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Descent II

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A great FPS with a cool twist! Windows Lord Matthias (18)
The same game with better graphics and better levels DOS wossname (159)
Didn't like the first, didn't like the second. DOS Tomer Gabel (4364)
Fantastic graphics and sound but hard to control. Windows gametrader (229)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 46 4.1
Macintosh 4 4.2
Windows 29 3.9
Combined MobyScore 79 4.0

The Press Says

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MacintoshMac Game Gate
The graphics for Descent 2 are some of the best I've seen in any action game. The sound and the soundtrack ARE the BEST I've ever heard in any game. The game lasts for a long time, it has 30 levels with increasing difficulty as you move further in the game, different levels of difficulty to choose from, keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time(note: it can give your stomach a bit of a queazy feeling), many different robots, lots of weapons, options are just about endless, 360 degrees of 3-D turning(note: keyboard or mouse works fine for playing but I recommend a joystick). Overall Descent 2 is a must have for anyone who likes 3-D shooters and flight sims, and is up to the challenge.
DOSElectric Playground
Descent II is the ultimate release. You'll be so used to the gravity free lifestyle you can enjoy in this title, you're going to hate crashing back down to reality. I guarantee this is money well spent. With the ability to get into some seriously cool network play and the thought of rising through 5 different difficulty levels, there's an extraordinary amount of game for the dough. And you just know that the patches are going to start flowing for this thing and pretty soon you'll be able to score a whole bunch of new mines to vanquish. I really don't think you'll be able to get tired of this game until Descent III storms into town. Right now EP is desperately trying to find the time to link up and spend a few hours in "Anarchy" mode. So, if you'll just grant me the leniency to wrap up this evaluation, I'll get back to my high speed, 3D, full frills devastation. See you there?
DOSWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
All in all, I have to say that Descent II is a great game. It may not be for everyone, especially those who get motion sickness easily, but once you get used to piloting in 3 dimensional space, you'll be mesmerized by the intensity of the action. Add the possibility of challenging your friends through network play and Descent II is definitely the best 3D game available on the market today.
If you don't like Descent at least a little bit, make no mistake, there is something wrong with you. Descent II's huge replay value and absolutely insane network play should ensure its popularity for a long time
If you don't like Descent at least a little bit, make no mistake, there is something wrong with you. Descent II's huge replay value and absolutely insane network play should ensure its popularity for a long time.
DOSComing Soon Magazine
A rest was all you needed after having painfully cleared out the alien infestation from the mines of the Solar System that was threatening the world of "Descent". However, on your way back to the PTMC Outer-Rim station in the Asteroid Belt, the thought of being called on duty again was the last thing on your mind.
DOSEntertainment Weekly
If you found the original disorienting, you may want to think twice about picking up Descent II. It's more difficult to navigate than the original (you pilot a ship through an alien space station). And the addition of a ''guide bot'' to scout the endless 3-D corridors, find weapons, and sniff out enemies doesn't help much to reduce the confusion. That, however, is precisely the charm: Because you can maneuver your craft a full 360 degrees, getting lost is part of the fun. Just be sure to bring a sturdy joystick and plenty of Dramamine.
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Vanedannende, vanskeligt og vidunderligt. Kort sagt: efterfølgeren til Descent.
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Descent 2 hat die Erwartungen voll erfüllt. Parallax hat sich von seinem Grundkonzept nicht abbringen lassen und nur wenige Verbesserungen in das Programm integriert - so kann der erfahrenere Spieler gleich voll einsteigen und muß sich nicht erst an unnötigen Firlefanz gewöhnen, der einen Nachfolger normalerweise eher schadet als zugutekommt. Der blutige Anfänger wird aufgrund des immer noch einzipartigen Spielprinzips ohnehin von Descent 2 begeistert sein.
MacintoshMac Ledge
