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Port Royale 2
Port Royale 2 Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Ascaron Entertainment
Publisher(s) Take-Two Interactive
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) NA September 13, 2004
EU September 10, 2004
Genre(s) Business simulation game
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: Teen
Input methods Keyboard & mouse

Port Royale 2 is the sequel to the business simulation game Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates. It is set in the Caribbean during the 16th and 17th centuries. Created by Ascaron Entertainment in 2004, it combines a business simulator with real-time battles and towns that can be owned, built, developed or razed.

This is an open-ended game, so the player can choose to pursue any career they wish. This could range from a business tycoon to a buccaneer. You commission captains to your fleets based on how many people and your captains level will determine how costly it is to keep your fleet out in the waters. (you are not required to supply food or water to your fleet you are just charged upkeep)

As a business tycoon you need to obtain a building permit or get your own town. Each way is a rather tedious and long experience. You can also strengthen towns by supplying them with thing they need, or just donating money to help improve their defenses.

As a buccaneer you can take from any of the four nations in the game ranging form largest to smallest: Spain, England, France, and Dutch. Although if you do attack one of these nations that nation will become more and more hostile towards you. And if you do not have an active letter of marque (gives you the right to fight as a privateer for that nation against another) every nation will see you as an enemy.

The ships in this game ranges from a small pinnace to a massive "Ship of the Line" there are also missions you can complete for money supplies or just to improve your relations. You can set up trade routes with some of your ships to continually go town to town (how many towns is limited) although the captain you have commissioned to that fleet must be a high enough skill level.

Also important to the game are the colonial nations and their relations with each other. For instance: a player who is loyal to Spain can choose to participate in wars between it and, perhaps, England - by fighting as a privateer for the Spanish.

Also in the game, famous pirates of the age make appearances. These sea wolves are likely to attack any ship or town that they please, including those that belong to the player. They are usually heavily fortified bases but if you defeat them you will be rewarded by a nation also for taking down rival buccaneers and such. you are given levels (based on net worth) this limits what you are allowed to do and how many fleets you may have as well as building permits per town.

The game includes several tutorial scenarios.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 74.41%[1] (based on 22 reviews)
Metacritic 75%[2] (based on 20 reviews)
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B-[3]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[4]
IGN 7.5/10[5]
PC Format 71%[6]
PC Gamer UK 69%[7]

The game received generally good reviews. PC Format found the game unremarkable, stating that Port Royale 2 "...passes the time, but gets old fast."[6] IGN was slightly more positive, saying it is "...a solid if unremarkable game." Because the game has an open ending, IGN said it had "good replay value as you can take different career paths each time you play."[5] The game received praise from 1Up.com, which stated that: "...it's a continually engaging experience." However, they disliked the pace at the beginning, saying "Port Royale 2 is somewhat slow to start. It can take a long time to earn enough money..."[3]

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Port Royale 2
Box artwork for Port Royale 2.
Developer(s) Ascaron Entertainment
Publisher(s) Take-Two Interactive, Global Software Publishing
Release date(s)
Genre(s) RTS
System(s) Windows
Players Single player
Rating(s)
ESRB: Teen
PEGI: Ages 7+
System requirements (help)
CPU clock speed

700MHz

System RAM

128MiB

Disk space

700MiB

Video RAM

32MiB

Preceded by Port Royale
Series Port Royale

Port Royale 2 is the sequel to Port Royale. It is very similar to the previous game but the designers have ironed out most of the bugs of the first game.

The aim of the game is to make money and eventually become the Governor of a town, you can do this in many ways, from attacking and looting ships, attacking pirates and their hideouts, solving riddles and quests, looking for treasure or trading, there are 4 Scenarios to choose from and 4 Tutorials.

Table of Contents

  • Ships Boy
  • Ordinary Sailor
  • Sailor
  • Seaman
  • Boatswain
  • Helmsman
  • Lieutenant
  • Navigator
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Commodore
  • Rear Admiral
  • Vice Admiral
  • Admiral
  • Grand Admiral
  • Fleet Admiral
  • Master of the Seas
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