In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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This Collector's Edition of X Rebirth includes the following items: The Teladi Outpost, Home of Light, Soundtrack Volume 1, Exclusive: Soundtrack Volume 2, Optional download: X - The Space Opera - Per Musica ad Albion, Bonus download with artworks and X encyclopedia

 

Collector's Edition

This Collector's Edition of X Rebirth includes the following items:

  • DLC: The Teladi Outpost
  • DLC: Home of Light (new!)
  • Soundtrack Volume 1 (MP3)
  • Exclusive: Soundtrack Volume 2 (MP3)
  • Optional download: X - The Space Opera - Per Musica ad Albion (Video)
  • Bonus download with artworks and X encyclopedia

The bonus content will be placed in your X Rebirth installation folder:
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About This Game

In the distant future, the X universe faces a period of profound and irrevocable change. While the universe stumbles towards an uncertain future, countless adventures await as new enemies rise in search of power. Enter a young adventurer and his unlikely female ally traveling in an old, battered ship with a glorious past - two people alone against the galaxy, playing a key part in the events to come. The fate of the universe rests in the hands of the player...

X Rebirth represents a spectacular new beginning for the X series, offering loyal fans and newcomers alike a vast, vivid and extremely detailed universe to explore throughout the game. Varied gameplay elements such as action-packed space combat, detailed trading mechanics and high-speed space exploration with fast travel allow players to experience a truly unique space saga that will keep them hooked for dozens of hours. X Rebirth features a whole new user experience - it is easier than ever to start with, and remains as deep as fans expect it.

FEATURES


TRADE! A fully simulated economy that means your actions really do matter. Travel the space highways to find profit in gigantic space cities, swarming with ships and drones.

++ Every ship you see has a task. Stop a freighter from reaching its destination and its cargo will be stopped too, causing prices to rise. ++

FIGHT! From small scale skirmishes to epic fleet encounters, battles in the X Universe know no limits. Choose to fight for the military, work for the police or be a lawless pirate, or if you prefer just fight when you need to defend yourself - it's up to you.

++ Take the action right into massive structures. Target turrets and shield generators to weaken your enemy, damage engines and jump drives to prevent their ships from escaping, or stop their factories producing to cripple their economy. ++

BUILD! Create your own empire! From trading stations to large factories, farms to hightech military complexes, everything can belong to you. Build for trade and profit or to strengthen your military presence and dominate your enemies.

++ Extend and upgrade your stations to make them operate more efficiently, with every element visible in glorious animated detail. Harvest your own resources to keep your empire running smoothly. ++

THINK! A rich, detailed history and a deep complex plot await you, but you are free to decide when and where to take part. Explore the universe at your own pace - choose your own path and create your own destiny.

++ Get up-close and personal with aliens and humans alike. Land on stations, meet people, then accept missions from them or hire them as crew members for your ships. ++

TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD, THINK... in the X Universe - the biggest sandbox this side of the galaxy.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit), Vista SP2 (64-bit), XP SP3 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i-Series at 2GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT400 series with 512MB RAM or better, ATI 4870HD with 512MB RAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8 (64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel i-Series at 2GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GT750M, Nvidia GT600 series with 1 GB RAM or better, AMD 6850HD with 1 GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i-Series at 2GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Vendor proprietary drivers, Nvidia GT500 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 5870HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
    Recommended:
    • OS: SteamOS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 (Quad) or i7 at 2.5GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Vendor proprietary drivers, Nvidia GT600 series with 1GB RAM or better, ATI 6850HD with 1GB RAM or better
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Soft compatible
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL version 4.2
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Kumbassa
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
HoHum

Why not let the people have what they want X4AP
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vagon
93.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
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Meh...
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Broken console game sold on PC as space sim.
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Fantastfisk
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
First impression - I ranted about X3 in the past, and now I bought this while drunk. First impression: 1. So you don't need to put a rock on the ctrl button and leave the game for 15 minutes to repair captured ships. Because you can't repair them yourself. You logically need to take the ship to a vendor that sells the actual kind of ship and get it repaired. This seems like an improvement to me. Makes me wish you could find some special engineers who are willing to fix weird ship types and you could ask for rumors about it. 2. I like the new highways, you get an impression of moving relative to suns and planets. Great! 3. Can only fly one ship :-( I wiiish to fly lots of different fighters and stand on the bridge of capital ships and stations. 4. You Can Leave The Ship and walk around! Wohoo! Not so very interesting places to walk around yet, but hey. 5. You hire people to get things done. I like this. Not as efficient as capturing new ships, repair them manually for a bit, then program them to go buy the software they need, but I feel more like a boss ordering "people" around, and more like a janitor running commands on ships.

