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Elite Dangerous: Dolphin

I first tried passenger missions with the Hauler, but due to limited space and jump range, I did not find enjoyable. After getting more credits via trading and community goals, I wanted to give passengers another try and bought a proper passenger ship.

The Dolphin has sleek looks and is fun to fly. So far I have been doing sightseeing missions which are relatively effortless with Dolphin’s decent jump range and a fuel scoop. I want to try a data collecting mission next, but so far I have not had the time for a long trip.

 

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Destiny 2: I’ll just rest here for a while

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Destiny 2: We Came to Dance

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Elite Dangerous: Type-6 Transporter

I got the Type-6 to try out bulk trading but found the endeavour boring and the cargo space limited. It is still a fine ship to get the lowest tiers of community goals and nimble enough to evade most pirates.

I plan to upgrade to Type-7 but will keep my Type-6 around. Maybe set it up for exploration.

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Destiny 2: The Last City on Earth

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Elite Dangerous: Diamondback Scout

Diamondback Scout is a nimble and affordable ship bounty hunting, and it has an excellent jump range.

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Elite Dangerous: Hauler

The trusty Hauler brought in the money for a Cobra Mk. III. Then I sold it.

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Game of the Year: Destiny

Destiny has been around a while but it was still my most played game of the year. It received negative of critique but has improved significantly over the years. I do not have too much time to play games and Destiny is enjoyable as bite-sized chunks: a couple of crucible matches, a strike, a mission, or half an hour of patrolling is easy to fit in the schedule. I even went through the trouble of getting the maximum rank Iron Banner after the Rise of Iron release.

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Runner Up of the Year: Elite Dangerous

I first tried Elite Dangerous when it was still in the game preview on Xbox One. I did a bit of exploring and tried combat missions and hauling but did not find it interesting enough to continue. Recently I got back to the game and even bought the Horizons expansion.

I have not played a space sim since Independence War II: Edge of Chaos. Elite requires a lot of time to get into and grinding for credits can be tedious. The combat mechanics and exploration are fun enough and flying around in super cruise on kind of a soothing experience.

The real depth of Elite appears to originate from the community. For example, there are subreddits for coordinating the powerplay, which is fairly dull as a game mechanic, and community events like the Christmas carriers convoy. And of course, the game has superb opportunities for taking pretty screenshots.

I definitely want to invest more time to Elite Dangerous. Most likely it will not be my most played game for the next year, but I am looking forward to getting some material for screenshot posts.

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