Zero Punctuation: Elite: Dangerous - Space Truckin'

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Solo-Wing:
So it is A trucking Simulator that takes place among the stars? Sounds interesting.

Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

You've been here long enough to know the answer to that.

OT: I wish there was a medium in space for sound to travel through so I could toot my space truck horn.

Oh man, I've always found it amusing, but it's been a while since a ZP genuinely made me laugh.

"There's something relaxing about completing incredibly long, draw-out, but totally uncomplicated tasks."

And Yahtzee says he doesn't understand MMOs...

You are going to get so much shet for that AS's Greivances line

This is a pretty nice snippet of the online play for those whose interest has been piqued

two weeks two good game reviews i feel a storm coming

I played Frontier/Elite II on the Amiga, although 'travel somewhere and get killed instantly' is a more appropriate description of my experience. My fondest memories just involve spending ages docking (to the sounds of tinny classical music), followed by gazing longingly at the list of weapons and upgrades I couldn't afford...

Sadly don't have a PC that could cope with Elite Dangerous [or a certain other space-y game doing the rounds at the moment], so I probably won't get a chance to be awful at this one.

A mostly positive Yahtzee review will do wonders for its sales I imagine.

The always online thing, especially seeing as they used to say it wasn't required far earlier in production, kind of cheeses me off it and I've got quite a bit of money in Star Citizen already...

Still, I might end up buying it at some point. Life is too hectic for space overload right now though.

prpshrt:
Finding myself oddly enjoying space games off late... Started with FTL so will probably pick this up. Also "Longer than Anita Sarkeesian's list of grievances" LOL

My first thought was "I was kind of glad he never mentioned her before, I would've just said 'longer than an Ayn Rand novel'."

Now I'm going to play a little game where whenever I see her name I will mentally replace it with Ayn Rand and watch hilarity ensue.

lonercs:

prpshrt:
Finding myself oddly enjoying space games off late... Started with FTL so will probably pick this up. Also "Longer than Anita Sarkeesian's list of grievances" LOL

I heard that an I was like "Oh shit! Shots fired!" I do love how Yahtzee does not give a fuck who he pisses off. Even funnier when he and his friend was trying avoid the topic of Anita and SJWs on their Drown Outs only to give up and make fun of them the very next week.

When was this? (Also to keep up with my game, I should mention that they did bring up Ayn Rand in the split/second review")

So, is it like Freelancer?

Rect Pola:
Oh man, I've always found it amusing, but it's been a while since a ZP genuinely made me laugh.

Same here. I've been binge-watching ZPs all this week and I still laughed at that 'undercover cop' scenario.

Also, why is everyone bracing themselves over just a casual mention of Anita Sarkeesian's name? He was saying that she has a lot of problems with the game industry, which is empirical fact - never mentioned anything either way about agreeing with them.

Don't forget, it's S-A-R-K-E-E-S-I-A-N, not C-A-N-D-L-E-J-A-C-K.

Oh happy Yahtzee is always infinitely more entertaining than grumpy Yahtzee, or bitter Yahtzee or broken in the face of insufferable failings of humanity Yahtzee.
it's funny that you don't see him very much though. perhaps other humans drain him like vampires and he's reappeared today after discovering the U.K import store does delivery.

I might one day want to give Euro Truck Simulator 2 a chance. Normally, I don't care for sims, but I find something about that particular game to be inexplicably appealing.

Also, I enjoy consuming raw Ovaltine from time to time.

A friend has been raving about this one for ages, he loves the originals that much apparently.

lax4life:

Solo-Wing:
So it is A trucking Simulator that takes place among the stars? Sounds interesting.

Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

You've been here long enough to know the answer to that.

OT: I wish there was a medium in space for sound to travel through so I could toot my space truck horn.

They definitively should have made the D-scanner sound broadcast to all other ships within a certain radius.

sound incredibly fun

i wish i had the spacebux to buy it

lax4life:
OT: I wish there was a medium in space for sound to travel through so I could toot my space truck horn.

They could add a new, even lower power laser that doesn't draw (as much) aggro from the authorities. Instead of honking your horn at someone, just light them up them with the laser.

Solo-Wing:
So it is A trucking Simulator that takes place among the stars? Sounds interesting.

Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

Go watch his review of Brawl. I doubt his opinion of the new one will be much different.

canadamus_prime:

Solo-Wing:
So it is A trucking Simulator that takes place among the stars? Sounds interesting.

Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

Go watch his review of Brawl. I doubt his opinion of the new one will be much different.

I can't believe people are still on about this. Smash Bros is probably the last game on the planet he should review. He's already said everything he's ever needed to say about the series as a whole in his Brawl review. Another Smash Bros review would be pointless and redundant.

I request we get a small series of "Space Commander Yahtzee the nth" chronicling his adventures and ultimate demises.

It's quite good, but it is what you make of it.
The best thing about it is how the ships controls, how they feel, it's a very good basis to build on as I am sure they will.
It gets even better if you happen to have a joystick, but it handles well even with the standard mouse control, way better than you would expect. Or you could use a xbox controller if that is your fancy, or do what I did, a joystick + G13 gamepad.

This guy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjgBlzLxsgbVuHfZPe0AeIg has a series called "Flight assist off" it gives you an idea of what you could be doing out there, even though most of them are from beta they are still very informative.

It's a sandbox, a huge, gigantic, galactic sandbox. It is easy to get lost out there, personally I have not seen any players since I started out, as I just went off in one direction until I found a perfect trading system which I claimed as my own. It's not fast or have tons of action all the time, but when you do end up fighting it can be very tense depending on the situation.
But you don't need to get into a fight to feel the heat, you could just be jumping around exploring the area just to discover that your fuel scoop does not work on T-class stars and you now don't have enough fuel to go anywhere. So the only thing left to do is to crash into the star in a blaze of glory and accept the loss of all that exploring data.
Or realize that selling your shields to replace it with cargo space was a really bad idea when a pirate opens fire at you with 100 tons of gold at stake.

It's a game that is easy enough for most people to get into, but at the same time have a lot of things that you could master and customize to fit your playstyle. Even things like doing an efficient hypercruise jump is very rewarding when pulled off since it can save you up to several minutes of travel time, and it is worth learning if you trade a lot because time is money friend.

Also if you want to truly immerse yourself in this world, get voiceattack with elite voice pack and some VR goggles, it is actually quite impressive what they have done with it.

It's not perfect, but the gameplay is solid and well done, so if you are somewhat interested in spacesim or space truckin you ought to check this one out.

Neverhoodian:
I got a hearty laugh from "that" joke. Also, nobody's started a flame war over it. There may be hope for you guys yet.

...

I just jinxed it, didn't I?

I was surprised by this as well. I expected a massive flame war by the end of the first page, but it seems maybe people are finally getting over her ... hopefully.

Solo-Wing:
So it is A trucking Simulator that takes place among the stars? Sounds interesting.

Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

The review I'M waiting for is Divinity: Original Sin. Best PC game of 2014 and going by the (lack of) reviews it seems people don't even know it exists.

Neverhoodian:
I got a hearty laugh from "that" joke. Also, nobody's started a flame war over it. There may be hope for you guys yet.

Well no....
that doesn't come until next-week when it gets posted on youtube where they love to argue about that topic and only that topic (or Consoles or gun "control"; depending on how much "disapproving foreigner" is being channeled through yahtzee that given day)

Bedinsis:

Solo-Wing:
Also are you going to keep avoiding Smash Bros Yahtzee? It is the review we are all waiting for.

Nonsense! It's Crusader Kings II we're all waiting for.

And by "we" I mean "I".

As much as I'd like to see him do a paradox game, I'm pretty sure he's mentioned he doesn't like strategy games.

Darth Rosenberg:
I played Frontier/Elite II on the Amiga, although 'travel somewhere and get killed instantly' is a more appropriate description of my experience. My fondest memories just involve spending ages docking (to the sounds of tinny classical music), followed by gazing longingly at the list of weapons and upgrades I couldn't afford...

Sadly don't have a PC that could cope with Elite Dangerous [or a certain other space-y game doing the rounds at the moment], so I probably won't get a chance to be awful at this one.

Those things all still happen. Nothing like getting pulled out of super cruise in your Cobra(kinda your standard multi-role ship) to try to face a Federation Dropship(It's a flying tank with lots of guns on it). I managed, but damn did I have a repair bill.

