Posted: April 25
Bought this one a whim and still can't seem to figure out what on earth I am supposed to do after a a couple of missions. It looks pretty, so I just use it to benchmark my gaming system... lol
EDIT FOR CLARITY: I feel that I owe you more of an explanation of my feelings than this. First off, X3 looked promising - I'm really into space-sim games and I've played quite a few; I remember playing Freelancer to death as a kid. It's a genre with a lot of depth and has the ability to go from arcade-y to super-simulation. Road Rash on one end, Gran Turismo on the other, and each have their own audiences and level of accessibility.
X3 is a pretty game, it is a complex game, and it has a lot of depth.The issue arises when one considers the topic of accessibility. Complexity is a plus point when gamers are able to grasp it and appreciate it, as long as it does not take away from the overall experience. I played X3 for half an hour, didn't know what I was doing, exited out and opened up youtube and looked for guides. I spent the next two hours simply figuring out how to do things and I'd like to say it helped. I honestly tried, I came back and gave it a shot. And yet, it didn't hook me. There was something oddly unmotivating about playing this title. I daresay I felt a bit of fatigue and a feeling of, "why am I doing this?" Decided to stop and come back later.
I gave X3 a few more tries in brief spurts over the next few days, but it just didn't get to me. I found other titles which I enjoyed way more and hence moved on. It has since been sitting in my library unplayed - maybe one day I'll give it a shot again when I have nothing else on my to-do list.
I've played games with stupidly high difficulty curves before. I'm competitive by nature when it comes to gaming/sports. I'd even draw a comparison between X3 and EVE ONLINE and admit that while X3 didn't stick with me, EVE did, and I played a decent amount of it and had a good time. The problem with X3 for me, is the fact that it is difficult to access unless you have oodles of time and patience to devote, and if you do, all the better for you because I've been told this title is a good game and I would really like to agree with that. A commenter mentioned that I'd need to put in over 15 hours of playtime to even begin to grasp the basics of this game - if you ask me, I do not think that is worth it FOR ME, and possibly for others. I give a title 3-4 hours to capture my attention and if I see a glimmer of hope I stick by it. I've played through League of Legends and DOTA's rash beginner stages of PvP, grinded it out in MMOs and I enjoyed THAT but not this. As it stands, I cannot, based on my own experience with it, recommend this game, but maybe X3 will change my mind some day in the future and I'll be glad I gave it another chance. Maybe.
With that being said, if you really have the time to devote, go ahead all the power to you, I wish you luck. If, however, you don't think you're willing to devote the resources into an experience I've found to be less promising than plenty of other titles out there, move along.