Elite Dangerous Review

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Elite Dangerous Review

Elite Dangerous is a game that originally was released in 1984 and has been significantly revised with many additions and a multiplayer game setting included with its original single player feel.  The game has progressed since its release in 2014, but it has had its share of problems and still does.  These problems are mostly the result of a poor “background simulation” where the galaxy’s economy and politics evolve, as well as the lack of being able to form huge intergalactic alliances and join thriving corporations.

The overall goal of the game is to advance your rankings to the titular “elite” status. You have three such rankings: one for your performance in combat, one for trading, and one for exploration. Each ranking starts out at the lowest level—your combat rank is “Harmless,” your trading rank is “Penniless,” and your exploration rank is “Aimless.” To gain rank, you fight, trade, or explore. These three rankings encapsulate the three main “paths” of the game—there are lots of things to do, but they all come down to either fighting, trading, or exploring.

Players looking to form up in large-scale alliances or corporations like in (the biggest space MMORPG to date) EVE will be disappointed, because Elite Dangerous doesn’t have that.  Players looking for spaceships that conform to traditional MMORPG roles (healer, tank, caster, and so on) will be similarly disappointed—not only can you not form player groups larger than four ships, but the ships also don’t necessarily align to traditional MMORPG classes.

Elite Dangerous is nothing more than it advertises itself as being: an up-to-date modernized version of the 1984 original title.  It is first and foremost about the experience of being one pilot physically sitting in a cockpit, and the entire game is geared around that conceit.  It is not and will never be about fleet actions or raids or players flying capital ships passing along orders.  There’s no automatic docking or automatic pilot, the ships in Elite Dangerous are all hands-on, all the time, with often severe consequences for not staying focused.

Elite Dangerous is a beautiful game and an amazing space sim let down by a universe devoid of character and low on excitement.  It’s great to fly the various ships and experiment with different loadouts, and there are a lot of different roles to play in Elite Dangerous that helps keep the experience fresh. But without any special missions or narrative threads to pick up, and a universe that seems more mechanical than alive, Elite Dangerous also seems far smaller than its 400 billion star systems.

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