CMDR Rexis here!
It was January of 2015 when I first experienced Elite Dangerous. I was fortunate enough that my first encounter was on an Oculus Rift at PAX South, which you can read about here. Blown away by what this game offered, I purchased it for my newly acquired XBOX One and promptly shelved it.
As much as I enjoyed the experience in virtual reality, I came to dislike the game very quickly. I didn’t like having to refuel the ship to jump between systems and I hated the awful experience of docking, particularly trying to find my landing pad in the dark. Everything felt clunky and difficult to me. I was constantly mashing the wrong buttons and flying off in the wrong directions. I didn’t like the menu intensive interface. I just wasn’t enjoying it at all. I promptly forgot about it and moved on to other gaming experiences.
Fast forward two years and I am looking into getting Star Citizen for PC. My concern is whether SC will run on my PC and on my friends systems as well. I don’t want to explore the galaxy alone, after all. So I spent some time researching the game when I was suddenly reminded that I already had Elite Dangerous and my friends all have an XBOX One. So I figured why not fire it up and take another look.
I spent some time watching a few YouTube tutorials and that really cleared up a lot of things. I even discovered that there is a module for auto-docking you could buy. This became my goal. Get into the game and get that module. Play objectively, then see if I have a different opinion.
The last time I played Elite Dangerous, I blew my ship up in space because I was trying to explore, ran out of fuel, and died. Returning, I found myself with 1,000 CR and the free Sidewinder. I took a moment to look things over and, utilizing the skills I gleaned from YouTube, I went into the missions menu and selected a number of delivery missions to a nearby system. I filled my small hold and took all the data missions I could. Note: All these missions had me going to the same place, a simple courier/delivery.
I launched the ship, as one does, and made my way effortlessly and with little resistance. Those tutorials helped immensely. I found I was able to control the ship fairly well, and docking at the different station in my destination system was… well… easier I guess. I quickly made the money I needed to afford the 4,500 CR auto-dock module.
Holy crap, this thing is exactly what I needed.
I’m not a bad pilot, not the best, but not bad. Piloting the ship is not my problem. Its navigating around these massive stations and figuring out where I need to go that I struggle with. And everything is dark unless you are near a star. Couple that with the time limit on docking and it just stresses me out. Now, all I have to do it request docking and drop my speed to zero. Boom! I’m in!
After this success, I decided to keep doing the same thing. I grabbed more deliveries to another nearby system. Warp! Done! Rinse and repeat. I never saw any combat and I’m not sure if I saw any other players. I’m still learning those systems, after all. I’ll admit it was a bit grindy, warping and dropping out of super cruise at the right time. But it wasn’t a hard skill to learn. After a few deliveries, I was getting proficient.
By the end of my playtime, I’d accrued around 350,000 CR with no deaths. Needless to say, my experience with the game this time around, two years after I bought it, was far more enjoyable. I was even able to buy a new ship. I got into a Cobra MkIII, mainly because it was listed as having an extra seat for multi-crew.
I’m seriously considering buying the Horizons update and one of my friends is interested in picking up the game. We share an interest in exploration of the galaxy, so it seems like a good fit for us.
In the meantime, I’m going to learn a bit about combat, then get into that. It looks fun. I don’t know what my end goal is yet, but I think I’ll enjoy the ride for now.
This is the YouTube video I watched to get started. It’s an hour long, but its great info if you’re new, like me, or you’re considering buying this game.