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The latest Elite Dangerous expansion released this week and players are in a frenzy, reviewing the game negatively en masse. At the time of this publication, it has 33% positive reviews on Steam, a rating of "Mostly Negative". This is compared to the positive 77% of the basic version of the five-year-old game.
Users cite a number of issues, mostly solved around incredibly poor performance on all types of hardware, from minimum requirements to recommended hardware. In general, only users with absolute specifications at the top perform well.
Even those users, however, complain that the features they have been playing the game for years are suddenly broken, such as the representation of VR on surface vessels and spaceflight. It has been reported that multiplayer features are also broken. "If you're a solo player with a rugged front-line PC, you're perfectly fine," he says a prominent comment: "But if you're like me, someone who enjoys online games with friends and a mid-level PC, wait."
Finally, many users say that the expansion has very little new content. While it adds a first-person walk mode to the galactic sandbox, this mode still has very few things: a handful of models for finding and inspecting plants, as well as repetitive shooting missions on “copied” surface bases. The redesigned interface has been widely criticized, not only for rendering issues, but for making routine actions more difficult and requiring more button presses.
Our Natalie Clayton could have written many of the answers to this game as she said she thought it looked “worse for wear” on coming out of her latest alpha test. "There is a feeling that the expansion is a little undercooked," he said at the time. This sense seems to be true, given the reaction of the community. Did our Andy Kelly have similar answers, even though he seemed to like it? I'm not sure enjoyment is the right word: land in a kind of pink drool ball of a world.
Frontier has had run-ins with negative reactions in the past, like when they first released the Engineering for Elite update, but the frustration of the past community has not reached that level of reaction.