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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 The internet games start here.
Freespace 2 Windows Main menu
Freespace 2 Windows Beam weapon
Freespace 2 Windows The progress of the story is told this way.

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User Reviews

The next big thing on Sci-fi sims, and I do mean BIG! Zovni (9366) 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

Electric Games 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Over Online Oct, 1999 97 out of 100 97
GameSpy Oct 10, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Gamesmania 1999 90 out of 100 90
CPU Gamer Oct 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Oct, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 10, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 23, 1999 16 out of 20 80
PC Gaming World Dec, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 15, 1999 7 out of 10 70

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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