Here is the latest D2X-XL, Descent 2 OpenGL enhancement built upon D2X version 2.6 and with many bug fixes and an ongoing support community which supplies the project with high resolution textures, sounds, and new gameplay features such as bullet time! Not only that, D2X-XL also functions as an emulator for Descent 1, providing the same high resolution enhancements for both mid-nineties classic first-person flight-sim six-free-degrees shooters! This package is based on the most recent build of D2X-XL, version 1.13.127, released on December 1, 2008. It is a 7-zip archive of Descent 2 installed from the Descent 1 & 2 Definitive Collection and includes not only the Descent 1 and 2 game files, but dozens of additional levels designed for the Descent Levels of the World competition!
This package also comes with high resolution models and textures, enhanced re-sampled 44khz sound effects, and an ogg music soundtrack built in! All courtesy of the site that brings you Descent 2X-XL, http://www.descent2.de. This build is designed for a Windows environment and needs Direct3D hardware to function properly, however there are also builds for the MacOS and Linux as well as source code available at the same site. It is highly customizable with many interface and graphics options, which you can tweek using the d2x.ini file in the config directory, and which you can find out more about by consulting the site, http://www.descent2.de.
D2X-XL is an alternative to the other popular Descent OpenGL project, Descent 1x- and 2x-Rebirth, which is also built upon the now-outdated D2X OpenGL project.
Also included with the Descent game in this torrent is the Descent Level Editor XP and Microsoft Visual C++, which may be necessary to install in order to run D2X-XL. Try installing Visual C++ if you have unzipped the archive and tried to run the executable d2x-xl.exe but it failed with an error message. Also, be aware that the directory structure is context sensitive in that the ogg music is designed to play from the root directory c:\\Games\\D2X-XL and the sub directory music, so you may have to edit your d2x.ini to reflect the location where you install the game. (The included music is just an ogg version of the same midi soundtrack you get in the game, but you can substitute your own mp3s or ogg files for the music by following the installation instructions at the project home page)
The game has been tested on multiple computers under Windows XP, but it should also work under Widows Vista, again if you have any difficulties running the game please consult the web page for D2X-XL, http://www.descent2.de.