Star Citizen v Elite Dangerous

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  1. Gizigog

    Gizigog Active Member

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    Dear All, I was wanting to immerse myself into some space gaming and have been looking into Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. I have tinkered on both but not really got into either due to spending a lot of time on other games such as WoW, ARMA and BF.
    Before I devote my gaming hours to SC or ED I was wondering if anyone had some advice. I do not intend the thread to become an argument of which game is better like a discussion on Oasis v Blur however I want to make sure I am not missing something before I start to later regret :)
     
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    All I want to say is that Elite Dangerous looks amazing on a VR headset.

    I havent played Star Citizen.
     
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    I haven't played SC except for a brief flight during the tech demo days, have been playing Elite Dangerous since mid beta.
    One thing about SC is that it is still technically in Alpha, E: D has been a full release since Dec 2014, with an expansion (Horizons) as well.

    In E: D there is an alien threat approaching Sol (Earth) at the moment so a lot of the gameplay is centred around that, but you do not have to involve yourself if you don't want to, the driving philosophy has always been "play your own way" and with a 1:1 simulation of the Milky Way Galaxy (400 Billion Stars modeled in the game, there has been a case that when astronomers found a system in real life, E: D had already accurately predicted what was found) there is a lot of room to do what you want.
    Combat, trading, mining, exporing, poking aliens, driving SRV's on planets (only one without air right now, Atmosheric landing is planned for the future) rescueing people from burning stations, I've yet to get bored, because if I don't feel like doing one thing, there's always something else.


    I'd recommend buying Elite Dangerous with the Horizons expansion if you go that way, that opens up planetary landing and a lot more gameplay, keep an eye on Steam or the Frontier website, it regularly goes on sale.

    One last thing, E: D is very system friendly, I'm staying at my mothers for a couple of days, and was playing on a i3 with a GTX730 graphics card and getting 30fps in space (drops to 15fps inside the station but playable.) My main rig is an i5 2500k OC to 4.3GHZ, 16GB and a GTX780, I get 100+ fps on Ultra @ 1440p

    It also shares the galaxy simulation with Xbox and PS4 players, but they are in their own groups, everyone affects stuff but a PC player can't meet an Xbox player ingame.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Gizigog

    Gizigog Active Member

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    Many thanks for the above. It's really helpful.

    I have tried SC on my son's account and it is very much in Alpha stage - my computer struggled tbh.

    I have E: D and am slowly getting to grips with it. My combat skills are pitiful so going to try doing runs and mining :)

    and watching all the training videos... :)
     
  5. Sysmon

    Sysmon World of Warcraft Division Captain

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    ED all the way! Because... poking aliens!

    :D S
     
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