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RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 6,553

 I'm pretty sure most have heard of X3 Terran Conflict, but I must say, for a single player game, its depth and complexity can only be matched by its online counterpart, Eve Online.

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  • PyndaPynda Member UncommonPosts: 854

    I think I read something years ago about this game, but it must have fallen off my mental radar. It does look very interesting, and it's available now (the Gold Edition). Thanks, this just may go on my Christmas wish list.

  • spankybusspankybus Member UncommonPosts: 1,366

    I will say that that X3 makes planets feel HUGE!!!

     

    My biggest gripe about EVE is the planets look great until you try to get close to one.

     

    but with X3, man, it makes for a very impressive vista.

     

    its a really great space game...its weird that so many people have never heard of it. I never heard of anything priot to X3 reunion...its very low-key. ./shrug

     

    great, sleeper game!

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  • PyndaPynda Member UncommonPosts: 854

    Err, when I said "looks interesting", I meant what I read (quickly) about the game play. Here's one customer review of the Gold Edition I'll paste in from EBgames.
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    The X games are, in a word - Awesome.

    X3:Terran Conflict is a game I have spent literally thousands of hours in, which is something I seldom have ever done in a single player game.

    The graphics are really detailed and realistic feeling, and it makes you feel awfully small when flying through the huge, beautiful galaxy in your tiny starting ship, or flying up next to a massive capital warship in any given race's home sector. Each sector is unique and different, some have planets, some have nebulae, some are completely empty, and some are filled with a thick pea soup fog that you can barely see through as you travel.

    This newest game in the series is incredibly versatile - in all the X games you can build an empire in several different ways, or a combination of all of them. In Terran Conflict however, they really give you a lot of options as far as missions and choices.

    You can choose to make money by fighting pirates and capturing their ships, then either fixing them up and using them as escorts , freighters or patrol fleets of your own, or sell them for cash.

    You can choose to BE a pirate, and raid any or all of the different races' transport and freight ships, and eventually capture and utilize or sell some of their huge capital frigates, carriers and destroyers.

    You can choose to make your fortune by trading in your own ship, buy other ships and outfit them as you make more and more money, then those ships can go out and trade for you, until you have a huge trading empire.

    You can buy space stations, (once you've made enough cash doing other things!) and place them in advantageous places to make money for you. They will buy and sell resources and products on their own, you just have to set the prices and if you want, set a freighter or two to buy resources for the station and/or sell the products the station makes.

    You can fly around the universe exploring and doing missions for the various stations that are advertizing for help, the missions are a wide variety of choices in and of themselves.

    Build missions, where you can hire a Station Transport ship to build a station at the location specified by the mission. (or if you own your own TL or Station Transport ship you can just buy the station and have it built at the specified place)

    Think missions, sometimes transporting passengers, sometimes scanning asteroids, sometimes retrieving lost ships, sometimes other tasks.

    Fight missions, usually either defending the station from pirates, or patrolling sectors for alien invaders, but sometimes there are assassination missions which can get very lucrative.

    Trade missions, sometimes they want products delivered, sometimes passengers transported, sometimes goods moved, sometimes it's a ship for sale, you decide whether the price is worth it or not.

    My favorite mode of play is a mix of all the above. I start out capping (capturing) pirate ships until I can buy a nice transport ship, then I outfit it and send it off to trade for me. I keep capping pirates and buying more freighters until I have a nice little fleet going. I keep some of the captured pirate ships and set them as escorts for the freighters, set some to patrol sectors I commonly trade in, etc. When I have enough money, I buy what is called a TL class ship, which can transport and place space stations, then the money really starts rolling in, once I get several stations set up and making money. All the while I keep my eyes open for lucrative missions that I can do for extra cash, or ships I can buy at rock bottom prices, and either sell for a profit after I repair them, or use them in my growing fleet.

    You can connect stations together so that they share resources and products, and in this way you can build self-sufficient complexes that don't need to trade with outside people at all, and they can supply products that you can either sell or use in the ships you buy/find/capture. Weapons, shields, electronics, anything you need. There is also a Player Headquarters that you can get by doing one series of missions that is awesome. You can use it to reverse engineer ships of any race, even the aliens and robot enemies if you can capture them. Then you can build those ships any time you want as long as you supply the headquarters with the resources it needs.

