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In owning Port Royale and enjoying it a lot, I decided to buy Port Royale 2.
Think Sid Miers Pirates!, but less swords and more economy and trading. Setting trade routes and making products to sell is where this game excels. Sure, you can make easy cash by attacking anything near you on the high seas and then selling off the boats you capture, but making your own pirate hideout/town is so much more satisfying!
Whilst PR2 has much better control mechanisims and overall a much more fluid and easier to control game, PR1 looks better graphics wise as it is able to be run at a higher graphics setting within the game. PR1 has a graphics control menu that is far more customiseable than PR2, and anyone interested in puchasing either game needs to consider the obvious graphics quality difference in the two titles if youre a running a relatively modern computer.
I have a 21" monitor and native setting is 1600x1200. PR1 takes advantage of this and looks A LOT better than PR2 (which doesnt have anywhere near as much customising in display settings and is actually locked at a lower resolution than this and is unable to be changed).
Gameplay wise, both are very similar. PR2 is perhaps a little easier to play as controls/keyboard shortcuts have been improved somewhat. Both are worth owning- but again, those with higher specced machines need to decide whether they sacrifice a little bit of control for a much better looking game, or go over to PR2 which is has updated controls but looks bad on a 1600x1200 system (as its locked at 1024x768). If you are playing on an older machine- go PR2.
One last major consideration or difference between both games is the sea battles (if you are like me and enjoy taking full control of your fleet)... PR2's battles are much more simplified (a little too much), where they limit you to only 1 ship to control. In PR1, you can pause and give orders to multiple ships- very handy when you have smaller boats trying to take on a frigate or 2. If you prefer to just "Auto Battle", then dont worry about it!
Also, make sure you have up to date nvidia graphics drivers if you happen to be running 2 graphics cards in SLI mode, as I initially had display issues seeing world map. Overall a great game... and very easy to sink lots of hours into.
Thanks for posting this comparison! I'd never heard of the series before GoG, but Port Royale 2 has become one of my favorite PC games. Needless to say I will be trying the first tonight when I get home, you've certainly piqued my curiosity.
Useful comparison. Going with PR1 to start with.
How are you running it at 1600x1200? I only get two resolution options, the higher being 1280x1024.
Oh god, PR2's one ship at a time sea combat is extra gay, along with the hard resolution lock of 1024x768...
If I had known that PR1 allowed various resolution setting I'd've gone for that one rather PR2... geez both the horribly low res & crap sea combat sink this sequel to Oblivion(yes the cap O is intentional as Oblivious is also a failure as both a sequel and a CRPG...)
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The worst part of this insult, is that the resolution is hard coded(by the engine -- why they removed felxibility dunno, other than it was a jobuggedtofuckallwood game...), so there is no way that I(or anyone else yet) knows of to try to force PR2 into a higher res. Regardless the sea combat is so crippled that it just sucks the life out of the game as while enemies have FULL use of their fleets you're required to face them one at a time severeley limiting your tactical and strategical options...
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Post edited September 23, 2009 by cutterjohn
Cheers, wasn't sure whether to go PR1 or PR2, guess it'll be PR1 for me then! Thanks for this rather informative post.
Another difference. Port Royale 2 has no multiplayer support.
PR1 often gets dusted off by myself and a firend for a few days of lanning goodness and it really is fun competing to have the biggest ship. Not to mention the barage of pinace and seaman jokes that inevitably ensue.
Coming from the perspective of a long time PR1 fan, the giant UI bar in PR2 was a real turnoff. I much prefered the open feeling to PR1 as it really added to the sense of how large and vast the map was.
Post edited June 17, 2010 by Zarggy
hello!

I have a question!?

I saw that Port Royale 2 has land combat with ground troops.

Port Royale 1 has also land combat?
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Grotesque: hello!

I have a question!?

I saw that Port Royale 2 has land combat with ground troops.

Port Royale 1 has also land combat?
yes it does BUT the main diff is, there is no troop movement like in PR2

Honestly the first one so far seems like The Best of the series.
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stonebro: Useful comparison. Going with PR1 to start with.
Trust me when I say, : Pr2 will dissappoint if u been spoilt with the Classic pr1.
Post edited January 25, 2024 by IAM369