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  • Summary: Elite: Dangerous is a massively multiplayer space epic, bringing gaming’s original open world adventure to the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions. Starting with only a small starship andElite: Dangerous is a massively multiplayer space epic, bringing gaming’s original open world adventure to the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions. Starting with only a small starship and a few credits, players do what it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to survive in a futuristic cutthroat galaxy and to stand among the ranks of the iconic Elite. 400 Billion Star Systems. Infinite Freedom. Blaze Your Own Trail. [Xbox.com] Expand

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  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 15, 2015
    90
    Elite: Dangerous is a massive game. I can’t even begin to talk about how many star systems there are in the game, and you can go to them all if you choose to do so. That statement is both what defines this game as well as holds it back, but it only does that for the first few hours.
  2. Oct 12, 2015
    88
    Vast and hard, Elite Dangerous is a demanding experience which rewards the player with great satisfaction. The Xbox One edition is really well done and the joypad controls feel great.
  3. Oct 11, 2015
    85
    Frontier Developments have done a magnificent job of creating an affordable universe that is fun to play. With tons of game styles and the entirety of the Milky Way to explore, this one is truly for space sim buffs with one caveat – if you’re feeling lost, we recommend you check out video tutorials online.
  4. Oct 6, 2015
    80
    Frontier Developments did a great job in converting the game from PC, but there's still a lot to do to make Elite: Dangerous less cryptic for new players.
  5. Oct 18, 2015
    80
    Apart from the slow pacing, this is probably the finest space sim we’ve ever played.
  6. Oct 9, 2015
    80
    Elite: Dangerous goes against the grain of the Xbox One’s library of games. It’s not as frenetic and action packed as Call of Duty nor does it share The Witcher 3’s flair for engrossing narratives. Instead, Elite: Dangerous is a quest for the next big thing which, in this case, is a high quality ship outfitted with the best equipment that fits a chosen playstyle.
  7. 60
    Elite Dangerous is a very cool, atmospheric experience with an outstanding presentation. The flexible gameplay and progression loop are two great reasons to keep coming back for more if the game's mechanics click for you. However, it is easy to see why some people might be turned off by its aimlessness, and with the lacking narrative contextualising what you're doing, you might be left with the nihilistic question of why you're bothering doing anything at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. Oct 7, 2015
    10
    Elite: Dangerous, well to start off... its an addicting game. Towards the beginning when Elite: Dangerous was launched in "Xbox Game Preview"Elite: Dangerous, well to start off... its an addicting game. Towards the beginning when Elite: Dangerous was launched in "Xbox Game Preview" (an early access program like Steam Early Access), I bought the game for $30 dollars and it had quite of few bugs, and crashes to the dashboard to the point where most players couldn't play the game for 5 minutes straight. But a few weeks later (within the last week of July of 2015), the game got patched/updated and then the game became addicting/playable again. Like always if its in Beta, the game will always be filled with glitches and bugs.

    Note: This game isn't for everyone. You have to grind a lot (mainly for CR, in-game credits) and you have to visit a lot of space stations in order to upgrade your ship. Why? Because every space station is different. Not all of them have the same parts/upgrades, they don't have the same ships to buy, they don't sell the same commodities (for example like food, water, guns, etc..), and they all have different bulletin boards to do different contract missions.

    Elite: Dangerous has a few unique features that I personally like; for one its the integration with the Xbox friends-lists in the Comm's Panel in the top left of your games screen. From the Comm's Panel you can invite friends to your "Wing"; team up to kill other players and/or AI's who have bounty's, go mining (and have your extra friends to be body guards), and steal cargo from other players. Best of all, you can go on a killing spree, become wanted and have a bounty on your own ship/head so other players can take you out. You basically have the game to your own will and do whatever you want in it. Next is the customization, customizing your ship is the second best part in this game. One day you can go from smuggling cargo from a port to a station, and then a few hours later you can go mining and sell the metals/minerals you gathered for high value and upgrade your ship or buy a new one. Best of all, you can visit the center of the Universe... but note that it will takes weeks (sometimes months) just to travel to the center.... it depends on the ship you have and also the upgrades you have on it.

    For one, I love the community of Elite: Dangerous. They are really supportive with new players on the
    Xbox One version subreddit of Elite: Dangerous via /r/EliteOne and they will help everyone if you are new to Elite: Dangerous or a PC veteran trying to figure out the controller controls. And then there is another community/group called the "Fuel Rats" (they were PC focused based, but now also on Xbox One). What are they? They are real Commanders/Players that help out other Commanders if they are stranded or ran out of fuel in-game for free. They are always on standby and will help you no matter what. You can check them out here: fuelrats.org or /r/FuelRats.

