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X-Tension is an expansion pack to X: Beyond the Frontier. The Earth pilot Kyle Brennan has vanquished the evil Xenon, and now finds himself stranded in space, light years from home. His "X-perimental" ship is reverse-engineered, and, with some credits in hand, he has nothing else to do but to kill some time.

Unlike X: Beyond the Frontier, there is no main plot in the game. The gameplay is open-ended; the player is free to choose to be a trader or a bounty hunter, and undertake any missions and quests in any order.

The expansion pack contains several new features. The player's craft is pre-equipped with weapons and a time-accelerator. The player can leave the ship and space walk in a space suit, purchase new ships from shipyards, and capture enemy ships that can be navigated later. The interface adds an automatic navigation system that includes a map of the galaxy. When certain conditions are met, the player is also able to monitor the economy, traffic, and prices in the X-Universe. The new interface also allows the player to control factories and ship tasks remotely.


X-Tension Windows Cockpit view approaching a factory

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Alternate Titles

  • "X: Tension" -- Steam re-release title

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Critic Reviews Sep 10, 2000 9 out of 10 90
PC Joker Aug, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Absolute Games ( Aug 29, 2000 85 out of 100 85 (UK) Nov 11, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Aug, 2000 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2000 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 2000 70 out of 100 70
PC Action (Germany) Aug, 2000 64 out of 100 64


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Chia-Chen Wu (49) added X-Tension (Windows) on Oct 18, 2002