Discussion in 'gaming and consoles' started by editor, Nov 6, 2012.
I've used missiles for post shield nastiness. But they are vulnerable to ecm ofc.
Fitted an ADS as you suggested, then flipped out to the Pleiades to find that crashed alien ship everyone talks about. Went really well until I was chased off by an imperial navy ship. the site was mysterious and rather eerie. A research centre has been set up quite near it and a tourist beacon is in orbit above the planet.
See I can't get on regularly enough to do this, I'd play then forget what the hell I was doing!
The black though. Nothing like it... Out there in the cold depths, thousands of light years from aid.
I mean that too, it's a weird thing to say about a game, but there is a real sense of isolation, and a real sense of amazement when you find a rare oasis; an earth-like.
This on humble bundle this week. Is it worth a purchase? No man's sky is too but I thought that looked shit.
If you're prepared to spend a considerable amount of time learning, yes, well worth it.
It's not a game you can casually drop into though.
One of my colleagues bought it but couldn't get his head round the controls so gave up after 10 minutes.
I'd say you'd need to spend several hours just getting used to the basic controls, navigation, super cruise, docking.
Then be prepared to give it lots of time to actually play.....
I read a review that said keep a good book too hand as some of the journeys to distant systems take ages. I'm not sure I can be bothered with that.
That's the exception rather than the rule though. Hutton Orbital in Alpha Centauri is notorious for the long journey.
Once you're set up though it's not too bad... I mean other MMOs require continuous progress through an expanding story, the quest for loot etc. Elite has a point at which you can just treat it as a dip in game... Like I'm entirely content exploring in my Asp, and am not going to get a better exploring ship. I can still appreciate the wider development of the game without lusting after an Imperial cutter (and all the grinding to get there). I might get a bounty hunting ship, but you're going to have more fun in a Vulture than an expensive but slow beast. Though I suppose ship launched fighters mitigates that somewhat, but not tried that.
But yeah, hours for the initial learning, then the span of long RPG to get reasonably settled.
Do I also need a decent joystick or can I get away with a PS3 controller or mouse/keyboard combo?
I've used k&m since I started 18 months back. PvP fighter pilots say you need a joystick but since I'm primarily an explorer it's not necessary, and I've got to the point where I've nothing to to fear from any NPC ship regardless.
Put it this way - starting from the main 'bubble' of occupied space in a decently outfitted ship and only scanning valuable planets, it might take something like 40 hours to get to the furthest point from the start that you can get. Took me 13 days, a few hours a day. But that's the extreme end of exploration, there are plenty of really interesting spots to visit within a couple of hours of where you start once you have a ship worth exploring in.
On the long trips you make, podcasts are your friend. Books aren't really doable while flying.
OK, fuck it. Will d/l tonight.
If you decide you do want a joystick, let me know, I've got a Thrustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X sitting around looking for a home.
I've journeyed well over 900,000 light years and I'm still not tired of the sights.
Did you get it in the end souljacker ?
Yeah, big old download that finally ended at about 10.30. Played a few of the tutorials. It's fucking hard. Will have a proper play tomorrow and then arrange a virtual meet up.
Lazy Llama I'm interested in that joystick please. I'll pm you in the morning.
Cool. Have to be some time tomorrow evening, if that's possible, as I'm off on holiday for a week at around 11 tomorrow night
Loving it so far. Only played a few hours but getting to grips with the basics.
I get the impression I'll need to resign from my job to get fully into it
Happy to meet you somewhere and drop you off a couple of gifts. My life was made considerably easier by the gold Lazy Llama dropped me when I was veh veh poor.
It will be a week before I know what I'm doing! PM me when you're back. Have a nice holiday.
Oh, how little you realise
I actually like that element of it. Space is big. This is NOT a shoot-em-up. Although you can shoot things. And they can shoot you, as I've found out to my cost.
Just had an hour on the tutorials. Advanced combat seemed impossible because I couldn't get the ship to turn round quick enough to engage the enemy. So I tried the mining one and I'll be fucked if I can work out how to line myself up to pick up the cargo.
I may as well give up ever going outside again if I want to get good at this.
I couldn't bear the tutorials. Thought I'd just go for it.
What a great game this is. Most of tonight has seen me just sat in space, looking at the maps and trying to work things out. I was really happy, bumbling about. Until I tried to take on some dude. He had mates. Now I'm dead.
Finally tracked down one of these fabled Thargoid bases. Very very strange.
Although I can dock like a boss, a docking computer is an awesome buy, I still lash mine on sometimes when I know my plan for a speedy dock is going to wipe me out. The only ships that i own that don't have one is my Diamond back scout and the fed assault ship, my fave ship is the diamondback scout, it punches WELL above it's weight.
Learn to 'high wake' if you get into problems and you wanna Sir Robin.
Thanks man. Happy grinding my way up at the moment. I made 130k from a little mission and didn't get killed. I like the way I keep progressing in small steps. Am excited about affording a new ship that can do longer jumps
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