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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a new version of the classic 1980s space game Elite. Like the original it’s a space exploration, trading and combat game that provides a huge and rich universe rather than a specific story. You can trade goods, become a bounty hunter, fight for one of the many factions or become a space-miner. Your ship can be customised for every roll.

The scope of the universe is one of the attractions, as there is an endless array of systems to explore. Finding ways to earn money and progress through these systems is another unusual aspect of the game. It’s a sedate space simulation to inhabit most of the time, interspersed with trading, combat and navigation.

There are ongoing updates grouped as follows:
  • Elite Dangerous Horizons: In this expansion it’s also possible to land on the surface of rocky planets in order to explore them. The game can be played offline, or online.
  • Elite Dangerous Beyond: Expansion that focuses on improvements to the core gameplay along with improvements to the game's crime and punishment system, better trading data, new wing missions, new ships.
  • Elite Dangerous: Odyssey: Adds inside spaces to explore on foot on larger ships. It also brings a new Protect mission type to the game, offering additional first-person combat challenges to complete.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/12/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game. You can encounter up to 32 other players in your immediate vicinity. But there will be thousands of other players to engage with in the wider universe.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 7 because it contains violence against humans that is not shown but is implied. All violence featured in this game is implied. You can hunt down enemy ships, shoot them with lasers, rockets and other projectiles. When a ship/vehicle’s shields are depleted and the hull has been compromised, the vehicle/ship explodes into a fiery ball which disappears rather fast. Some debris is left being. No bodies can be seen afterwards.

The game is set apart by the fact that players can partake in a number of illegal activities, such as shooting down civilian ships or the buying and selling of slaves, stolen goods, narcotics and weapons on the black market. These transactions are never directly seen, however, but rather simply referenced from a transactions menu and bulletin board.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This is a complex game requiring a range of skills for piloting, trading and dogfighting.

CostsCosts

Elite Dangerous usually costs £19.99.
 

Elite Dangerous

PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.99

Elite Dangerous Standard Edition

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are expansion packs. "Horizons" is a paid pack that adds important enhancements to the game allowing players to land on non-atmospheric planets, modify their ships and use the character creator. "Beyond" is a free pack that advances the narrative and introduces upgrades and enhancements. There are smaller paid cosmetic items to customise your ship.

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