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145 Great Games Like Elite Dangerous

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Elite Dangerous and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Elite Dangerous is not available on Android, Mac, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

14 Hand Picked Games Like Elite Dangerous

These are our hand-picked games similar to Elite Dangerous. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Elite Dangerous. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Sea of Thieves

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

Players: You can play this with 24 players online

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...

The Eternal Cylinder

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: The ACE Team (@TheACETeam)

Players: This is a single player game

The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Star Wars: Squadrons

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 02/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Motive Montreal (@MotiveMontreal)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Star Wars: Squadrons is a shooting game where you master piloting spaceships. Squadrons offers a single player, narrative-based game, in which you play as two pilots (one in the Galactic Empire and one in the New Republic) where you'll fight in battles...

Outer Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: Mobius Games (@Mobius_Games)

Players: This is a single player game

Outer Wilds is an exploration space mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time-loop. After 20 minutes of game time, you must start again – but each time brings a new opportunity to learn how you ended up on the planet and solve the...

Everspace (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2017, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Rock Fish Games (@RockFishGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Everspace 2 is a space shooting and exploration game. You travel star systems, gaining goods and items from the planets you find, but soon encounter a unravelling narrative that draws you in. Unlike other space games, it combines elements of open world...

DayZ

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Price: 46% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Bohemia Interact (@BohemiaInteract)

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...

New World

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: Amzn Game Studios (@AmznGameStudios)

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonise fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system in MMO (Masively...

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1000 players online

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

Planetside 2

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Rogue Planet SD (@RoguePlanetSD)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with thousands of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe, players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...

Drone The Game

Release Date: 02/08/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Racing, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Drone The Game (@Drone_The_Game)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Drone The Game is a shooting battle with a highly controllable drone against other online players in arenas like maps. It's unusual because you build and customize your drone by dragging and dropping functional blocks that affect how the drone will fly....

Mass Effect (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

The Falconeer

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Platforms: PC, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: The Falconeer (@TheFalconeer)

Players: This is a single player game

The Falconeer is an action game where you play a pilot who flies a weaponised falcon through dramatic locations. You battle the rivalling factions to uncover the secrets of long-forgotten gods and ancestors. Although the game-play is all flying and...

Earth Analog

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: lgnkm (@lgnkm)

Players: This is a single player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

135 Games Like Elite Dangerous Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Elite Dangerous. This includes games from the Simulation, Action, Adventure, Shooting and Open World genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Elite Dangerous

If you like the sound of Elite Dangerous but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Elite Dangerous Accessibility Report.
 

Elite Dangerous is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Elite Dangerous in the following lists:

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 
Shu
PEGI Rating 7 for Shu
Fuel
PEGI Rating 7 for Fuel
Haven
PEGI Rating 12 for Haven
Sable
Ete
Pine
PEGI Rating 12 for Pine
Hitman
PEGI Rating 18 for Hitman

The Great British Video Game

There are 2,277 active games companies in the UK employing 20,430 people. The biggest concentration spread through the country in cities and towns like London, Manchester, Brighton, Guildford, Aldershot, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK market for video games reached a record £7bn in 2020.

Many of the biggest video game franchises have been created in the UK. Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Football Manager, Elite Beat Agents, Fable and Batman: Arkham Asylum. But along with these well-known titles are some amazing games for families and children.

There are some amazing (and huge) series of games made in the UK that are perfect for families. Forza Horizon, Lego Games, Fall Guys, LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata. Then there are games from smaller and independent UK game studios: Overcooked, Wilmot’s Warehouse, TerraTech, Phogs, Snake Pass and Chime to name a few.
 

Be The Villain

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
Qomp
Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
ITTA
PEGI Rating 12 for ITTA

Edge Magazine's 10 out of 10 Awards

Edge Magazine is a prestigious and long running print magazine. Started in 1993, it became known for good writing and a high bar for game scores. It was three years before Edge gave a game a rating of ten out of ten. These perfect scores are far and few between:
  • Elite (1984)
  • Super Mario Bros. (1985)
  • Exile (1988)
  • Super Mario 64 (1996)
  • GoldenEye 007 (1997)
  • Gran Turismo (1997)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
  • Advance Wars (2001)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
  • Half-Life 2 (2004)
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Halo 3 (2007)
  • The Orange Box (Portal) (2007)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (2008)
  • LittleBigPlanet (2008)
  • Bayonetta (2009)
  • Drop7 (2009)
  • Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  • Super Street Fighter IV (2010)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
  • Rock Band 3 (2010)
  • Dark Souls (2011)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)
  • The Last of Us (2013)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
  • Bayonetta 2 (2014)
  • Bloodborne (2015)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

 

Wield Absolute Control

Things don’t stay put. You’re the only one keeping the ship afloat. You can’t get people to do what you tell them. The effort you spend doesn’t produce the results it deserves. Well, in these video games you get to wield complete control over people, things, situations or even whole worlds.

If games offer an escape from chaos, these games are particularly good at granting a sense of satisfying agency and power as they do that. Whether it’s ordering the perfect stock room in Wilmot’s Warehouse, organising your island in Animal Crossing, perfectly controlling the flow of traffic in Mini Motorways or even build civilisation just the way you want it in Civilization the sense of satisfaction and calm from the achievement is second to none.
 
Pyre
PEGI Rating 7 for Pyre
Eco
PEGI Rating 7 for Eco

Reimagined Retro Classics

Growing up playing video games creates a strong sentimental connection to the sounds, sights and feeling those experiences gave you. Returning to these games in adulthood is a un diversion, but often the experience doesn't live up to the memory.

The games in this list have been recreated (sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially) by developers who love and respect the original while also wanting to update it for modern technology and players.
 
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
198x
PEGI Rating 12 for 198x

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

It's important to say that parents should take a close look at the rating information for these games and make their own judgement on appropriateness for their child.

These are intended as good first steps into older rating games, when you think your child is ready. We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are mostly all PEGI 12 or under, apart from games like Halo or Jedi Fallen Order, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US.