The Sequel to the award winning X²: The Threat introduces a new 3D engine as well as a new story, new ships and a new gameplay to greatly increase the variety in the X-universe. The economy of X³: Reunion is more complex than anything seen in the X-universe before.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (130 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 3, 2005

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Includes 3 items: X3: Albion Prelude, X3: Reunion, X3: Terran Conflict

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Includes 6 items: X3: Albion Prelude, X3: Terran Conflict, X3: Reunion, X2: The Threat, X: Tension, X: Beyond the Frontier

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The Sequel to the award winning X²: The Threat introduces a new 3D engine as well as a new story, new ships and a new gameplay to greatly increase the variety in the X-universe. The economy of X³: Reunion is more complex than anything seen in the X-universe before. Factories are being built by NPCs, wars can affect the global economy, NPCs can trade freely and pirates behave far more realistically.
The Technology: Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION presents players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a player's actions really can shape the future of the universe.
The new X³ 2.0: Bala Gi Research Missions: The X³ 2.0: Bala Gi Research Missions offers a host of new features and missions, allowing the player to delve deeper than ever before into the X universe.
Space just got a whole lot bigger with the addition of two new sectors and the introduction of the gargantuan Player HQ which allows many exciting new features including the ability to build your own ships and even give them customized space paint finishes. In addition to the new M7 battleship, there is an assortment of new weapons and onboard ship devices to use and explore.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
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    • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/ME/98SE
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1,7GHz or same grade
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB 3D card compatible with Direct X 9
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 2GB available space
    • Sound:
    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: 5GB of free space
    Recommended:

    • OS: 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or AMD® equivalent at 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: "512MB OpenGL 3.0+ discrete NVIDIA/AMD card"
    • Hard Drive: 5GB 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Ah the X Series. I haven't heard anything good about rebirth the latest installment to the series but this review isnt about that. X3: Reunion Was the game that turned me on to the whole series. In fact just thinking about it now is making me want to sink even more hours into a title i have already sank more than what would commonly be called healthy gaming. Once you get past the steep learning curve and learn how to fly and fight and trade effectively, this game suddenly turns into how you would want to live in a future that affords you your own space oddesy. Space suddenly turns into your own playground and you become immersed in a universe that is fully dynamic.

With that said i think this title, X3 Terran conflict and X3 Albion Prelude were accidental. Terran conflict takes place after the events of this title, and adds a Major graphics overhaul. And prelude again expands on the story of Terran conflict as well as this title adding features and interfaces that were touched on in this title but done poorly. It is pretty evident the beauty of this game and the other X3 titles is the immersion of the struggle you are put through to learn, and adapt to the changes that happen around you all while getting the sense of achievement from overcoming and growing from the experiences you encounter.

What these games lack is a sense of person however. You sort of create a character or take on a storyline however you rarely interact as that character. You never really see the character and the universe usually refers to you as pilot. In Reunion, the main story you play as julian brennan. working along side Elena Kho. Trying to find your place in the universe. There is an extensive storyline and it all seems to fit very well all things considered. The other characters however offer a backstory as to why you start out where you do, and how the other races react to you in the beginning. Ultimately it defines how difficult the game is in the beginning to get started. Once you get on a roll however and you grow all plots start and play out no matter who you play as with the exception of Julian's plot. his has a little more frosting so to speak. Otherwise its all essentially the same. Reunion is also of the three X3 games that has a main character. Terran Conflict and Prelude do not feature main plot character who playing as change the dialogue or offer any additional content.

Pros:
Dynamic Universe - Everything you do or not do effects the universe in some way.
Rich plots - The back story to each of the plots are very compelling and their rewards give a strong sense of achievement
Diverse spacecraft - Each ship has its own classification as well as strength and weaknesses. Even some that are unique and rare.
Races - Each race is unique in its own way and their ships fit the typical role the races engage in.
Fleets - You can build, or buy your own fleet and wage war against anything within the universe, ofcourse doing so will have consquences such as you may end up destroying something you want later. The good news is there is one race you can attack and murder with extreme prejudice and not have to worry about losing a future trading station.

Cons:
Voice acting - Its there but at the time this game was released other studios did it better.
Races - While each race is unique there is nothing unique among their individuals. Humans however occasionally have diversity among males and females but you will be hard pressed telling a male or female split, paranid or teladi.
No planetary exploration. The planets in each system are just there to look pretty it seems.
No station exploration. Each station you only dock at and interact with through the ship.

From what i understand Rebirth attempted at affording planetary and staion exploration however at the cost of starship diversity. Further more these features were not done well and as such losing the ability to fly and construct a diverse fleet was too great of a sacrifice against bland cookie cutter stations.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I can fly a Spaceship.





I like Spaceships.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
215.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Fun at first, but then you start to realise your all alone in a large universe and nothing you do really matters or accomplishes anything. So you built an empire? But no one is around to show it to....
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is too much like hard work.

I had to resort to a walkthrough just to work out how to complete the first mission after I'd spent an hour flying around space searching in vain for a way to trigger the mission start.

If you have the patience to get your head around the obtuse controls, and explore the wide open world without any guidance, then maybe this game will work for you.

