Percentile Rank

Elite: Dangerous is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

USgamer
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 24, 2014

My general sense is that this is only the beginning for Elite: Dangerous. The foundation is strong, the community is dedicated, and the development team is committed to building out the world for what appears to be a long time to come. Give it a year or two, and I expect Elite: Dangerous will have a huge amount of new content. As it is, Elite: Dangerous is still a fascinating and entertaining space combat sim with nearly unmatched scope, which more than makes up for its gigantic learning curve and lack of structured content. If you've spent the past decade pining for a new space combat sim, then you'll find a happy home in Elite: Dangerous. I'll see you there.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 7, 2015

Frontier Developments has created an impossibly huge galaxy with almost limitless potential. Now they just need to fill it up with more interesting personalities and conflicts and reasons to explore. Once that happens, Elite: Dangerous could rocket up to must-play status.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2015

Most of the time, Elite works. The excitement, even the boredom, of the game is still preserved for me as something I am happy to have paid for. But it would be a poor reviewer indeed who did not mention that the sim's rough edges have not been satisfactorily sanded down.

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Scored Reviews

Chalgyr's Game Room
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2017

It is no secret that I love Elite: Dangerous; I have covered it quite extensively since we first got our hands on the preview in 2014 and ever since I have been utterly hooked. Now, after what seems to me is a lifetime of waiting (it wasn't), Elite: Dangerous is now available on the PlayStation 4 and it is every bit as glorious as the other platforms and in regard to the consoles, it is far, far superior than its Xbox counterpart. With HOTAS peripheral support on the PlayStation 4, Elite: Dangerous is absolutely the game to show that space sims not only work on console, but they excel there.

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Sirus Gaming
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2015

I would recommend this game if you want a space experience that you can have by yourself, with friends or with people you meet along the way. While not as big or feature laden like EVE Online or the upcoming ambitious Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous is a satisfying experience that fills the void of a space simulator game, yet has an easier to climb learning curve and requires less time investment (and is already released). The game is not for everyone though, especially those expected a space combat game or cannot stand grinding for money.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a massive game. I can't even begin to talk about how many star systems there are in the game, and you can go to them all if you choose to do so. That statement is both what defines this game as well as holds it back, but it only does that for the first few hours. The lack of direction is its biggest gift and its biggest curse. It is up to the player and player-base to make the fun for themselves. This is one of the best space sim games I have ever played. It can be a scary game, but if you let yourself get into it and really dig in deep, you will begin to see just how brilliant this game can be, just like I did.

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2017

Elite: Dangerous steps out of what we describe as a standard game. The developer prepared whole set of tools for fulfill player's wildest dreams in this beauty we call the galaxy.

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 14, 2015

Elite: Dangerous has core mechanics that work well within the online multiplayer universe, but has many single-player components built-in. Missions tend to get repetitive, but I have yet to exhaust myself exploring a new system or planet. The universe can feel quite empty, even if you are playing with the open-world options. Frontier promises to expand the game with content updates, and if you were looking for a new paint job, they are available for purchase. You'll be sure to experience a new "wow" factor every time you play.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 12, 2017

Despite having a slow learning curve, Elite Dangerous becomes excellent in every spacial simulator aspect, with lots of liberty to explore, a huge amount of content and a fun combat system, which makes it the best PS4 title of this genre so far.

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High-Def Digest
Oct 9, 2015

The content and gameplay of 'Elite' is much as it was during the Preview program, which is to say excellent. The technical issues are much improved, and the addition of CQC is a net positive. It can be a cold, uninviting experience for the new player, but it is a great spaceship game that should not be missed.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2017

If you read up on the planets for fun, enjoy movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, or Moon, or find the idea of hauling cargo from system to system and maybe getting in the odd fight along the way appealing, there is very little else out there like Elite Dangerous. I'm highly recommending it despite the tedium in its game play and the long periods of time you will spend just looking at stars/reading stuff on a screen. It is a beautiful, one of a kind experience that I cherish, one of my favourite games in the last few years, and the PlayStation 4 release is no exception.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 4, 2017

Elite Dangerous is a massive, living game with plenty to see and do. Like a lot of sandbox, open-world games, you get out what you put in to the game. The various systems at play, including flight mechanics, are just complicated enough to be believable, while not hindering gameplay. It also helps that the game looks gorgeous, and runs solidly. While the online-required aspect may become an issue if the servers shut down years from now, in the meantime, Elite Dangerous could very well be a game that you play all through the summer, and then some. It's a game that all sci-fi fans must play.

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Wccftech
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2015

An absolutely brilliant space sim that has no equal on the Xbox One. Despite the relative lack of "depth" and other small issues, Elite: Dangerous still manages to impress with a very dynamic, unique and incredible experience. For space sim fans, this will no doubt become a staple in this genre on console.

