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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 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  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. Dec 21, 2015
    7
    This is meant to be a fair assessment after about 10 hours of play. Elite: Dangerous is a very well made game that satisfies lots of gamersThis is meant to be a fair assessment after about 10 hours of play. Elite: Dangerous is a very well made game that satisfies lots of gamers with it's unique approach. It's very much the kind of game you'll either love or hate. For me, I wanted to love it (bought both the PC and Xbone versions) but just couldn't get into it due to some glaring flaws that hinder it's playability. The thing is, I'm pretty much the target audience for a sandbox space exploration game where you create your own story.
    So, the premise of this game is that you are given a starting ship that's really bare bones and basically sent on your way. That's it, there's no hand holding or starting missions to ease you into the game at all. Okay, I can roll with that. I've played Dark Souls, I can do a sink or swim kind of game. But the controls...they're really counter-intuitive! I get that they are going for realism and everything...but it would be nice if I didn't need a textbook to play a video game. The controls are very hard to get used to, and the lack of a third person mode of some kind doesn't help. Combat is a nightmare, which it should be I guess and it isn't the main focus of the game. Yet, there's some questionable design choices that have been made to make the game more "realistic" while sacrificing ease of use.
    It sounds like I'm really down on the game, I know but still I believe everyone who's interested should give this a whirl. Underneath the harsh exterior is a game that many people will click with and play for hours and hours on end. A friend of mine has put over 200 hours into this game and swears it's one of the best games of the generation. So my advice when decided whether to buy this would have to be try it first if you can. Ask a friend to demo it, play it at a store or rent it or something! Because if you do like it, you're going to absolutely love it. But if you struggle with the awkward controls and lack of direction like I did, you'll be left out in the cold darkness of space wondering what you just spent money on...
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  5. Oct 7, 2015
    4
    The game has a wide range of options to explore, but zero depth. Every time you think Frontier is about to fix things and really finish offThe game has a wide range of options to explore, but zero depth. Every time you think Frontier is about to fix things and really finish off the work they started, they abandon those systems half-finished and go to work on something else.

    Buy it when it's on sale. Co-op is penalized, and online interactions are too few and far between. A week is all that is needed to fully experience the game. Macro-mechanics are random and have never worked as intended.
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  6. Jan 9, 2016
    2
    I rated it poorly because, frankly, the controls are terrible. This is a game that needs a HOTAS.

    In addition, the tutorial was noting but
    I rated it poorly because, frankly, the controls are terrible. This is a game that needs a HOTAS.

    In addition, the tutorial was noting but a series of you-tube clips. there is no walking the player (pilot) through the steps.

    I am a casual gamer. I play games to relax after work. Simply, this game was too much work to fly. I never did manage to even reach the content.

    I really wanted to like this game because I am looking for a "space trader" game. However, this game needs better controls, a better tutorial, and a cue card to put in front of the screen in order to make sense of the controls.
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  7. Dec 24, 2015
    0
    I have played this game for 35 hours and hopefully I had some TV shows to watch while traveling for missions. After the first goodI have played this game for 35 hours and hopefully I had some TV shows to watch while traveling for missions. After the first good impressions, you start to get the feeling. Expand

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