X3: Albion Prelude

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X3: Albion Prelude
Developer(s)Egosoft
Publisher(s)Deep Silver
SeriesX
EngineX3 Reality
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X (App Store), Linux
ReleaseDecember 15, 2011 (Steam),[1] December 23, 2011 (Mac), May 15, 2013 (Linux)
Genre(s)Space trading and combat simulator
Mode(s)Single-player

X3: Albion Prelude (usually shortened to X3AP and trademarked as X3: Albion Prelude), is a space trading and combat simulator from German developer Egosoft and is the fifth game in their X series. An add-on to 2008's X3: Terran Conflict, X3: Albion Prelude features new content, functionality and improvements, including additional ships, stations, and sectors; a new plot line; war scenario sectors, and several stock exchanges. X3: Albion Prelude was announced on 8 December 2011 and released on Steam on 15 December 2011.

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Updates[edit]

The 1.1 patch included numerous bug fixes as well as performance tweaks.

The 2.0 patch included multiple new ships, rebalance of previously added ships, bug fixes, and performance tweaks. It also included cut-down versions of some of the main plots available from X3 Terran Conflict.

The 2.1 patch fixed rapid response ships broken in the 2.0 patch. Full language support for Spanish and Czech was added. Plot bugs and issues with custom hotkey assignments were also fixed.

The 2.5 patch included a new Terran sub plot: "Operation Loose Ends". A new Terran HQ was added. Various bugs were fixed, such as war ships self destructing upon being captured and some Rapid Response fleet issues.

The 3.0 patch included support for Linux and gamepad, as well as three new plots: Shady Business, Corporation Troubles and Breaking Grounds. Various fixes were included like M6-class ships no longer exploding after undocking from super shipyards.

The 3.1 patch fixed several problems with some of the in-game story plots, in addition to some various bug fixes. In addition, some of the localisations were updated to align with the new content added in the 3.0 patch.

A further 3.1a patch was released which improved the performance of the game for systems with certain AMD hardware.

Reception[edit]

X3: Albion Prelude
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings69.00%[2]
Metacritic75[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame3/5 stars[4]
PC Gamer (UK)69/100[5]

Albion Prelude was generally well received, with a score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritic.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xmas Surprise - Egosoft Announce New X3 Game". Egosoft X-News 46. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-23.
  2. ^ "X3: Albion Prelude for PC - GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  3. ^ a b "X3: Albion Prelude (PC)". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  4. ^ Brown, Christopher. "X3: Albion Prelude - Overview - allgame". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  5. ^ Senior, Tom (2012-03-06). "X3: Albion Prelude Review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2013-05-27. If interacting with it wasn’t such a pain, Albion Prelude would be a tremendous achievement.

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