5 Unrivalled Space Sim!TheGeneral | 27/10/2008 | See all TheGeneral's reviews (21)This is my third "X" game, I first discovered the series at X2: The Threat. One thing I will start by saying is that this game will take a lot of your spare time, if not all; I quote from the games manual "Say Goodbye To A Social Life and/or Sleep"!It is certainly the case as the game is so involving and addictive! I chose to start as a fighter pilot in the argon military, within 5 minutes I was dogfighting with other craft! After the fight I discover that I had earned over 30k in credits, so I went hunting for another job, found a space-station defence job which payed nearly 100k, took out all the attackers and moved on to the next job!You do this a few times and you can upgrade your ship; upgrade shields, fit more weapons, increase engine performance ect.You can also buy a completely new ship! From small scout ships right up to massive (and I mean MASSIVE) capital ships that are capable of launching smaller fighters!You can also build an empire of factories to keep your fleet stocked - goods produced by your factories are traded by other races which allow you to make money and in turn plow that money into whatever you want - more factories or more warships!The game is not without its bad points, there are bugs, however I know how good the developers at Egosoft are, give them a short while and they will have every bug squashed! My main gripe is a performance issue where the game stutters from time to time, not always but usually when you need it to be smooth (i.e. in the middle of a firefight!), my PC is more than capable of running the game, I have a quad core Q9550, 4Gb RAM & a Sapphire HD4870 X2 so as soon as the stuttering is fixed this will be my main game!Coupled with the new HUD, the Freelancer-esq control system which works BEAUTIFULLY, I am absolutely overjoyed with this game!!Do not hesitate to buy this game, if you love space-sims you cannot and WILL NOT find a better one!