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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.9
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. -
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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PC Zone (Aug 13, 2001)
The Darkening is by far and away the best space combat sim ever to grace the pc. The graphics are jaw-droppingly gorgeous, the action's fast, furious and bloody satisfying, the plot's rich and beautifully told, the acting's impressive for the most part, and basically the experience is quite breath-taking. Oh yeah, and it pisses all over X-Wing. What more can I say? Buy it. Buy it now.
Gamezilla (Oct 06, 2000)
Privateer 2 : The Darkening is a very fun game. The game does have its share of shortcomings: the AI is often mediocre, the game is DOS-only, there is no multiplayer support, and the video is dark and the audio hard to hear at times. In addition, fans of the original Privateer will likely be upset by The Darkening's lack of resemblance to its predecessor. However, this is a game that doesn't need to stand on the strength of the original, and is probably even more fun if you think of it as a new, totally unrelated game. The movies are well-done, the graphics are satisfying, and the game has an altogether great feel. If you enjoy a good blast-'em-up and don't mind smuggling a little extra cargo in the hold, this game just may be for you.
Privateer 2: The Darkening left me with very mixed feelings. As a great looking space simulator and quality movie, Privateer 2 is awesome. It looks great, sounds great, and most of the time, plays great. But Origin really painted themselves into a corner when they decided to use the Privateer name. This is not a sequel to Privateer, plain and simple. So, if you’ve never played the original Privateer, run out and buy this game. You won’t be disappointed. But if you’re a die-hard Privateer fan, and have been waiting for more of the same, don’t bother. Instead, spend the fifteen dollars on the original and discover the magic of Privateer all over again. Hey, that’s what I did. And I had a blast.