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  • DamoVotf 23 Nov 2017 09:53:30 1,229 posts
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    Flight stick the only way to play this.

    Love my X55.

    Im up to Beluga now doing a 500k LS run 1 system jump for about 12-15m per hour. Its fucking boring though, an hour of watching twitch basically.

    Edited by DamoVotf at 09:54:40 23-11-2017
  • Doomspoon 23 Nov 2017 10:02:30 2,848 posts
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    @OnlyJoeKing Nice. If only I'd waited for this. About a week and a half ago I ordered a used one for Ł25 from ebay. It works fine but is a bit grubby and the previous owner had been working the trigger too hard and has loosened the top panel of the stick which is a bit annoying.

    I'm enjoying using that over the 360 pad I was previously using although I admit that landings were quicker and smoother on joypad.
  • OnlyJoeKing 23 Nov 2017 10:37:55 312 posts
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    @Doomspoon ah, I think it sold out pretty quick anyway.

    Flight stick is the only way to go. It's weird at first, but you do get better at it. I've nailed the landings now.
  • Doomspoon 24 Nov 2017 09:24:22 2,848 posts
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    @OnlyJoeKing yeah, ah well, I have a HOTAS now.

    I have a regular flight stick that I didn't bother with as I preferred the joypad. I was using a Microsoft Sidewinder for a while in the first months of E: D but Win 7 suddenly decided to no longer support it, like the drivers were actively removed from Windows or something. It was ok on stick, I stress the ok, I bought the Thrustmaster base level stick at about Ł12 used it once and then just stuck with the pad.

    It's only because my wired 360 pad has creep on the left stick that saw my ship rotating to the left of its own accord that had me seeking a replacement. I love the throttle control in flight and the lack of involuntary rolling the HOTAS is offering over the pad but the zero input to forward thrust on the throttle control when over a landing pad is too jumpy for my liking, hence the awkward landings. On joypad, even with the left roll annoyance I could fly in at speed, nose slightly down to the pad, vertical thrust down, throttle back and lift the nose in a fluid motion. Not so on the HOTAS, I spend about ten seconds nudging forwards and backwards, left and right until I am central to the pad and then drop. I'm not sure if I'll ever get it any smoother due to the aforementioned throttle issue.

    Edited by Doomspoon at 09:25:00 24-11-2017
  • stephen1877 24 Nov 2017 11:29:25 243 posts
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    Been looking at the New hotas one for the xbox. Looks quite good, apart from the fact it's near impossible to find.
  • ubergine 2 Dec 2017 00:54:16 7,508 posts
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    So this is on sale on PS4, and there's Elite Dangerous, Elite Dangerous Commander Edition, and a season pass. It's not at all clear from the blurb whether buying the vanilla game plus the season pass would give you the same content as just buying the Commander Edition. I'd kind of like to go vanilla first though to see if I even want it. Any advice?
  • Dirtbox 2 Dec 2017 01:52:57 89,372 posts
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    Get the base game and the season pass if it's cheaper than the cmdr edition. It's the same thing sans a few pointless ship skins.
  • ubergine 2 Dec 2017 02:07:03 7,508 posts
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    Thanks. Seems it's $2.33 cheaper to buy it sans the skins.
  • ubergine 7 Dec 2017 06:04:33 7,508 posts
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    Wow, the Training Mission is completely incomprehensible so far.
  • Dirtbox 7 Dec 2017 06:15:45 89,372 posts
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  • Dirtbox 7 Dec 2017 06:15:46 89,372 posts
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    There is no hand holding if that's what you're getting at, but there isn't a great deal to really master beyond piloting and dogfighting skills, so it's not that insane. That's not to say there isn't more to the game, but it's the bread and butter of everything.
  • ubergine 7 Dec 2017 07:19:54 7,508 posts
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    I stepped away from it, but literally I couldn't cope with the second training mission. A woman chatters at you and asks you to go to a place or something, and a menu has a bunch of places - where do I go? - no handy instruction appears, I went somewhere at random and nearly fell into a sun. Jumped somewhere else at random and the disembodied woman seemed pleased, but it seems there's no way to stop or slow down there.
    Near-total lack of prompts, perhaps the worst tutorial I've encountered in a game. I'll take another look after dinner.

    Edited by ubergine at 07:20:55 07-12-2017
  • mickerty 7 Dec 2017 11:47:30 76 posts
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    @ubergine I also bought this on PS4 last night. I completed most of the training missions last night and a few "transactions" in the main game.

    Agree that the second training mission was a bit of a nightmare but enjoying the main game so far. It certainly doesn't hold your hand.

    Can't wait to get stuck back in. Landing in space stations is immense.
  • ubergine 7 Dec 2017 13:30:16 7,508 posts
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    I can't even figure out what the controls are from this tutorial. I can't think of a worse bit of game design that I've ever encountered.

    The worst bit is this npc voice telling you off for not being able to do anything while steadfastly refusing to tell you how to do it. I rang Sony to start the process of getting a refund.
  • RandolphCarter 7 Dec 2017 17:42:08 87 posts
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    Recentlly picked this up on PS4 and....I haven't got a clue what I'm doing. I failed the first mission as I got to the first beacon, and then didn't have a clue what to do next :cry:
  • RandolphCarter 7 Dec 2017 17:45:13 87 posts
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    ubergine wrote:
    Wow, the Training Mission is completely incomprehensible so far.
    Yup, I cannot get past the combat mission. I can destroy the first enemy, but the second enemy always blitzes me.

    There's so much depth to this game, it's awe inspiring - but the set-up of the game is akin to handing a car to someone who has never driven and asking them to drive from London to Edinburgh. At night. In the rain.
  • stephen1877 7 Dec 2017 17:52:20 243 posts
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    Are you watching the tutorial video's before doing the tutorial mission?
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 7 Dec 2017 17:56:32 11,363 posts
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    I think I ended up just skipping the training. Once you're out there things make a lot more sense.
  • onestepfromlost 7 Dec 2017 18:51:34 2,639 posts
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    Im really tempted to get this on ps4 just wish i could use my x52 with it, that would seal the deal for me.
  • [maven] 7 Dec 2017 19:22:53 5,542 posts
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    I quite like flying with the controller (but then I don't have a stick, so can't really compare).
  • SYS64738 7 Dec 2017 22:00:44 4,842 posts
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    Didn't bother with the tutorials. Just check the controller mappings to see what each button does and head out and learn on the job in your Sidewinder, which is cheap to insure.

    In other news, I've made my way to Colonia, because reasons. Biggest commitment since getting married! 400 jumps to go.
  • wobbly_Bob 7 Dec 2017 22:35:29 4,264 posts
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    Really tempted by this now it's on sale.
  • Dirtbox 7 Dec 2017 23:26:58 89,372 posts
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    RECOMEDED
  • Spectral 10 Dec 2017 20:11:39 5,707 posts
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    I'm going to be starting this soon, grabbed it in a steam sale a while back. Are the voice packs + voice attack as good as they appear to be in the youtube videos?

    Also how important is a HOTAS? They look cool but are pricey and I'n not sure how well it's work sat on a bed, which is how I'd be playing.
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