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Privateer 2: The Darkening (DOS)

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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 DOS Flying in space
Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Navigation Map
Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Sinner's Inn
Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Buying a ship

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. Zovni (9384) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars
William Hurt, Amanda Pays and Clive Owen IN A FREAKIN' GAME!!! Michael McKinlay (5) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Goodish Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
A strange departure from the series, both superior and inferior Vance (98) unrated
A step back regarding game design Mr Creosote (32) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
For you to like this game you have to forget that this is a sequel and treat it as a totaly different product. William Shawn McDonie (1152) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Decent space trade/combat sim with decent FMV mobster_lobster (20) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A $40 frisbee James Hicks (20) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
This one was just "different" from Privateer; better in some areas, worse in others. Spectre (120) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Space shooter with a story Baxter (38) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1997 92 out of 100 92
Edge Dec 25, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Nov, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Privat Computer PC 1997 77 out of 100 77
GameSpot Feb 06, 1997 6.8 out of 10 68
High Score Mar, 1997 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) 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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Raphael (1160) added Privateer 2: The Darkening (DOS) on Nov 02, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Reptil3 (82)