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  • Summary: In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power. Enter a young adventurer and his unlikely female ally traveling in an old,In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power. Enter a young adventurer and his unlikely female ally traveling in an old, battered ship with a glorious past - two people alone against the galaxy, playing a key part in the events to come. The fate of the universe rests in the hands of the player... Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 24 out of 24
  1. Nov 20, 2013
    47
    To top off a growing tower of gripes, navigation around space in Rebirth is an astounding hassle.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    43
    No matter what happens with stability and bug-fixing patches, its poor controls, awful interface, and dull pacing ensure that X Rebirth will remain unpleasant for all but the most forgiving, die-hard space jockeys.
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    40
    X: Rebirth will get better over time, and anyone who’s open-minded enough to look past the ‘X’ branding and see the ‘game’, may even find many hours of entertainment.
  4. Dec 3, 2013
    30
    You can (barely) fathom some good ideas about offering the players more accessibility in a saga that surely needed some, but they soon get lost in the utter and complete mess of unfinished mechanics and bugs that, sadly, is X Rebirth.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    30
    Long story short: In its current state, X Rebirth is just a sad affair.
  6. Jan 7, 2014
    28
    Patches may stop the glitches, but I think this space sim is far beyond repair.
  7. Nov 25, 2013
    16
    Somewhere in this mess is an X as you know and like it: Smaller, but prettier and with a solid foundation. But with problems like game-stopping bugs and bad design decisions all the ambition goes down the drain.

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  1. Mar 5, 2015
    10
    I pre ordered this game and it was disappointing when it had a lot of glitches. The X series has been my favorite since X-Beyond. I knew theI pre ordered this game and it was disappointing when it had a lot of glitches. The X series has been my favorite since X-Beyond. I knew the old games backwards and the new one was alien. I have since grown to love the game. The developers have been patching / fixing / improving the whole time and it's now a great game.
    Looking forward to the next installation.
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  2. Nov 28, 2014
    8
    Playing X Rebirth 3.0 beta, and some part of the coming DLC The Teladi Outpost, I must say Egosoft did a great effort, to save this game afterPlaying X Rebirth 3.0 beta, and some part of the coming DLC The Teladi Outpost, I must say Egosoft did a great effort, to save this game after there bad release.
    The game is a game now, and it is great and fun. Again, it is not a X4, but still a great game to play. Still there isn't any other game out there, like the X games, and Egosoft keeps that honor till today.
    I also know many space game coming out, but you can not compare them with a XR. Some comparing XR with ED, but there isn't much to compare at all, only that they are space games. ED is also great, but hasn't as much features as XR.
    X rebirth 2.5 was already good, but XR 3.0 will be even better.
    I am happy that Egosoft not leave this game, and keep updating it till it is finish.

    Great game
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  3. Nov 15, 2013
    4
    I have higher FPS on Valley ultra HD and X Rebirth that alone says enough. this is like Black Prophecy release only this game isn't supposedI have higher FPS on Valley ultra HD and X Rebirth that alone says enough. this is like Black Prophecy release only this game isn't supposed to have server lag, this is not like any other X game at all. Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2013
    2
    Bad UI, confusing game mechanics, terrible performance with random fps spikes and drops.
    I would like to take this a bit further, great NPC
    Bad UI, confusing game mechanics, terrible performance with random fps spikes and drops.
    I would like to take this a bit further, great NPC conversations and dialogue, NOT!

    Fun sandbox, EVE single player like concept, terrible execution.
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  5. Nov 23, 2013
    1
    So where to start? This is so bad i don´t know where to start.
    Here the only good point I found:
    Grafics in Space are awesome. Here are the
    So where to start? This is so bad i don´t know where to start.
    Here the only good point I found:
    Grafics in Space are awesome.
    Here are the bad points I found:
    Only one ship to steer directly
    Space Stations can only be build at given locations
    Aweful npc-grafics inside of stations
    Many bugs and crashes
    Trade not functioning.
    Ach it it´s
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  6. Oct 1, 2014
    0
    Instead of a review, I'll write my experience with this game.

    I've waited a half year to try this because Egosoft usually takes this long
    Instead of a review, I'll write my experience with this game.

    I've waited a half year to try this because Egosoft usually takes this long to get a new X game running. I was eager to try my new Saitek X52 Pro on this one.

    First I went into options, like with any PC game to set some graphical stuff. I found the resolution was set to 1280 which was very odd, so I set it to my native res (usually done automatically in PC games, first fears of Consolitis surfaced in me).

    I read on the net, that the "story" mode is a big tutorial, so I went with that to get ready for free play.
    The first thing I saw was this polygon puppet that is supposed to be a woman. It looks exactly like a 3D woman looked.... back in the year 2000. I'm not exaggerating here! The character animations are on the same level and look like a mixture of zombies and robots.
    The game is (supposedly) not about character interaction though, so I thought and just ignored that and went on to fly....

