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Descent: Freespace - The Great War (Windows)

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Description

As a pilot in the Gallactic Terran Alliance (GTA), you've known the Vasudans as the enemy for a long time. But things are about to change. An unknown menace, with technology beyond both ours and Vasudans, are destroying both sides. And now, old enemies must unite to fight this common enemy, and the dissenters and traitors on both sides.

Descent: Freespace is a space dogfight simulator. The game features a vast amount of weapons, missiles and bombs, as well as large capships. It also has online multiplayer. Take fighters and bombers on attack, recon, escort, and sweep missions against enemy capships and fighters and bombers. Defend your own capships and other assets. Your rating and performance is noted after every mission, with suggestions (if applicable). You can call in reinforcements (if available), and your wingmen actually do fight intelligently, as there can be dozens of fighters flying about.

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Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows title
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Missions
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Choosing a weapon
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Conflict: Freespace: Wielka Wojna" -- Polish title
  • "Conflict: Freespace - The Great War" -- European title

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User Reviews

The fresh and arguably better alternative to the Wing Commanders and the X-Wings. diglot.net (28) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Watch out, Wing Commander! Kasey Chang (3655) unrated
Screw star wars Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
An excellent and complex space sim. Gene Davison (730) unrated
Fast and addictive; a great space shooter. faceless (395) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A mediocre game at best. Tomer Gabel (4416) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars

The Press Says

Electric Games 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Attack Games Nov, 1998 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Jul 28, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Jun 15, 1998 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Jul, 1998 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jun 13, 1998 80 out of 100 80

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Trivia

DVD version

The multi-lingual DVD edition of Freespace was bundled with Creative DVD drives. Not only subtitles, but all the videos and speech were translated to other languages.

References

The section in the Freespace manual explaining how to create pilots and manage the pilot roster has a sample screenshot featuring several pilot names. One of those names is "BlueHair". This is a reference to the Wing Commander series, one of Freespace's inspirations and also one of its rivals. BlueHair was the semi-official nickname of the player character in the first two Wing Commander games.

Title

Freespace was renamed to Descent: Freespace to avoid "same name" issues with a disk utility. However, in Europe, the Descent series had never sold perticularly well, so the publishers decided to rename the game to Conflict: Freespace in that region, thereby avoiding the Descent association. Subsequent Freespace titles don't use either of the prefixes.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Runner-up as Best Space Sim of the Year
Information also contributed by Terok Nor, Virgil and WildKard

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faceless (395) added Descent: Freespace - The Great War (Windows) on Jan 10, 2000
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