Ah, the games industry, such a sweet, mad, baffling creature. Big complicated space sims obviously need to ship with fat manuals or loads of in-game tutorials so what do Deep Silver and Egosoft include with theirs? A 350-page sci-fi novel and no tutorials whatsoever. Nice one, guys.
To be fair there is a small printed manual (85 helpful pages) and there are occasional pop-up advice windows but still, the lack of guidance verges on the scandalous. The pity of it is that many players new to this impressive, ambitious series may well give up after an evening or two of head-scratching, missing out on an engrossing experience.
Just in case you're unaware of X3's father and grandfather, this is an Elite-like freeform space entertainment in which you trade, fight, and construct your way to galactic greatness. There is a plot but it's one you can opt out of any point. There is a ranking system similar to an RPG level ladder but there are no hard-and-fast character classes so every activity is open to every avatar.
Deep Silver has released a downloadable version of the X3 Reunion trailer, that was displayed in all its glory at last week's Leipzig Games Convention.
Developer Egosoft is so proud of its PC and Xbox-bound space combat and trading title that it wants to show all and sundry, so if you have 200MB to spare, you can do a lot worse than check out this promising Elite-styled game.
The PC version is, er, due (see how the 'X' pun was narrowly avoided there) this October, with an Xbox experience expected in console-space early 2006.
The beta test programme for intergalactic trading-combat game X3: Reunion has now begun, according to a statement on developer Egosoft's website.
"If you are a DevNet member and NDA-holder and have some free time that you would be able to contribute to serious beta testing, then you are invited to visit the L5 DevNet forums, read what will be required of you, and sign up for testing in the appropriate forum thread," says Egosoft.
X3 is said to feature "a completely redesigned X universe", along with a new economy system, more than 200 new models and movie-quality graphics. The game is due out on PC on September 30, with an Xbox version to follow early next year.
A new trailer for X3: Reunion, Deep Silver's intergalactic trading-combat game, is now available on Eurofiles. You can also see some screenshots here.
As we reported previously, X3: Reunion was originally down as a PC-only title - but it's now coming out on Xbox, too.
A "completely redesigned X universe" is promised, along with a new economy system, more than 200 new models and movie-quality graphics. X3: Reunion is due out on PC in September 30, and on Xbox early next year.