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  • 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    Albion Prelude is perfect to wait "Rebirth" the new episode of the X universe. The war between corporations and the innovation of the stock exchange give something new to an excellent title.
  2. Jan 5, 2012
    X3: Albion Prelude is a big expansion in terms of story and overall richness. Despite a lack of radical changes the way trough the changes of the universe, that goes toward X: Rebirth, worth the trip.
  3. Jan 9, 2012
    Albion Prelude is a little step in the direction of Rebirth: not so many innovations but the same structure enriched with a sort of stock exchange.
  4. Feb 23, 2012
    If interacting with it weren't such a pain, it would be a tremendous achievement. [Apr 2012, p.73]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    My history according X-games is long. Very long.
    Abilon prelude is favorite. Seeing the path Egosoft is taking i'm gladly holding on to AP
    until a more promessing Game is coming up. AP is the most advanced single player space sim there is. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2012
    X3: 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
  3. Sep 5, 2013
    If love space based games this is right up your ally. It is still one of the best looking single player space games I have in my library of games. Now the real problem is not the game. It is usually the end user. Most people cant get over the learning curve or the first few hours of gameplay Reminds me of people complaining about Fallout 3)

    This game has more of a Skyrim New Vegas feel to it in that you pretty much start off with a small learning section before being released into the game world. And like those 2 games you start off with next to nothing. With this game it all depends on wich game start you pick. Easy mode Start of as a trader with a cargo ship. Slow start and not a whole lot of action. Or start off in debt and some factions with kill on sight orders.

    If you played this for 10 minutes and quit its either because you dont like space games and got suckered into it from peer pressure or you didn't give it time to become an exciting game that I have grown to love. And I only bought the game because a co-worker bugged me to get it. I love swords, Spells and anything from that realm of fantasy. Though I do have several space games now.
  4. Dec 23, 2011
    Italian review from this URL:

    Overall result 9/10!

    Translated excerpt from this review: Positive: - Vast universe
    - High performance PC
    - Maximum freedom of movement
    - Longevity guaranteed for dozens and dozens of hours
    - Excellent special effects

    - Not too many new ships
    - Lack of spoken Italian
    - Title particularly complicated to the uninitiated like this

    Rating: 9/10

    Final Remarks
    Neil Armstrong said that watching the Earth from space he could cover it with his thumb, but he did not feel like a giant, he felt very small. This is a bit like what happens when you sit in front of the majesty of this title. The graphic details are exaggerated, as well as items with which you can interact within the game.

    The gameplay, overall is unique, well-designed, and leaves ample space for making of the pilot to be part of a world that really changes over the course of the game.

    The music makes the experience very intriguing and interesting and curious to see up close the orbiting station, the postal and cargo shuttles or taxis will make you lose a lot of time distracting (at least) on the missions that you complete .

    The difficulty of the plot remains the only negative point: you accept missions from the beginning of the adventure described as "very difficult" without any chance of completing it. Missing, in a sense, an adaptation of the game to the player's real ability. Too bad that the voices are in English already so really seems to be on board a space shuttle, but to be called captain in Italian by a marshal of corvettes would have a completely different flavor.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    This is more like it. A space opera!. Endless re playability and beautiful graphics in a massive environment. I have played most of the rest of this series and I was hoping for at least a bit more. I didnt forensically go into the differences but it is very clearly an X3 game. Nothing massively new but more of the same done well. It certainly feels a little more accessible than some of the others but that could just be my growing familiarity with the series. However, the game always feels like it lacks depth to me. A bit more human/Alien interest would really make this feel like a living breathing universe. I always felt like the game space in X3 games felt a bit dead but X3 AP does feel much more alive yet something is missing from what could be perfection. It would be awesome to visit a planet or a space station and walk through it engaging npcs etc face to face. If X3 had that it would attract a much broader audience in my opinion. That isnt taking anything away from a great open non linear game but I want to explore, see planets which feel unique or of a known type and engage with the folks on a space station for RnR. Recruiting crew etc. Adding some personalities to the NPCs etc would have dramatically. Suggestions for the Next Generation in the X series perhaps. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2014
    I have played this game for about 2 hours and it's only getting more boring. This game isn't absolutely bad but it's just that i usually don't like games where you fly in space and stuff. Combat was boring for me and so was flying. In a way it was fun but it gets boring too quick. Expand
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    Keep 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.

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