Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 80
    I can't help think that a lot of great technology was wasted on what's ultimately a boring and predictable design.
  2. A solid, balanced, and very polished game - which is why it's all the more unfortunate that its gameplay closely follows an otherwise unoriginal and limited formula for real-time strategy games: Gather resources, amass troops, and attack your enemy.
  3. Lack of game speed control, poor pathfinding and AI, and other problems put Dark Reign 2 at the lower end of the scale for RTS games.
  4. 85
    A good game with very cool camera options and great use of a 3-D engine but it could have used something a little more original in the gameplay area to truly set it apart from the rest.
  5. The length of the game might seem a little short for some of the more dedicated RTS players out there, but then remember that "Homeworld" only had 17 missions!
  6. 80
    With its spectacular graphics, awesome sound, and easy-to-use interface, "DR2" is a perfect example of how to make a great 3D real-time strategy game, but the gameplay may be too familiar for gamers who have grown tired of the genre.
  7. "Dark Reign 2" might fail to stand tall with titles like "Ground Control," "Homeworld," and "Starcraft."
  8. Fans of 3D strategy could do much worse.
  9. By far the game's greatest fault is the unit pathfinding. Units spend a lot of time jostling one another when trying to move even across open ground or water.
  10. Not much innovation, but a solid 3D RTS that purists and online addicts should enjoy. [Oct 2000, p.139]
  11. If you mastered and loved the previous "Dark Reign" you will probably despise this game despite its beauty.
  12. One of the most compulsively playable titles to hit stores this summer. It’s arguably the best traditional RTS released in over a year, and indisputably one of the most attractive.
  13. Absolutely spellbinding graphics, the sound isn't spectacular, but gets by.
  14. What impressed me the most, however, were the units. They are detailed and varied, especially the infantry - Each type of infantry looks different, moves and shoots in a specific way.
  15. The complete package of visuals, audio and gameplay is worth checking out if you're a fan of RTS. My only gripes are the slightly dumb AI and somewhat shoddy controls but those aren't enough to dampen the experience.
  16. Puts its aging competition to shame with its polished visuals and offers a challenging, though sometimes frustrating, single-player experience.
  17. It is without a doubt the best looking RTS title to date, and with its super camera system is destined to be the benchmark which other forthcoming games in the genre look to for guidance.
  18. There's nothing all that special about the units or the missions, and there's absolutely no innovation to the gameplay itself.
  19. "Dark Reign 2" gave me everything I was expecting: solid gameplay, great graphics, and a fun way to kill several hours.
  20. In a few choice words, this game kicks Asteroids!
  21. My only major beef with the DR2 is that the problems of unit pathfinding that plague just about every other strategy game are alive and kicking here as well.
  22. Arguably the PC strategy game of the year to beat.
  23. A solid if unassuming 3D real-time strategy that will score well with "Dark Reign" and multiplayer fans.
  24. 71
    Competently put together, with some lovely graphics at times, but totally lacking in any originality, personality or a reason to buy it.
  25. If the glowing gameplay hasn't already enticed you, the splendid, fully-3D graphics should.
  26. An often entertaining and graphically stunning title that fans of the genre will want to play.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KrisB.
    Apr 2, 2008
    Well balanced single player campaign caters to noobies to serious RTS strategists, on and offline multi is good, quite a good looking RTS for Well balanced single player campaign caters to noobies to serious RTS strategists, on and offline multi is good, quite a good looking RTS for its time. DR2 loses points however due to slow game speed, more lack of a game speed bar at all, very small unit and build trees. Full Review »
  2. JohnRix
    Sep 25, 2002
    I think that Darkreign 2 is the greatest game ever especialy the instant action.
  3. BobJ.
    May 22, 2002
    This game is one of the best games I have played. I especially like the multiplayer part of it.