• Publisher: Egosoft
  • Release Date: Nov 30, 2018
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  • Summary: X4: FOUNDATIONS, the long awaited sequel in the successful X series, brings our most sophisticated universe SIMULATION ever. Fly every ship, EXPLORE space or manage an empire; TRADE, FIGHT, BUILD and THINK carefully, while you embark on an epic journey.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 18, 2018
    80
    If you dream of a single-player Star Citizen, or loved games like Freelancer, then this space sandbox will be a breath of fresh air in a much too sparsely populated genre. However, even though X4 is more accessible than X1–X3, it’s not a casual game. You have to work to figure out the mechanics behind Foundations, and if you put in the time, you’ll be rewarded with an experience that can last 100 hours or more.
  2. Dec 28, 2018
    75
    Foundations is more of the same niche-scratching space exploration from previous iterations with a more immersive feel and I can't wait to dive back into my personal galaxy. For those that have been watching the X series from the outside, Foundations is a great entry point, provided you meet the beefy system requirements.
  3. Jan 14, 2019
    60
    Miles better than the technical disaster X Rebirth, X4 is still far away from its clearly recognizable ideal state.
  4. Dec 25, 2018
    55
    X4: Foundations is a far superior game to the last outing and is already on the right path to success, thanks to Egosofts diligent work in fixing issue s and enhancing the game. However, in its current state, it's still lacking core elements that help to make the game what it could be. Thanks to a broken in-game economy and an almost non-existent story, it can force you down paths and become boring, quickly. However, improvements to the war system has nullified this to an extent. It's a game on the rise and one to keep an eye on, likely worth buying in the near future.
  5. Dec 4, 2018
    33
    Make no mistake: This is still better than Rebirth. Having said that, Foundation not only is flawed in so many areas, but also is light years away from the series former glory and definitely not a game to shorten the waiting time for Star Citizen...
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  1. There’s beauty to be found here, among the stars. But it’s going to take a more dedicated role-player than myself – or at least someone far more interested in systems for their own sake – to buy into this flimsy simulation for very long.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 18 out of 47
  1. Dec 31, 2018
    10
    Notice how the reviews started out mixed or negative and turned to almost all green later. This accurately demonstrates Ego's devs reacting toNotice how the reviews started out mixed or negative and turned to almost all green later. This accurately demonstrates Ego's devs reacting to player's complaints and patching bugs. This game(l.5 patch) is light years ahead of X3 and it's still not finished. The ship and station graphics are not short of awesome. They have never had great NPCs, it's not a FPS, it's a huge space sandbox and you will by far spend most of your time in your ship and other than the pilot/copilot you won't interact with NPCs a whole lot. Currently no major game breaking bugs for me. I hope they add some more long lasting plots. The X4 PHQ plot seemed too short and easy. Remember the HUB plot in X3? It seemed impossible at first. Maybe a plot somewhere between the 2 in difficulty. The variations possible to equip your ship are nice and well thought out. There are different weapons systems for different applications. Exploring is fun, You will spend time just looking at the beautiful scenes in sectors. you have various sensors long and short range to use. Ship fighting is good, for the most part it's better than X3.
    I like the ship classes S-M-L-XL, They cleared up the M1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8.... mess from X3. I think more ship designs are coming. I like the 3D map. Ship commands while confusing at first are logical and usable.
    Trading was a little buggy at first but mostly cleaned up and makes sense. Get a good ship captain, 3 stars for auto trading. After playing 140 hrs in game,
    I have to give X4 Foundations a 10 as is and there is another update coming in 2019.
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  2. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    Well, I played for 2 days straight - If You love space sims its a must. Learning curve is quite high , but Its thinking mans game anyway. DontWell, I played for 2 days straight - If You love space sims its a must. Learning curve is quite high , but Its thinking mans game anyway. Dont listen to those 0/10's, they still wait for Star Citizen prolly.. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2018
    10
    TL;DR : the reports about bugs are just propaganda by Elite Dangerous fan boys or by those that refuse to learn the game. X games are aTL;DR : the reports about bugs are just propaganda by Elite Dangerous fan boys or by those that refuse to learn the game. X games are a simulation and as such require you to be intelligent.

    X4:F is best thought of as X:Rebirth v2. It has the features that made the classic X-series great like able to pilot multiple ships; fleets; fleet commands; wingman; gates; auto pilots; whilst also having some of the good features in X:R like a more modern look. Station scanning is still there but is no longer a requirement. Gone is the requirement that you have to dock and rely on the awkward FPS walking sim to do all trading. Once you dock you can do trading from your cockpit and later if you have a trading computer can do so from space and even tell your fleet to go pick it up.

    The part I love the most is the map. It is fantastic. The ability to look for best buy-sell just by applying powerful filters and zooming out the map is very efficient, fast and a fresh take on doing trading.
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  4. Nov 30, 2018
    7
    Its a typical Egosoft launch. If you have played any of their other games, you know what this means in regards to bugs. However, its milesIts a typical Egosoft launch. If you have played any of their other games, you know what this means in regards to bugs. However, its miles ahead of X Rebirth at launch. Egosoft took what they learned from that terrible game and has moved forward in the right direction again. The ship diversity could be better, but overall I enjoy this game. I look forward to this game being on par with X3 TC or AP after a few months patching. At that point I am confident this will be an 8 or 9/10. Expand
  5. Dec 4, 2018
    5
    I was told that this is a very tranquil space survival game. But it feels very little intuitive. There are rather poor tutorials and it doesI was told that this is a very tranquil space survival game. But it feels very little intuitive. There are rather poor tutorials and it does feel very lost. Oh and for some reason i can fly through parts of space stations, while i bounce off others.

    Actually i am not so sure what to make of it. I got pretty bored after 10 minutes and was fighting with myself another 30.

    Visually it looks nice... it just does not feel like it is telling a comprehensive and engaging story. So far - it feels like a "no mans sky" with less cartoonish graphics and about as little to do as there.
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  6. Dec 8, 2018
    4
    I really wanted X4 to be a better game than Rebirth was unfortunately it is not.
    The amount of bugs makes it an early beta game and not a
    I really wanted X4 to be a better game than Rebirth was unfortunately it is not.
    The amount of bugs makes it an early beta game and not a full price release.
    Avoid for now. Maybe in a couple of years and at some discount it will be worth picking up.
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  7. Jan 17, 2019
    0
    This game released in a terrible state, and the developers have done absolutely nothing to fix game breaking bugs. This is totally brokenThis game released in a terrible state, and the developers have done absolutely nothing to fix game breaking bugs. This is totally broken software, and the company has obviously employed people to come online and fake news it.

    Core features like AI pathfinding do not work. The economy is broken. Wars do not happen. Look at the Steam forums for the incredibly long bug lists.

    Egosoft shipped a game right before Christmas that was totally unplayable, took everyone's money, then went AWOL for 2 months "on holiday", presumably on our dime.

    This is another Bethesda. This is another Hello Games.

    Please don't buy this company's software. Instead, punish them into bankruptcy. Let's use the market to get better space games by not supporting awful studios releasing garbage.
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