Lots can be improved.. I mean your engineer COULD think for h**self enough to go fix the other ships in your fleet. Quest design is confusing, it's not all that clear to me what I should be doing, should probably lead you to a place where you can actually get a hacker drone before leading you directly into the enemy territory to the place where you need a hacker drone to complete your task. But this is only because I need to git gud.
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Vechernyaya
130.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Immersive
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ResidentBilly
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Pleasantly surprised not to witness any rebirths.
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theone4224
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
A little unpolished in some areas, but otherwise a good approach to the game type. However, where they overcame the previous title's weaknesses, they ignored some strenghts.
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jpm1
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Best sci-fi/space opera around

+ amazing graphics
+ enterable stations. you can go to the bar and talk with NPC
+ ship customization
+ trade. you can buy/sell almost anything. from vegetables to illegal waste. you can do it using your personal ship or using large cargos you add to your fleet
+ economy/empire creation. not gone very deep into this yet. but it seems you can build your own stations and build very large ships too
+ mining
+ loot wrecks
+ drones. there are drones of all kind. recon drones, electronic warfare drones, defense drones
+ boarding. you need to send drones to hijack the target defense systems, then you need to destroy its jump engine, and then you send troops
+ cash missions (passenger transport, cargo shipping, infrastructures destruction..)
+ a reality not like Star citizen
+ a one time purchase not like Elite D
+ plenty of stuff to do not like No man's sky
+ you're in for lot of comtemplative 0 stress flights not like Eve

- no ship interiors. only a small cinematic when you land
- even if enterable, space stations interiors look pretty much all the same
- semi-automatic landings. would have been better to have more interaction when landing

neutral only one pilotable ship. i don't care myself, but i know this is annoying for lot of people
neutral needs a good config to be able to play maxed out (like any game that can draw hundreds of objects at once). i'm myself almost maxed out with an i5, an R9 290 4096 & 16 gig

don't pay attention to the huge numbers of bad reviews. this was because of a very poor optimization when the game first came out years ago. the first version is just an old memory now, and in its actual shape the game is a great space opera
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engage
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
pretty fun

big learning curve

can seem complex at times

looks great

great soundtrack and effects

can use mods
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voxx1d
83.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This is a MUCH improved game from 3 years ago. That being said I bought it when it first came out and well...we all know of the issues this game had, I did buy the other X games but they never held my intrest for long periods of time, X Rebirth actually was more of a fit for me, I prefur the cockpit view space sims over the external views, this is just a prefrence and has nothing to do with the game or gameplay. I went back to this game haveing no lore of the other X games and after about 8 hours of frustration and a few youtube videos as well as the mods they now have for the game it is REALLY enjoyable and bug free as far as I can tell. Kudos to the Devs for sticking with a broken mess and makeing an enjoyable game tho it perhaps should have been more tested before release, but they are a smaller studio. As for the other X games perhaps after my time on this one i will revisit them. 8/10 Perhps higher but their is a bit of a learning curve, just stick with it and the game really opens up.
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22 of 35 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
231.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Overall this game in its current state is worth every cent. There are problems stemming from insufficient quality control and play testing but you can still get many hours of joy out of this game despite the problems.
However, if you are a X2 or X3 fan, then be warned that this is not X4 rather its a continuation of the game style in the original X game, 'Beyond the Frontier'. Notably you can only fly a single ship although it is a very capable ship.

