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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!


Descent II DOS Game start (3Dfx Voodoo patch from Parallax/Interplay, running in DOSBox w/ nGlide).
Descent II DOS Game loading screen (3Dfx version).
Descent II DOS Returning from the first Descent game (from the intro, in Asteroid belt)
Descent II DOS Transparent explosion (3Dfx patch from 3Dfx Interactive).

Promo Images

Descent II Other In-game robot model
Descent II Screenshot
Descent II Screenshot Note that the cockpit design here is still from the first game: the key indicator is on the left side.
Descent II Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Descent 2" -- European title

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User Reviews

The same game with better graphics and better levels wossname (209) unrated
Didn't like the first, didn't like the second. Tomer Gabel (4640) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Action (Germany) Mar, 1996 94 out of 100 94
GameSpot May 01, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Coming Soon Magazine Apr 15, 1996 92 out of 100 92
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1996 91 out of 100 91
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Dec 21, 1995 9 out of 10 90
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Apr, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Mar, 1996 80 out of 100 80


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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.


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.


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.


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.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #123 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by FloodSpectre, NeoMoose, phlux, Rantanplan and Scott Monster

Related Web Sites

  • 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,, 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)
  • Wikipedia: Descent II (Information about Descent II at Wikipedia)
Accatone (5319) added Descent II (DOS) on Jan 08, 2000
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