to control. Windows gametrader (229)

Critic Reviews

World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Multimedia & Entertainment DOS Mar 24, 1996 95 out of 100 95
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Apr 15, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Entertainment Weekly DOS Apr 12, 1996 A- 91
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1996 91 out of 100 91
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Windows Dec 21, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) Macintosh Sep, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Privat Computer PC DOS 1996 77 out of 100 77
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Apr, 1996 76 out of 100 76


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3D card support

The 1.2 patch of this game provides support for 3dfx and Rendition Video cards. The gameplay is the same, but the blockiness was smoothed out. The result is a more realistic looking game environment.


A cheat code in Descent II is FREESPACE. This was also the name of the next game from the developer.

References to the game

A voice sample from the game was used in the song Plasticity (on the same-titled record) by the industrial band Front Line Assembly.


Descent II features music by the New York goth metal band Type O Negative in the form of a very shortened, instrumental version of their song Haunted, as well as two tracks written by industrial legend OhGr (formerly of Skinny Puppy), called Ratzez and Glut.


The original marketing slogan for Descent II was "Your going down... AGAIN!" You could even get a T-Shirt featuring that slogan if you purchased the game from CompUSA.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #123 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by FloodSpectre, NeoMoose, phlux, Rantanplan and Scott Monster

Related Web Sites

  • The Descent-Network (Site Description: "The Descent Network hosts the biggest websites for Descent-related information and download since mid of 97. Since mid of 1998 we are extending our web to cover all other games released or about-to-be released by Volition, Inc. and Outrage Entertainment. This URL,, is there to combine the sites and to serve as a gateway to the Descent Network sites, as well as offering shared resources."

    My Opionion: Its the largest collection of stuff for the Descent Series that I have ever seen, thousands of levels for Descent 1,2,3 and Freespace 1,2. Numerous contests going on, like level building contests and robot building contests. Also has a whole arsonal of Descent robot and level editing tools for download. If you like descent, you will LOVE this site. )
  • The Official Interplay DESCENT II Page (official game page at Interplay's website from 1997, preserved by the Wayback Machine)
  • Wikipedia: Descent II (Information about Descent II at Wikipedia)
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