Privateer 2: The Darkening

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
DOS
81
3.9
Windows
...
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Privateer 2: The Darkening Windows talking to NPC
Privateer 2: The Darkening Windows intro movie - nice cast 2
Privateer 2: The Darkening Windows dialog choices
Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Sinner's Inn

Alternate Titles

  • "The Darkening" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Not really that bad. It just requires a VERY open mind to enjoy. DOS Zovni (9330)
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 (Denmark) DOS 1997 93 out of 100 93
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jan, 1997 92 out of 100 92
Edge DOS Dec 25, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Power Play DOS Nov, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania.de 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
GameSpot DOS Feb 06, 1997 6.8 out of 10 68
High Score DOS Mar, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Apr, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

Forums

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Will editing money make you skip side quests? 1 Kreshna Aryaguna
Aug 15, 2012

Trivia

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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