If there's one thing about Elite: Dangerous that's been apparent since its release date last year, it's this: it's not for everyone. It can be time-consuming, frustrating, boring and difficult. But all of these factors can instantly be flipped into positive traits. You can spend a seemingly endless degree of time playing Elite: Dangerous and the rewards will be bountiful.
Once its frustrations are overcome the challenge of doing so feels amazing, its bland parts of space become beautiful and the challenging difficulty of the game makes you feel amazing once you master it! Elite: Dangerous is a fantastic MMO sim, but is it worth waiting for? Is it worth picking up on its release date for the Xbox One and PS4 over the likes of The Elder Scrolls Online which just arrived on consoles? Let's take a look!
What Makes the Elite Dangerous Release Date Worth Waiting for On Xbox One & PS4?
If you glance around the internet and visit various gaming publications, you won't see the most wide-spread appraisal of Elite Dangerous on PC. In fact, it received somewhat average reviews from some of the big players. However, in the hands of gamers, this space MMO has become a rather extraordinary phenomenon. It's reputation is building and we can't wait to see how it runs on Xbox One and PS4.
Naturally though, you don't want to pick up a copy of this game and be disappointed by what's on offer. Let's take a quick glance at the features within Elite: Dangerous:
- Elite Dangerous gives players access to a massively multiplayer persistent world, as well as an online-only single player mode.
- Griefing is a chore part of the game, such as stealing from other players, extortion, and blocking off star systems via blockade or similar means.
- Choose your own path in terms of a career. Rob everyone in sight or help anyone you can - the choice is up to you.
- A massive open-world-style universe (approximately 400 billion star systems) with amazing multiplayer interactions complete with planets and moons that rotate and orbit in real-time, resulting in dynamic day/night cycles.
- Throughout the galaxy, the player is able to dock with space stations and outposts to trade goods, purchase a new spacecraft, re-arm their ship, effect repairs and to seek or complete missions from text-based station "bulletin boards".
Around 150,000 of the game's star systems are taken from real-world astronomical data, while the remainder are procedurally generated according to scientific models. It sounds like an action-packed [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052), but Elite Dangerous isn't always throwing you into dogfights. A lot of people have labelled the distances you have to travel in the game as "boring". Space is massive and in order to grow your wealth and position within the galaxy, you'll have to work hard. The work isn't always the most exciting but it's always rewarding.
Personally, it's one of the greatest games I've ever played in terms of relaxing you. It's so beautiful to just stick on some music, sit back and just drift through space. Though the soundtrack in this game is sensational too and I can't wait to sit back on the couch with it on Xbox One and PS4! But where it really excels is how it connects you with your ship.
The Ships in Elite Dangerous Make it Worth the Purchase!
There are 20 ships in Elite Dangerous, with plans to include an additional ten in the future - perhaps for the release date of the Xbox One and PS4 versions? Each ship has access to a range of different modules which they can fit to help specialize as traders, smugglers, bounty hunters, pirates, etc. As you play Elite Dangerous you become so attached to your beautiful vessel. Just like a great character in an RPG, your ship will be something you'll treasure.
We still don't have a release date for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, though Elite: Dangerous is available on the Xbox One's preview system right now! It's a great way to see if the game might be for you, though the preview doesn't offer the power of getting lost in an enormous open galaxy. Elite: Dangerous is definitely worth considering for its next release date! Be sure to let us know if you've played it before in the comments and what you think.