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Offline Ferret

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These two little gems have been put up on Steam pretty cheaply, and what's more - NO ****ING STARFORCE.
Awesome.

 

Offline Fury

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Hmh, this might actually be a good reason to boot into Windows... Is it worth getting both or would X3 be enough?

 

Offline Tyrian

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I've heard X3 is supposed to be good.  But I might be thinking of other games...  Here are some reviews.

One from Gamespot:

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/sim/x3reunion/index.html?q=X3

And one from IGN:

http://pc.ign.com/objects/736/736739.html#reviews
« Last Edit: July 23, 2006, 02:05:24 pm by Tyrian »
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Offline Polpolion

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My brother has X3, and I stole it before to try and play it, but the CD was corrupt :(

 

Offline Starman01

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So, no starfoce, but steam instead ? Hm, not really a positive change IMO :(   (changed one evil with the other).

X2 is a great game, if there weren't those incredibly stupid looking pirate ships (and what do you do for countless hours, you are hunting pirates, this really made this game a little boring for me) I will never understand how this could happen, countless great looking alien ships, and then these few mistakes :(

Never bought X3 though. According from the screenshots it looks like it needs a Pentium 6 with 5 Ghz if you want to play in higher resolution (and I don't buy games to play them in 640 or 800 resolution). However, the alienship design are great again, a big cudos for the egosoft designers for their fantasy
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Offline Tyrian

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Steam is evil?  How?

Excuse my ignorance of Steam, I don't own HL1 or HL2.
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Bush (Verb) -- To do stupid things with confidence.

This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address occurred during the same week.  This is an ironic juxtaposition of events--one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.

Bumper stickers at my college:
"Republicans for Voldemort!"
"Frodo failed.  Bush got the Ring."

Resistance is futile!  (If < 1 ohm...)

"Any nation which sacrifices a little liberty for a little security deserves neither and loses both." -- Benjamin Franklin

Sig rising...

 

Offline Starman01

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Don't take my phrase so direct :)

I'm just not a friend of steam. Somehow I find it stupid having a game that force me to connect into the internet when I want to play singleplayer (just a waste of system ressources), and it presses you unasked updates into your system and games, including false updates
like one year back. (Also funny that they claimed how billions of manhours have been spend on steam and what a huge success it is. Fact is, most people give a **** on it, they just wanted to play halflife :) )

And certainly for the X-Games, you will need all ressources you have :)
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meh, don't have a credit card, so i'll haveta purchase it elsewhere.
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Offline ZmaN

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X3 is good but Even with pretty decent specs (pentium 4 2.8ghz, 768 MB of RAM,  Radeon X850 Pro, Audigy 2 ZS) It still doesnt run very well, which is why I played the game 8 times and then put it away and havent played it since.

Maybe when I upgrade my video card...
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X3 is really good, but as aforementioned, it eats specs like winos like special brew.
I got a P4 running pretty high 3GHZ at least ( i forget how fast) and gubbins less than 4 months old, and X3 is stuttery as an old dear whos just been pushed off a bus.



 

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ZmaN, your problem is either RAM or lack of patches. :p
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Offline Tyrian

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I got 3.2GHz P4, 2 GB of OCZ RAM, and a Radeon 9800XT.  I can run the demo with no stuttering.  Think I can run the full game smoothly?
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This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address occurred during the same week.  This is an ironic juxtaposition of events--one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.

Bumper stickers at my college:
"Republicans for Voldemort!"
"Frodo failed.  Bush got the Ring."

Resistance is futile!  (If < 1 ohm...)

"Any nation which sacrifices a little liberty for a little security deserves neither and loses both." -- Benjamin Franklin

Sig rising...

 
Great, so instead of a crappy driver which can potentially wreck your CD drive, you can now use a memory-bloated piece of garbage which will no doubt force you to connect to the internet and auto-patch every time you load it up. It's a good thing the X games are equally crap. :)

 

Offline Ferret

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Great, so instead of a crappy driver which can potentially wreck your CD drive, you can now use a memory-bloated piece of garbage which will no doubt force you to connect to the internet and auto-patch every time you load it up. It's a good thing the X games are equally crap. :)
I dunno about that. It hardly uses ANY processing power at all for me, and certainly doesn't auto-patch everytime I load it up. I have found the whole thing to be pretty convenient and useful.

 

Offline DaBrain

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X3 looks like a render movie. Imho it's the best looking game atm and might even be at the end of this year.

It has pretty nice music. Some track are awesome. The sounds are... ok and if you like trading, you'll love it.
The fight part is a bit sluggish though. X3 has some weird half-newtonian physics. They do make it feel more realistc sometimes, but are also annyoing pretty often.

The story isn't bad, but it's told ... somehow boring. The dialogs aren't very good. So are the render movies. They should have sticked to the great in-game graphics. ;)

I like the fact that you can do pretty much everything you can think of. You can buy stations, hire freighters, buy large capital ships and join battles in your fighter and even exit your fighter and fly around in a space suit. (It's just cool to fly around your gigantic carrier in your space suit. ;) )

There are more events than in Freelancer. If you don't follow the story in Freelancer, you can't really do much. Nothing happens and picking up one of the three different missions isn't fun after running through a few of them. X3 has some way cooler missions and even some war events. (The Xenos attack a sector.)

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Offline Fury

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Hey, how does X3 compare to I-War2? I understand it has more trading features but if anyone has played both, how would you compare them?

 

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I-War has a way better battle feeling.

While you can control your ship worse that in X3, it's also more fun. I-War has better weapons. It's soooo boring to lauch a missile in X3. Somehow I hated the missiles in X3. They kill you instantly and yet lack any sense of power when you launch them.

The equiptement part in X3 is pretty good though. You can upgrade everything. There are special weapons and balistic weapons. You can work out a gun setup tactically and load attack drones.

If your ship gets damaged it's often really expensive to repair it. And it gets damaged pretty easy... that kinda killed my interest in fighting equal enemies.


I-War is a completely different game. X3 lives from the ambience. Flying through a beautiful system, whith planets and stations that look like in a render movie, while listenng to some really nice ambient music. That's one thing I really like in X3. Getting the money to buy a new ship and upgrades, while I'm thinking about the best trading route for my first automated freighter was pretty motivating.


Sound buy X3 for a well-told story, or space combat (at least on in a fighter).
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Offline Tyrian

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I played I-War 2 and loved it.  My only gripe about it was the Stealth unit you can install kills engine and weapon sounds.  But it's not worth installing it anyways, so no real loss.

I'm on the fence about whether to buy X3.  I played the demo, and found the interface a little tricky.  Does using it get easier with practice?
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This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address occurred during the same week.  This is an ironic juxtaposition of events--one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, while the other involves a groundhog.

Bumper stickers at my college:
"Republicans for Voldemort!"
"Frodo failed.  Bush got the Ring."

Resistance is futile!  (If < 1 ohm...)

"Any nation which sacrifices a little liberty for a little security deserves neither and loses both." -- Benjamin Franklin

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I must confess, I'm jaded. X:BTF was one of the most boring games I ever played - so much so that I never even bothered to check out X2 or X3. Can anyone tell me for sure that they are lightyears better than X:BTF?

Also, you'll have to do some pretty hard convincing, since X:BTF got 8.1, X2 got 7.4, and X3 got a 7.2... :doubt:
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Apparently the X Series caters to more hardcore gamer types, which is probably why more mainstream publications ranked it so low and the higher rated ones gave it a fairer review.  I don't have the system to play it, since I only have a 64MB video card and it requires a 128MB one.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/x3reunion?q=x3
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