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About the product
- Customize Your Ship, Modifying Weapons, Armor, And Other Systems
- Choose The Life Of A Pirate, Merchant Or Mercenary
- Explore A Complete Universe With More Than 50 Bases And Planets In Close To 70 Systems
- PC (DOS - 3.5" Disk) Copyright 1993 ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
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Privateer takes you to the seamy side of the Wing Commander universe. In the far reaches of space, you live by no man's rules but your own. The fringes are populated by a volatile mix of pirates, minors, mercs and Kilrathi, all struggling to make a quick buck. With advanced technologies pioneered by Wing Commander and Strike Commander, Privateer gives you the excitement of head-to-head space combat and the challenge of survival in the cutthroat trading circles on the frontiers of civilization. It takes more than a pilot to win this game - it takes a PRIVATEER!
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"mount d d:\ cdrom" this will mount your cdrom to d:. then type
"c:" dir/w will list your directory notice prcd.exe is the executable to use the cd drive "prcd" then type either "priv" to play privateer or "rf" to play the sequel righteous fire. Make sure you check the dos box config file and match the set up sound with what dosbox is using and enjoy. my sound is a soundblaster emulation done from on board ac 97 with 5.1 speaker system... most onboard sound is sound blaster compatable but check your machine manual to make sure. As a footnote I also use dosbox to play all the following: Wing Commander, Wing Commander 2, Wing Commander Armada, Dune 2, Master of Magic, Master of Orion, Ultima 7 both black gate and serpent Isle the silver seed, and Ultima 8 Pagan. There are plenty of old dos games for sale on Amazon...Thank you Amazon ... Dos is back!!!
Privateer was a completely open ended space sim. This was long before Oblivion and Fallout and Grand Theft Auto so keep your expectations in check. There are a lot of things you can do but not nearly as much as you want to. You start out in the crappiest ship you can own, the Tarsus, and you have to try to make enough money to upgrade it - and it's not easy. Those early missions are a grind and you get your butt handed to you more often then not. Anytime you do survive it's probably because you were smart enough to hit the afterburners and run (assuming that you survived long enough to buy some after burners). Regardless, the Tarsus is a lousy ship - Just plain crap. You might as well be flying a shoe box. If you have a hairy pair, or maybe you are just plain stubborn you can finish the game in it if you want to. You can also eventually buy a few other ships. There are only three others to choose from and only one of them doesn't suck (take note all you `the wizard dies too quickly' cry babies - only the fighter doesn't suck). The four quadrants you can explore are filled with planets, asteroids and space stations to explore. Most of them are pretty cookie cutter. You buy and sell cargo trying to figure out where to buy low and sell high. You can hunt merchant vessels and take their cargo or even find pirate bases and become a drug runner or slave trader. Or, just hire out as a mercenary and forget all about cargo unless you find it floating around in space. There are plenty of options and they are all open to you. Eventually you land on the right planet, walk into the right bar and talk to the right person and the main story line begins. You can drop out of it anytime you want or just burn right through it. Once you finish it you get to continue flying around doing whatever you like. The Righteous Fire expansion gives you additional unique missions and more ship upgrades but is basically more of the same.
The key to this game was that it was hard. To finish the main story line you had to do some impossible missions. The makers of the game expected you to be able to tough it out and to be able to figure out how to take on a dozen Kilrathi fighters and a capital ship in an asteroid field all by yourself. You can't save part way through a mission and there are no cheats included.
I've looked for other space sims but have never found any others that provided the enjoyment of Privateer. Freelancer was close, but too short, too easy and not interesting enough outside of the main story line. In my humble opinion nothing matches the feeling of Privateer. I enjoyed grinding through all those scout missions in the Troy system, barely surviving to collect my pay and upgrade my guns or engine only to have the pirates get better equipment too. It was really hard in the beginning. That made it much more satisfying when I finally earned enough to sell off the Tarsus and buy the Centurion. Oh the Centurion. Burninate baby, burninate. The Centurion was the best fighter you could buy. It wasn't the best in the game, but it was the best you could get your sorry hands on. It didn't matter. After sweating it out in the Tarsus for 500 missions a fully loaded Centurion was a chariot of the gods. And regardless, in the end the alien ship still kicked the crap out of you. No one has ever defeated it the first time out and I challenge anyone to try and do it without getting killed at least ten times before managing to pull it off. This game was hard and the payoff was just more of the same. It was so much better than Space Invaders though. I keep hoping that someone will remake Privateer and add more content without changing the basics. Until then, I've still got my old DOS box (thank you Micron!).