Now we do it for real…

There are a number of starting options in the game X4: Foundations and its currently available DLC’s. However, the general advice from seasoned X’ers to new players is to choose the Young Gun start. This is because it doesn’t push you in a certain direction of gameplay. There are other starts that lean towards trade, exploration, combat and research. Beginning with the premise that Young Gun is just a ‘play it your way’, it comes as a little bit of a surprise when you find one of your first missions is to help with a scientific experiment. I have taken that mission and carried out the first 2 elements of it – of which, more in a moment.

You start out in an Argon system with a basic ship – an Elite Vanguard. Having flown it, I can say that it’s possibly better than the Sidewinder you get in Elite but that’s marginal! It’s definitely nowhere near the wonderful Cobra mkIII 😜 But the ships of different games do not really bear comparison because the challenges are different. So far, since starting a serious play through, I have yet to get shot at – In Elite I’d have been fighting for my life just a couple of trips into the game! Staying briefly with comparisons and going down that road for the last time in this series – The graphics of X4 are very good but they’re not to the Elite standard. That is something that fans of this series acknowledge, so I’m not talking out of turn. Here’s that first ship waiting for me to take her out into space…

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I mentioned the Argon – A quick look into the Lore of the game tells me that they were originally Terran but were seperated from Earth in a war many centuries ago – so I guess we’re ‘Human’ even if my fellow Argonites don’t recognise that as being the case. I spent a bit of time exploring the local area, collecting crystals and killing criminals. This boosted my standing a bit with the Argon. Then I took that first scientific mission.

This mission bounces you into different sector of space where you will meet another species – The Teladi. Both the Argon and the Teladi are initially neutral and you can build your reputation by trading with them or killing their enemies – which includes criminals around their stations. As an aside, the Terran Protectorate are Hostile! – Humans hating on Humans – Who’dve thought it? But I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere near their space at this early stageπŸ˜… The Teladi are reptilian in appearance – here’s one of their maintenance people kindly washing some space dust off my ship…

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It was after I’d carried out the first two requirements of that scientific mission that the game advised me to ease off, earn some cash and build some standing as there was no rush to complete the project. Never had that in a game beforeπŸ˜• So I went out, killed some more criminals and did some more crystal hunting. Finding crystals is easy if you understand what to look for. You can find tuition videos that cover this but all I can give you is a screenshot and try to explain…

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…The crystals reflect light – So if you watch carefully, you will see the occasional flash of light from an asteroid. You’ll need to open up the image above to see but, if you look slightly right of centre and slightly above the centreline, there is a white starburst on the edge of an asteroid – that’s a clear indication of the presence of crystals which you can dislodge with your lazer and collect. Some of them are worth a very large amount of credits!

By now you may be finding this post a bit confused and chaotic – Rest assured, that is how the game feels to me at the moment. It’s one huge learning curve and lacking in structure but I will say it’s fun😎 πŸ‘β€ I’ve made my way back to my starting point via a Super Highway…

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…and a Jump Gate…

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As for those naughty criminal types, I’ve left some wrecks in my wake…

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Finally – there’s that warm glow when you get to sell off your crystal colection…

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… that’s me over Cr1M in the bank!!! πŸ˜ƒ

To close, there are some wonderful sights to enjoy in this game…

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…and a lot of fun to be had. But currently I’m not sure if it’s going to become as dangerous out there as Elite can be. I suspect I will find out as I expand my operations πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘β€