• Publisher: Egosoft
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 2018
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  • Summary: X4: FOUNDATIONS, the long awaited sequel in the successful X series, brings our most sophisticated universe SIMULATION ever. Fly every ship, EXPLORE space or manage an empire; TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD and THINK carefully, while you embark on an epic journey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 18, 2018
    80
    If you dream of a single-player Star Citizen, or loved games like Freelancer, then this space sandbox will be a breath of fresh air in a much too sparsely populated genre. However, even though X4 is more accessible than X1–X3, it’s not a casual game. You have to work to figure out the mechanics behind Foundations, and if you put in the time, you’ll be rewarded with an experience that can last 100 hours or more.
  2. Dec 28, 2018
    75
    Foundations is more of the same niche-scratching space exploration from previous iterations with a more immersive feel and I can't wait to dive back into my personal galaxy. For those that have been watching the X series from the outside, Foundations is a great entry point, provided you meet the beefy system requirements.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    70
    An ambitious, complex sandbox space game that allows you to do almost anything from spacewalking to commanding a carrier with a fleet of ships onboard. A steep learning curve and an inconsistent interface mar an excellent return for Egosoft’s flagship series.
  4. Jan 14, 2019
    60
    Miles better than the technical disaster X Rebirth, X4 is still far away from its clearly recognizable ideal state.
  5. Dec 25, 2018
    55
    X4: Foundations is a far superior game to the last outing and is already on the right path to success, thanks to Egosofts diligent work in fixing issue s and enhancing the game. However, in its current state, it's still lacking core elements that help to make the game what it could be. Thanks to a broken in-game economy and an almost non-existent story, it can force you down paths and become boring, quickly. However, improvements to the war system has nullified this to an extent. It's a game on the rise and one to keep an eye on, likely worth buying in the near future.
  6. Mar 5, 2019
    50
    Just as its name says, this game is a great foundation for a really massive and great open world sandbox space adventure, where it's your choice to write your own destiny and play any way you want. But the massive and game breaking bugs simply stop players from delving more into it.
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    33
    Make no mistake: This is still better than Rebirth. Having said that, Foundation not only is flawed in so many areas, but also is light years away from the series former glory and definitely not a game to shorten the waiting time for Star Citizen...

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 63
  2. Negative: 27 out of 63
  1. Mar 31, 2020
    10
    Since Split Vendetta and 3.0 release, X4 Universe has drastically grown in its size, a lot of sectors were added. Besides, new ships wereSince Split Vendetta and 3.0 release, X4 Universe has drastically grown in its size, a lot of sectors were added. Besides, new ships were added, as well as new visual effects, more amazing soundtrack, more storylines. The new game starts bring novel goals for players. Actually, falling in love with this game again! Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    It seems egosoft has learned a tremendous lesson after the failure that was x-rebirth.
    The game play functions so much missed in the previous
    It seems egosoft has learned a tremendous lesson after the failure that was x-rebirth.
    The game play functions so much missed in the previous game as for instance space legs and flying any ship have been brought into the game.
    graphical wise it looks good and the performance is decent for a small team like this.
    all in all i think egosoft did a great job.
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  3. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    TL;DR : the reports about bugs are just propaganda by Elite Dangerous fan boys or by those that refuse to learn the game. X games are aTL;DR : the reports about bugs are just propaganda by Elite Dangerous fan boys or by those that refuse to learn the game. X games are a simulation and as such require you to be intelligent.

    X4:F is best thought of as X:Rebirth v2. It has the features that made the classic X-series great like able to pilot multiple ships; fleets; fleet commands; wingman; gates; auto pilots; whilst also having some of the good features in X:R like a more modern look. Station scanning is still there but is no longer a requirement. Gone is the requirement that you have to dock and rely on the awkward FPS walking sim to do all trading. Once you dock you can do trading from your cockpit and later if you have a trading computer can do so from space and even tell your fleet to go pick it up.

    The part I love the most is the map. It is fantastic. The ability to look for best buy-sell just by applying powerful filters and zooming out the map is very efficient, fast and a fresh take on doing trading.
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  4. Dec 8, 2018
    7
    Is release egosoft... so is "beta" release.
    First impact:
    Much bug, much thing not work, much content not avaible (manual,description
    Is release egosoft... so is "beta" release.
    First impact:
    Much bug, much thing not work, much content not avaible (manual,description weapon)
    I hope in 2-3 months will a good game, and get good vote.
    My vote for now is 6
    First week after release:
    Egosoft patch 4 times, game now is playable and much bug fixed.
    Much content not avaible (manual,description weapon)
    By 6 to 7
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  5. Dec 6, 2018
    4
    sadly, it is in the state of an early access game, not a finished release. See with the future updates but for now is not worth the money and the time
  6. Dec 2, 2018
    2
    The more you play, the worse it gets.

    I could list all the errors, bugs, unfinished, not thought-through and tedious things this game has
    The more you play, the worse it gets.

    I could list all the errors, bugs, unfinished, not thought-through and tedious things this game has to offer but why repeat a buglist.
    This game is full of placeholders and unfinished, hastily half-assed implemented features. At first you are in awe of the beatiful galaxy, the nice ships and how alive it all is (it really is!).
    But the more you play the more tedious it gets to manage stuff, to control stuff, to get things done. The more you notice how almost all of the features are either barebones or just placeholders.
    - The main plot ends abruptly and it ~2h "long".
    - The research function.
    - Encyclopedia is almost empty with things having "No Description" placeholders.
    - A lot of ship/station
    -functions dont work. They just dont work.
    - It all boils down to:
    - No manual.
    - No documentation regarding ship/station/crew/weapons/... functions. You have to guess what stats do, how one weapon is better than the other etc. .
    - No explanation, no reference to look up to what icons mean, what they do. Example: turret settings. You can click 5 different settings, it states nowhere what they do, how they affect behavior.

    I could go on and on but I guess you see the general direction.
    This game is no where near finished. In fact it is so rushed that there is no ressource to tell players how to play this game. And btw. , I have ~800h in X3 TC/AP and about 40h in Rebirth, so I am very familiar with the X-Games.
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  7. May 22, 2020
    0
    Found this game through Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia , disappointed in the quality, going to have to give this one a 0

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