Elite (Firebird Gold Edition/Firebird/Rainbird)

Elite (Firebird/Gold Edition/Rainbird)

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  1. Grunaki

    I was always intrigued by Elite back in my Speccy days, but despite rave reviews, I never bought it.

    A few years later, I was in a used game store and found the ST version fairly cheap, so I picked it up – and I’m glad I did.

    I loved the open-endedness of the game – pick a system and go – “out there – thataway!” as Kirk says at the end of the first ‘Star Trek’ movie.. (Well, as far as your funds and fuel will take you.. A concept that was obviously nicked by ‘Star Control 2’ – which is another great spacefaring game – and is now open-source! Google it!)

    I really enjoyed the physics – like having to match rotation with the Coriolis space stations in order to dock (blatantly nicked from 2001 – a space odyssey) – but of course I bought a docking computer ASAP! 🙂

    I also liked how you could go from being running scared in the first instance (like if you came up against a Thargoid, Viper or Wolf MkII, which would likely wipe the floor with you if you only had a pulse laser) and eventually turned it around once you made the credits to acquire a military laser and could start hunting them down.

    The only minor gripe I would have with it is that I don’t think there’s any way to finish the game, so you’re just blasting through space forever..

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