This was an OK game. I emjoyed flying around, blowing ships up, capturing them, adding them to my fleet, watching my fleet and other fleets blow each other up. When i first got this game on release, it was bug ridden, but they did patch out most of those over time. I do play the game pretty modded, but its decently fun (thanks mod community)
I write review because people is complaining aboult bugs etc.I dont have any problems with this game.For me its working fine.Good graphics,easy to learn even for me who has not play these games before.Maybe people does not have brains who is whining aboult that its hard to learn and hard controls.My only problem with this game is that i dont have enough time to play it :)
I came into the X universe when Rebirth was already at 2.50 (Teladi Outpost expansion, free weekend to celebrate) I was hooked enough that I bought the full game the next monday, and have been hooked pretty much since.
A word on the negative criticism: Many of the negative reviews are from the first release cycles, when there were still many (game breaking) bugs, which by now have all been fixed forever ago. Also, players were expecting "X4", which this game was never intended to be, X-Rebirth has quite a different feel, and the emperors new clothes didn't appeal to many of the hardened veterans. EgoSoft has a reputation that they keep caring about their games for multiple years, and the current state of Rebirth (4.x) is a VERY different game than the original, disastrous release. They should have done early access, but that concept hadn't been invented back then (THAT's how long they've been supporting this game!) If you play this, go in with an open mind, and don't hesitate to ask for help on the (very friendly, quite active) egosoft forums, the community is one of the secret super powers to the X universe.
I L.O.V.E. the advancement and empire-building aspect of this game, You start out basically begging for scraps, raiding locker rooms and doing scutwork. But, as you slowly upgrade your ship and your wallet, you can start hijacking those first capital freighters for their cargo, crewing them with the best people (and Split, and Teladi) you can find, and earning your first handfuls of credits selling bigger loads. Exploring the universe for the best deals, and making those first bucketloads of credits, and by now, building space stations left and right to supply those high-margin, high-demand products, keeping track of logistics, supply and demand, and overall fleet composition. In the beginning, I was happy with every 100 creds I scrounged, by now I don't even blink when multiple captains reports making several millions of profit for me in an hour. Huge sense of advancement!
The random missions get repetitive after a while, but they're a still nice diversion and change of pace in between my empire building, and if you pick the ones that take you to new places, they're a great way to explore. Thanks to expansions/DLC, there is a huge universe, that offers something for everyone, and lots of eyecandy everywhere. I have spent literal hours just floating around, looking at the cargo bots going about their jobs, checking out the water sprinklers in the spice gardens, following random civilians, or seeing what the pirates were up to this time. Meditative!
The overal game does have its rough edges, and the combat AI is supremely primitive, so there are several quality-of-life mods that I consider essential. But if you understand that this game was meant to be modded (GREAT modding support!), the sky is the limit.
all X games can be played in a variety of fashions; but if you're into frantic space combat, you're probably better off with some arcade game like Strike Suit Zero; if you're more a strategist or planner, give it a try: It is quite rewarding to dive into that enemy battle-ship, carefully avoiding the damage arcs of the turrets, picking apart the defenses, and sending in your marines. Yet another successful addition to the Otani fleet! The big prize is when you're into empire building, logistics, if so, then X Rebirth will definitely keep you happy for a few hundred hours :-)