X³: Reunion

a.k.a. X3 / X3:重聚

published by Deep Silver in 2005-10-28, developed by Egosoft, running on Windows
type: action/reflex, simulation, flight, manag./econ., adventure
genre: Science Fiction, Space trading and combat simulator
setting: Future, X-Universe
perspective: 1st person
player options: single player
languages: chi eng fre ger ita spa
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Personal review

A game about the vastness of the space in a very big universe filled with all kinds of stuff (as ships, stations, asteroids...) and comprising a lot of different ways to play the game (militar, merchant, raider, police, transporter, salvager...) Its complexity and freedom are almost infinite, and has very clever features as speeding the time (for long travels) and very well-crafted reputation and market systems.

But there are 3 big issues with the game:
-The interface and controls are straight horrendous, forcing to employ the auto-pilot more than it should.
-The mission panel is very spartan and doesn´t records any indication of a possible mission (only points at already signed contracts, not featuring indications recieved in messages)
-Theres only 1 message log (important and worth-saving messages merge with a gigantic clutter of mundane conversations and tips)
These 3 problems make the in-game progress very difficult and immensely slow, and the game very boring/frustrating to play.

3 of 10

# 2015-03-14 23:20:01

Comments (2)

Greatest flaw in this that I see is that there's no task tracker. You're forced to remember and make notes yourself of what you agree to do and what others tell you to do, though you can review the message log as you like, it's hardly intuitive. This is especially bad considering the game's a sandbox.
Sanguine # 2010-04-28 12:33:21
Latest version: 2.5 (as of 2007)
Sanguine # 2010-04-28 05:58:24

Technical specs

display: textured polygons
* Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP
* 1.7 GHz Pentium IV CPU
* 512 MB RAM
* 128 MB VRAM
* 2 GB HD space

* 2.4 GHz Pentium IV CPU
* 1 GB RAM
* 256 MB VRAM
Sanguine # 2010-04-28 05:49:40

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