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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 Amazing graphics are everywhere in this game
X²: The Threat Windows One of the many quotes you see at the start of the game
X²: The Threat Windows Some missions require you to meet certain requirements before you can take them, such as not being completely stoned as in this case
X²: The Threat Windows Battling your enemies can be difficult depending how many ships there are

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X²: The Threat Screenshot
X²: The Threat Screenshot
X²: The Threat Screenshot


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 (138)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Windows Dec 16, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Windows Feb 06, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 18, 2004 82 out of 100 82
PC Action Windows Feb 13, 2004 81 out of 100 81 Windows Dec 17, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Entertainment Depot, The Windows Feb 04, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GamePlasma Windows Mar 23, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
Gamers Europe Windows Apr 06, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Boomtown Windows Feb 03, 2004 7 out of 10 70 Windows Jun 01, 2005 10 out of 20 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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