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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (552 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 15, 2011

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X3: Albion Prelude 3.0 - Shady Business update is Now Available! With the Shady Business Update X3: Albion Prelude receives three unique new plot lines, Linux/Steamplay support, and for the first time can be completely controlled with gamepads!.

NEW FEATURES:

  • Controller mode to play the X3 games on a big screen TV
  • The “Shady Business” plot
  • The “Corporation Troubles” plot
  • The “Breaking Grounds” plot
  • New ship, new sectors, new gamestarts and new generic missions
  • Largest X Universe so far

About This Content

X3: Albion Prelude is the latest game in the X3 space game series. TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD, THINK in a living and breathing universe. A new plot and many additions to the open free-form gameplay.

A Bridge Between the Old and New X Universe

X3: Albion Prelude plays in a time between the old and the new X Universe. It shows a universe in flux, and prepares players for things to come. The old X Universe is passing; a new X Universe is about to be created.

War!

The X universe is undergoing a period of massive change. What started as a conflict of interest between the Earth and the races of the X Universe has now escalated into a full scale war. Play a part in a war scenario bigger than anything the X Universe has ever seen before!

Corporations Compete for Control of the Future

With the war as a backdrop, corporations old and new are vying for power and are driving the X Universe in a new direction. A technological breakthrough will soon allow massive accelerators, forming highways in space and allowing the economy to expand on an unprecedented scale. Highways, a key feature of X: Rebirth, are not yet ready, but you can see them being built and participate in the power struggles around the construction of much larger self sustaining economies.

Key features:

  • A new plot throws you into the power struggle between corporations at a time of war.
  • New Stock Exchange feature allows advanced investment strategies
  • Improved graphics quality setting for high end machines
  • Improved UI introducing charts to visualize economic developments
  • Support for head tracking
  • Note: X3: Albion Prelude will not be compatible with save-games from X3: Terran Conflict.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista SP1, XP SP2
    • Processor: Pentium® IV or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 3D DirectX 9 Compatible video card (not onboard) with Pixel Shader 1.1 support
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
    • Sound: Soundcard (Surround Sound support recommended)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista SP1, XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 3D DirectX 9 Compatible video card (not onboard) with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
    • Sound: Soundcard (Surround Sound support recommended)
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7 (Lion)
    • Processor: Pentium® IV or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: "256MB OpenGL 2.0+ discrete NVIDIA/AMD card or Intel Core i7-2620M"
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: "512MB OpenGL 3.0+ discrete NVIDIA/AMD card"
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 lts
    • Processor: Pentium® IV or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: "256MB OpenGL 2.0+ discrete NVIDIA/AMD card (with proprietary driver) or Intel Core i7-2620M with mesa 9.0"
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 lts
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: "512MB OpenGL 3.0+ discrete NVIDIA/AMD card (with proprietary driver)"
    • Hard Drive: 10GB of free space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
258.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
The metacritic review score, in this case, I would personally say is innaccurate. This game is immense, with a small price tag for the hours you can get out of it.

If I had to describe the game to someone, I would call it a singleplayer EVE online. But not only that, its a game where at the beginning you can scratch out a living as a trader in a universe with a living economy, or you can take part in skirmishes to fight your way to the top. Thing that I love about this game is the fact that say a pilot bails from a target ship, or you purchase a new ship. You can actually issue orders via a command console to any of your ships, including your current ship. Now of course you can fly them all yourself as well and take part in dog fights, launch boarding parties at vessels, or even later in the game take part in capital vs. capital ship battles. You could start a trading empire and purchase software for trade ships under your command where they act autonomously, seeking deals across the galaxy in your name. My point here is, the ability to loadout ships and amass fleets essentially means that if you choose so, you can turn the game into an RTS. The game can be as hands on as you make it, basically.

Not to mention, you can purchase and construct space stations and factories yourself, impacting the economy. Prices rise and fall across sectors, a stock market exists impacted by station construction or destruction, and various races have different products. You have reputation with these factions as well, and there are randomly generated missions that appear constantly at stations during play. You can pick sides in a large scale conflict between two of the factions, or go after a specific race yourself in a bid to become a pirate lord.

As I mentioned above, the game has immense potential for fun here. Being a sandbox game however, I will say the storyline missions for this game are poor. Sometimes bugs occur, your auto pilot can run you into things, etc. However, the flaws i've seen are vastly outshined by the positives, IMO. The graphics arent extremely good, as can be expected from a title getting a few years older now. No performance problems to mention except for occasional slow down during large battles, particle effect apocalypses, and certain nebulous sectors. The game IS also running calculations for an immense number of things in the background though!

One other large thing to mention is there was quite a large modding community for this game. I personally run the X Rebalance Mod, and it has made my game much better, fixing and filling out features. Recommend it as well, though there are plenty of other mods out there worth checking out too. I will say modding here is not quite as easy as say, skyrim, using the workshop to place the new files automatically.

