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Elite Dangerous (2015) 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, and 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Elite Dangerous 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Strategy game with Action, Collecting, Shooting and Simulation elements. 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:

DurationDuration

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for 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 Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. This is a complex game requiring a range of skills for piloting, trading and dogfighting.

CostsCosts

Elite Dangerous usually costs £14.99.
 

Elite Dangerous

Steam Store PC £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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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DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1 (32 online)

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Collecting, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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