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Descent II

aka: Descent 2
Moby ID: 694
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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!

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Critics

Average score: 85% (based on 27 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 71 ratings with 4 reviews)

Didn't like the first, didn't like the second.

The Good
A complete engine overhaul make this one a true eye-candy. Also, multiplayer support has been revamped and improved, which is also good. But it's otherwise not very different from the original.

The Bad
The same as in I: an unintuitive control system and unclever level design. The sound effects have been improved but are still sub-par. The music in Descent II is not nearly as good as in the first, and gameplay is just plain boring.

The Bottom Line
If you liked I you'll like II, though it's not really different.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4539) · 2000

The same game with better graphics and better levels

The Good
The first 4 levels of this game have boring level design much like the original Descent, but if you get past those and move onto the next planet you'll find the levels are completely insane and finding your way out after the reactor blows will sometimes seem impossible! The graphics are a lot better too, and the multiplayer is the same. I suggest that if you are interested in playing multiplayer D2 you try this site for finding a game. It provides multiplayer like kali and it's free and it also has a chat directed at Descent players in particular (though it supports any game using IPX for multiplayer).

The Bad
The insane levels are sometimes too insane. I mean, getting 15 seconds to find the exit in a large twisted maze of tunnels is a bit too difficult!

The Bottom Line
Fun. (if you happen to like this sort of game)

DOS · by wossname (203) · 2000

Fantastic graphics and sound but hard to control.

The Good
The music rocks and the graphics really stand out

The Bad
Way too hard to control. No sense of gravity to orient yourself with.

The Bottom Line
If you are a diehard fan of 1st person shooters then you would want this.

Windows · by gametrader (208) · 2000

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Trivia

3D card support

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.

Arcade Version

The 3D accelerated version of this game served as a basis for the Game Arc Arcade System version at the Gameworks arcade in Seattle which opened on March 15, 1997.

References

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.

Soundtrack

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.

T-Shirt

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.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) ā€“ #123 in the ā€œ150 Best Games of All Timeā€ list

Information also contributed by FloodSpectre, NeoMoose, phlux, Rantanplan and Scott Monster

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  • 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." My Opionion: 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.
  • The Official Interplay DESCENT II Page
    official game page at Interplay's website from 1997, preserved by the Wayback Machine

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Game added by Accatone.

Linux added by Plok. Macintosh added by Scaryfun.

Additional contributors: Zaroba, tarmo888, Patrick Bregger, MrFlibble, Abhisit Chanmana.

Game added January 8th, 2000. Last modified November 22nd, 2023.