Pro:
  • Good space combat: Not Excellent like 'Freespace' but you get to target surface components of capital ships while dodging turret fire and thinking tactically about avoiding the turrets field of fire, flying faster than its tracking speed and avoiding head on conflicts with some deadly turrets that are near impossible to dodge.
  • Economy: Empire building is generally enjoyable in this game, just be smart about location. Space station building is much more complex in this X game compared to previous X game, now you have to worry about hiring the right people to work on your station and building extensions.
  • Story: I found the story to be enjoyable, you get to explore (within the campaign) and help the underdogs survive and grow.
  • Space Terrain: Space is no longer a big empty void, plenty of asteroids, derelicts, space clouds and highways to give you a tactical advantage (if you know how)
  • Good music

Con:
  • Steep learning curve, lack of cue's, sadistic mission design occasionally: Sometimes you find that the game drops you in the deep-end or leaves you hanging from a cliff and you have to start googling to figure out how to proceed. For example, the campaign requires you to build a space station but it turns out that you cannot buy some of the prerequisite items. After some googling you find out that you have to become a pirate and steal said item but then you find out that you have to do a borderline sadistic amount of grinding to get enough of said item to proceed.
    Another example is that the campaign gives you a powerful war ship but doesnt tell you how to repair or move it, even after some googling you may still have trouble moving it.
    Another example is how larger ships move, the game gives you a capital ship but doesnt teach you about the jump fuel and capital ship booster dynamics, leaving you with some unnecessary confusion.
    Another example is the way station building works, you have to buy a construction ship which builds the station. You might think that the construction ship can then build another station once its done, but no, the construction ship becomes a permanent part of the station that can only upgrade said station, the game doesnt explain this mechanic.
  • Cumbersome interface: They made some improvements with the updates but it is still unpleasant to use.
  • Questionable script quality: Sometimes you find that things dont work as expected, often there is a good but obscure reason for it (are your ships lacking some drones? drone bay destroyed? drifted too far from station? etc) other times you find that it appears to be a bug, cancel the previous order and remake same order then it works.
  • Some incomplete aspects: For example first person mode is quite limited and should be further expanded. Exploration also very limited, although the game does not claim to have a strong exploration element, it would still be an enjoyable addition, currently it is limited to finding some containers in space which are rarely useful and never interesting. Fighters cannot dock on capital ships, not even on carriers, only combat drones can dock. This makes me think that carriers are incomplete.
  • Your stations can get damaged by trading: The exhaust fumes from a capital ship can damage ships and stations. In practice capital ships trading with stations accidently hurt your stations in this way. Then repairing your own stations is troublesome because you need to physically move the repair wares onto your station attached construction ships, they cannot put buy orders for these items on the market.
  • Enemy stations cannot be completely destroyed, they will eventually rebuild.
  • Most characters lack hair geometry. Also there are a lot of grannies in the game but that may not bother everyone :)
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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I've tried through out the years, its not like it hasn't gotten better:

Great visuals,
Added several desired features to the x universe as to complexity of combat and captial ships,
"coherent" story

but not matter what, it has one of the most horrid and frustrating control interfaces in a space game (especially an x game) that I've ever seen. (<--- is that ♥♥♥♥ed up or is my monitor tweaking out?)
Also, 'story', good luck. I can't even tell whats bugged and what's not.

I tried again, and it still is just frustrating mess. Albeit a pretty and ambitious one.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Best sci-fi/space opera around

+ amazing graphics
+ enterable stations. you can go to the bar and talk with NPC
+ ship customization
+ trade. you can buy/sell almost anything. from vegetables to illegal waste. you can do it using your personal ship or using large cargos you add to your fleet
+ economy/empire creation. not gone very deep into this yet. but it seems you can build your own stations and build very large ships too
+ mining
+ loot wrecks
+ drones. there are drones of all kind. recon drones, electronic warfare drones, defense drones
+ boarding. you need to send drones to hijack the target defense systems, then you need to destroy its jump engine, and then you send troops
+ cash missions (passenger transport, cargo shipping, infrastructures destruction..)
+ a reality not like Star citizen
+ a one time purchase not like Elite D
+ plenty of stuff to do not like No man's sky
+ you're in for lot of comtemplative 0 stress flights not like Eve

