Xbox One Round-Up: Elite Dangerous

With the Xbox One soon to head off into the sunset thanks to the arrival of the Series X/S it’s worth stepping back to revisit some of the games that made an impact here during this generation. Not all of them are exclusive but each of them resulted in many hours spent glued to controllers and that’s all that really matters. 🙂

Frontier’s space truckin’ game is something that’s not going to appeal to everyone (less shooting, more travelling) but for those that get sucked into its galaxy of exploration, trading and fighting it can be a massive time sink. Though I had the choice of playing either the PC or Xbox One version of Elite Dangerous over the years it was the simplicity of jumping on via console that usually worked best for me and with the Xbox One X enhancements is was comparable enough to the PC version that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. Space can be incredibly pretty and Elite Dangerous does its best to show you that too. It’s still likely my most played game on Xbox!

It’s also responsible for more screenshots here than any single game and I’m not afraid to being held accountable for that. 🙂 One of the game’s updates made it easier to take nice drone style shots without the need for a HUD or any other distracting elements so any time I found something new and interesting it was easy enough to take an Elite style “selfie” and have it shared through various channels. As you can see from the slideshow (above) I’ve been pretty busy capturing screenshots over the years. The game has been a constant source of inspiration for me blogging-wise over the years and I am very thankful for that. Writing a collection of guides was a challenge but it was certainly the right game for doing so!

For players looking to get into a game for quick blast this is NOT for you – the first few hours may be spent focused just trying to avoid crashing into a space station. Thankfully the tutorials have improved over the years so that it’s less of being thrown into the deep end and more a shallow end before steep drop begins. The additional disciplines required to make the most of the game in any of the vocations you choose do take a lot of dedication to become proficient in and to turn a profit. But the moment you start making money and upgrade to your sparkling new ship is a pretty great feeling and when you finally start hitting some of your larger goals it can feel like a real accomplishment. You’ll probably take screenshots too. 😉

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