Додано: 18 грудня
One very strange and huge game.
If you like the thought of a slow paced sci-fi universe simulator with the potential for extreme micro-management, then this is probably the game for you!
It has a few flaws...
The start scenario I went for dumped me a mere 21 sector jumps away from the start of the main plot line. There is no in game help / hint to guide you on this one. I only found out because eventually I looked on the wiki to see how to start the main quest line.
I clocked up around 50 hours of game play before I even knew how or where to start the main quest line, and I only found that out from a wiki. Just pause on that one for a second and try and think of any other game that happens.
The game will happily offer you missions you can't complete because you don't have the equipment for them. Occasionally you don't find out you don't have the right equipment until you've reached the end of the mission, at which point you may as well load the last saved game and try something else. If you just followed someone across many sectors at <100m/s to find that out .. you may not want to play x3 for a few days.
The auto-pilot is a little derpy. It's not too bad in the smaller station systems, but probably can and will kill you trying to get around the massive Terran stations. In fact the massive Terran stations are so big (and the auto-pilot so derpy) that I've managed to entirely miss combat scenarios because by the time my ship had got around the space station, they'd all been shot down. It takes that long.
In most start scenarios, you start in a pitifully underpowered ship. It's so bad that to begin with, even completing the easiest combat missions is tricky, and you can ignore 99% of the other missions because you don't have life support cargo or the money needed to do them. I can see that aspect putting a lot of people off. The beginning is just a horrible grind with none of the upgrades to make it more bearable, and not enough cargo space or cash to make trading profitable.
So what do you do? Go wiki hunting. Find some abandoned ships, get them, sell or equip them, and begin to get a slight grip on the game. Noteworthy: This is a game you will almost certainly give up on if you don't read the wiki, and if you consider grabbing a few abandoned ships via the wiki as cheating .. then you will probably give up if you don't cheat.
If you ignore all that, there is a vast, complex universe out there waiting for you to spend hours and hours carefully constructing your own empire and fleets of ships. That's your basic deal with this game. Flawed & slow vs. a lot of potential for detailed (slow) space empire building.
I'm not sure if I like it or not, but I do load it up from time to time and get a little further.
Note: My hours look low on Steam for this game, because I don't run Steam to play it.