It is incredibly tempting to describe Vendetta Online
(available from here
on Windows, Mac and Linux) as an updated version of Elite, or as EVE-Online-lite. Never having played EVE Online
(I'm saving up for an Intel Mac so I can have a look), I'm not sure if that is 100% fair - and many of the people who play Vendetta will swear if you mention such comparisons, but I do remember Elite and Vendetta Online
certainly has elements that strongly remind me of that, although none of the developers have ever played Elite. Comparing this game to Elite is not a bad thing, and the graphics of the modern interface are truly amazing. One nice touch is if you return to a space station heavily damaged, you have smoke and sparks billowing from your craft on the distance shots, such as entering and leaving a wormhole (as in the picture above).
There are three races in Vendetta Online
- it's not really clear that there are appreciable differences between them though, but access to weapons and ships is affected by race. You start, inevitably, as a rookie pilot, and there are a family of training missions, then a basic pilot's test which is well worth taking. Why? Well, if you pass the test (it's not hard, although there is one step where I suspect everyone will die, even if they are experienced players running out a new character) you get given sufficient experience to get access to better spaceships and equipment.