X2: The Threat - PC

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X2: The Threat (PC)
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Combat Game: Space
Strategy: Trading
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: EgoSoft Soft. Co.: EgoSoft
Publishers: Enlight (US)
Deep Silver (GB)
Released: 6 Feb 2004 (GB)
2004 (US)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
No Accessories: No Accessories


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Ever since it was first conceived in the legendary Elite, the concept of traversing an almost infinite space universe, trading goods between different planetary systems has been much documented in video games. And with the release of every such title, the gameplay becomes more intricate, the game world more expansive, and the game in general promises to deliver an even more immersive experience than the last one. X2: The Threat is one such game, offering a massive, involving universe to explore, a realistic trading element, and also a fair bit of space combat for good measure.

The game sees you take on the role of a pilot from the X-Universe, the story beginning with the would-be hero and his companion bungling an attempt to steal a spaceship and soon finding himself on the way to enjoying a less than easy life on a prison-mining planet called Artur. Fortunately, the brilliantly named Ban Danna soon intervenes, offering you a last chance of redemption and with it, a job at TerraCorp, hauling freight.

And so you begin, in the usual fashion, at the bottom, with a less than adequate ship, a small selection of low-paying job offers, and the arduous and lengthy task of working your way up to the dizzy heights of success. Obviously this is achieved by putting a great deal of time and effort into the game, taking on countless jobs, flying around from system to system, and trading a variety of goods. Soon enough, you're able to afford to buy upgrades for your ship, arm yourself with better weapons, deal in more lucrative goods, and even go as far as to buy a space station that manufacturers the wares that you sell. But it all takes time. And patience. But that's what these games are all about, right?

Falling under the space/trading genre, X2 is not likely to appeal to the mass market but, as a space/trading game, it's an extremely ambitious project, offering a deep and involving interactive game world, a highly intricate upgrade/progress system, and also a fair amount of good old shoot-em-up combat action.