    The game is incredibly complex and extensive, with hundreds of different sectors and a bunch of different races that you can either befriend or make enemies with, as you wish. The only races you can't build faction with are the Kha'ak (aliens) and the Xenon. (Robot ships bent on destroying all other intelligence in the universe)

    Oh, and it's got a really cool storyline as well, if you choose to follow it. You can if you wish, or you can totally ignore it and just build your empire from the ground up if you like. You can always go back and do the story later, there's no time limit on starting or continuing it from any point. (except when actually doing any given storyline mission, sometimes there's a time limit on those)

    I have played these games (starting with X2 : The Threat, then X3 : Reunion, now X3 : Terran Conflict) for about 6 years now, and they still take up about 50 percent of my total gaming time, I just keep going back to them, starting new games and trying new ways of conquering the universe. Absolutely the most replayability of any game I have ever purchased, bar none.

    Enjoy!

  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 6,553

     Well, after giving the game a spin, all I can say is WOW...

    Now, I've played Dragon Age: Origins cause I'm a huge fan of fantasy games with great graphics and story. It can't even compare to X3: Terran Conflict though, not even close. I enjoyed Eve Online for the 500+ hours I put into it, but felt like progression was just too slow. Once you start to get the hang of this game, it has to be one of the most addicting games out there for Sci Fi fans.

    For $40 USD, this is definitely worth the investment and couldn't have come out at a better time of the year. For those of you Eve Online fans like me that loved the game but felt they could never rise up to the challenge in a meaningful conflict for supreme power, heres our alternative.

  • BossalinieBossalinie Member UncommonPosts: 723

    I have the game and yes, it is great and very deep...all except for you own ship's AI.

    That definately needs work. Nothing is worse than you actually making a pilot give his ship for you to capture, only to have the AI crash  into you before you can get to a station and save. I don't mind enemies catching my transports undefended, but I absolutely hate AI issue where my wingman crashed into a station, or me, and I lose 2 billion dollar ships...

  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 6,553
    Originally posted by bossalinie


    I have the game and yes, it is great and very deep...all except for you own ship's AI.
    That definately needs work. Nothing is worse than you actually making a pilot give his ship for you to capture, only to have the AI crash  into you before you can get to a station and save. I don't mind enemies catching my transports undefended, but I absolutely hate AI issue where my wingman crashed into a station, or me, and I lose 2 billion dollar ships...



     

    Not exactly sure what happened, why or how, but if I encounter something similar, I'll nod my head in agreement. Cause as of right now, I have yet to have an AI pilot or myself crash into a station, but we shall see.

  • bani789bani789 Member UncommonPosts: 52

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  • SheistaSheista Member UncommonPosts: 1,203
    Originally posted by spankybus


    I will say that that X3 makes planets feel HUGE!!!
     
    My biggest gripe about EVE is the planets look great until you try to get close to one.
     
    but with X3, man, it makes for a very impressive vista.
     
    its a really great space game...its weird that so many people have never heard of it. I never heard of anything priot to X3 reunion...its very low-key. ./shrug
     
    great, sleeper game!

     

    Did you know that the Dominion expansion that was just released completely redid EVE's planets?  Check it out.  :)

  • RavZterzRavZterz Member UncommonPosts: 609
    Originally posted by Rhoklaw


     Well, after giving the game a spin, all I can say is WOW...
    Now, I've played Dragon Age: Origins cause I'm a huge fan of fantasy games with great graphics and story. It can't even compare to X3: Terran Conflict though, not even close. I enjoyed Eve Online for the 500+ hours I put into it, but felt like progression was just too slow. Once you start to get the hang of this game, it has to be one of the most addicting games out there for Sci Fi fans.
    For $40 USD, this is definitely worth the investment and couldn't have come out at a better time of the year. For those of you Eve Online fans like me that loved the game but felt they could never rise up to the challenge in a meaningful conflict for supreme power, heres our alternative.



     

    You got ripped off if you bought it for $40...gogamer madness deal has it for $12 quite often.  Good news is they got rid of their protection with the last patch so you can put it on as many comps as ya want.

    Make games you want to play.

  • IRNUBIRNUB Member Posts: 22

    Most impressive single player game i ever played!



    That is all

  • HYPERI0NHYPERI0N Member Posts: 3,515

    Yea i remember this game best way to start if you want to go the Buisiness empire route is to trade batteries till you can trade something good like Cahoonas then when you can get a solar plant and place it in a area with no solar plants and some factories that need batteries.

     

    I also remember when the first X game came out in the late 90's.

    Another great example of Moore's Law. Give people access to that much space (developers and users alike) and they'll find uses for it that you can never imagine. "640K ought to be enough for anybody" - Bill Gates 1981

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