X²: The Threat

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X²: The Threat is the sequel to X: Beyond the Frontier. The player takes the role of Julian Gardna, a space pirate in search of his missing father. A new mysterious and hostile alien race, the Khaak, emerge on the horizon, and Julian will have to learn about their origins, intentions, and a possible connection to his father's disappearance.

Like its predecessor, the game is an open-ended space trading and combat simulation. The player is generally free to go anywhere in the vast X-Universe, provided he has enough resources and credits. The game features a dynamic market economy: prices rise and fall depending on many factors, which the player should consider before making purchases. The player can acquire weapons, equipment, entire space ships, and eventually space stations of unlimited amount, as long as he has enough credits to afford them. It is also possible to build factories to produce goods such as weapons and shields.

Numerous alien races populate the X-Universe. The protagonist's reputation among the socially inclined races can be built up by undertaking missions on their behalf, defending their space, or though trade. The way these races treat the protagonist and the nature of the missions given to him depend on his reputation rating, which is divided into "Mercantile", "Combat", and "Notoriety" categories.

Some races are irreversibly hostile, and will leave the player no choice but defend himself in space ship combat. However, the player can also choose to be aggressive, piracy being an available option together with trading, mining, and bounty-hunting.


X²: The Threat Windows Taking a trip through a gate to another sector
X²: The Threat Windows If you get lost, ask for directions from nearby ships and bases... or just tell them to surrender!
X²: The Threat Windows Docking at a station
X²: The Threat Windows Entering a wheat farm station

Alternate Titles

  • "星域大反攻2:威胁" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "X²: Угроза" -- Russian spelling
  • "X2: The Threat" -- Alternate spelling
  • "X2: The Khaak Threat" -- Working title
  • "X²: La minaccia" -- Italian title
  • "X²: Die Bedrohung" -- German title

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User Reviews

So much potential - but oh, so many bugs. Windows Dave Schenet (130)

Critic Reviews

Game Captain Windows Feb 26, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Worth Playing Windows Jan 10, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
CanardPC Windows Jan 21, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameCell UK Windows Mar 14, 2004 8 out of 10 80
ActionTrip Windows Dec 08, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GamePlasma Windows Mar 23, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Chronicles Windows Mar 21, 2004 7.1 out of 10 71
Gamers Europe Windows Apr 06, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Windows Jan 26, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Feb 06, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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Copy Protection

The various geographical releases actually have different copy protection schemes. The earlier US release uses SecuROM 5, but the later European and Australian releases (both prepatched to v1.2) come with the much stronger StarForce 3 protection. The latter installs hidden drivers that won't be removed when uninstalled, and can cause conflicts with USB memory drives.


Argon Prime is the major city on the Argon planet in the universe. The Light Works provided models and data for the realtime in-game cutscene featuring Argon Prime.


  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2004 - Runner-up to DOOM³ as PC Game of the Year
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