- 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
Nov 8, 2013X3 AP is exactly how it is promoted with emphasis on Think. In order to get maximum thrill from this excellent game, you have to think through what you want to do and plan in that direction. It will take hours to bring your plan to fruition. However, when your plan is fully realized you will have amazing fun in massive battles, economic takeovers of whole star systems etc. If there were a higher rating than 10 I would give this game that rating. The X series of games give you your money's worth of enjoyment for hours and hours and hours. However, if you are a brainless action junkie avoid this game.… 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
Aug 22, 2012This 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
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