Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War is a 1998 space combat simulation IBM PC compatible computer game developed by Volition, Inc. when it was split off from Parallax Software. Published by Interplay Entertainment, it is also known as Conflict: FreeSpace - The Great War in Europe. In 2001, it was ported to the Amiga platform as FreeSpace - The Great War by Hyperion Entertainment.
The story has the player taking up the role of a human pilot in the Galactic Terran Alliance as it engages in war with the alien Vasudan empire. Their feud is interrupted by the enigmatic Shivans who slaughter anyone in their sights. Putting aside their differences, the humans and Vasudans form an alliance, and the player is assigned to missions to stop the Shivan's genocidal advance. Featuring huge capital ships which explode spectacularly on destruction, the player pilots a starfighter and fights massive battles alongside competent wingmen amongst the stars to determine the fate of two races.
Introducting Freespace 2
The greatest space sim in existence. Boasting incredible graphics, superb gameplay and an excellent storyline combine to create a roller-coaster ride from start to finish.
Developed by Volition, Inc. in 1999, Freespace 2 improved the experience provided by the original Descent: Freespace on all levels and have paved development into many other space simulation games since.
Its story starts thirty two years after the events of the original Freespace, when the destruction of the Lucifer Superdestroyer severed Earth's contact with the rest of the galaxy. The remnants of the Terran and Vasudan civilization - former enemies who fought a terrible and costly war for fourteen years, ended by the Shivan incursion - have formed the Galactic Terran Vasudan Alliance, and still struggle to rebuild lost infrastructure and lost pride, but civil war rages within it. A rogue Terran admiral has started his own empire - the Neo Terran Front - and declared war against the Vasudan people, stretching the GTVA's resources to the limit. The situation already looks grim for the Alliance, when suddenly and without warning the Shivans are back, and all bets are off.