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Impulsegamer
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Jul 19, 2017

Sure, learning the controls was frustrating and boredom crept in when transiting from one system to another but overall the thrill of exploration and discovery dwarf any grievances I have with the game.

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Impulsegamer
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Jan 19, 2015

Elite Dangerous successfully takes the original game and turns it into a true 21st century revolution as you explore the furthermost reaches of the universe as you attempt assassinations, protect spaceports and search for those illusive credits in order to better yourself in this gaming world. The learning curve is a little steep and the controls can be at times fiddle some but overall, the developers of Elite Dangerous should be commended on creating a truly visual, immersive and memorable experience on the PC that not only pays homage to the original but takes it to a new level thanks to the MMO component and inclusion of the Oculus Rift DK2.

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Everyeye.it
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2017

Elite Dangerous is more than a simple 'videogame': it's a mesmerizing space-simulation, which offers the player an incredible experience among the stars. The PS4 version preserves all the quality of the PC edition. It's almost a masterpiece.

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PC Gamer
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 22, 2014

A great game and, with time, potentially a classic. Much rests on Frontier's ability to build on these broad but somewhat shallow foundations.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2017

Minor shortcomings aside, Elite Dangerous delivers with aplomb on its promise of a massive galaxy for players to explore and write their own stories within. There are very few games on PS4 that will devour your social life as completely as Elite Dangerous.

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MMOGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2015

To summarize, Elite: Dangerous is awe-inspiringly beautiful, but a time sink of galactic proportions.

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ActionTrip
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2015

Even though there is currently a high learning curve and players need to do a little research on their own to get the most out of this galactic sandbox, Frontier Developments has so far demonstrated that they deliver on their promises. Compare that to the 'other' space sim Kickstarter that everyone has been talking about and I think the choice for your next space sim is an easy one to make I would strongly suggest if you are looking for a bit of challenge and want to get sucked into a deep, rewarding game that promises to only get bigger, pick up your Xbox One controller and give Elite: Dangerous a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 9, 2015

Frontier Developments have done a magnificent job of creating an affordable universe that is fun to play. With tons of game styles and the entirety of the Milky Way to explore, this one is truly for space sim buffs with one caveat – if you're feeling lost, we recommend you check out video tutorials online.

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GamesBeat
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jan 13, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is unforgiving, obfuscating, and occasionally dull, but it's always immersive and beautiful. It offers an incredible universe to explore that, despite occasional graphical repetition, offers the tantalising possibility of wonders yet unseen at the end of each new hyperspace jump.

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MMORPG.com
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2015

Can I go back to my spaceship now? There's a real sweet run I want to make….

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IGN Italy
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2017

The strenght of the game three years after its release is not in discussion and this new version for PlayStation 4 (although not much "Pro") is well done.

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COGconnected
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jan 4, 2015

There's definitely a strong core game principle here, and all my problems with it are ones that can be solved with some continued developer TLC. Flying your ship feels good, the galaxy accurately conveys an immense sense of scale, the use of real life stars and planets adds an amazing sense of wonder, and the trading and combat systems have strong cores. Overall, Elite: Dangerous is really cool, but mostly as a tease of what it could be. I genuinely hope the developers continue to support it as they have thus far, because this game is just a few more levels of progression away from being truly incredible.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2015

Elite Dangerous is a very compelling and adventurous game. It's a story you get to tell based on your decisions. This is more than just a game. It's an ever-changing experience you get to participate in. Elite Dangerous is not for the Casual Gamer, and it's certainly not for everyone. If you're thinking about buying this simply for the space combat portion, you may want to explore other options. It's much more complex than the typical shoot'em-up experience.

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Worth Playing
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Feb 4, 2015

It sounds like I am harping on Elite: Dangerous, but it's a fantastic game and makes one wonder why space sims have been away for so long. For all of its polish in some areas, it has obviously unrefined aspects in others. For all the aspects that let you tell a story about the game, there's little to allow you to create in a story within it. During the first few weeks, the game will absolutely demand your free time, and you will gleefully engage. It just needs a lot more to sustain itself.

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Eurogamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 21, 2014

There's a lot of balancing to be done in the long term, then, and the big hurdle for new players will be getting up to speed without losing interest in those stodgy early hours. The mid-point, where everything coalesces, is so liberating, so brilliant in its scope and possibility, that it's hard to be too upset about these wrinkles. For all its frustrations, you'll spend much longer in the sweet spot than you spend getting there. Elite: Dangerous demands much, but repays your devotion many times over.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 7, 2017

The pioneering space adventure makes an impressive landing on PlayStation 4, with more content than ever and the promise of even better things to come.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 6, 2015

Massive, intimidating, and stunningly beautiful, Elite: Dangerous is one of the deepest, most rewarding open-world experiences you can have on Xbox One.