I loved Elite back in the eighties, and I think I would quite enjoy Elite: Dangerous while waiting for Star Citizen... except for the price. E:D is barely more than a modernised, prettier version of the original eighties game and I'm not going to spend the price of a typical AAA game for that. If it cost maybe a third of what it currently does I'd probably pick it up, but I refuse to pay that kind of price even for a AAA game let alone Euro Truck Simulator In Space.

lonercs:

prpshrt:
Finding myself oddly enjoying space games off late... Started with FTL so will probably pick this up. Also "Longer than Anita Sarkeesian's list of grievances" LOL

I heard that an I was like "Oh shit! Shots fired!" I do love how Yahtzee does not give a fuck who he pisses off. Even funnier when he and his friend was trying avoid the topic of Anita and SJWs on their Drown Outs only to give up and make fun of them the very next week.

Link please? This sounds like it would be amusing.

I really, REALLY want to play this, but my laptop doesn't have the required RAM. :(

I've played the gamut of Sim games lately. Construction, Trucking and Farming. This might just be the logical next step.

geldonyetich:
The only other point I would make is, egads, is it ever a grind. Once you've got your Cobra (~350k credits), you might as well settle in for flying the same ship for a couple weeks, because the Type-6 Transport (2M credits) is a downgrade in all things not cargo hauling related, and the next ship will run you a whopping 6M credits. If you're good, you might be able to manage about 300k credits an hour, but most runs you'll be lucky to get in under 100k, there's a great deal of randomness to which profitable opportunities you are likely to encounter.

I think the key thing with this game is that your enjoyment will depend partly on what your personal goals are. The game doesn't at any point tell you what your goals should be, so success is how you define it.

For example, my friend's been playing the game since Christmas and still only has a few hundred thousand credits, because her goals involve exploration, a bit of bounty hunting and just slowly upgrading as she goes. She's not considered it a grind because she doesn't define her success in the game by how much money she has. Equally, she doesn't consider that I'm "better" at the game because I've got more money than her.

I, on the other hand, am trying to increase my bank balance as much as I can, as my personal goals include buying the Anaconda (~147m credits, not to mention a ~7m cr insurance cost and another 15-20m credits I'm budgeting for upgrades after I buy her). Our personal goals are different, so we play the game differently and derive different types of enjoyment from it.

One other point I've seen made frequently on the Frontier forums is that the game has been designed with a niche appeal in mind. It's unapologetically a game aimed at fans of the genre and of the original Elite, so there may be a limited appeal outside of that niche and that's something that potential buyers should be aware of.

"Is he going to keep avoiding Smash Bros?"

I kinda don't care at this point - the review I'd prefer is actually Captain Toad... (not that it'll affect my having purchased it)
I feel like We already know his opinions on Smash Bros., and he isn't going to say anything new this time, so the video will struggle to be funny. He's given enough justification to ignore it.
But Captain Toad hasn't gotten any previous mentions from him, and I wonder what he'd think of its gameplay.

This actually sounds pretty interesting. If I didn't have a huge backlog of entertainment/games/anime I'd be all over another fun time sink like this.

Kind of makes me long a bit for the old flight stick I used to have as a kid.

infohippie:

Link please? This sounds like it would be amusing.

Right here for yas. Spoiler = Buzzed Yahtzee moans. And it's...it's just magical.

I watched that drown out when it came out. I had a good laugh when Yahtzee threw the potion into a pit by mistake and proceeded to cuss out Peach.

27:05 classic :)

Well Frontier owes Yatzee 5.99 (10% is std yes?) I had never heard of this game before this video but it looks exactly like what I wanted when I bought X-Rebirth. X-Rebirth feels like what happens when a developer tries to "simplify" a game while failing to realize the primary audience for their game, likes it to feel like a big huge universe and sandbox.

Of course they make buying this game quite a challenge. You have to register an account, then go varify it, then go fill out a few forms, then you are allowed to buy it. At that point you are allowed to download the installer. Which installs a log in client. You sign into the client and it then sends you a verification code. You use the verification code and you can then start to actually download the game.

I don't know if there are more steps because I'm still downloading, but someone has failed to explain to Frontier the concept of removing every possible barrier between your client and the thing you want them to do (aka buy and install your game)

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