- no ship interiors. only a small cinematic when you land
- even if enterable, space stations interiors look pretty much all the same
- semi-automatic landings. would have been better to have more interaction when landing

neutral only one pilotable ship. i don't care myself, but i know this is annoying for lot of people
neutral needs a good config to be able to play maxed out (like any game that can draw hundreds of objects at once). i'm myself almost maxed out with an i5, an R9 290 4096 & 16 gig

don't pay attention to the huge numbers of bad reviews. this was because of a very poor optimization when the game first came out years ago. the first version is just an old memory now, and in its actual shape the game is a great space opera
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
141.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Game has came very very far since its release and a great deal of debugging and adding of new features has made the game really good to play.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
This game is absolutely incredible! Amazing Graphics and a flight fealing and an immersion that i never had before... I just love to fly through this pulsating universe. Not everything is perfect, it is sometimes still hard to find out what the mission is about and where you have to go. But in the end its a beautiful game and a total mind-drift into the universe! Give those programmers some bucks, they really deserve it!
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Let's get this out of the way right now. X Rebirth was a disaster at launch, that's why it has such a horrible score. The developer has fixed most of the complaints over time.

Right now. The game is great, it delivers on every aspect you want from this type of game but it dosn't execute it in a good way all the time. It definitly has a learning curve, more so if you haven't played any of the earlier games. But if you can get past all that you will definitly have a great time with it.
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
Recommended
237.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Here is my first review on steam - of X Rebirth.

I review X Rebirth apart from the other games in the X-series and this review reflects my experience with the game as of its state in 2016 with the 4.0 patch and Home of light expansion.

I have hesitated, like many of you, as the game saw quite horrendous reviews at launch. Even though I was deterred, I came back years later to find a game that had been patched up, expanded and closer to expectation. Props to the developers for sticking to it.

After nearly 200 hours in this game I have explored, built a humble trade fleet, a few stations and seen a bit of combat through missions and mishaps. I have earned millions of credits - and I have lost millions too.

Here is what I have found so far:

The good:

- Stations: Great variety in faction stations and modules - and stations the player can build and expand.
- Galaxy: Good variety in atmosphere across systems, many sectors and zones to explore, hundreds.
- Many ways to make a living - trade, missions, combat, boarding, piracy, scavenge, mine.
- The game feels alive with ships around stations and from different factions - living economy and trade.
- Truly build an empire and feel the work you have put into it from your armchair - mourn each ship lost at the hand of your
enemies.
- Organize your fleet as you wish. Assign transporters to station managers, assign carriers to tradeships. assign
100 small fighters to yourself and this part is fairly managable with the broadcast feature.
- Many types of NPCs, wares, ships, stations, drones, missiles, materials for mining etc.
- Play as you wish. Relax and manage your trade fleet in a zen-pace until the alarm sounds - or attack everything and live
dangerously in the outskirts.
- Enhance the game with mods

Things to improve:

- Stations feel similar and repetitive on the inside and small in comparison to their outside dimensions (several km). It would be
nice to see a lot of life and interior.
- NPCs stand in the same place in stations and seem a bit dull to interact with as much of the dialogue repeats itself (Good: You
can do a lot of the interaction from your ship without docking)
- Weapons are good and have modifications, but It would be nice to see a bit more variety in the hardpoints and effects.
- Trading takes a few clicks if you have 20+ ships and upgraded trade software.
- I have experienced some clipping with capital ships where you end up inside them and capital ships flying through station
modules. Drones and smaller fighters often fly into capital ships during fights.

This is a great game with many aspects and it will take a few hours to get to know all of them. Don't buy this game to play it for 2 hours - buy it to play it 50, 100 or 1000 hours for full benefit.

