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Mixed or average reviews- based on 131 Ratings

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  • Summary: Starting with only a small starship and a few credits, do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to survive in a cutthroat galaxy and stand among the ranks of the iconic Elite.
    In an age of galactic superpowers and interstellar war, every player's story
    Starting with only a small starship and a few credits, do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to survive in a cutthroat galaxy and stand among the ranks of the iconic Elite.
    In an age of galactic superpowers and interstellar war, every player's story influences the connected galaxy and evolving narrative. Governments fall, battles are lost and won, and humanity's frontier is reshaped, all by players' actions. Explore, trade, fight and survive in Elite: Dangerous' massively multiplayer galaxy, and challenge the world in CQC: Close Quarter Combat. Become Elite in the interstellar PVP arenas of the ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest.
    400 Billion Star Systems. Infinite Freedom. Blaze Your Own Trail.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 5, 2017
    90
    If you read up on the planets for fun, enjoy movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, or Moon, or find the idea of hauling cargo from system to system and maybe getting in the odd fight along the way appealing, there is very little else out there like Elite Dangerous. I'm highly recommending it despite the tedium in its game play and the long periods of time you will spend just looking at stars/reading stuff on a screen. It is a beautiful, one of a kind experience that I cherish, one of my favourite games in the last few years, and the PlayStation 4 release is no exception.
  2. Jul 20, 2017
    88
    It isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you’re looking for instant action or a linear playing experience. That said, with a little patience, and a bit of imagination, Elite Dangerous is an extremely rewarding game that is worth experiencing.
  3. CD-Action
    Sep 25, 2017
    85
    If the PS4 edition is you first contact with Elite, you’re in for a treat, as you receive a game that has been evolving for almost 3 years (but hasn’t aged a bit!) along with Horizons expansion. [09/2017, p.30]
  4. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    Even after getting over any initial frustrations, the frequently vexing mechanics will test your patience time and time again, but despite these issues there’s a magic to Elite Dangerous that will keep you playing. Whether it’s a close encounter with a white dwarf, an intense dogfight, or a just cruising between star systems, the freedom and opportunity laid across its billions of stars means that Elite Dangerous offers spectacular space-tourism all from the comfort of your sofa.
  5. Jul 11, 2017
    80
    Elite: Dangerous delivers a deep, fascinating space sim experience, with a tremendous potential but also a very steep learning curve.
  6. Jul 7, 2017
    75
    Thankfully, whether you’re soaking in the cosmos around you, banking large sums of credits from a well-planned trading haul, or surviving a harrowing encounter with space pirates in dazzling ship-to-ship combat, Elite Dangerous has plenty to keep me excited to come back.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Aug 24, 2017
    60
    This is evocative and immersive but will leave you cold - also like space. [Sept 2017, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 53
  2. Negative: 15 out of 53
  1. Jun 29, 2017
    10
    The best, most realistic space simulation i have ever played. Absolute freedom, huge galaxy, big variety of missions, realistic challenge andThe best, most realistic space simulation i have ever played. Absolute freedom, huge galaxy, big variety of missions, realistic challenge and not just a pewpew space shooter, pvp and pve multiplayer. This game has it all. So far i haven't encounter any bugs (the game is already out on pc and xbox a long time now so it would be weird if it had bugs) and it runs smoothly on ps4 and ps4 pro alike. Only negative thing is the online only solo game cause i would like to be able to play solo at least offline. This is the space game I've been waiting for all my life. No Man's Sky was great but it was a survival game is space not a simulation. I'll be playing this for years to come. Hopefully they won't ever put down the servers or at least make the solo offline sometime in the future. Space sim lovers have to play this and everybody else who don't afraid of a challenge you should try it. Top notch! Expand
  2. Feb 12, 2019
    10
    This game is an absolute must for players who love exploring the universe. Game looks verry realistic, with loads of stuff to do. Combat,This game is an absolute must for players who love exploring the universe. Game looks verry realistic, with loads of stuff to do. Combat, mining, trading, exploring etc. Expand
  3. Jun 30, 2017
    9
    A space sim, pure and simple. It doesn't give you much - you have to learn it yourself and make the effort. You'll get out whatever you put inA space sim, pure and simple. It doesn't give you much - you have to learn it yourself and make the effort. You'll get out whatever you put in and there is no hand holding. Great to see Elite back. It might not be the right flavour for a modern gaming audience but persevere and see what you think. It's what No Man's Sky could have been. Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2017
    7
    If you enjoy watching paint dry or grass grow, then Elite Dangerous is for you, this is the kind of game that you could put 500 hours into andIf you enjoy watching paint dry or grass grow, then Elite Dangerous is for you, this is the kind of game that you could put 500 hours into and still feel like your in training mode, graphics and sound are average, the music is 10/10. If you like grinding for credits and flying around deep space, doing deliveries, trading and a host of other stuff then this is for you. Expand
  5. Dec 15, 2020
    6
    1. Menu is slow
    2. There is a lot of grind in the game
    3. Fdev, trying to introduce ballang, added another grind - earnings of credits,
    1. Menu is slow
    2. There is a lot of grind in the game
    3. Fdev, trying to introduce ballang, added another grind - earnings of credits, which in fact did not exist before
    4. Fdev, it seems to me, ignores comments on the game that do not fit into their idea of its development
    5. To play more or less comfortably, the use of third-party services is required, the game provides little information about itself
    6. Это песочница, в игре нет по сути игрового процесса, игра вам не помогает не награждает вас, а только наказывает
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  6. Feb 13, 2021
    4
    Basically:

    +Amazing space simulator +Huge potential -Devs kinda neglect this game -HUUUUUUGE grind in every gameplay aspect -"mile
    Basically:

    +Amazing space simulator
    +Huge potential

    -Devs kinda neglect this game
    -HUUUUUUGE grind in every gameplay aspect
    -"mile wide inch deep" - huge galaxy, but there is very little ways to interact with it in a meaningful or fun way
    -Personally, I don't like the combat, BF3 dogfighting was way more fun than this

    Odyssey is on the horizon, but I doubt, this game will ever get into 8/10 territory.

    fdev, please dont screw up the next Elite game in 20 years as much as you screwed up Elite Dangerous.

    Playtime at point of review: 300 hours
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  7. May 16, 2021
    0
    I dont understand the positive reviews on this game or what kind of people pick this up and decide to throw away hours learning basic controlsI dont understand the positive reviews on this game or what kind of people pick this up and decide to throw away hours learning basic controls - not playing a game or having any fun - on an offchance they may like this. It's easier to get into an IVY league school than learn to play this overly complicated POS. The brief experience I had: UI is a nightmare and pukeworthy, travel is tedium, basic controls arent explained and/or are counterintuitive as fk. Its open world, great, but after getting through the overly brief and not-so-helpful tutorial, 20 minutes into a mission with no clue how to do anything, the only "fun" is just writing this review.

    Proponents of this game will talk about an online flight manual or similar bs. However, I bought a game to play rather than sign up for a weekend reading project. Is it reasonable to ask a new player to invest hours learning controls and how to navigate the retarded navigation and cockpit mechanics before they know if they even want to play this flaming turd of a game? If a game needs a manual to get through a BEGINNER MISSION, there is an obvious design flaw imo. I'd rather watch bread mold in real-time than spend another minute on this POS.
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