+ Combat is thoroughly enjoyable, dogfights with fighter class ships a favorite, ducking in and out of capital ship fire
+ Diversity in styles and types of ships, i enjoy diversifying my fleet
+ Nonviolent methods to amass wealth and power as well, using trade to satisfy requirements for sectors
+ Large number of mods out there
+ RTS style commands for your ships

~ Graphics are looking dated
~ Sandbox haters, steer cleer!

- Bugs are occasional, but often when it rains it pours: autopilot & asteroids dont mix!
- Collisions: Your ships can seem magnetized. you will become frustrated, trust me. Theres a mod for that though!
- Poor plot missions
- Randomly generated missions can become repetitive
- Difficult learning curve -- There are tutorials and guides!

Plenty of people steer towards a certain type of 'space sandbox' but I for one have found my favorite game in the genre. No telling how many hours I'll end up with.

DISCLAIMER: Haven't played X3:Terran Conflict, or any other X3 game, ONLY X3: Albion Prelude! I've heard X Rebirth was shoddy, don't buy that thinking "its the next game, must be better!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
212.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I've been with the X universe for years. It's one the greatest space games out there next to Homeworld. The ability to go off on your own to build an empire is always great. I recommend this game to anyone who's looking to control massive space fleets including logistics and combat support and build huge factory compex's to support said fleet and make millions of credits in the process. The learning curve isn't as steep as KSP, but any beginner can get the hang of it within a couple hours (and with a little help from roguey).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
162.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Love it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
554.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I spent more time on this game than any other since becoming an adult with a job and bills to pay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
447.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Peerless.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This is THE X-game. While X3: The Threat was amazing, this adds to and tops that game. A strong addition, this is by far the pinnacle of X-style space sims. It's about as approachable as the X series gets, and yet still allows you to do anything.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
200.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great right up until the moment that a bug makes it impossible to complete a mission even when you resort to a save a day prior completely invalidating all your progress.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
5/5 best space game

better than star citizen
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
140.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
5 star game. tottally awesome.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
If you like space simulators then this is the game for you!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
162.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This deserves to be called the the best X game yet, not just because X3: Rebirth is beyond any hope of redemption.

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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 1
well i can write a review and i dont even own this game so ill rate this 10/10. hope you find this useful when buying this game

Thanks
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208.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Get this game and say good bye to your friends and family. You can do anything and what you do ACTUALLY MATTERS.
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80 of 83 people (96%) found this review helpful
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
If you live a life where you already don't have any friends, have no hope of ever having a girlfriend, and have given up on the idea of healthy productivity in favor of being a waste of talent then I would say this is the game for you. Otherwise you best steer clear for fear of tripping and falling down a rabbit hole from whence your real life will never return. Im only slightly joking.

There are two games I have ever played that I truly love on one hand and truly regret on the other. The first is Dark Souls, which drained away my entire year of 2011. The second, is this game and its predecessor, Terran Conflict. I have played X3 for probably 1000 hours and it was a major contributing factor to my college GPA dropping seriously about 3 full tenths of a point and leading to a few failed classes that I had to stay an extra semester to retake. There were other factors too dont get me wrong, but seriously if you don't have a healthy lifestyle to fall back on and you are a sucker for space sim type games this game might hook you and never let go until one day you stumble out of your apartment, blinded by the sun, realizing you havent shaved in 8 months and have lost 30 pounds and arent sure what year it is or what happened to your life or any of the people you used to know. It is simultaneously the best and most dangerous thing you can buy for twenty dollars. Whats sadder still is my hard drive failed and so I literally have nothing to show for at least 800 hours of my life. Holy Sh!t.

I tell you all this because theres no way to sum up what you can actually do in the game in any reasonable amount of words, but heres a few useful bits I have divided rather arbitrarily into 3 good points and 3 not as good points.

Good stuff:

1: Think of EVE Online, except its a single-player sandbox with about 200+ beautiful sectors populated by about 8 races, each with their own ships, technologies, stations, food supply chains, goods, etc.

2: You also can actually fly your ship (theres hundreds to choose from, some you'll have to capture but seriously you'll find something you love) itself with wasd or a joystick and dogfight unlike in EVE.

3: You can basically do whatever you want from escorting passengers or assassinating criminals to mining manually or by setting up individual stations, fill holes in the economy to help AI fractions or build self-sustaining war fleets or illegal drug empires and supply chains that exist only in a single sector or stretch across the universe via automated trade fleets operating out of closed-loop complexes. You can of course be a pirate too, ejecting marines out of you cargo hold and watch them jet-pack onto a ship and cut their way through the hull and kill everything inside while you delicately keep the ships shields down on the outside (otherwise your poor meat-puppets will fry and you'll be ♥♥♥♥ed cause training them is time sucking and expensive). You can command huge fleets by piloting one ship, waiting till its on its last leg, ejecting into space, and teleporting into the cockpit of another one within 15km of you and keep hopping around as needed, some engagements can go on for a few hours if you want them too. Heck you can even be a bloody day trader using the stock market.

The less good parts (and things to take note of to help you).

4: The interface takes some getting used to as its not all that intuitive but theres so many options and key bindings that I can see why making one would be hard. You also need to remember that software upgrades and racial notoriety are the keys usually to success in the game. You also need to pay attention to what areas need what goods and set up satellite networks to watch prices and supplies.