    ... or not.
    The entire Joystick keybinds were completely messed up. Like this game was made for a (inferior) console and not for the PC gaming master race. So there was some Consolitis in the game. I didn't even know they released this game for a console. A space sim... really? They are MADE for PC's.
    I accepted that too, though it started to bug me...

    Anyway I went on to configure the joystick so that it was able to actually fly forward (strafe up/down; left/right were set as default instead of pitch and jaw) and use some of the functions that were unbound or bound to strange keys (autopilot, map, dock, targeting). I still had to choose menu options with the mouse and run around with kb+mouse setup. Strangely there were highlighted button names like they appear on game pads (A)... hmmm...
    I was kinda pissed at this time, but I still hoped the game was at least bug free, stable and that the free play mode later would offer some fun.

    After one hour I was ready to fly. Yippee! A big universe awaits!
    First mission: target practice!

    The game tutorial told me the highlighted stuff was showing me where to go. This was nice, the only downside was that there was no highlighted stuff. It also told me it would display the distance - but it didn't display anything, not even my flight speed.
    While I was still trying to get that display of normal HUD info up and running, which is to be expected in every space sim game since the most early ones, I suddenly lost all control of not only the ship, but also the HOTAS, the mouse and the keyboard too. The ship was now drifting towards some asteroids...
    So I half heartedly tried to solve this next obstacle... I even tabbed out of the game and tried to go back, but couldn't as it was "Not Responding".

    Well okay, then I'll not respond to it either.
    0 points for this epic wanna be space sim fail.
    Deleted.

    TL/DR:
    Wow! After a half year, this game is buggier than the alpha version of Star Citizen - Arena Commander, it surpasses all games I know in terms of unplayability and the character models and animations were directly sent here from 14 years in the past.

    In short: Consolitis, severe alpha bugs, stay away at all costs!
    This game will never reach the state X2-The Threat had, better go with that game!
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  7. Nov 16, 2013
    0
    I feel I have to leave a score of 0 for this game simply due to the number of clearly 10 scores being left. Whether or not this game isI feel I have to leave a score of 0 for this game simply due to the number of clearly 10 scores being left. Whether or not this game is riddled with bugs which may or may not be dealt with soon by the devs, this game is fundamentally broken. It is really awful, anyone who has experience of the X series is in for a big shock with it. The UI has clearly be designed with solely controllers in mind, it is horrible trying to play this thing with a mouse and keyboard, which for a PC title, is really bad. They have clearly tried to reach a larger market of console gamers with this and in the process have gimped the controls for the vast majority of their loyal fans. I really wouldn't be surprised to see a console announcement once they have eliminated most of the bugs plaguing the PC release.
    The price tag of £40 sets this game up as comparable to AAA titles, which it most definitely is not, in fact it is quite clear from this and the lack of review copies sent out prior to launch that the games release was a cash grab on the part of egosoft. Nobody is going to pay £40 for this game having seen the reactions of those who preordered like myself. The severity of the bugs this game has shipped with is frankly shocking, inability to even start the game, broken option features such mouse inverting, falling through interior maps every five seconds (that is only slightly hyperbolic, it took me literally 10 seconds into my first station walk to accidentally get caught on a vent hatch and be pushed through a wall). The minigames are a pain, though they are not really that much of an issue compared to my other complaints, they just seem cheap. The menus are ripped straight from mass effect (as is the art style for station interiors but that is something else) and is pretty much unusable for k/m players like the majority of X players seem to be. They have apparently made it very difficult for joystick users to though I cannot comment on this.
    The menus and maps are horrendous to look at and navigate thanks to a combination of design choice, th aforementioned console controls and the constant, long animations which kill the flow and speed of the game. While in previous X titles i have been able to set my ship on autopilot for a station or gate and use the instant menus to manage my ships/traders and stations/complexes, I am now required to stop my ship and wait for the menu monitor to appear before I can do anything. The autopilot has also been removed, and while the autopilot was a problem in previous games, their solutions seems to have been to remove all autopilot from Rebirth as the vast majority of ships you encounter are moving in strange arbitrary space roads which often lead them into sides of stations (I also feel that it is worth mentioning that these ships are about as real as those encountered in the highways, they feel as though they are randomly spawned to give the illusion that you are in a living universe.).
    That's all I can really think to say about this game, for me it is DOA, and it seems unlikely that the developers will be prepared to change such fundamental, yet broken game mechanics. For these many reasons it is simply unthinkable that this game could deserve a score as high as 8, let alone 10. It is certainly a shame that as a result I must give this game 0 as I cannot allow anyone to be fooled by the average userscore.
    If anyone has bothered to read this I would give this game an honest score of 3, maybe 4 but that seems to be pushing it a little. I have requested a refund on steam and hope I will receive at least credit on my account, and if, in the future, the developers manage to make this game remotely playable I will certainly buy it again, though almost definitely not at the same £40 I (foolishly) paid before release.
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