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Freespace 2 (Windows)

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Description

It has been 32 years since GTA lost contact with Earth. As a young pilot joining the fleet of the GTVA (Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance), you will be fighting the Neo-Terran Front, a rebel faction that opposes GTA's alliance with the Vasudans. Then the Shivans showed up again...

Freespace 2 is basically an enhanced version of Freespace. You get better ships (you can fly all the older ships if you like), more and more powerful weapons (both guns and missiles), and capital ships that can actually put up a fight with their anti-fighter beam cannons, turrets, flak, and missile launchers.

The capital ships now also engage each other with large beam cannons that shoots beams wider than your craft; these beams can shoot through enemy ships. Contribute to the fight by flying bombers (with large anti-ship torpedoes) or fly defense and take out the enemy bombers. Fly escort missions to protect assets, recon enemy assets, test new weapons, even fly a few missions for spec-ops (optional).

The game features full multiplayer support at PXO (Parallax Online) and SquadWars.com, with co-op, team-based, or free-for-all dogfight, with many different missions to choose from. It also includes FRED2, a full featured editor that you can use to create your own missions and campaigns.

Screenshots

Freespace 2 Windows Heavy fighter in a nebula
Freespace 2 Windows The progress of the story is told this way.
Freespace 2 Windows Capital ship being shred apart.
Freespace 2 Windows Dogfighting around a cruiser

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User Reviews

The next big thing on Sci-fi sims, and I do mean BIG! Zovni (9360) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
The greatest of the newer space-sims MojoHelperMonkey (39) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Now I hate myself for not playing Freespace 1 Heikki Sairanen (105) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Boom. Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2156) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

Daily Radar 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Svenska PC Gamer Nov, 1999 92 out of 100 92
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1999 91 out of 100 91
CPU Gamer Oct 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
FiringSquad Oct 12, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 11, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
2404.org PC Gaming Oct 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1999 86 out of 100 86
PC Gaming World Dec, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Oct 18, 1999 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Freespace 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Source code release

The source code was made available to the public in 2002. This means the community could use it for mods and update it graphically. It is also used as engine for standalone fangames like Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2000 (Issue #188) – Science Fiction Simulation of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 1999 - Sim Game of the Year
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 - Best Science-Fiction Simulation in 1999

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Heikki Sairanen (105) added Freespace 2 (Windows) on Feb 09, 2000