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D2X-XL is an OpenGL enhanced version of Descent 2, offering a plethora of improvements over the original program, like colored lighting, stereoscopic rendering, high resolution textures, sounds and player ships, many effects (e.g. smoke, lightning, rain, snow, ...), new game modes, improved multiplayer support, bigger levels, full modding support, etc. etc. D2X-XL preserves full backwards compatibility and also supports playing Descent 1 levels with the original Descent 1 sounds, textures, physics and AI. D2X-XL is available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.

What's New

Version 1.16.27:

Fixed and Improved Controls
  • Mouse sensitivity no longer depends on frame rate.
  • Joystick setup not crashing any more.
  • Joystick fully working in D2X.
  • Added deadzone configuration.
  • Added full dual joystick support.
  • smoothed periodic frame rate break-ins when running D2X-XL on Win2K (by removing unnecessary calls more...


OS X 10.5 or later

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Rampancy Member IconComment+127

"...D2X-XL...removed all robot makers from a level when loading it..."

Heh, I'd call that a feature, not a bug.

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Version 1.16.12
Islandmacman Member IconComment+147

This game brings back many memories, great to see it still alive and well.

I still get dizzy playing it, but it's worth it.

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Version 1.15.124
Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188

LOL Dev...

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Version 1.15.71
Dylan-Mc Member IconComment+84

Does the PC version available for $5.99 from http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/descent_1_descent_2 work?

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Version 1.14.60

Sorry, I haven't been here for ages. Yes, it does.

Plasterpyrus Member IconComment+57

Why does this developer give such erroneous information about where to get a copy of Descent 2 where all I've gotten of the suggestions is strike outs. I own Descent for OS9 but that wont work and the one that you could get from MacUpdate D2X, is no longer available and I don't even know if that would work.

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Version 1.14.60

Dude, I hate people who get stuff for free that has cost others a lot of work and then complain about not getting an extra service that doesn't even really have to do with the product on top of it. You are responsible yourself for finding a working copy of the Descent data. It works with the PC data available on www.GoG.com though, but only on Mac OS X 10.5 up.


There's this thing called Google...

Huxley Member IconComment+3

Huh. This new version's .DMG image file won't mount for me. Is anyone else having any luck?

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Version 1.14.19

Won't mount for me either.


Mounts fine for me.

Dylan-Mc Member IconComment+84

Where does one get a copy of Descent &/or Descent 2? They aren't available anywhere in "jewel box" form, from what I can see.

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Version 1.13.48

Try ebay or Amazon.

Anonymous Member Icon

You can also officially get a downloadable full version of the original game from Good Old Games (www.GOG.com) for little money.

Jeffrey McPheeters Member IconComment+10
Jeffrey McPheeters

Okay, the latest 1.9.116 version still crashes at launch on any of our G3 iBooks, even though they have the video ram qualifications to play the game. They work on older version 1.9.66 and previous, but the 3rd party missions are not available on those versions.

On the PowerMac G5 and the PowerBook G4s the latest version continues to work fine and restores the functionality of 3rd party missions. That's a good sign. Just wish all our iBooks would also work with this so everyone could join the same mission.

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Version 1.9.116
Jeffrey McPheeters Member IconReview+10
Jeffrey McPheeters

This is a much needed work in progress, and hopefully will see fulfillment in a truly stable, cross-platform release in the not too distant future. As it is, if you are a Descent lover, remember to keep the incremental updates around, just in case a new update breaks on your particular setup. That way you can get back to the older version and continue playing at least.

1.9.69 and 1.9.91, the most recent updates, are broken on our iBook G3s. 1.9.69 just freezes in the startup screen, leaving a black, blank window. It eventually crashes after a few minutes. 1.9.91 crashes almost immediately on launch. So we continue to use 1.9.66 as the most recent version that works on those.

1.9.69 and 1.9.91 do work fine on the G4 PowerBook and the PowerMac G5.

3rd party missions also no longer work on any of our systems, iBooks, Powerbooks, or G5s. They just are not being read by the program. I've heard from other Mac users that the missions recently stopped working for them as well. Hopefully we'll get a fix for this. Someone is looking into it.

Overall, the game plays very well, considering the difficulty the developers must have in attempting to do what they are doing without much funding or support. Kudos to them for the time and effort put in to what I think was one of the all time best 3D games ever devised.

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Version 1.9.91
cybercat Member IconReview+0

Many thanks to the makers of this for creating it, AND keeping it up to date! Plays great on my Mac mini, it's wonderful that this old classic is once again playable on modern operating systems. Make sure to read the readme document included with the download and follow the instructions carefully.

I ended up not being able to just copy the plain old files directly from my Descent 2 CD and instead had to actually install Descent 2 on my Windows XP machine, then copy the files from the install directory to the data folder (which you create) on my mac.

Once again, top notch!

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Version 1.6.171
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Version 1.16.11
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Yuriy Georgiev
Version 1.15.231
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Downloads 85,297
Version Downloads 418
Type Games / Action
License Free
Date 30 Sep 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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