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The year is 2912. Kyle Brennan, an Earth pilot, is testing the new X-Shuttle, which can jump between parts of the known universe through wormholes. During the test jump, something goes very wrong, and Brennan ends up in an unknown part of space. He meets aliens of the Teladi race, who repair his ship and loan him some money. Unable to return to Earth, Brennan is all alone, owing money to an alien race, and yet unaware of the existence of the Argon race, who look surprisingly similar to humans and are threatened by mechanical beings known as the Terraformers.

X: Beyond the Frontier is a space trading and combat simulation, similar in many ways to Elite, set in the fictional X universe. Trading occupies the larger part of the gameplay. There are fifty-four star systems in the X Universe, each with space stations, solar power plants, shipyards, and other installations. By trading with them the player makes a profit, upgrading the X-Shuttle with new weapons, better shields, and increased cargo space. The player is also able to buy factories, which will generate money at regular intervals. From time to time, hostile ships will attack the X-Shuttle, which will force the player to engage in action-oriented space combat, using the weapons on board or ramming the enemy ship.


X: Beyond the Frontier Windows Also from the "credits section"; fighters attacking a space station
X: Beyond the Frontier Windows Everytime you enter a structure you get to see a short movie clip like this one (after a while you'll just press ESC ;->)
X: Beyond the Frontier Windows You can only save your progress by buying a "Salvage Insurance"
X: Beyond the Frontier Windows It's not as boring as it looks here...

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User Reviews

X: Beyond Boredom Anonymous Gamer (162) 0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars
Halfway between Privateer and Elite zzzapatero (6) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Good for an oldie EndersGame (2) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1999 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker Jul, 1999 85 out of 100 85
ActionTrip Mar 10, 2000 81 out of 100 81
GameSpot Feb 09, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Feb 29, 2000 78 out of 100 78
GamesFirst! May 04, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Electric Playground May 08, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Apr 21, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 (UK) Oct 21, 1999 3 out of 10 30
Game Revolution Feb 01, 1999 D 25


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One of the "modern" games with real nasty copy protection. It could be copied pretty easy and no one would expect it when just checking if it works - but somehow, pirate copies tended to "cheat" the player. You wouldn't get the right amount of money for goods, goods would be lost somewhere for no good reason, quests would be finished by the player and counted as not finished or vice versa - and the best: it could happen after hours of play :)

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Kasey Chang (4617) added X: Beyond the Frontier (Windows) on Jan 31, 2001