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X: Beyond the Frontier

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The Human Race had advanced to the point where we could travel among the stars, we developed giant automated machines to help us colonise other worlds, but there was a fault in their programming and they turned and attacked. Forcing us to lay a trap to protect Earth and exiling the Human race to stay on Earth once again.
500 Years later Kyle Brennan starts his journey by piloting an experimental ship equipped with a new piece of technology allowing it to cross vast distances on its own. However it malfunctions and traps him in a group of sectors inhabited by Aliens, hunted and with no way home, this is his story of survival... Beyond the Frontier...

X: Beyond The Frontier is the first part in the X-Universe series of games developed by Egosoft.

It tells the story of mankind's rise and fall in the universe, and the attempt by Kyle Brennan to help repopulate the stars using a new ship called the Experimental Shuttle, and how he became trapped in a closed group of sectors linked by a series of jumpgates, owing credits to an alien for helping to save him, and hunted by several people. Unknowingly, a group of secret service people are after him, a group who have tried to hide their races secret, that they are the descendants of a group of Humans who saved earth from the Terraformer fleet they created to help colonise the universe.
Now with the Truth coming out, X: Beyond the Frontier allows the player to play as Kyle Brennan on his hunt to find a way home, whilst helping a group of people find the truth about their ancestry, and continue to help save earth from the Terraformers who are now known as the Xenon.
  • Trade - Trade in over 50 sectors, with over 50 different goods, upgrade you ships with dozens of upgrades available to you by 5 different races.
  • Fight - Find the location of the hostile pirates and survive against attacks by the Xenon.
  • Build - Construct stations to build your own production empire.
  • Think - Adapt your trading empire to suit the needs of each sectors local economy.
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Egosoft, THQ
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 95 or higher
  • Processor: Pentium II 200 MHz
  • Memory: 32 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 4 MB DirectX-compliant video card
  • DirectX®: DirectX 7.0 or higher
  • Hard Drive: 360 MB hard-disk space
  • Sound: DirectX-compliant sound card
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X: Beyond the Frontier reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
You always say that in this game to colonize Freedom and the dream of the stars With Trade, Construction, Combat and Thinking Is the Developer Egosoft came to this game called X: Beyond The Frontier you can say what you want My first game what space and Strategy like Superiority en in a is with very good Sci-fi feeling it has grabbed me because of I say only one we are not alone in the unisverse;)
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X-Beyond the Frontier was released in 1999. That's a While ago. It's not a bad Game-after all, I enjoyed myself with it for a good 50h. But when I alluded To X2-The Threat, I realized: X2 contains everything that also includes X ... plus buyable Ships ... Plus significantly better Graphics ... Plus the Game much more supple upgrades for the Ships. X should only install game archaeologists. Everyone else should head for X2 right away. Hence Thumbs down for X-with Reference to the Successor X2.
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So from a game design point of view, the Developers who came up with the "batshit crazy" have been ^ ^ You can only save by docking at a Space Station (for which you need to know at least three Key assignments by heart) and "Salvage Insurance" There. Buys. When you press Escape, no Menu opens: You can only leave the Game via Shift-Q or Alt-F4: As I said, Madman ^ ^ So get to Play the Successors, the Original Is largely unplayable. For the Nostalgia value I still got me and played half an Hour.
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The first Game in the X-series already has a relatively large Number of elements, which can still be found today in current X-games. The most important thing to emphasize is the dynamic Economy, which in the Form at that time was not available in any other Game. Other Elements such as Peoples, Goods, Sectors can also be found in more modern Games in this Series. Graphically, due to Age, the Game is no longer up-to-date, but is still quite nice to watch. In Particular, the Size of the Universe is still well established due to the high Rendering Distance. As usual with X, the Controls are quite cluttered and will overwhelm one or the other Despite the existing Tutorial.
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Wanted to play through the game after the newer X2/X3 Parts. But Is more for Masochists with a lot of Time. If you can live with all the Autopilot Bugs of X2 and X3, you should leave out the first Part, who can't grab another Game. If you want to build a Factory in X, for Example, you have to fly around in the system almost by chance for an eternal long time, because an Orientation with the potthian slurred something is somewhere and you are now looking in any Direction is hardly possible. Then you click to the Pilot, put him on, fly to a Shipyard and wait a few Hours (realtime). The Pilot ignores the whole thing, of course. So look for the Freighter again, hire it, to the Station, wait for free etc.-Fun Factor: 0.
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