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Game Revolution
Jun 30, 2017

Elite: Dangerous has come a long way since its debut in 2014. It's now a much more complete product, making it an attractive option for PS4 gamers who have the urge to leave Earth and see what the Milky Way galaxy has to offer.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 3, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a phenomenal piece of simulation software, masquerading as a game. I felt like Mal Reynolds, Captain Picard and Luke Skywalker at various points, while at others I felt like a delivery man who was able to make a cup of tea whilst travelling to the next drop off. The emptiness of space can be overwhelming, and Elite: Dangerous revels in that a little too much, but for the brave, or foolhardy, it offers an experience that is unlike anything else on Xbox One.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Attack of the Fanboy

Top Critic

Jan 16, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a very ambitious title which has been implemented well so far. It has been "released," however its current base form will leave much to be desired for the majority of players as, while the universe is exceptionally large, what you can actually do, while initially fun and engaging, is quite limited and repetitive.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 8, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a well-made space sim with incredible scope and wondrous plans for the future, but it might put off some players with its complexity.

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Guardian
Jan 4, 2015

[W]ithout doubt, Elite: Dangerous is a purchase that will provide inestimable value, delivering many hours of gameplay opportunities and experiences. Furthermore, this is a developing universe, with many planned updates and new features due over the coming months. It seems likely that the depth and scale of the experience is only going in one direction: to the stars.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 7, 2017

With a legacy stretching way back in gaming history, the Elite series has always asked a lot of its commanders and Elite Dangerous is no different. With so many game systems packed into this gigantic space-sim, it's unsurprising that for new players the first small step can feel more like a giant leap. Even after getting over any initial frustrations, the frequently vexing mechanics will test your patience time and time again, but despite these issues there's a magic to Elite Dangerous that will keep you playing. Whether it's a close encounter with a white dwarf, an intense dogfight, or a just cruising between star systems, the freedom and opportunity laid across its billions of stars means that Elite Dangerous offers spectacular space-tourism all from the comfort of your sofa.

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Digital Spy
Jan 14, 2015

Everyone's experiences in Elite: Dangerous will be unique to them, and it only takes a couple of mesmerising ones to justify the early grind.

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Slant Magazine
Oct 16, 2015

On a technical level, it nearly pulls off the impossible task of dazzling on par with its predecessor.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 15, 2015

There's a really special game inside Elite: Dangerous for those that are willing to put up with the steep learning curve. If you're not though, it's too confusing of an experience.

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PCMag
Jan 30, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a fascinating exploration of space that will endlessly appeal to some players and thoroughly bore others.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 11, 2015

The faint of heart need not apply

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Pixel Dynamo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2015

Star wars that may leave you lost in space

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2015

In the end, Elite: Dangerous isn't a terrible game, but I don't think it was made for mass appeal.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a superb game with plenty of room for growth and maturation.

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The Skinny
Oct 23, 2015

In aiming for a slightly different market with this Xbox port, Elite: Dangerous could have fallen foul. However, it's testament to how strong its many different facets are that you can play the game like you're Captain Kirk or Captain Solo and have it work either way.

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The Skinny
Feb 3, 2015

The initial hours are a slog then, but for a game that requires months, maybe even years of play to get the most out of, that graft will be pretty small potatoes in the long run. Had Elite: Dangerous been published along traditional routes, such a steep learning curve would have probably been avoided by an industry that all-too-often likes to play things safe.

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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2017

Elite Dangerous is an awesome space simulator game that you can dump tons of hours into, and with it being the only space sim on console i say it’s worth a buy.

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Screen Rant
Nov 6, 2015

Frontier Developments proves that hardcore space sims can deliver on home consoles with the Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous.

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Pure Playstation
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2017

Elite Dangerous is a simulation with a steep learning curve, but the freedom to explore the Milky Way Galaxy and its 400 billion star systems is unlike anything else on the PS4. Whether playing solo or with friends, you have multiple ways to earn credits to buy and fine-tune your newest space chariot with better parts. You can also just be a tourist on a sightseeing trip. Even though it does not have PSVR support, if you have wanted to go to infinity and beyond in your own ship, this may be the closest we get to the real thing. Despite any other issues, that sense of realism makes Elite Dangerous easy to recommend for anyone who has ever dreamed of voyaging across the cosmos.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2015

Despite a solid framework for an incredible game, right now the title can feel barren and lacking in variety

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IGN
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 7, 2017

Whether you're soaking in the cosmos around you, banking large sums of credits from a well-planned trading haul, or surviving a harrowing encounter with space pirates in dazzling ship-to-ship combat, Elite Dangerous has plenty to keep me excited to come back. And when those long-haul sessions become too much, Arena mode is there to inject some much-needed action at a moment's notice.