5: The vanilla universe can be a bit dry though because the AI factions and even the pirates arent always aggressive enough towards you or each other. The economy can also kind of sputter out in certain areas if you don't help it out. That said, I highly recommend you go to the Egosoft forumsd an download either the X-Tended Mod or the XRM mod as that will solve this problem. You wont be able to get achievements but who cares about that anyway? It also might disable the plot but the plot missions are soo long and absurd for such little story in return that most players dont bother and just create thier own roleplay story as the play in the sandbox.

6: I find managing large fleets to be difficult as there just arent enough options available for commanding large groups of them in meaningful ways. The combination of SETA and autopilot can make things either crash into staions occasionally or make AI ships circle each other forever without ever being able to accurately hit each other. Little bugs here and there like jumping through a gate in a large ship and accidentally ramming into a smaller ship on the other side and killing it, so the po-po comes after you. Large trade fleets are tough to cause you rely so much on remote piloting by software commands and it becomes tough to keep track of them all and rememebring what routes you have going where, what sectors to avoid because of the Xenon and whatnot. Again scripts and mods can fix a lot of this stuff though and I HIGHLY recommend modding the game as any issue you have with it or any added feature you would want someone has though of on Egosoft forums and has made a script for it. The community is really helpful and dedicated, though it has shrunk some because of the unforgivable mess known as X;Rebirth I should also mention theres a few exploits in the game too like nVidium mining and stock market abuse.

I hope you find this review to be of some use to you. Be aware of what happened to me and tread carefully. Its a great game for those with patience, intellect, and no hope of success in the real world. It is probably a grave risk for anyone else. If you do take the plunge on an X game though, this is the one to get.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
228.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Albion Prelude is one of the best space simulation games that I've ever played. The game can seem daunting at first. When I first bought it I would try to play 15 minutes, get overwhelmed at the choices and then not play it again for a month. I finally spent some time on YouTube learning the ins and outs of the game and promptly played the hell out of it for months after.

If you have no interest in spending time learning a game outside of playing it (and I wouldn't blame you) then don't pick up Albion Prelude. However if you want to play an open ended game where you can create a trade empire, assault a capital ship with your marine squad, build your own space station, and fight hostile alien races. Then give X3 a try.

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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
One of the best space sims right now
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
158.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
An interesting game which has quite the potential. I found the storyline part to be rather short and possibly rushed which I found to be a little sad. There are however other small story quests with other races that can be played during and after the story line. For the most part it is well balanced excepting when you cannot immediately identify what class of ship in the info bit. Overall a great game with lots of potential for expansion by modders.

Additional; The Hub plot I have found to be quite good as it gives you a chance to cap Terran ships without the added Osaka class ships that are gunning for ya. The Player HQ makes a return and is sweet as like the last time. I found the Aran to be way under powered as far as it's movement went and personally think that the ship ought to have had a similar function as the shipyard as far as repairs go.

The shady business plot and the Corporation Troubles were sadly rather lacklusture as it looks very much like they pinched the quests from modders without the voicing. The Shady business one is, as a commenter mentioned, difficult. Haven't finished it yet but think maybe it could have been added in after the breaking grounds one where you get your own sector, which I found sweet but again sadly lacklusture as one side borders a warzone and the other pirates. I think maybe they ought to have swapped the pirate sector with either a Commonwealth Sector or maybe an empty sector for travelling traders as the large amount of mining resources makes it perfect for a MASSIVE complex and a perfect spot to hook in a Player HQ for ship building. The idea of removing all the pipes for complexes in this case is advisable.

The Stock exchange is a GODSEND with it's quick money making potential. My recommendation is to stick mostly with the corporation and business one and not the comodities for quicker returns. Eve then keep to the smaller businesses as much as possible. Plutarch, in my save, has gone from near worthless to pure gold in like a second making me 5 Mil profitsssss. That said all the corporations have little movement up or down as the businesses are more changing. After using it a little, and a little knowledge of economics, can have you at 100 Mil in around a real time day tops. Just remember that at a selling viewpoint the higher the index the more likely there will be a looooooooooooooooooong wait for profitssss.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Even after 2.0 it's still kinda buggy but not nearly as much. A bit slow and frustrating at certan points in the story but I kinda like it. It's certanly hard to build stations compared to the old games and capturing ships is alot more fun =)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Man...i don't even know where to start. Ok, this game has a decent learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it's awesome!

You will never stop learning new things and for me that is a big plus, it keeps me engaged and excited. If you want you can get the bundle and get both X3 Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude both are very fun.

X3 reminds me of a EvE Online single player version, you can trade, build, fight, and much much more.

Like i said, there is a bit of a learning curve but there are youtube guides that walk you through some of the professions and you quickly get the hang of the game, you can look up CdrDave (X3TC Walkthrough), the walkthrough will work with both Terran Conflict and Albion Prelude since they are basically the same game.

I give this game a 10/10 and there are hundreds and hundreds of hours to sink into this game. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Spent almost 100 hours playing, still have no idea what I'm doing, 10/10 would play the stock market again.
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