I’ve made no secret of the disappointment that I feel towards No Man’s Sky but in my hour of need I’ve rediscovered another game that meets my expectations and has never failed to provide me with interesting and beautiful sights. That game is Elite Dangerous and it was in my game library all along.
I Own Elite Dangerous on both Xbox and PC and I’ve always enjoyed my time playing with it. It’s a beautiful game full of content. When another game came along though and promised me the world I couldn’t help but be seduced by those promises and found that my head had been turned. I finally got my hands on No Man’s Sky and for a while I was happy. It was new and I was in that honeymoon period. Soon I realised that the promises hadn’t been fulfilled and I started to realise that Space isn’t always darker on the other side of the asteroid field. It wasn’t until I’d left Elite dangerous behind that I realised what I had lost.
Fortunately Elite Dangerous forgave me and welcomed me back into its big dark expanse and once again. Commander PrimalBanana is Trekking through the galaxy, working towards obtaining the so far elusive SOL permit so I can explore my home Solar system. This is a game that fulfils my needs, it always did and I won’t cheat on it again.
Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulation video game developed and published by Frontier Developments. Piloting a spaceship, you explore a realistic 1:1 scale open world galaxy based on the real Milky Way, with the gameplay being open-ended. In Elite you simply do what you chose to do. You can explore, hunt down wanted criminals and engage in space combat. You can mine and sell resources via the very deep galactic market and you can complete missions for various factions and powers. You can visit strange new worlds and drive your rover across the surface but best of all you can do all this with your friends.
“400 billion star systems.
Blaze your own trail.”
The systems have real stars that will destroy you if you stray too close. Those stars may have planets orbiting and moons orbiting those, there are rings to explore and mine and space stations to visit. Space feels big, very big and you could easily find yourself out of fuel drifting in that space. The Flight mechanics feel really good and they have done a brilliant job with the control scheme. On PC adding a HOTAS stick will really add to the experience and immerse you fully into the game. Elite Dangerous also supports VR and whilst I haven’t tried it yet I have it on good authority that It really is brilliant.
There’s more to come too. Multi crew allows teams of players to assume roles aboard the same ship. Commander creation will Give a unique appearance to players’ in-game avatars and ship launched fighters will Allow larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter ships for attack and defence. There will be alien species and much more coming in the years ahead, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
So if you feel let down or unfulfilled by No Man’s Sky or if you love that game and want to discover other games in that genre then you can’t go far wrong with Elite Dangerous. I’ve been reluctant to recommend it in the past because its very hard to learn and get to grips with but I feel that by doing the tutorials and watching some good YouTube tutorials this can be the game that becomes a long term relationship. Best of all is that it will always be there waiting for you if you ever find yourself in the arms of another game.
Elite Dangerous is available on PC and Xbox One.