If you want a good space sim, where you get to do whatever you want in a vast universe... go buy X3: Albion Prelude, not this piece of junk.
Even with all the patches and updates that this game has received, it has hardly improved at all. It is horribly optimized and very buggy, with many features poorly explained, explained incorrectly, or just not explained at all.
The storyline is rushed and muddled, forcing the player through mind-numblingly boring missions, for factions that you don't care about, with several jumps and gaps that made me feel like I was missing information. Even X3 had a better plot, and trust me, that's really saying something.
Your companion is incredibly annoying, and frequently yells at your ship AI system for no reason, which is even more annoying than the ship AI itself.
Speaking of your ship, it's a piece of garbage, and can for some strange reason only use one gun at any time, a monumental change to combat compared to all other X series games. You can upgrade some parts of your ship to make it slightly less garbage, but in general you'll wish you could take some other ships for a fly-out. But no, you're stuck in the Albion Skunk. To make a bad situation worse, if you want to capture a ship that someone else has bailed from, to add it to your squad, you need to have a spare pilot already on your ship. Apparently all these ships lost all that autonomous AI tech that was around 60 (in-universe) years ago.
I can see where Egosoft was trying to go with this game, and I was willing to give them time to work on and improve this game, but now, after 2 expansions, 4 major versions, and 3 years, the game still has horrible UI, optimization, characters, cutscenes, dialogue, and interaction. Trading is a convoluted mess, combat is boring, exploration feels tedious, and in general, this is not a fun game to play.
So, I urge you, go look for something else. There are some fantastic space sims out on the market now, or about to be released. If you don't have the budget for something triple-A, X3: Albion Prelude and X3: Terran Conflict are both far superior to this game, and often go on sale for under $10.
Purchased this game when it was first released. Promptly uninstalled it because it was terrible. Now with 4.0 the game is great. I need to compliment the developers for sticking to their game and getting it done. I have seen many games where the developers chalked a game up as a fail and just moved on leaving everyone who purchased it out to dry. Yes, this game was not great at the beginning but it is now so if you haven’t tried it yet you con confidently try it out now. If you didn’t like it before, just swallow your grumbles and give it a try not for what it was but what it is now. Without your baggage from before you might just find yourself enjoying it.
While I acknowledge that Egosoft has put quite a bit of work into fixing the game after its official release, I still consider it unfinished. I have now spent about five hours playing the latest version of the game in campaign mode and am still dissatisfied with the current version of the game. The subtitles are still not in sync with the speech and the campaign is still unbalanced/buggy.
In future, I will not so blindly buy a game from Egosoft again on release day.
3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
1,691.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
X rebirth has been a huge dissappointment since launch, the Teladi Outpost DLC was originally offered for free to the people who purchased the broken heap of trash that was originally released before it was playable, but it's apparent now that Egosoft will never make enough money to pay for their broken game so they're blindly releasing cheap DLC and raising the price on free DLC to try to salvage their losses once more. X3 is still a bigger/better game
0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I recommend peeps look at Shallow Space. Still in early access - but whatever happens it will still be better than hot, steaming pile of X
The launch betrayal, Steam and Egosoft refusal to refund me despite the 2hr game time (damn you Rob) forever condemns this game and future Egosoft products to 'Do Not Recommend'.
I don't care how much lipstick you slather on this filthy pig of a game, this is still not a real 4X game. The economy is still fake y'all. It's been 3 years since release and the betrayal is still fresh. I even tossed my salad over the thought of suing you over false advertising. I spill visceral mayo over envisioning Egosoft shutting down.
Anyway~ I'm going to set my diary to update this every 30 days. This is what happens when you turn the most ardent fan into an enemy by ruining their birthday present 3 years ago.
Now that the bugs have been mostly fixed after 4.0 I am very much enjoying this game. Yes its not a X4 and very much different from the X3 AP/R style. Play it for what it is a new game in our old univierse.
I have been playing W/o Mods and feel its pretty good, probably great with mods but will wait for that after I beat the plot.
I have not gotten too far into this game for one reason. The optimization of this game is still terrible even from when it released and yes I have updated my drivers for Nvidia for the game and it still runs very poorly. I am unable to maintain even 60 fps in this game on ultra or higher settings, which is ridiculous as this game does not look anywhere near as good as Elite Dangerous which, on my older specs, ran even better than my new upgraded computer. And if you say oh, but X Rebirth has more going on in its world. Ok, how about this? Space Engineers runs perfectly well on my system and it has a LOT more going on and I have rendering distances and everything else set to max on it and I ALWAYS get more than 60 frames per second. The only time it dips is when tons of physics objects are smashing around. So on that note I would say if you have a really high end system which is more high end than mine then go for it and see if you like it or not, but if you are on a lower end system than what I am running stray away and just wait for No Man's Sky or go pick up Elite Dangerous.
Combat feels very dull and very repetitive to me. This may vary from player to player. Of course Skyrim has this same issue, but it still does well so if you don't really care too much about the combat system then ignore this.
And thats it....
That was all I did during my 5 hours in this game. It was all I could withstand the lag or low settings on. After that I just got bored and ended up going back to my Chivalry: Medieval Warfare addiction. I do not think this is a great game due to the horrible lag issues I have been dealing with, but if you have a really good system you may think differently.