But for most of us with too many games and too little time, this game requires far too much investment before it starts to pay off - that is presuming it does pay off, I'm just giving it the benefit of the doubt as I didn't get that far!
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
No tutoial, trying to use a controller with this is pointless as it does not work.
Abysmal.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
It sucked.
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28.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
DO NOT BUY
This is less of a game and more of an acccountant's idea of a holiday in space.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
406.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
As a programmer, any game that lets you actually create "software" to manage your space-trade-fleets, has got a leg up already. While I'm not fan of the "jump-gate" type galaxies, that is probably my only complaint about this game. Individual combat is fun, but I have yet to build a combat fleet, so I'm not sure how that will go. The economic system is quite impressives, with dozens of different space stations you can dock at, and trade with. Eventually you can even build stations of your own. The game lacks a good tutorial, built into the main plot, so I was fumbling around quite a bit for a while. But once I got the hang of things, you can really see how well the various components of the game work together.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Buggy, but still really fun. If you don't have the time to drop in Eve, this is a good alternative. Just don't buy Rebirth.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
As many other people said,the x3 series are one of the best games i have ever played.
When you take the first look,its seems boring and content-less:try it,and you'll see that everything you expected,will be horribly wrong,so lets review positive/negative:

POSITIVE:
-Open world,you can be WHATEVER you want,do whatever you want
-"Money-managing" is a key to the game,and it needs strategy,which is cool,finally the trading system is REALLY important.
-Impressive space stations of course!
-Lot of different ships
-A lot of replay-ability (even though i only played for 2 hours,i already know that,its obvious)

NEGATIVE:
-Really hard to bein with
-♥♥♥♥ty UI
-Absolutely no tutorial for beginners

Here we go,thats all i have to say,so YES i clearly recommend this game,its a must have,aswell as albion prelude or terran conflict!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
ENDLESS hours of fighting, tradeing, and exploring! One of my favorites.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
524.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
One of my top favorite games, still play it now five years after I bought it. Great atmosphere and many things to do. It's up to you how you want to play it. Have fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
151.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game is what it promises - a Sandbox. you can do many things here, be a trader, a hired gun, a pirate hunter or hero of the universe. you can build stations, manufacturing complexes, wage war with the empires, and with help of the mod even take them over completely. you can own sectors and much more. If you want freedom and reactive economy - this is a game for you.

It has its downsides as well however. For one, be prepared to sink in a lot of time into it. and i mean 100+ hours. the game moves slow, and if you pick a regular start youll spend your first couple real life days scrapping the bottom for cash. The unbalanced missions and bad UI does not help much here, however once you start to get bigger, have regional traders hired, start building stations you can devote yourself to more fun stuff - exterminating enemy systems.

Overall the game is pretty good, but it is by far not perfect. if you want to have basically same game, but more refined, your better off playing X3: Terran Conflict
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
I don't understand the gameplay yet but it's fun nevertheless. I liked to fly around shooting anything I see and then getting shot down myself but at least being able to do some climatic barrel rolls in order to avoid some missiles.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
ONe of the best space/ecnomic Game i have ever played. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than X-Rebirth.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
it had been over 10 years since I last played a game so opaque that I actually shut it off and simply gave up on trying to learn how to play it due to tanking interrest "if it starts off this bad I don't need to invest in the frustration".

months later I have taken another stab at learning it, watching some guides on youtube. I started by carefully ignoring the fact that the app crashes everytime it was launched in in fullscreen. I went windowed mode. I played long enough to figure out how to stop, start, turn, check my menues, etc. I was becoming interrested... and then the whole things just went and crashed again.

"this application has stopped responding" but it didnt just crash, it crashed with style locking the mouse cursor (which I find unusual in windows 7 especially an application running in windowed mode) so that I had to ctrl+alt+delete and hotkey my way through the windows menus to kill the process. Software testing anyone?

the facts speak for themselves I don't feel I need to explicity state what I think of the way the developer has release this game or introduces it to the user.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Beautiful, vast universe in a game offering seeminly endless opportunity...the problem is no tutorial, no instructions and apparently no point/purpose. Add to this one of the most user unfriendly interfaces I have ever battled with in a game where every single key (and I mean every single key) on the keyboard is needed to do something in game, be it control the ship, communicate, trade or whatever, a little in game training would have been mildly useful. Forget a steep learning curve, this is tendon twistingly ballistic - that's ok, but no fun. Games are at their heart suppose to be enjoyable. I only managed 5 hrs before it robbed me of my will to live.

Another word of warning, as others have mentioned in forums about this game, it takes time for things to start to happen( obviously longer than 5 hrs), it's not a jump right in and its all action after 15 mins, no, not this one. And that's fair enough for a complex space adventure/trade/sim/strategy game. But the developers need to take into account the average human lives less than 80 years........this game could do with a little ummmph in its rocket booster system. Yawn :(
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Very bad user interface and non-for-play design, in the execuse of simulation, but has air resistence in the space anyway..
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game seems unfinished, bugs, crashes and lack of a simple tutorial. Believe I read this was originally made for a x2 expansion, but made into its own x3. I think this game loses alot of good reviews due to this and easy to see why. Graphics are great for their time, but failure to fix crashes such as the infamous targeting crash after how many years is discouraging. Game has so much potential and in depth gaming hours. But you will have to dredge through the learning curve most would not undertake, and read a ton of tips and tutorials from other players on forums who made the journey to get satisfaction from the game.Don't know what the devs were thinking. And fixes for crashes and bugs... Just the main menu screen and 32bit movie clips will max out my gtx660 and raise temperatures to 80c for some reason, while in-game no problem at all.., and does not like multicores i've read. I've had no other problems with games like this game has. Buyer Beware, read up first on this game.
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2 of 17 people (12%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Holy crap did I really spend 41 hours in this game? The X series is for serious hardcore fans of the genre, and I guess I'm just not. It seemed really tedious and boring, and when you make space combat and exploration boring then something has gone horribly wrong. I think I ended up using some kind of quick and easy way to make money to upgrade my stuff, and even then it made very little difference. Give it a pass unless you're a fan of the previous games in the series.
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