Descent: Freespace - The Great War (Windows)

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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.


Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Choosing a weapon
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows You see the target....
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Main menu
Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Intro: Mayday! Mayday! Aaaah, help!!! Send reinforcements NOW!!!

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. (28) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Watch out, Wing Commander! Kasey Chang (3652) unrated
Screw star wars Sam Tinianow (98) unrated
An excellent and complex space sim. Gene Davison (729) 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 (4353) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Daily Radar 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Svenska PC Gamer Aug, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Gamezilla Jul 09, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Attack Games Nov, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Sep, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Jul 01, 1998 86 out of 100 86
Gry OnLine May 23, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85 1998 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Games ( Jun 13, 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Denmark) 1998 8 out of 10 80


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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.


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.


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.


  • 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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