Privateer 2: The Darkening

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Privateer 2: The Darkening is a follow-up to Wing Commander: Privateer. The player takes control of Ser Lev Arris, who is searching to regain his identity and memory. Like its predecessors, the game combines space combat simulation with exploration and trading. Along the way, the player can trade commodities, go on missions, attack strange mutants, rescue damsels in distress, meet weird characters, and visit unusual planets. It is possible to hire wingmen and cargo ships, as well as upgrade the current ship or buy new ones. Live-action movies advance the story.


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  • "The Darkening" -- Working title

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Not really that bad. It just requires a VERY open mind to enjoy. DOS Zovni (9321)
William Hurt, Amanda Pays and Clive Owen IN A FREAKIN' GAME!!! DOS Michael McKinlay (5)
Goodish DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A strange departure from the series, both superior and inferior DOS Vance (98)
A step back regarding game design DOS Mr Creosote (32)
For you to like this game you have to forget that this is a sequel and treat it as a totaly different product. DOS William Shawn McDonie (1088)
Decent space trade/combat sim with decent FMV DOS mobster_lobster (20)
A $40 frisbee DOS James Hicks (20)
This one was just "different" from Privateer; better in some areas, worse in others. DOS Spectre (120)
Space shooter with a story DOS Baxter (38)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamezilla Windows Oct 06, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 86 out of 100 86 DOS 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
PC Action DOS Mar 18, 1998 2 out of 6 80
Privat Computer PC DOS 1997 77 out of 100 77
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Apr 04, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot DOS Feb 06, 1997 6.8 out of 10 68
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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A very strong rumour (read: unproved but very strongly backed) says that in a a post Wing Commander 3 press release Origin had prepared a 3 space-sim lineup on the wake of WC3. Wing Commander 4, Privateer 2, And a little british game already in development called "The Darkening". Subsequently thanks to WC4's humongous budget and the fact that The Darkening already had a working rendering engine and was in Beta. Privateer 2 got scrapped, and the Darkening became what we know now as Privateer 2.

Furthermore, it seems that original promotional material for Privateer 2: The Darkening referred to the game simply as "The Darkening", offering further indications that Erin Roberts' game was christened a sequel to Privateer after it was completed.

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