Lastly I suggest watching tutorials by the developers and others to learn more about all aspects of the game.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,198.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Hey, weres the boron? Dont you find it odd that such a powerful race such as the boron, would be suddenly missing after the great gate shutdown. They have the split, the teladi, the argon, but no paranid, and no boron...
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1,031 of 1,174 people (88%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
687.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
X REBIRTH 3.5: CURRENT STATE OF THE GAME
With the release of X Rebirth 3.0 the game finally reached the state it should have been in at its initial release in 2013. There are still a few rough edges and design decisions that some might find mind-boggling, but overall it is a great space game that can be polished with the use of a number of mods, some of which bring back 'classic' X features such as automated galaxy traders and miners. (as of the 14th of March 2015 some mod makers are still updating their work for the new moddable UI, some mods are temporarily out of action).

When considering buying X Rebirth is important to keep in mind that Rebirth is a fairly ambitious game for a smaller studio, as such there are always going to be the QA problems relating to small teams that have the ambition to make big games, like bugs working their way in, and lacks of resources meaning change doesn't happen as fast as gamers would like. To give Egosoft credit, they have adopted extensive community beta testing for each patch so the game is tested on as many different rigs as possible. On my most current playthough started at 3.2 I haven't found a single plot stopping bug, in more general freeplay I rarely find a bug, let alone one that blocks me doing what I want to do.

There are still some annoyances in the game such as expected bread and butter features missing from the vanilla game (a lack of FOV adjustment is a pertinent example). But these things, as illustrated by the addition of a great new gravidar, new menu system, and external camera system, seem to have been identified, working their way back into the game as Egosoft move from bug squashing to remedying design oversights. You can now do things like transfer freight and drones between ships, and build stations in empty space, creating a new zone with 7 build points that you can rename. Now, many modders seem to be finding their feet. As the engine is tweaked for performance, and bugs are squashed, it looks like X Rebirth might be headed towards a golden age of modding (if current offerings are anything to go by). The Teladi Outpost DLC brings back more classic exploration, kind of like exploring some of the rim sectors in Freelancer which is a welcomed addition to the X Series. Also the new music in Teladi Outpost is awesome, 1980's inspired synth-pop goodness, perfect for a space game.

The AI can still be a bit flakey at times, but is improving with every regular patch. Commands for capital ships are still a bit limited: You either set them off on an automated task, or give general orders such as "attack this", "fly to zone", "fly to my position", "patrol" etc. The closest I can think of is it operates a bit like Nexus: The Jupiter Incident (without the GUI)—you give the commands to an NPC captain through comms, or if you use the Co-pilot conversation mod, through keyboard shortcuts. There are a number of significant mods in alpha state at the moment that look to improve AI behaviour (in addition to Egosoft's on going work in this area).

The economy is running well. New trade software means you can lock in more trades, and a mod like Yorrick's YAT (yet another trader), adds the option of automated galaxy, system, and cluster traders and miners. These all seem to run fairly well with a miniumum need for any micro. The economy is simulated but not 100% real, so the AI still makes use of a number of crutches, but this really doesn't affect the game much, at most it means the player can no longer make obscene profits for doing not much at all. That said, I still make plenty of credits in my most recent game start to keep expansion running smoothly, and the economy is flowing along well. However, if the AI using a crutch is a big deal to you there is a mod that removes the wares from ships spawned by the AI.


GAMEPLAY: ASPECTS I ENJOY
One part of Rebirth that I enjoy is the set up: slowly building an empire, amassing stations and capital ships, setting patrols, essentially minmaxing an empire. If anyone remembers playing with lego as a kid, it's kind of comparable to that: you set up a cool base, build lots of vehicles, get a crew together, then muck around - it is a similar kind of ethos involved in the X series but with the level of interactivity we expect from PC games.

At the moment I have about 10 stations that all support each other while producing wares to keep the galactic economy running, I have top of the line freighters and miners assigned to each station, and defense fleets that patrol my territory protecting my assets. I have named each ship and station individually with all the most well crafted names I could think of (and some stolen from famous Sci-fi and fantasy), prefixed with Iain M. Banks designations of GSV, GOU etc with a few of my own new designations. The little things like setting up an empire in this detail are what makes games of the X series fun.

