- Summary: X3: Albion Prelude plays in a time between the old and the new X Universe. It shows a universe in flux, and prepares players for things to come. The old X Universe is passing; a new X Universe is about to be created.
Jul 25, 2012X3: Albion Prelude is awesome fun. You can build huge fleets and command epic battles! The graphics are beautifully done, and a pleasure to behold. Majestic. I love the improvements over Terran Conflict, especially the stock exchange system. Update 2.5 released 24Jul2012 added Terran plots! I really wish that planetary landing, colonization, and planet unique resource/production/weapon manufacture were inclusive to make the game even more epic, but regardless, this is an awesome space game that once learned, provides hundreds of hours of enjoyment.… Expand
Jun 10, 2013X3 Albion Prelude have more than X3 Terran conflict to offer. In this expansion the interface is made clearer and more user friendly. There are a lot of bug fixes and the new politic economic changes add spice to the game.
With 3.0 update there are a lot more of generic missions. There are corporation missions too and the plot missions are very enjoyable.
Honestly this is what is best out there at this time. This game is just complete. You can do everything, manage everything. With Bonus pack addition(addons for game that have been certified by Egosoft so your game is NOT modified aka you can do achievements) gives all that you might need to make your life a bit easier.
You want to fight? you have complete control over your ship=rolling, strafing all directions,moving in a real 3D environment. You can help the war effort too and make a difference over control of war sectors.
Want to trade? start small and grow bigger.
Want to exploit the market? make a trading empire and with the use of the stock market you can make money quiet easier than X3TC, which for some is a bad thing but is a relief for others.
Want to explore? go ahead there are new sectors new mechanics
In phew words: is just an amazing game. It has a steep learning curve but is really worth it.
See it as a book that slowly unfolds towards you. The game doesnt rush and you dont need to know everything in order to enjoy it.
Take your time and take it easy and be ready to be absorbed by this game.
Give it a shot on steam happens to be on often quite regularly with x3 terran conflict. (the x3ap is a dlc)… Expand
Jun 28, 2013I do not have much background with space sims but I generally enjoy playing strategy/sim/empire management games ie the Civ series, SimCity series, X-Com, etc. I've dabbled a bit with EVE but never really got deep into it but nonetheless I figured I'd give X3:AP a go as I was looking for something new to pass the hours. At this point, I've sunk around 40ish hours into the game so I feel that I can give a fair review.
As others have noted, this game is certainly not for everyone. The learning curve is steep, there are not instant rewards and there can be quite a bit of 'slow' time as you are growing your empire. However, once you start to get the hang of things and get some cashflow going, there's really no limits to what you can do. This is definitely one of those games that you could easy get hundreds of hours of gameplay from as i mentioned before I'm about 40 deep and haven't really scratched the surface of what's possible.
Bottom Line: Those who prefer linear direction, constant action, and frequent rewards should look elsewhere. But for those sim nerds, like me, who crave deep strategy, open ended gameplay, and micromanagement, this truly is a great game!… Expand
Sep 25, 2013X3AP is a very deep game to get into, and I would not recommend it for those with short attention spans or are not a very committed person. Every aspect of the game has been covered, trading in a massive economy to fighting massive captial CPU ships that threaten the very existance of life in the known universe. Only down side is, if you've run out of ideas of what to do next, you can get bored easily. That being said, I always come back to it and love it, so I can't give it any less than a 9… Expand
Jul 8, 2012On my personal scale, I give this game a 7.5. Be warned: this game is not for everyone. If you're all about quick pacing & instant gratification, you won't find what you want with this game. It can be a high-speed space combat game, with tons of explosions, and great particle effects for the laser weapons. However, that's only one aspect of the game. There is a deeper current of a universal economy that's been deliberately thrown out of sync to give you the chance to move in & make your mark as a trader, factory owner, or in some other capacity. You won't find everything you need to build your empire - it's a long process of setting yourself up with your own support network, your own fleet, and your own territory.
I've played all the X games, as I bought the super pack on Steam. Terran Conflict is actually a much bigger game, in terms of having more "out of the box" plots. In truth, Albion Prelude is literally an add-on to that game, using TC's same file structure. It has it's own plot lines, but there are less of them & they appear to be shorter. Furthermore, you really have to play TC to know what's going on & appreciate the story.
I feel that this is the reason why so many are unhappy with this game - because it is actually an expansion to TC that's not really an expansion. Rather than being able to build on the game you created in TC, which probably took you anywhere from fifty to a billion hours to create, you must scrap that & start all over again. To someone who doesn't thrive on this type of challenge, that can be heartbreaking, and deal-breaking.
There are new ships, new features, and the same old ability to pretty much create your own story in a sandbox of endless possibilities. But really...the reason to play this game is to find out what happened after Terran Conflict, and what will come in the future during Rebirth.
As I said at the beginning, I feel this is 75% of a perfect game. Overall the game engine has improved over Terran Conflict (which is expected given the gap in time). However, it's not 100% compatible with TC because not all the mods & player content can be used. It doesn't give you the option of utilizing your saves from TC to allow you to build on what you've already done. You get precious little in the way of new content, and are left to simply re-live the sandbox adventure you've already experienced.… Expand
Jul 15, 2013Keep in mind; reviews are subjective, and highly influenced by taste and expectations. This review is based on about 30 minutes of playing so maybe other, more complete reviews, will be of better use to you if you're considering purchasing this game.
I was, massively, disappointed. Probably because of wrong expectations. I read on a forum that this game was "Escape Velocity for adults". If you, like me, 1) love the EV series and 2) hate Eve Online, you will, like me, probably quit this game after about 10 minutes and never ever play it again. You will find it boring, travelling takes ages, the UI is confusing and combat isn't the greatest.… Expand