Privateer 2: The Darkening (1996)

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Ser Lev Arris wakes up in a hospital on the planet Crius and has no idea who he is and where he is coming from. He is told by a doctor that he had been frozen 10 or more years ago because ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Kane
Assassin #3
Melissa Banks
Canera Captain
Uncle Kashumai
Alberto Fossa
Jonathan Chesterman ...
Angus Santana
Auntie Maria Gabriel
Ade Sapara ...
Assassin #1
Fairmang Singhateh ...
Assassin #2
Su Lin Looi ...
Assassin #4


Ser Lev Arris wakes up in a hospital on the planet Crius and has no idea who he is and where he is coming from. He is told by a doctor that he had been frozen 10 or more years ago because he had a disease which was not curable then and that his starship crashed shortly before arriving at Crius star port. As he recovers in the hospital still without any memory he is hijacked by two men in dark uniforms and put in a starship where he looses consciousness. When he wakes up again, he finds himself to be on the planet Hermes. An adventure to find out about his roots begins... Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Despite the title suggesting that this is a sequel to Privateer (1993), this game is not set in the Wing Commander (1990) universe like the previous game is. Everything is different and new; spacecraft, peoples, planets, culture, history, government and military. There is no "Terran Confederation", instead law and order is kept by the "CIS", however a "confederation" is vaguely mentioned once or twice in the in-game information database (the booths) See more »


[Lev Arris meets the CIS Commander Hassan on the prison planet Hades]
Lev Arris: This is not a place I ever wanted to see the inside of.
Hassan: Why should you see the inside of Hades? Unless you're guilty of a crime.
Lev Arris: Am I being accused of something here?
Hassan: Not necessarily.
Lev Arris: Now look, I saved your life, I chose to follow you down here, now if you don't quit playing the Man of Mystery, I'm going to get back on my ship and I'll take my own chances with whoever's trying to nail me.
Hassan: There's a lot to tell you, Arris. I ...
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Interesting engine, poor streaming video
15 December 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The first time I heard of this game the title was only 'The Darkening' and the preview of it interested me. When it got the Privateer label I thought it would be even better, but I was confused because the preview described a game that took place in a different universe than that of the Wing Commander series, which is where the first game is set.

Regardless, this game has an interesting and stylish flight engine which I thought was really cool--except the fact that you can't hyper-jump when enemies are around, forcing you to fight them (very annoying). Not to mention some of the cool landing cutscenes and interesting computer interfaces in port.

However, the video scenes are pretty bad and have poorly mixed audio--half the time I couldn't understand what anyone was saying.

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