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!
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
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, descent-network.com, is there to combine the sites and to serve as a gateway to the Descent Network sites, as well as offering shared resources."
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. )