Review: Elite: Dangerous (Xbox One)

Take control of your own starship in a cutthroat galaxy. Elite: Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions.

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Pros:

  • Stunning graphics, You may not think it as it is in space, Space ports just look incredible with top notch detailed ships.
  • In depth controller settings allowing you to change everything from Invert sticks, dead zone to sensitivity and how each button works.
  • Massive optional training section. Each section deals with each discipline like fighting, travel and docking. You can click a link to view training videos with advanced training videos.
  • 1000 Gamer score.
  • Three game play modes:
    • Open play: Play online with other people from the internet over Xbox Live.
    • Solo Play: Same as open except real players are swapped out with AI.
    • CQC Championships: Straight up dog fighting/death match.
  • You can jump between open and solo play and keep all stats,unlocks and position on the map.
  • Game play is a kind of make your own game play experience. You can explore, Mine for resources, deal on the black market, cargo transport and so much more.
  • Discover new planets and have your name on the discovery marker. Make history.
  • Earn credits from the many activities from mining to cargo to fighting,.
  • Jobs board will display available jobs with there expiry time, Each port has different jobs.
  • Ambient soundtrack.
  • Interdiction: Be pulled out of hyperspace and attacked from rival players and factions.
  • Includes the factions power play addition.
  • Buy new ships, guns, mining equipment, refuel and repair.
  • Controls are vast yet simple thanks to an on screen display when pressing buttons. Every button is used and in fact are used multiple times by combining them with other buttons.
  • Planetary law exists so watch your speed, who you attack and how you act around ports.
  • Dog fights are intense, Fast re action, planning and razor sharp reflexes are all needed.
  • The game world is huge. I mean its space!
  • You can invite friends into your “Wing” and chat between yourselves.
  • Tight control system. Again the bar for how to do responsiveness realistic cockpit controls in a sim is raised.
  • Authentic (I guess) protocols. You must be granted a docking pass before you even think about finding the dock. Once allocated you then have to land within a time limit.
  • Constant updates are being added to keep up with the PC version.

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Cons:

  • So much to take in, I mean the learning curve is a big one. You will always feel overwhelmed for the first few hours. Its a constant learning experience.
  • Videos can have issues working with a lot of stuttering and loading.
  • Long loading times but to be fair they are far apart.
  • You can fly around and get lost easily.
  • Possible to play for hours and not see anything.
  • You cannot set up a private server like on PC.

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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