Elite Dangerous

Game review by Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Incredibly deep, flexible space adventure; tricky controls.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 10+

Incredible Space Exploration, self driven narrative.

The game is a simulator for a space borne humanity set in the year 3300 onwards. The franchise is over 30 years old and prides itself on 1:1 scale realism in game. If you are looking for an immersive experience, Elite dangerous will allow you to explore the stars and planets as any combination of explorer, trader or combat specialist you choose. This title is five years old and has had updated in terms of DLC which have allowed surface explorations of planets with upcoming capacity to have walking on planets. The content is PG, though the lore includes some light humanitarian themes like war, genocide, civil wars, etc. There is a big push to fight an alien species and there is a lot of political treachery and intrigue. There is some of “drugs and narcotics” in game but they are tradable, not usables. There is minimal plot so the narrative is highly driven by the player. There is an empire our online community and a real capacity to play in squads. The game can be played in a solo capacity but can also be enjoyed as MMORPG with others... This can lead to griefing and nagativw interactions with others, but it appears to happen very irregularity. The community is stronger at on PC, then xbox with PSX being late in the stakes. My ten year old is learning to play and I supervise him as I play as well. It’s is a great game if you have multiple consoles. It is very technical and also not the kind of game you can learn in an hour, but you may find an hour of play is enough every now and again, most prefer to play it for many hours. There are activities which can take hours to complete but the game can be stopped and started any time, albeit with loss of some progress. I would say all in all I’d expect late teen era to like this game, especially those who like a lot of detail and immersive gameplay. Adults will get sucked in by it. The biggest concearn would be others players and chat, but the community is very respectful to the point of a fault so it is a reasonably safe space... Still use with caution and supervision as it is cross platform and the community of play is well above normal and worldwide.

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