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Elite Dangerous Review

  • Share – There are 400 billion solar systems in Elite Dangerous, and all this is a 1: 1 scale recreation for the Milky Way. So many scientists believe that they exist in the universe we live in. It’s a dizzying, overwhelming number, but this makes Elite Dangerous a very compelling space sanbox. In Elite Dangerous if you see a star shining in the sky, you can visit it. The journey may take a full day, but it is possible.

Elite Dangerous Review
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But only a small corner of this galaxy, where the action takes place thousands of years in the future, is inhabited by humans. This is a future where we can travel at the speed of light, which was reached very quickly without giving you too many explanations how we managed to achieve this. Billions of deep systems have not been explored by humans, giving you the opportunity to be the first to explore them, just like the pioneers of the past. You can scan these worlds, and then return to the populated space to sell the information obtained.

But Elite Dangerous is not just about money. You will find stunning landscapes in the far corners, which will make you stop your spaceship countless times to admire these wonders of space. In my travels I could see a purple sun, colossal asteroid belts, quiet Earth-like planets and dying stars. All of these things really make you feel like you’re exploring a vast, unexplored galaxy, and you’ll use the screenshot button many times.

But, being an ELITE game, it is just one of the many paths you can choose. If exploration is not to your liking, you have dozens of other ways you can gain fame and fortune. Elite Dangerous is a sandbox in the true sense of the word, in which you create your own way to have fun. When you start the game, you wake up in a Sidewinder base ship, in a world-forgotten outpost of the Federation, with 1000 credits. Everything you do next is left entirely to your choice and imagination.

If you need a little more adrenaline, you can use the laser weapons on your Sidewinder ship to hunt down pirates and collect various rewards. The battles in Elite Dangerous are quite well done and make you feel like in a Star Wars fight. Although it is based on the same idea of ​​”jousting in space”, it stands out from other simulators of this kind by bringing more diverse options during combat and physics also has a fairly important role in Elite Dangerous. When you use your machine guns you can hear how bullets destroy the opponent’s ship and when you are hit by enemy fire you can see the sparks jump inside your cabin and the small delay, used in Elite Dangerous, before an enemy ship explodes gives you an extreme feeling. satisfactorily.

The ship you start the game with can only use a pair of prized lasers, but if you upgrade to a larger ship you can cover it with rocket launchers, laser beams and rapid-fire machine guns. After you get a bigger ship you can start hunting more dangerous pirates and receive bigger and bigger rewards. But to get to the bigger ships will take quite a long time since they cost millions of credits, not to mention their maintenance: repairs, insurance, ammunition, fuel. Above all money are those who maintain Elite Dangerous.

It’s a good thing that there are a lot of ways you can get money, and in many of them you can do it without firing a single bullet. Trade is a very important part of the game, and buying and selling goods between space stations is a simple but quite slow way to generate revenue. You can buy spaceships that give up everything that means weapons to have more storage space, or you can engage in the field of courier, a kind of FAN Space Courier, so you can take advantage of supply and demand, and you can buy from some areas cheaper and sell them more in others, which will bring you a profit.

If you choose the courier profession you will spend a large part of the game in transit, and the only thing you will have to do is to adjust the speed with which you move, so as not to exceed the destination. It’s like driving on a perfectly straight highway in space. I think that more things to do during these trips should be added, which are quite long and uneventful. The distances between the stars and the planets are quite realistic, but this does not give you a pleasant enough experience.

Then, when you get there, you have to slowly approach the orbital station, ask permission to land, open the landing gear, and guide the ship through the narrow, rotating corridor – all of which you have to do in real time. Elite Dangerous is a pretty slow game and you will have to play for a few hours every night to get as much from it.

At first it gives you a feeling of “grind” especially since you can not transport goods worth more than 2 k, but after you upgrade your ship things become much more varied and interesting. With a bigger and better spaceship you can do more interesting and dangerous missions or you can transport more goods. It’s a slow road at first, but when you manage to change your ship, Sidewinder, for something better, the game becomes constantly more enjoyable.

The quality of this simulator is what keeps Elite Dangerous so connected, and the warships or cargo ships give you a special pleasure in flying them. The sound you hear when you start the engines is really amazing and each ship has its own sound, distinctive shape and each is piloted differently. Currently only 15 ships are available in Elite Dangerous, but FRONTIER has announced that in the coming months there will be 30 ships.

Even if you can play Elite Dangerous, it is not yet in its final version. Like any MMO, its development will be long-term, with new feature content, and regular upgrades. As a result, the game in its current version has a lot of important features missing, especially when it comes to multiplayer mode.

You cannot transfer money to other players (eg, you cannot split rewards) and there is no way to form groups. Elite Dangerous uses courts and it is quite difficult to stay with a friend. Even if you travel with it in the same system you will find that most of the time you will be separated, even if you are in the same area. The game can be improved in many ways, but I hope that FRONTIER will add more interesting things in a short time.

Lack of personality is also an issue. The missions are automatically generated and are a bit robotic and impersonal, and the galaxy is so colossal that you can walk for hours without coming across another player. The “world” does not feel as alive as it should, although the community has taken this issue into its own hands and organizes all sorts of meetings in certain systems. If you want to be up to date with these events, enter the FRONTIER forum or the Elite subreddit page. FRONTIER encourages players to try to block their servers or try to change the economy.

Even if it’s just the beginning, Elite Dangerous is an amazing game. It is a revival of the old style of PC space simulators, but with many modern things and many improvements. I like that I can choose a distant star, start the engines, and fly there. When FRONTIER solves at least some of the problems they have at the moment, and makes the necessary improvements, this game can be something really special.

Elite Dangerous Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

Processor: Quad Core CPU (4 x 2Ghz is a reasonable minimum)

Memory: 4 GB System RAM (more is always better)

Graphics: DX 11 hardware GPU with 1GB video ram (Nvidia GTX 260 / ATI HD4870)

DirectX: DirectX 11

Hard Drive: 2.8 GB

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