(I know there's other X3 threads but I went some pages back and couldn't find any)
Finally got around to trying X3:Reunion. I Updated and installed 2.5 patch before starting the game.
A curious thing:
The manual clearly states "It is recommended you play through the first tutorial....". Problem is, the only tutorial I can find is some sort of battle scenario that doesn't explain anything, plus two "bonus scenarios". Starting a new game doesn't seem to explain much either.
Googling "X3: Reunion tutorial" didn't really get me anywhere; gamespot for instance states no tutorial exists.
I tried mucking through the hard way with the manual open in front of me, pressing buttons to see what happens. Frustratingly, my gamepad doesn't correspond to the functions in the manual and I don't want to remap without knowing anything abut the controls. Don't even ask about my joystick - it didn't work for X2 and was useless here as well.
Am I missing something stupidly simple? I know I've done it before.
Or did the tutorial not make it into the final game?
The tutorial is basically the start of the storyline where you learn how to fly, how to use jump gates, and how to fight. Apart from that you're pretty much on your own, picking up bits from the storyline.
The game itself is huge, and amazing, and does take a lot of time to get fully used to, but it's quite a lot of fun when you eventually get a battleship and have 2 frigates at your flanks wreaking havok through the galaxy from a space station you own
It's very satisfying learning to play the game yourself besides being taken by the hand through it. It's a feeling that, in my opinion, should be in more games these days.
Anyway, just take your time, look at what things do, even keep a notepad file open (or an actual notepad) so you can keep track of little things you find out. Also makes it easier to set up trade routes if you make note of who sells and buys what resource.