    In conclusion, if you do plan on getting this game. I highly recommend for you to do the tutorials so you can understand the game, how to fly the ship, and also understand the useful controls on "A, B, X, Y" when holding them down because they have different things tied to each button. Next, fidel with the flight controls to find the perfect combination because in the beginning they are hard to master but later on you will become a Pro. Lastly, have fun... invite friends or find new friends via the Frontier forums or the /r/EliteOne subreddit. The game doesn't have a story-line. You make your own story.
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  2. Oct 21, 2015
    10
    If you like playing FPS or fast action games then game is not for you! This is a MMO game that takes a lot of time to learn and understand,If you like playing FPS or fast action games then game is not for you! This is a MMO game that takes a lot of time to learn and understand, and just playing the game will not make you a expert. This game takes skill, time, and research and trust me you not get it right the first time. Time is the biggest key in this game, crawl, walk, run, fail, and repeat but once you understand the basics it sucks you in. Size, this is the biggest game that I have ever had the pleasure of playing, you could speed weeks traveling and not even scratch the surface of what is already in the game!
    When you start keep your first ship and just go out flying to figure out controls and how everything works and feels. If you die it doesn't cost you anything so have fun with it, oh and stay in solo play so you don't end up in the cross hairs of a human controlled pirate.
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  3. Jul 7, 2016
    9
    I have logged many flight hours in Elite, over all I really like the game. I have read many reviews bashing the game, but it takes time to getI have logged many flight hours in Elite, over all I really like the game. I have read many reviews bashing the game, but it takes time to get into a game like Elite. Their is a learning curve, a good size one for a xbox game. the best thing is it is not over you are playing a game their still building on still bringing new things out for. I cant wait to walk around stations and get out and explore planets. and all of that is coming. think about the scale this game and the few other like it are trying to do its huge and dose not happen over night. Elite dose have room to grow and offer more to players. Over all it is a well done fun to play space sim, that I will be playing for a long time . Expand
  4. Jul 25, 2020
    7
    Elite: Dangerous is a space sim that allows you to trade, explore, or engage in combat as you see fit and make progress (I won't exactly sayElite: Dangerous is a space sim that allows you to trade, explore, or engage in combat as you see fit and make progress (I won't exactly say "meaningful" progress) in any or all of the three. There are about 38 ships to choose from that vary by cost, and in some cases, other unlock requirements and allow a lot of customizability. Some ships are more suited to exploration, some to trading, and others to combat, while still others are great (but not the best) at all three. Due to the variety of tasks that you can perform, the game can get quite addictive as you spend "just one more hour" to try something else.

    While the game has a lot of breadth, it doesn't have a whole lot of depth. There isn't much of a story to speak of (you'll have to dig for the lore in the form of text or audio logs) and definitely no campaign mode. The game is a sandbox where the galaxy is your playground and you make of it what you will. This in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the learning curve is steep. Very little is explained in-game and you'll find yourself heading to Google or YouTube quite often in an attempt to figure things out.

    You can either play in Open with other players or Solo, and herein lies the biggest drawback. Once you leave the starter areas, you'll have players in fully decked out ships that are bent on your destruction just for the fun of it. There is no Open PVE server. If you wanna play with others, be prepared to get ganked by experienced players. If you play Solo, you won't have to deal with that annoyance, but you'll be alone. The alternative is to join a Private Group where only you and other like-minded players can have fun, but then the game doesn't feel like a true MMO. If you like the idea of open PVP with ganking, the game may work for you, but these days, you'll still need a fully "engineered" ship. To put it simply, Engineering is the process of upgrading various aspects of your ship to make it a lot more powerful than it is by default. This process is a tremendous grind and not fun at all. It is tedious and will take you a long time. Die-hard fans will attempt to shoot me down for this, but that's no concern of mine. It is what it is, and as a potential new player considering purchasing this game, you deserve to know the facts.

    In my opinion, an Open PVE server will solve this problem and make the game a lot more playable, perhaps even increasing the game's fanbase as more people get to cooperate and socialize with others. Until then, the game is going to remain very restricted. A lot of players did return to try out Fleet Carriers, which are the newest addition. But there's no guarantee that most of them will actually stay once the novelty wears off. So in the end, is the game worth it? It definitely has potential. But Engineering is mind-numbing and Open PvP is a substantial deterrent for many. Those are good reasons not to waste your money.
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  5. Jul 14, 2017
    5
    This game's premise is about as promising as they come. Unfortunately the amount of technical issues is severe and rendered the gameThis game's premise is about as promising as they come. Unfortunately the amount of technical issues is severe and rendered the game unplayable. That flaws big enough to prevent me from even playing exist almost 2 years after launch is not understandable. A game that cannot be played after I have payed for it would normally get a 1/10 for me but I do think the developers deserve credit for bringing such an credible vision to some degree of fruition. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2016
    3
    Horribly complex, tutorials are almost useless, Missions when you start are far too hard. I gave it 3, add 4 if you are a hardcore gamer withHorribly complex, tutorials are almost useless, Missions when you start are far too hard. I gave it 3, add 4 if you are a hardcore gamer with patience of steel and subtract 3 if you prefer games over insane simulators with horrid tutorials. Expand
  7. May 29, 2016
    0
    Bare bones dlc platform. Avoid buying until it has some game in it.Bare bones dlc platform. Avoid buying until it has some game in it. b Expand

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