Summary: First off, let me say it took a long time to come across a space sim this developed and engrossing. The game mechanics and economy are very similar to EVE online, but that's where the similarities end. The gameplay is worlds apart from EVE-O (Pun intended, hooah). The amount you can do in this game will have you addicted and forgetting what day it is. You can do quite literally anything IF you can figure out how.
Summary: Works great on XP, bit of trouble on 8.1 , doesn't recognise every button on my HOTAS but easy fixed if you get "JoyToKey" 374 or 379 off the web. X3 gold is DRM free from the maker. Few things I miss from X2 but otherwise excellent!
Summary: Could not get into it. The interface is klunky and complex. There's a lot of flying through space to get anywhere. Time shift option is helpful but a super thrust would be better (Freelancer). Being able to save only in space stations when it takes a long time to do anything is terrible.
Summary: You will not go wrong buying this. I have not played much after buying it from here.but what i have played it is very extensive and fully living space. Just try it. I do want to mention, that if you do decide to try it, the controls, without a joystick are a bit confusing at first.
Summary: I bought and installed this and happened to pick the one with Tages DRM. I can't play the game and it's proving to be a major chore uninstalling the DRM. Every time I restart my computer I get a warning that Tages is incompatible with Windows 7 64bit and has been disabled. Buying this game was a mistake, I'd pay the purchase price again to be rid of it all.
Summary: I enjoy it and the vast open space it offers. Kind of like Freelancer in that aspect but, more difficult to learn. Many mod upgrades for it and lots of hours of just flying but, the graphics are good and the game is alright.
Summary: You like flying around in outer space? Did you ever want to fly those big ass capital ships that they always have in these space games but they never let you fly? Well now you can, with X3: Gold. Of course, they ain't free. And nobody's going to sell you one of those behemoths unless they know you real well. But much like Gene Starwind, even if one one those things fell in your lap, how could you afford to kit out and maintain one?