User reviews: Very Positive (57 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010

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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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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
So my review will probably end up somewhere and no one will ever read it but here I go nevertheless.

I played this game when it came or some time after it was in a gaming magazine as an extra. It's not that easy as a kid but if you actually know what you are doing it's not that hard. The story isn't the best but it's not that bad either.

There are 6 races, with 5 of them you can trade and build space stations in their systems. The beginning can be a bit slow but as soon as you have yor own station, which you can get after about an hour if you sell the shield you get, it gets quite easy. There are some stations which are just flat out better than others but you can either figure that out yourself or just google it. If you want to explore a bit you can, just fly wherever you want, leave some money in you stations and some transporters and when you come back you will have more money then you left.

Some tips you should listen to:
get the S.E.T.A upgrade it makes the game much more enjoyable.
and get the docking computer from the paranids.

if you have questions just leave them here i'll respond to them.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
45.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Simpler than the later games in the series. A great entry point.
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9 of 22 people (41%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Usually I don't discriminate games because of their age but this one is too old, it really is. The game mechanics are completely outdated and having your own economic empire is absolutely laborious since you have to approach every station to receive your money from it.

Back in 1999 when it was released, Xbtf didn't just live from its atmosphere or story telling. The main reason for its success were the advanced trading possibilities that were phenomenal for that time and the fact that you could fly through three dimensional space in a giant universe with also quite good graphics. Nowadays these won't impress anybody anymore.

It's nothing against the game itself but you should better try the other X-series games.
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0 of 38 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
makes no sence.
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16.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I want to like this game more than I do. It reminds me of the many hours I whiled away playing Privateer as a younger man, but fails to capture my sense of wonder and curiosity like that venerable classic. Maybe I'm jaded at this point; perhaps my tastes have changed from those days. Nevertheless, the world is quite interesting, the visuals are crisp - if dated - and the controls fairly intuitive.

Recommended for anyone who enjoyed the Wing Commander series and is looking for a whiff of nostalgia.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
This game is a bit difficult to start out as the tutorial was... well useless and the manual wasn't really as helpful as it could be. Once you get into the game though it becomes more interesting as you can set up your own production plants and start getting into the finer aspects of trading. If you like trading games this is a good one to get as there is a lot of product to play around with. The combat system is a bit lacking as it's hard to destroy enemies with lasers in the beginning and the enemy AI gets really suicidal taking you with them as they crash into you. Still aside from the occasional nonsense the game itself is unique and can be very fun if your willing to learn how to play the game.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2012
This game is exactly like the Elite game: Frontier - Elite II. But more better and simplier. The only thing is if you got games like X2 and X3 then you may not adapt to the controls and how to manage those open-ended games. Start with this game and try it! If you get stuck or think you need more cash in-game, look into the Egosoft site. And use the HEX editor tool in your x-btf saves. Read more info in Egosoft or the Cheat sites.

The only thing that this game got, compared to the newer X-Series games is the afterburner turbo boost and the SETA Boost Extension that isn't featured in the newer series. I have to warn you if you play X2 The Threat onwards you maybe lost on how to interact, trade and fight -- as it is a steep learning curve. So start with X - Beyond the Frontier and maybe have a glance on my guides and video tutorials if you are interested.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
It's a great game, but it unfortunately suffers from a couple of problems, some major and some minor.

The tutorial isn't really all that helpful, it gives you an idea of what you're doing--it lets you get comfortable with the X-Shuttle itself, but what you're supposed to do is not really elaborated on.

The trading system is good, but I feel like it would be better if you were able to walk around these production centers and stuff (Although, you can do some EVA in X Tension). The music is good at setting an atmosphere, it gives you a feeling that you really are flying through space--not some high-intensity, strings-heavy Hans Zimmer ♥♥♥♥, of course, the music is well-situated when you get into a fight, but even the fighting has its own problems.

The enemy AI is awful, it's just awful. I would find more challenge if the game had them fire back or at least tail you closely, but instead they turn into giant Kamikaze-units and try to ram into you, leading to cheap deaths. You usually have to try to take them out in one pass or just make sure you're ALWAYS behind them, or approaching them in a way where they can't turn and fly into you.

The graphics are really a mixed bag. The use of low lighting and lens flare make it feel like a science-fiction title, with stars' blaring light casting through your ship. Planets are also well-drawn. But the ships and centers look very...well...I would say "1990's" if this game wasn't developed in 1999. The graphics are bland, a lot of grays, greens and reds when more life could be put in.

Ship control is great! The ship handles pretty well. There isn't too much to be said since it flies wrather swell.

As an overall verdict, the game is...decent. The ship control is good, and background graphics are good, I love the trading system and it's fun to become anything from a supply merchant, to a drug supplier, to a bounty hunter and, when you amass enough credits, entrepeneur. The game is hampered by poor enemy AI and bland graphics with ships and stations in space. But, overall, I'd recommend it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This is a great piece of CLASSIC gaming. And that makes it NOT accessible for most of the possible audience, sadly.
If you REALLY want the hardcore, old-fashioned challenge, go for it. Otherwise set course for the newer installments in the series!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The First X Game.