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IGN
7.4 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.4 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2014

Elite: Dangerous puts you in some amazing spaceships, but doesn't always give you a lot to do with them.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Jul 3, 2017

Elite: Dangerous is a well crafted and complex space simulation in flight, combat, and a number of RPG elements such as resource management, questing, and upgrading gear. With real world science creating the games universe and some very nice graphics, the game's downfall comes from the overly complex controls used for flight, making the game difficult for newcomers who may be expecting a more user friendly experience.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 4, 2015

A welcome return for the pioneering space adventure, but despite a solid start it will need a steady supply of new content and tweaks to reach elite status.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 9, 2015

Although slow and complicated at times, Elite: Dangerous nevertheless provides a rewarding open-world experience on Xbox One.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 16, 2014

A "launch" build with some features still in infancy, Elite: Dangerous nonetheless offers terrific space flight ambiance and trading progression befitting of the once-revolutionary series. In a few months time, this title could be outstanding.

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TrueAchievements
Oct 15, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a unique game. It's given us a gigantic galaxy to explore of which it is nigh-on impossible to see the full extent. It's a classic space simulator through and through, to the point in which the controls and game mechanics can be hard to grasp. This in itself isn't a bad thing, but it won't appeal to everyone. Those who enjoy this genre of games will have a blast, but others will find it hard to fully enjoy. Only with a huge time investment will players get the full experience of the title, but with that comes a greater feel of reward. The powerplay and CQC aspects can be exciting, but they can be completely ignored. The servers have caused the game to have a rocky start on the Xbox One, but the developers are thankfully listening to the community and doing their best to fix the problems. Now that Elite: Dangerous is available to all, it is a good alternative to exploring the Milky Way galaxy in all its glory instead of training in real life to become a fully fledged astronaut, but be prepared before you suit up.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 23, 2015

Elite Dangerous is a great representation of the space sim genre that will have fans tickled by its large galaxy, open world and solid combat. Admittedly, it isn't for everybody. The more measured pace will be boring for folks who want action all the time and the lack of guidance also will likely turn off newcomers. At the same time, if you love the genre and you're looking for something to sink your teeth into before Star Citizen comes out, this will definitely scratch that space sim itch.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 9, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is a beautiful arcade experience, plugged into an empty galaxy, one so big and bold that it might trick you into thinking there's more to see and do than there really is. You'll probably love it anyway.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2015

Elite Dangerous is not going to be the game for everyone, and in fact most are going to be turned off by all it demands from players. The fact remains though, that the game does exactly what it wants, and does it very well. It isn't here to please everybody, but those who it is for are going to have a good time.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 6, 2015

With a fantastic sense of scale, attention to detail, great combat, and an ambitious vision of a shared universe make Elite: Dangerous well worth checking out. But its let down by punishing opening hours and tedious pacing. If you can stomach these, you'll find an entire cosmos begging to be explored.

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GameSkinny
Jan 15, 2015

There's so much to see, do, and explore... if only you knew how.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 29, 2015

It's beautifully modelled, filled with colour, has incredible sound design, the sense of flight is exhilarating, and from time to time a challenging battle presents itself that gets your heart pumping

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 20, 2015

Elite: Dangerous is still considered a "work in progress" and will be getting updates and new features implemented over time. In its current state, it does have nigh infinite amount of content due to the randomly-generated nature, so there is usually something to keep interest, even if players are spaced out by what feels like hours at a time. It can be immersive thanks to the methodical pacing, but in the end, it is still boring due to the exciting bits being so few and far in between, so it's is a mixed bag in terms of how experiences will vary, depending on who is playing. Elite: Dangerous has its obvious flaws, but the game itself is unique and is unlike anything else on the Xbox One, so for just being different it can be worth a shot.

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Geeks Under Grace
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2015

One day Elite: Dangerous might be worth the price tag, but currently it is not.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Dec 12, 2017

Elite: Dangerous feels a bit like a lifestyle choice, honestly. Getting good at piloting and traversing this universe takes almost as long as a full length game in and of itself. For those who endure, there's some exciting things happening in space, but for the rest, the price might be too high. This is clearly an example of a niche game, a remarkably thorough space sim that requires patience and tenacity to unearth its many secrets.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 9, 2015

Elite Dangerous is a very cool, atmospheric experience with an outstanding presentation. The flexible gameplay and progression loop are two great reasons to keep coming back for more if the game's mechanics click for you. However, it is easy to see why some people might be turned off by its aimlessness, and with the lacking narrative contextualising what you're doing, you might be left with the nihilistic question of why you're bothering doing anything at all.

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Gaming Tree House
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2017

Elite Dangerous is just not a fun game to play. It is extremely pretty, and catapulting through space with no particular goal is quite relaxing. When it comes to creating a fun game that keeps the player coming back for more, it still has a long, long way to go.

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