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  • Summary: The next game in the Elite series - a space epic with fully multi-player. Carve your own path through a rich gaming sandbox, set against a backdrop of raw anarchy, galactic powerplays and intrigue. Do whatever it takes to upgrade your ship’s hull, engines, weapons, defences, cargo hold;The next game in the Elite series - a space epic with fully multi-player. Carve your own path through a rich gaming sandbox, set against a backdrop of raw anarchy, galactic powerplays and intrigue. Do whatever it takes to upgrade your ship’s hull, engines, weapons, defences, cargo hold; constantly improve your capabilities and influence on your journey towards the most coveted rank in the history of gaming - ‘Elite’. Expand

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  1. Positive: 46 out of 54
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  1. May 11, 2015
    90
    Everyone who played the original game back in the 80's, should be right at home. It's the 21st Century version of "Elite." But newer, uninitiated players may find it strangely desolate and repetitive. A grand space simulation, aimed at the series' hardcore fans.
  2. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2015
    88
    Bold, brave and beautiful - Elite's return aims high and achieves almost all of its grand ambitions. [Mar 2015, p.60]
  3. Jan 13, 2015
    85
    Elite: Dangerous is one of the games with the greatest potential ever seen in the history of this media. At present, we are talking about a title that includes a reproduction in 1: 1 scale of our galaxy, with billions of stars to explore and contents that go far beyond the life expectancy of a human being. In one word: incredible.
  4. Dec 22, 2014
    80
    For all its frustrations, you'll spend much longer in the sweet spot than you spend getting there. Elite: Dangerous demands much, but repays your devotion many times over.
  5. Mar 4, 2015
    80
    Elite Dangerous is a very ambitious game. Travel through the massive universe in your own spaceship. Trade, explore and fight your way through the galaxy in this epic and enormous game. But keep in mind: the game still has a way to go until it's finished.
  6. Jan 15, 2015
    80
    Everyone's experiences in Elite: Dangerous will be unique to them, and it only takes a couple of mesmerising ones to justify the early grind.
  7. Dec 16, 2014
    70
    A "launch" build with some features still in infancy, Elite: Dangerous nonetheless offers terrific space flight ambiance and trading progression befitting of the once-revolutionary series. In a few months time, this title could be outstanding.

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  1. Jan 6, 2015
    10
    The space combat game I have been waiting for since X-Wing! I never played the original Elite but the true sandbox experience in this initialThe space combat game I have been waiting for since X-Wing! I never played the original Elite but the true sandbox experience in this initial release of Elite Dangerous is fantastic. It can only get better from here. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    Absolutely awesome game when coupled with the occulus rift. Still requires a bit of polish, but already a great game. Not a game for those whoAbsolutely awesome game when coupled with the occulus rift. Still requires a bit of polish, but already a great game. Not a game for those who crave instant gratification and have no patience. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    Elite is back! New, upgraded and shiny but at the core it's still Elite - you, your ship and the universe of possibilities.

    As per 2.07
    Elite is back! New, upgraded and shiny but at the core it's still Elite - you, your ship and the universe of possibilities.

    As per 2.07 (last pre-launch update) it feels good, looks better and plays great. The foundation is very solid and it can get only better with the promised development after release that will continue to expand the base of the game while also working on major expansions like planetary landings and first person.

    The latest fixes during Beta and Gamma have done an excellent job to improve the stability and overall balance of the game. Trading is finally fixed and logical again, combat feels great. No issues with the netcode (for me) and overall an excellent experience. Mind though - this game isn't easy and doesn't hold your hand - your actions have consequences and there is no magic immunity nets. Live fast, die hard!

    In addition, Frontier Developments have shown to be a great company, constantly hearing and answering their customers and changing the game to suit people's requests. Many times features or fixes requested in the forums have "magically" appeared in the game showing that the guys at Frontier actually do really care about our opinions - this also corroborated by some of the senior Frontier staff frequently posting and engaging in debates and clarifications with the players.
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  4. Jan 15, 2015
    9
    Recommended game for all space sim fans out there:
    Graphics 10 (Occulus Rift DK2 at its best)
    Sound 10 Dogfight/Combat 9 PVE mechanics 9
    Recommended game for all space sim fans out there:
    Graphics 10 (Occulus Rift DK2 at its best)
    Sound 10
    Dogfight/Combat 9
    PVE mechanics 9
    Multiplayer mechanics 6: Work in progress, Wings Mchanics will be deployed soon by devs
    Scale and model of the Galaxy 10
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  5. Dec 18, 2014
    7
    A solid release, if unspectacular. Elite Dangerous 1.0 is a framework, the fundamentals are there - trade, fight, mine, explore but it'sA solid release, if unspectacular. Elite Dangerous 1.0 is a framework, the fundamentals are there - trade, fight, mine, explore but it's lip-service. Having experienced the game's development from Kickstarter onwards, having insight into the development process via the Design Decision Forum and access to all builds from premium Alpha, it's fair to say that the release was premature. Features had to be dropped (postponed), the last month of development took on an almost panicked air, with as many elements being broken as were fixed.

    Fortunately the release candidate worked fairly well out of the "box", I haven't experienced any game breaking issues and am still enjoying the experience - which is not a bad thing at all as having "played" for a year prior, I'd be likely to feel entitled to a more jaded outlook - but I don't.

    Give it 6 months, and we may see the kind of game that it's potential implies, as it is, the release is worth a solid 7/10.
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  6. Dec 17, 2015
    4
    Promising Game, Idiotic Company

    The game has an awful lot of potential. Playing with the rift is truly f-ing awesome. When I first got hold
    Promising Game, Idiotic Company

    The game has an awful lot of potential. Playing with the rift is truly f-ing awesome. When I first got hold of E:D I sunk a couple of hundred hours into it and then left it alone for a while to see what came along next.

    Apparently the answer is ... Nothing. You can buy a whole _new_ game which includes the base game (and some new features like landing on planets) but there's not much in the way of content (at least, not when compared to MMORPGs as the devs keep trying to do). The new game? More expensive than the original because it includes the base game. Which I already have.

    I don't mind the money, I object to the shady business practices, broken promises and (frankly) half-baked level of implementation for all existing features/content.

    But hey, why finish developing a game when you can add a few new features and charge the same all over again? Ok, they haven't _actually_ added most of the stuff you're paying for but they will. Honest!

    Looking at their track record for keeping promises to date, I'm not optimistic.

    In summary: Really good foundation to make a truly epic game, but it's being used to make a series of half-broken, incomplete, full-priced games, one every year to keep milking you.

    Oh and as an added bonus, you too can have 10 copies of the game in your Steam library to really clutter things up.
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  7. Jul 16, 2020
    0
    There is an expansion for this game called Horizons which is essentially mandatory at this point. It's not just that you don't get the "full"There is an expansion for this game called Horizons which is essentially mandatory at this point. It's not just that you don't get the "full" experience without it, but much of the game is fundamentally broken or imbalanced without it. I don't know if I can recommend the full game, either, but the "base game" by itself is so completely nonviable that it doesn't even warrant discussion of its merits or flaws. It ought to be pulled from the marketplace and replaced with an all-in-one package bundling itself with Horizons. Until that day, the best we can do it give a negative review.

    AVOID at all costs unless you also have the Horizons expansion.
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