X Rebirth

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X Rebirth
X Rebirth logo.gif
Developer(s) Egosoft
Publisher(s) Deep Silver and Tri Synergy
Distributor(s) Valve Corporation (Steam)
Series X
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) November 15, 2013
Genre(s) Space trading and combat simulator
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution DVD, Steam download

X Rebirth is a single-player space trading and combat game developed by Egosoft, published by Deep Silver (Europe) and Tri Synergy (America). It is the sixth installment in the X universe adventure video game series, following X3: Albion Prelude (2012), as the new sequel to the last game title.[1] The game runs on Microsoft Windows. Egosoft Director Bernd Lehahn has stated that X Rebirth will not be available on consoles.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

X Rebirth incorporates open-ended (or "sandbox") gameplay.[3] As with previous installments in the series the game will take place in a universe that is active even when the player is not present, involving simulated trade, combat, piracy, and other features. The player as an individual may take part in these or other actions to gain notoriety or wealth, going so far as to be able to construct their own space installations and command fleets of starships, establishing what amounts to their own personal empire and dynamically and drastically altering the game world in the process.

Prior to launch, the developers announced that X Rebirth would feature a new interface design, intended to reduce the initial complexity for new players. However, they asserted that the game mechanics would remain comparable in complexity to those found in previous X series titles.[4] However after release, many people attacked a lot of the design decisions made by Egosoft, and a number of customers requested refunds.[5][6]

Synopsis[edit]

Its story shows a more focused effort on specific characters than Egosoft's previous 'X' effort;[7]

"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."[8]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 33/100[9]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 4.3/10[10]
GameFront 47/100[11]
GameStar 44/100[12]
PC Games 39%[13]
GameSpot 2/10[14]

The game has universally been received negatively by critics, holding the score of 33/100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."

As of March 23, 2014, X Rebirth has received 25 patches since release, however the game is widely regarded as being a disappointment following from previous successes in the series. [9] On the 21st of April 2014, X Rebirth 2.0 became available, delivering a number of patch fixes and gameplay improvements.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fletcher, J. C. (2011-04-22). "Egosoft's X Rebirth brings the space exploration series back to life". AOL Inc. (Joystiq). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ Egosoft MD Showcases X Rebirth at FedCon XX
  3. ^ Waver, Lloyd (2011-04-30). "Egosoft: The Next Big Thing". WordPress (Polychromium). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ Walker, John (2011-04-20). "Born Again – X: Rebirth Announced". Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Rock, Paper, Shotgun). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ http://steamcommunity.com/app/2870/discussions/0/
  6. ^ http://forum.egosoft.com/viewforum.php?f=127
  7. ^ de Matos, Xav (2011-04-20). "X Rebirth continues the longstanding Egosoft-developed space series later this year". GameFly Media (Shacknews). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  8. ^ Cox, Austin (2011-04-20). "X Universe Reborn on the PC with Announcement of X Rebirth". Gameplay Today. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  9. ^ a b "X Rebirth for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Rob Zacny (November 20, 2013). "X Rebirth Review - IGN". IGN. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Dominic Tarason (November 20, 2013). "X Rebirth Review: Sucking Vacuum | GameFront". GameFront. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Von Rüdiger Steidle (November 26, 2013). "X: Rebirth im Test | GameStar". GameStar. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ Stefan Weiß (November 19, 2013). "X Rebirth im Test: Massive Bugs und Designmängel trotz Patches | PC Games". PC Games. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/x-rebirth-review/1900-6415614/

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