Elite: Dangerous – Review

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You really can teach an old dog new tricks!

I clearly remember playing Elite on the old Acorn Electron, those lovely polygons drawn in wireframe, not quite knowing where the dock was on the stations, yeah, that brings back memories. Back in the now, we have Elite: Dangerous, a modern nod to the old classic and my goodness is it pretty! Gone are the polygons and clunky play style, in is the fluid movement, customisation, faction relations and a good deal more besides!

While on the outside it may seem as complex as the X series of games; once you set up the controls just as you like them; you will find a highly playable, polished product that immerses you in it’s living universe with open arms! I do suggest using a joystick, while I’m not in a position to recommend a new one, I did dust off my old Cyborg 3d Gold and it still works a treat (like anything else: remember to calibrate it first). Saying this, it is more than possible to play with a keyboard and mouse, and some may prefer it, a joystick will do the game the justice it deserves.

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I will recommend playing even a little of the tutorial/training missions (a module you can choose to download separately using the launcher) as this will at least give you a fighting chance when you first jump in. Personally, balancing the power distribution on my systems was a pain at first, it can mean the difference between life and death. I feel this may have been a unnecessary addition, however, it has it’s merits and can give you the edge you need to survive a dogfight and earn those extra credits you need.

While the core game is based on a massively multiplayer system, there is the option to opt out and play in a private group with friends, this means no PvP action or player interaction besides those in your group, a brilliant touch for those as anti-social as I tend to be. This doesn’t mean the AI will be any more friendly, on the contrary, they can be rather vicious, so choose your fights wisely!

On the whole I would say Elite: Dangerous ticks all the boxes and has a great soundtrack to boot (which is available to buy separately: digitally and on CD)! I will warn you, it is rather time consuming, it will eat your free time like yesterday’s leftover takeaway! Addictive doesn’t do it justice. Take a look at the footage and decide for yourself!

I’ve been writing for Dave for a few years now and I love it, there is always something new to research and test! I hope you enjoy my work!

Before writing I worked in IT for around 11 years and have been an avid gamer for much, much longer. I tend to enjoy everything except sports games, but I’m not above testing them if they’ve tried something new. Give me a Space 4x any day of the week!