If this kind of empire building appeals to you then you will like Rebirth. While my empire is building, I do missions, capture ships, place trade agents on stations, increase my rep with factions, get achievements, role-play and so on. With Litauen's 'Capital Ship Bridges' mod I often sit on the bridge of a frigate ordering profitable trades as it escorts one of my galactic freighters. Then at other times it's just enjoyable to sit back, parked up in one of the zones occupied by my stations and watch the empire hum along. Personally I think if you are expecting a straight-up fighter combat space sim you will be a bit disappointed (there is still lots of fighter combat but it is not the primary focus), the wider aspects of Rebirth such as the empire building are where this game shines.

Even if you decide to not follow the plot the feeling of flying around in space just exploring, seeing new places, and observing the galaxy going along with its business around you is incredible. A number of mods can improve this experience such as 'Ency's mod'* (link at bottom of review) that modifies planets, and adds nebula to create breathtaking vistas and lighting.


PERFORMANCE
Personally I get okay performance, my set up is:

Nvidia GTX 760
Intel 4670K
8 gig of ram
24" IPS @ 1920 x 1200

I run adaptive vsync at half refresh on max settings in game, including all the driver side bells and whistles from Nvidia control panel, it sticks at 30fps. Some people might like higher frames but as long as the framerate is consistent and the game looks pretty I'm fairly happy.


KEY TO ENJOYMENT: EMBRACE MODDING AND STEAM WORKSHOP
A good idea when approaching X Rebirth is to embrace modding. The support of Steam Workshop means you can easily pick and choose features, removing things you don't like about the game and picking up new features generated by modders. Check out my curated collection of mods below for a number of improvements that save time and improve the game by adding handy new features, immersive changes, and the removal of annoying ones. One mod I can't support enough is the capital ship bridges mod—simply brilliant.

Remember there is no such thing as a "modified" tag in Rebirth, modding doesn't ruin achievements and Egosoft intentionally made the game easy to mod and added Steam Workshop support, they almost expect us to mod our games and personalise our experience, this means Egosoft can realise their artistic vision of what Rebirth should be and the gamers can have ours—we all win.

* http://forum.egosoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=362680&start=0
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=327527055
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2,052 of 2,394 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is a disaster, avoid at all costs.

X Rebirth is marketed in big bold letters as a trading game with a vibrant, reactive economy and NPC ships that go on trade runs simulating real economies. This is actually a load of tosh. More than 99% of ships (this is not an exaggeration) circle around stations in an endless loop, all caught up in a slow moving pointless traffic jam. They aren't going anywhere, have no goals and just keep doing this loop forever. The other ~1% seem to spawn next to stations then despawn when they are leaving them, never actually travelling to/from anywhere. It's all window dressing.

Not that it matters anyway, since trading doesn't even work. You'll have to do some really pointless trades (deliver 100 units of food when you can afford/store 100,000? What's the point?), and when you do you quickly find that the entire trading interface and ship control is totally buggy and doesn't work. Half the time player owned ships don't actually move when giving orders, and there's no way to view/delete the orders of ships in game. If your order bugs out you have to manually edit the xml files of your save game before trying again. If you eventually get them to move they frequently reach their destination then either get stuck staring at a station, or ram into it endlessly due to awful pathfinding.

Combat is really, really dull. You only ever get 1 ship, it can carry every type of weapon, but can only ever shoot one at a time and has no turrets or other hardpoints. EVERYTHING in this game is done manually. You can't automate anything.

Walking around stations is... rubbish. It's full of copy pasted stations - which you'll notice by station 3 - and NPCs that only have 4 sets of dialogue and just repeat them over and over again. You're going to get incredibly sick of talking to random people about why they're all a bunch of racists, or why VR holodancers are sexy but not real. It's incredibly unengaging content and somewhat alarming how so much of the development time and focus of the game is on a feature that is not fun from the start.

A lot of people have been saying this game 'has promise'. That 'it'll be fixed in patches'. It won't. This game is defective by design. You can't just fix core fundamental game mechanics with patches. Even if they manage to fix the bugs it won't change the fact that everything in the game is completely lifeless and window dressed, rather than engaging or purposeful.

If there's any one good thing to say about this game, it's that at least it's beautiful. The game is gorgeous, and that's really the only thing going for it.
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