Elite Dangerous Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy 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 customized 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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

There are expansions 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.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 7 because it contains violence against humans that is not shown but is implied The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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