For one of the early space sims this is really one of the best i have played.
Yes the graphics are dated now however if you have not played the original then maybe you should.

As this is more of a linear story driven game with some extra tading/freeplay built in it is still quite good.
I still say not up to freelancer level but still pretty damn good.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
166.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Very challenging at the start. Will take a lot of time to get going. Would recommend it, but will require a great deal of patience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
151.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
A program of complexity, this game is daunting at first sight, its graphics and mechanics are not of familiarity, and learning anything is severely limited. But with a little patience, this game grows in your favour, as you learn each ship, race, station, and mechanic of this diverse X Universe. Beyond what you think it is, it's a game of occasional trial and error, however with the internet to help, you can be in command. It is the start of a new way to think of this series, to propose a new way you see retro highlights, and to really see Beyond the Frontier.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
182.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2013
X Beyond The Frontier is the first of the X series and it's funny how little has changed since this incarnation and all the way to Albion Prelude. Some things are sorely missing, such as the ability to change ships but the core of the game back then was much the same.

While the technology has gone leaps and bounds since this game was released, the quality of the graphics has exploded and features that were unthinkable back in those days have been added the core of the game, the essence of what an X game is, remains much the same to this day.

You are a pilot on a experimental spaceship in a universe, as the game starts events unfold that leave you stranded in alien space with no way home. And that's about all the direction you will get from this game. There is a plot hiding somewhere and occasionally you will come across bits and pieces of it but following it is entirely optional and most players will probably choose to ignore it for the majority of the game.

The core of the game is, quite simply, trading, fighting and exploring. You travel around the universe finding new systems, new enemies and new trade hubs. As you increase in notoriety and your financial means increase you gain access to new weapons and equipment for your ship and new avenues open up for you.

The learning curve is steep enough to make even the most doped up Tour de France rider think twice before attempting the climb. The game explains only the very basics to you, everything else you have to figure out for yourself. This is something that makes Beyond The Frontier, and in fact all X games, something of a challenge to get into. The game is extremely unforgiving to newcomers and unless you have the patience to restart a few times this probably isn't the game for you.

Despite it's age Beyond The Frontier is still a good game with some good solid core gameplay. It is also a game with it's share of faults the most prominent being the lack alternate starting points and the inability to change ships in game something which makes starting a new game rather cumbersome, even for an experienced player. The similarities between this and later incarnations is of course also a detriment to buying it nowadays because you will get much the same game if your purchase the latest installment in the series, only it will be an improved game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2013
You start out on a routine mission to test a new propulsion system capable of transporting you across space in an instant but during testing there was a malfunction and the player is transported to an unknown part of the universe…

The game is rather old now so a fair level of patience is required. The keyboard controls are frustrating at first and mouse support is lacking. AI and space combat is very simple which will probably cause some frustration and panic as the AI enemy flies directly at you but the storyline is solid, learning about the game’s economics and the dynamic feel of the universe is rather fun.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Oh hell yes. I recommend the f*ck out of this game. It's definately a good place to start, bearing in mind this game was created in 1999, I felt it was way ahead of it's time then and it's still a good game to buy now.

Certainly better than that X Rebirth nonsense.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 30, 2013
"My (The) first X & I'll never forget it."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Old classic - Need to play if you are into x series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2013
I'm 16 hours in as of the time of this writing and still not even close to being a tenth of the way done. This game is one of the best I've ever played, easily outperforming 3000 AD's "Universal Combat" or Lucas Art's "Jedi Starfighter." If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar, Star Wars, Star Trek, O Game, or maybe even Star Gate, this game undoubtedly hosts at least moderate appeal for you. A sandbox in the purest sense, X gives you nigh unlimited freedom to explore and plunder as you see fit. Reap the profits of interstellar commercial trade or engage in illegal smuggling runs as a roguish pirate. Explore the unknown reaches of space, or just go in phasers blasting and face the consequences. Whether you play as a profiteer, a noble explorer, or a lone ranger, X strikes the perfect balance between free form gameplay and fun. I've just begun building my trade empire and I can't wait to see what lies in store for me. For a game that came out in 1999, the visuals are gorgeous. Vast, intricate, colorful nebulas set in the backdrop of open, black space instill a feeling of mystery and invite an air of wonder. Gargantuan space stations whirl slowly in fixed orbits of the monstrous planets they call home. Warp gates lie dormant at the edges of their respective sectors, occasionaly springing to life with the passage of ships. The cockpit of your craft, while relatively simple and perhaps a bit barren, has been lovingly crafted, with small details like an eject lever when you look up. I know I'm nerdgasming too hard here, but X: Beyond the Frontier truly is a beautiful relic from the last generation, and one that deserves to be played.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
A great strategic game. with a great journey.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
196.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2013
One does not play the X-Universe games without playing the first game. I actually learned about the series a few years ago so I utterly missed this when it came out decades ago, but after playing X3: Reunion, I thought it was my responsibility to follow the storyline from the beginning.

Controls are weird, as is the interface, but even in this first installment of the series one could build space stations, buy ships and it already had a very interesting and dynamic financial market.
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