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  • Summary: X3: Reunion immerses the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. The economy model in X3: Reunion isX3: Reunion immerses the player into the most realistic, living universe, ever experienced. Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. The economy model in X3: Reunion is more complex than any previous X game. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: Reunion presents players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a player's actions can shape the future of the universe. Combat A.I. has been improved to take all ship classes into account and will challenge players; from individual dog fights to commanding full-scale fleets against massive enemy armadas. A new array of weapon systems give increased choice and tactics for any situation, while the multiple threat targeting system makes the player a force to be reckoned with. Rebalanced fighter classes make any encounter a challenge for players of all levels. [Enlight] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. 100
    By far the most engrossing game released so far this millennium.
  2. It is a larger and more ambitious title than the previous games, which is no easy feat as the X series has always been thought of as particularly ballsy.
  3. Nearly perfect in regards to its presentation, almost MMO-like scope and endless gameplay.
  4. It’s great if you want a chilled out, thoughtful experience that’s slow paced almost all the time, but if you fantasise about pursuing a life of white knuckle action and adventure against those great looking backdrops, you’re SOL.
  5. The vastness of X3 means its replay value is extremely high. For gamers looking for an offline version of "EVE" or a slightly more cerebrally taxing version of the popular "Freelancer" then X3: Reunion might just be the very thing you need.
  6. Bolder souls, as interested in commerce as they are in combat, can buy with much greater confidence.
  7. 30
    The experience of playing this game can be roughly compared to swimming through a pile of sewage to get to a diamond ring. There's a great game buried in the coded-up wreckage that comes out of the X3: Reunion box; it's probably not worth the effort to dig for it, though.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 129
  2. Negative: 45 out of 129
  1. HohnD.
    Jul 26, 2006
    10
    It;s a very, very deep game, sad that it has so low score... Do you remember the Elite game from the 1980's? That's it! But 1000 It;s a very, very deep game, sad that it has so low score... Do you remember the Elite game from the 1980's? That's it! But 1000 times better! Expand
  2. BryanH.
    Feb 22, 2007
    10
    If your into long game play and like great space graphics. Then this one is it.
  3. Vitez
    Jan 30, 2010
    10
    The best and most addicting game ever. I've been playing it since the release, and didn't get bored of it. Those who gave it low The best and most addicting game ever. I've been playing it since the release, and didn't get bored of it. Those who gave it low scores simply don't realise that this isn't a game where you push "Start" and suddenly you're the "supreme ruler of the universe who is best in everything". This is not an FPS where opponents die after one shot but you survive everything. X3 takes time to get into, thanks to the huge universe, the variety, the freedom etc etc. Storytelling is a "bit" clumsy, but you don't have to follow it. I have high expectations for games and X3 jumped over it and flew straight to the stars. This is not Elite or Privateer, nor EVE; this is X. Comparing it to other titles is useless, and comparing it to EVE is stupidity at its highest..Egosoft was always friendly eversince I registered there 5 years ago, and always helped me (unlike other developers who say "I'll get on in ASAP" and never respond. So, if you don't want a GOOD, but the BEST space game, then I recommend Reunion. Expand
  4. JanH.
    Nov 5, 2005
    9
    Gameplay is excellent but the recurring problems evident in it's predecessors, X BTF and X2 are present in X3 as well, Graphics gets Gameplay is excellent but the recurring problems evident in it's predecessors, X BTF and X2 are present in X3 as well, Graphics gets choppy on the fastest systems and it takes some system tweaking to get the game running well, once it runs it is a brilliant game that will steal many hours from your life and probably even break a marriage or two. Expand
  5. DustinR
    Feb 24, 2008
    5
    I did a fair amount of research trying to find a post-Freelancer "modern" Space Sim... ended up choosing X3: Reunion. After playing, or I did a fair amount of research trying to find a post-Freelancer "modern" Space Sim... ended up choosing X3: Reunion. After playing, or trying to play, for several days on end, I've pretty much given up on it. Instead of writing pages upon pages going into minute details on how I feel about it, I'll summarize it with a quick Pros/Cons list: Pros: Decent/good graphics, inexpensive (I purchased it for $19.95 via Steam), X-Universe seems large and like it would take a lot of time to explore it all. Cons: Stability (even with the latest drivers, clean system, and every other game I owe working fine, this game just wouldn't stay running longer than an hour or so. Crashes weren't consistent, sometimes minutes into a game, sometimes an hour, sometimes when docked, sometimes when engaging a hostile. But, one thing was for certain, they are a game-killing element.), boring (the possibilities for open-ended gameplay seemed great, but I actually found myself bored many times, just trying to find work and/or hostiles to engage; when I did rarely run into hostiles, they were almost always equipped much better than my ship, and quickly out-gunned me. The large systems which at first seemed promising, instead ended up being a chore to traverse, taking what seemed like forever), controls (the interface is much more complicated than say Freelancer... at first this seemed useful since honestly, Freelancer is somewhat lacking on depth of interface/controls, but ended up being too complicated... too many keys to remember), camera/view (again, perhaps swayed by my previous experience with Freelancer and other Space Sims, really was looking for a "dynamic" third-person view of my ship... can switch to external view, and manually rotate the camera POV via the number pad, but a "turret view" where the mouse would freely rotate the camera would be much more appreciated.), cheesy voice acting. Overall, the stability problems I encountered (and couldn't resolve), along with the over-complication of some game elements, and lack of more practical features, ended up making this a disappointing purchase. Its sad that there just doesn't seem to be a truly modern Elite/Privateer Space Sim that delivers. Expand
  6. Neil
    Aug 18, 2006
    3
    I guess 3 is a good score seeing as i just can't get into this game. And please before i get slagged for being a computer playing I guess 3 is a good score seeing as i just can't get into this game. And please before i get slagged for being a computer playing one-night-stand kinda guy i do like my strategy games and i do invest time into deep games. But X3 promises so much and delivers so little. I agree it comes so close to being an all time classic, but then all time classics never had so many people slag it off. No tutorial on a mass interstella giant of a game is not only ridiculous but down right lazy. I guess it would have pushed the release date back but cmon!! Yes a generous 3 from me. Expand
  7. MaxM.
    Nov 18, 2005
    0
    IF this gamewas X3 it would be superb,BUT it is simply an expansion that was sold as a full game,..it`s bugged and broken to an almost IF this gamewas X3 it would be superb,BUT it is simply an expansion that was sold as a full game,..it`s bugged and broken to an almost illegal degree,...it runs terribly [if at all] on monster machines...a miriad of features were removed...and very little added,...the official forums is awash with complaints and ranting,..but they do promise to "fix it",...but as it is its a pale comparison to its earlier incarnations,....waiting till oct-nov 2006 is the best bet to get to see the complete game,...as the present release is only half finished and only a lucky few can run it,or complete the plotline. Expand

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