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Elite is the galactic time sink. I used to play it on Amiga when i was younger. Reached Elite, lost childhood. Then as I got older I used to play it on my Palm V. Got very far, lost productivity. Today I play dangerous and try to adult myself into limiting my sessions into one mission a sitting. Ok, maybe two, sometimes three. I fear having something like this will disconnect me from the world too much. Nonetheless, great job!

I have a few hundred hours in E:D, but haven't played in the last few months. It's an amazing flight sim (I do have a full HOTAS setup) and runs like an absolute dream in VR, but the missions system and MMO aspects are very lacking.

In other words, it's an amazing galaxy that still somehow feels empty after awhile. Even if they never improved multiplayer with their instancing system, I think single player could be saved with more curated/hand-written content in the core star systems. Like, an actual narrative of missions that adds some life to a few select planets and factions.

I think Frontier did an amazing job with the flight model and environmental details (sound design is especially amazing in ways both subtle and obvious). But the actual gameplay feels about 80% complete. Unfortunately, this is true for every one of the updates/expansions as well, so I'm not sure I can ever expect that to change.

It's an amazing game that I would not recommend to others. Very strange.

I was the same with Elite as a kid (although I never actually reached 'Elite'!). There was something about that game that made it so immersive. I wasn't just playing a game, for a few hours a day I was a hard-bitten space trader.

When I first heard about Elite Dangerous I was fascinated. Everything from the original game but with modern graphics to make it look the way it always deserved to. I genuinely feared how much of time sink it could become, and decided to stay away. I still watch the videos on YouTube sometimes!

My personal gripe with Elite Dangerous is that the initial learning curve is a pain in the ass. I'm all for escalating challenge -- especially if it means that the jump from "hey, this is fun to play around with" to "I'm out in the border regions, alone, looking for adventure" is intense -- but with Elite Dangerous, I felt like the starting experience dropped me WAY into the deep end of the galactic pool, without much in the way of explanation about the "why" or "how".

You're missing out. Its got a learning curve just like the original but its easier for us who grew up with it. The game is as good as Elite was back then. And they keep adding stuff so there is a "story" element to it. Its incredible. Limit yourself friend, but still, go for it. The galaxy powers need you :)

Showing my age here but I remember spending many many hours playing it on the BBC B.

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