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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Elite Dangerous 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.
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.
- 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.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Elite Dangerous Standard Edition
- 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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Release Date: 15/12/2015, updated in 2016
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Players: 1 (32 online)
Genres: Adventure (Action, Collecting, Shooting and Simulation)
Accessibility: 1 feature
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person and Open World
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