- Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:24 pm
The graphics are very good all around and plays well on my modest 3 year old build using a GTX760. There is a variety of stations but still a limited number. Also there are stations with just landing platforms not hubs. There are a variety of star types, planets, and moons.
There are three games modes you can play, solo, private group, and open. Open is also open PvP. There is some controversy there between players because you can play your same ship across all three You all play the same universe in all modes. Also hackers who basically become invincible. But the play area is so big that unless you play open where the action is, seeing another player is rare. I only play solo anyway. Even in Guild Wars 2 I play solo. Yeah I play with others but I have my guild of one. I am there to play a game not to chat. And if you read some of the open chat, I don't want to chat with those people anyway.
You stated you played the old Elite games and I guess it is similar from what I read, never played myself. But it helps to know something about flight and space, it's a space flight sim. I even updated my old flightstick from the turn of the century. So old it had a gameport connector with an adaptor for USB which was just coming out when I bought it. You start with a basic small ship and 1000 credits, what you do from there is up to you. At first you just trade or fight depending on how you like to play. Some have compared to ETS2 and that is how I play. I go from star to star delivering stuff or looking for stuff to bring back. Next ship up for me is 20 times what this one cost plus then you need credits to outfit her. Still outfitting the Cobra.
There is a story running but not personal. Have to remember you are one person in a whole galaxy and your actions are minimal at best. There are three factions, Federation, Empire, and Alliance. Within these are various sub governments, like democracy, communism, etc., about 15 types of governments. There are also commodities to be traded. The hub I was at in the photo was in an agricultural system so they need machines for harvest and food goes where ever. Photo is kind of dim but in the hub there are plantations too in the rim. As you provide service for each you gain reputation with them. This can be done by trading or fighting. Ship I fly is multipurpose. You can fly a fighter and be a pirate or soldier. You can be a trader and fly a big bulky freighter and hope you don't get blasted to bits. I prefer to be a hobo and jack of all trades so I have limited cargo but have decent weapons.
Just released an update version 1.2 is called wings and lets open play form wings of four. People complain about MMO and only 32 per session, I laughed to myself. This also allows NPC's to have wings so life for solo just got harder. I have yet to be killed but was down to less then 50% hull and no shields before I got away. There are some very dangerous places in anarchy systems. Yet there are boring places too. Again it is a big universe. This guys quote from the forums sort of sums it up if you do not prepare well.
"In Elite Dangerous, you can simply warp into Mordor. No one will stop you. No one will warn you. And you will die."
So bottom line it is a complete game with it being worked on to improve it. They work on it a lot too. After the 1.2 release, they had three patches in as many days to fix little errors. Shows some dedication to their product. Where this is a sim in an open sandbox, Star Citizen will be more space opera with more story, room for both. There is a lot to learn before you even start to play. there are some tutorial videos and a tutorial mode before you take your first ship but you don't have to play them, I did. The best source is the community who have made more detailed videos, tips, and some basics about the game. Some people will get bored quickly but I like the flight and space thing. I plan to buy my next ship and leave civilized space for the galactic core to explore. May make it back may not but will enjoy trying.