Descent II is a flaming wok in the world of 3D shooters even though in general, most 3D shooters are pretty much the same, the exception being the Marathon series and a few other greats. Descent II cuts through its low plot peer group with a barrage of Omega Cannon fire and Earthshaker Missles. It takes gaming firepower to a new level. I did, admittedly, get a tad bored with Descent II, but I played it quite a bit, and usually for an extended period of time. The levels are all fairly similar; the big changes are new enemies which you must kill and new toys to help you kill them. Basically, it's a continuation of Descent, and if you liked the original Descent, the Doom series, or Hexen, I would say this game is for you. And for those of you who loved Descent and are currently praying for Descent III, let's just say this story doesn't end quite yet.
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Mit dem zweiten Teil von Descent müssen Sie ein wenig Geduld haben. Dabei ist es auf den ersten Blick eigentlich das Gleiche wie im ersten Teil. Die ganzen versteckten Neuerungen wie die neuen Waffen oder den herzallerliebsten Guide-Bot lernt man erst in den späten vertrackteren Levels zu schätzen.
DOSPower Play
Der Höhlenflug durch „Decent 2“ überzeugt: Kein anderes 3D-Spielsystem ist intelligenter als der Actionknaller von Parallax. Das liegt vor allem an den gegnerischen Robotern, die den Spieler mit ihren raffinierten Manövern zu wohlüberlegtem Vorgehen zwingen. Parallax hat konsequent die wenigen Schwachstellen des Vorgängers behoben, speziell der „Guide-Bot“ macht die Navigation durch die 3D-Welt zum Kinderspiel. Außerdem ist der Blechkamerad so intelligent, daß es einen Heidenspaß macht, ihm auf dem Weg zum nächsten Schlüssel durch die Gänge jagend zu folgen. Trotz SVGA gibt’s von mir keinen Schönheitspreis, wegen fehlender Details vergißt man ungeachtet der stimmungsvollen Texturen die dahinterliegenden Polygone nicht ganz. Aber was soll's: „Descent 2“ ist besser als der Vorgänger und eine Empfehlung für alle, die mehr wollen als das übliche 3D-Geballer.
MacintoshJoystick (French)
Pas grand-chose d'exceptionnel donc, si ce n'est un moteur de jeu un peu plus rapide.
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
If you couldn't get enough of the original DESCENT, then DESCENT II is a worthwhile investment. If, though, you feel like you've sucked the marrow out of the original, and aren't really slavering for more, then the evolutionary enhancements probably aren't worth the price. Newbies who want to get their paws on a psycho-fast 3-D shooter won't go wrong with this head-banging dance through an alien mine complex. After all, what's not to like?
MacintoshAll Game Guide
It's more of the same as the original game. If the mine diving and shootouts thrilled you before, you'll love this game.
The high-speed, full 360-degree combat of Descent II can easily give the sensitive gamer vertigo, especially if experienced on a large monitor. What more can be said about a true 3-D, real-time, multiplayer dogfight free-for-all with a killer soundtrack?
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
The Infinite Abyss is more of that great Descent action you’ve come to expect and won’t disappoint! It you’ve been waiting for more new levels, enemies, and mission builder than this will be your nirvana. Definitely a great Windows 95 conversion from the original DOS game and the redbook audio they’ve added only helps to keep the excitement level up.
DOSComputer Games Magazine
The final result is a game that maintains the atmosphere of the original, yet improves on it in many ways to enhance gameplay for new players as well as experienced Descent dogfighters. Although it would have been more impressive if outdoor levels were added, one can hardly fault the developers, since they have added over 10 new weapons and 30 new enemies. Some sequels such as Doom II get away with adding one new weapon and a few new enemies. Descent II is no doubt more of the same, but there's no question it is much more fun to play than the original, thanks to added navigation tools. In the end, for 360-degree flight action games, Descent II reigns supreme yet again.
Descent II is an innovative 3-D shooter, combining exciting game play with killer music in a unique environment. The game's designers have added plenty of cool new twists on the old theme. If you have the stomach for it, Descent II is a must-have.
DOSPrivat Computer PC
Alligevel er der ingen tvivl om, at Descent II er bedre en etteren. Her er ligefrem så mange nyskabelser, at man med rette kan kalde spillet en toer og ikke bare en datadiskette, selv om indholdet grundlæggende er det samme.
DOSGameplay (Benelux)
Al het voorgaande kan niet verbergen dat er in Descent II niets fundamenteel nieuws te bespeuren valt. Wat mij deed afknappen in de eerste versie, was het gebrek aan variatie in de levels en de missies: als je een level gezien had, dan had je ze allemaal gezien. Dit is in Descent II niet anders. De grootste troef van dit spel zal dan waarschijnlijk ook wel in de uitgebreide multiplayer opties liggen, want als stand-alone spel zal Descent II zeer snel stof liggen te vergaren in mijn rek met niet gebruikte software.
DOSHigh Score
Den som väntar sig himlastormande nyheter i Descnet 2 lär bli ganska besviken. Visst har det putsats en del sedan ettan, men det är fortfarande samma snurra-runt-i-korridorer-spel som föregångaren. Descent 1.5 hade varit ett mer passande namn.