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The X-Universe
« on: 20 Aug 2013, 10:34 »

I've already seen multiple people here posting about games from the X series.

I've been a great fan since when I've got the X2 Collectors Edition. To be honest, sometimes I still feel like X2 is my favourite game from the series.

The problem with me and these games is that I never found enough time to really play these games. For me it's mostly flying around, buying ships and stations, and then flying into an Argon Mammoth or something.

Because of that way of playing I often fly M5s. I still kinda long after X2's Paranid Pegasus which could reach 1009m/s.

Until yesterday I never even played X3:TC or AP. I tried AP yesterday, and it takes some time getting used to it, but I guess I can live with it, now that I've found the classic mode for input. (I don't really care about mouse input, I play with my Saitek X52, but it annoyed me with the sidebar always on and such. And I want a way to turn off all these frickin hints.)

And from today on you can preorder X Rebirth.
I'm a little sceptical about that game. It would force me to really play this game… I mean I can't really fly from sector to sector buying new ships… (In case you didn't know, you can't change your ship in X Rebirth. In that way it resembles X:BtF) But the leaving your ship and entering stations is something I always wanted. And we get a cockpit again!

So what are your thought about these games?
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #1 on: 21 Aug 2013, 08:38 »

Wait, you can't change ships in Rebirth?  Can you still own/control a fleet, though?

I enjoyed TC, but never came close to "finishing" it.  It's a fun but complicated space sandbox imo.  But yeah, one I didn't really have the time to plumb the depths of.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #2 on: 21 Aug 2013, 08:56 »

Yep, in Rebirth you can't change ships. You have to use the "Albion Skunk" (during development it was called "Pride of Albion", a better name imho…), a M6. You will be able to upgrade it of course, you can remote control drones to perform various tasks, and I'm pretty sure you can still organise a large fleet. Otherwise the whole trading character of the game would be lost, and I don't think they're going that way.

I've finally started playing TC in a story mode (usually I just start a custum game, to disable the story). Apart from getting killed three times in a row at the end of a half hour mission (:x) it's fun. When I continue playing I'll focus more on trading and earning a little money before starting that mission again. That pirate will be shocked when I arrive with a nice, upgraded M3 :-D.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #3 on: 21 Aug 2013, 09:07 »

The problem with trading is once you start, imo, you never really go back to the story line.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #4 on: 21 Aug 2013, 14:29 »

wait wait wait what are we talking about?

Because i'm totally listening, I've been jonesing for a space sandbox.

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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #5 on: 21 Aug 2013, 14:55 »

German space sim. The titles are X: Beyond the Frontier, X-Tension is an extension for that game, X2: The Threat, X3: Reunion, X3: Terran Conflict, X3: Albion Prelude and the title which is supposed to be released in November is X: Rebirth.

It's a very big universe, has a big background history (though some of that has become less important in the current games), multiple races, and is a great game in general.

There are so many options what you can do in there, you'll hardly ever get bored. You can create a giant industrial empire (with big space station complexes which produce several products, and automated ships transporting and selling them), you can fight against pirates and Xenon or Kha'ak (evil aliens), you can live as a pirate, you can pilot a large fleet of ships or fly a small fighter, you can even work as a police officer (kinda).

A little bit about the background history of the Universe:

The people on earth created an experimental jump gate, for interstellar space travel, which to their surprise connected itself to a large network of other jumpgates. They start colonising planets with terraforming AIs. At some point, because of a faulty update, these AIs go rogue and start terraforming already colonised planets, killing everybody. The AIs are able to increase their abilities in every generation, and became almost unstoppable. When the terraformers attacked Earth a large group of battleships lured them through the jumpgate, which was destroyed afterwards. Through that Earth was saved. There was a large battle on the other side of the jumpgate, and the surviving humans settled there. After a while they forgot about their origins, and started calling themselves "Argon", similar to some of the other races they've encountered on the other side. There is an cephalopod race called "Boron", there is a reptilian race called "Teladi", and there are the humanoid "Split" and "Paranids". These races call the terraformers "Xenon".

X: Beyond the Frontier starts at that point, and you play the first human to reach this area from Earth in almost thousand years. In X2 you play the son of this human and encounter a new alien race which becomes a threat for everybody, the Kha'ak. In the course of the X3 games you finally manage to find a way back to earth. The problem is that the Terrans have become very suspicious of aliens after their experiences with the Xenon, sometimes even to the point of xenophobia.

Edit: Damn, I spend too much time on forums. I've corrected the title of X2. It's called X2: The Threat, not X2: The Thread…
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #7 on: 22 Aug 2013, 06:22 »

I picked up Terran Conflict on the cheap on Steam a while ago.  The existing titles go cheap fairly often.

The big downside is complexity.  It's not a simple interface, and it can take some time to figure out how to do everything you want to do.  The complex interface and learning curve come with a complex gameplay, though, so for many the depth of the game is worth it.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #8 on: 22 Aug 2013, 08:08 »

Well, I got the X2: Die Bedrohung (German title) collectors edition, then bought X3: Reunion (before it was on Steam), and then bought the X-Superbox when it came out. Then I finally got to play X:BtF. And, let me tell you, the start of the modern X games is really easy in comparison…

You start in that universe with almost no introduction. You don't have the (what is that "speeding up time" thing called in English? In German it's called SINZA, but I doubt they'd use that name. Singularitätszeitverzerrungsantrieb is a big word…), start with basically no money and need to pay off a Teladi who saved you, so you have to earn some money. The best way to do that is by selling your shield, so you at least have a little bit of seed capital.

Just be careful when you're docking then, cause you don't want to put dents into your only ship…
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #9 on: 22 Aug 2013, 08:41 »

J for JITA for time acceleration
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #10 on: 19 Sep 2013, 12:30 »

So apparently this is the new weekly humble bundle. Zero idea if I want it or not...  :?
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #11 on: 19 Sep 2013, 12:53 »

Get it! Great games for next to nothing.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #12 on: 19 Sep 2013, 17:12 »

Goddamnit Humble.

Still that's a great way for me to get this, since it was on my list.

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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #13 on: 20 Sep 2013, 06:19 »

Yes, yes, yes.  Sometime, I want like a week to just sit at my pc, drink ginger ale, eat junk food, and play x3:TC start to finish.

I may just have to do this.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #14 on: 22 Sep 2013, 01:29 »

holy fucking fuck, do it. Definitely. Do it. This is amongst, maybe even at the top of, the list of my favourite computer games ever.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #15 on: 22 Sep 2013, 02:29 »

I've been meaning to get back to playing TC for a while, but getting back into it is almost work. So many things to remember and get used to again...

Also I'm all giddy for X:Rebirth. There are colors now!
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #16 on: 08 Oct 2013, 23:28 »

So I haven't started *playing* it, but you'll be amused to know that there are both a Faye and a Hannelore in the credits for the original, it turns out.

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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #17 on: 14 Nov 2013, 16:52 »

So, only a few hours until the release of X:Rebirth. I'm excited.
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Re: The X-Universe
« Reply #18 on: 14 Nov 2013, 17:32 »

Let us know how it is.  I love the concept of the x universe, but they do require a time investment

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