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X Rebirth will become something, but what that will be, only time will tell. In its current state, given room for potential and circumstances, I feel I am being extremely generous giving X Rebirth the score I have.
One to come back to in a couple of months, perhaps, and if you're still deadest on picking this up, then try and wait for a sale or something at least. Sorry, Egosoft, but better luck next time.
An ambitious attempt to take the series in a new direction crippled by the fact that the direction in question turns out to be 'down the drain'. Shoddy design and construction across the board leave this one without a leg to stand on.
I was wrong. It's a universe filled with boring people living on boring space stations, and playing in this universe is, unsurprisingly, really bloody boring. There's not one thing that X Rebirth does that Albion Prelude or, indeed, any of the X games doesn't do better beyond a few visual treats. Even when the bugs are fixed, the bizarre design choices will persist, as frustrating and counter-intuitive as they were at launch.
X Rebirth is a broken game right now. The UI is clunky, flying feels awkward at best, and you're often left to figure out how to play without any real sort of guidance. This could end up being a fine game once modders are able to essentially remake it, but there's no real reason to pick it up at the current moment.
The interfaces and NPCs have this amazing ability to curdle every sense in your body, and at the end of it, you just wish you never attempted any of it in the first place.
X Rebirth might be worth grabbing in a Steam sale in a couple of years, after 100 patches and with a dozens of mods that create an entirely different game. That game could be fun if you are into modding. As it is right now at launch, X Rebirth is simply a broken, flawed, and almost unplayable mess. It's a shell that has potential, but it's not a working game on its own. Stay far away from it for now, and maybe in a few years it could be worth the time of dedicated fans.
Those few aesthetic points aside, X Rebirth is a deeply flawed game. Riddled with bugs, poor design choices, weak core mechanics, and a shallow world, X Rebirth is not a game that I can recommend.