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  • Summary: The year is 2367. Thirty-two years have passed since the Great War. As Terrans and Vasudans struggle to rebuild their civilizations, civil war erupts in the Polaris system. A rogue Terran admiral declares war against the Vasudans, threatening the stability of the Alliance. Without warning,The year is 2367. Thirty-two years have passed since the Great War. As Terrans and Vasudans struggle to rebuild their civilizations, civil war erupts in the Polaris system. A rogue Terran admiral declares war against the Vasudans, threatening the stability of the Alliance. Without warning, the Shivans return, and Terrans and Vasudans face annihilation at the hands of their Great War nemesis. [Interplay] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Whether you've played the original or not, Freespace 2 takes its place among the greatest space-flight sims of all-time.
  2. It is highly addictive, due mainly to the trite but compelling story, is great fun to play, and should provide as much of a challenge to those who aren't familiar with this genre as it does to space-sim veterans.
  3. PC Gamer
    93
    Breathtaking action, atmosphere, story, and graphics come together to create a truly compelling combat experience. [Jan 2000, p.172]
  4. 90
    The enemy AI isn't really what it should be. This is a minor criticism, but when a game reaches this level things like this tend to stand out.
  5. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing like this in the genre, much less among the space sims released in 1999. Is it an all-time classic? Probably not, but it's damn close.
  6. The emphasis on story and involving missions, combined with great visuals, audio, and exceptional control make this a top-notch game.
  7. But playing the game makes you realise just how little effect any one pilot has on a war, and how futile and dehumanising the whole thing is. I'm sure it wasn't meant to, but there you go... The world's first pacifist space combat sim?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    10
    What an amazing space combat simulation! It wasn't a great innovative game back then, but it took all the things of the genre to the edge!What an amazing space combat simulation! It wasn't a great innovative game back then, but it took all the things of the genre to the edge! Game-play, story(-telling), graphics, controls, (and big battleships ^^). All flawless in my opinion and up till now never reached by any other space combat sim. This great shining star gives you all, whats fighting in space would feel like, to bad, this genre was near to dead back at its release. Nowadays the kids don't know, what a joystick is, time has changed.
    Enough said, i'm going to reinstall and play it again
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  2. Dec 15, 2011
    10
    Absolutely excellent game. It has an elegantly simple (but very compelling) plot, and excellent graphics. Although it involves enough controlsAbsolutely excellent game. It has an elegantly simple (but very compelling) plot, and excellent graphics. Although it involves enough controls to blur the line between 'simulator' and 'game,' this is actually a highlight--the control scheme is well-designed and unobtrusive. Ever 2-3 years I try it out again and find that I instinctively remember how to play and shortly thereafter why I liked it so much.

    Even better, the original Freespace 2 has been vastly improved since it's release (see the Freespace Source Code Project). My only regret while playing this was that I could never find anyone on the multiplayer servers, despite rumors of crazy tournament-based fun, etc.
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  3. ShaneP.
    Apr 9, 2004
    10
    Greatest space sim iv'e ever played.
  4. Jan 1, 2014
    10
    it computer games one of the rarest things is when everything come together flawlessly. you know those incredible games with incredibleit computer games one of the rarest things is when everything come together flawlessly. you know those incredible games with incredible gameplay but bad graphics, or the ones with incredible graphics but bad story, etc. etc. well, in freespace 2 everything just came together and you don't have to make a single sacrifice to enjoy it. flawless victory! Expand
  5. ZackO.
    Jun 27, 2003
    10
    My favorite PC game ever. even better then the original.
  6. Oct 7, 2015
    9
    The best game I've ever played. Which makes it the best until now is the story and gameplay; the graphics, of course already too obsolete forThe best game I've ever played. Which makes it the best until now is the story and gameplay; the graphics, of course already too obsolete for today. Ship design is also cool. I remember when every large ship fought each other with their beam cannon; when meeting with Sathanas for the first time; and when happy after destroying first Sathanas, there are still other Sathanas, and they are in the process of destroying a star! Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2014
    4
    It's a nice game, but there are better ones out there made near the same time. The controls are all over the place and there is very littleIt's a nice game, but there are better ones out there made near the same time. The controls are all over the place and there is very little polish in the look of everything. The gameplay got old fast and made me want to play better titles. Expand

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