Freespace 2

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It has been 32 years since the 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 the GTA's alliance with the Vasudans. The Shivans will also show 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 shoot 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 defend by taking out the enemy bombers. Fly escort missions to protect assets, recon enemy assets, test new weapons or even fly a few missions for spec-ops (optional).

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

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Average score: 88% (based on 32 ratings)


Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 56 ratings with 4 reviews)


The Good
Freespace 2. Wow. A game that has almost everything going for it and then some. Let's start in the eye candy department. Stunning, simply, stunning, in recent memory only in Homeworld and Freespace 2 have I liked to look at space battles. Some missions feature your squad going through a nebula cloud so you cannot see more than three to four meters in front of you. But to add to this effect, lighting crashes around you while you fly in this death trap. And the explosions and the weapon effect are well, out of this world. Beam cannons rip ships in half and send chunks of scrap into the void. The sound in Freespace 2 is right on, the EAX effects work great so you can hear where ships are coming from. While the music may not be a thumpin' techno soundtrack, it does work well and bring you into the game. The AI in Freespace 2 is greatly improved over Freespace: The Great War, the ships try to dodge your fire and will always seem to be one step ahead of you.

The Bad
Although the AI is improved it still leaves something to be desired. The controls may seem complex to the beginner, but spend some time with Freespace 2 and you will be shooting down ships left and right (up and down too...).

The Bottom Line
Overall Freespace 2 plays well, looks good and sounds great making Freespace 2 one of the best of 1999.

Windows · by Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2347) · 2000

The greatest of the newer space-sims

The Good
Freespace 2 takes size to a whole new level. The capital ships in this game are HUGE, and they have neat beam weapons that they use to cut eachother to pieces. There is also flak cannons on them, which makes big battle really intense to be a part of. The game has very good graphics, with highly detailed ships, colorful space backgrounds, and my favorite, thick and soupy nebulas that you must navigate through from time to time. It features voice acting from professional actors, and the storyline follows the progression of the war closely, you really feel a part of it. The sound in Freespace 2 is great as well, with strong EAX booming from your speakers during the larger battles. Hits rattle your cockpit and flak exploding outside your ship has to be heard to be believed. The music is equally absorbing, thrusting you into the moment. There are a large variety of missions, and the game is LONG. Some missions have you sneaking through a nebula with no radar trying to locate a missing ship while others are all out attacks on an enemy fleet. The flight model is what you would expect from a Wing Commander type Space sim, there's no newtonian physics here. Bottom line: Turn on EAX sound, crank up your 5.1 surround sound, turn up the detail and graphics and use a heavy force feedback stick and nothing else will compare.

The Bad
The larger battles can be a chaotic at times with so many ships on screen. You will sometimes find yourself frantically searching for buttons on your keyboard to target the next enemy or open communications. Some missions involve some degree of timing which can be frustrating. Otherwise, I see very few faults in Freespace 2

The Bottom Line
Freespace 2 is the sequel to Descent: Freespace which was originally an offshoot of the old Descent games. My how far they've come. Freespace 2 is a fantastic game. Great story, great graphics, perfect force-feedback, voice acting by famous actors, and huge sweeping battles between capital ships with fighters swarming all around. I love this game

Windows · by MojoHelperMonkey (39) · 2005

Now I hate myself for not playing Freespace 1

The Good
Just about everything. The game is probably the greatest looking game I have seen. The music fits in the game perfectly. The HUD (Head up display) of the game is simple yet contains very much information. The tutorials are great. Added together the tutorials would take maybe 2 hours but they are wisely spread around the campaign. Some people have complained about the AI (not very much though) but I didn't have any problems with it. The story is great. It was quiet fun to understand the Great War (which happened in the Freespace 1 which I did not buy, silly me).

The Bad
I would like to see the newtonian physics used in this type of games. But I guess the game would have got too complex.

The Bottom Line
Buy this game if you haven't already. A great game in the tradition of X-wing etc.

Windows · by Heikki Sairanen (76) · 2000

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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.


  • 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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Game added by Heikki Sairanen.

Additional contributors: Cochonou, Kasey Chang, Catalin Patilea, Patrick Bregger, MrFlibble, FatherJack.

Game added February 9th, 2000. Last modified August 25th, 2023.