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    Frontier: First Encounters

    The third title in the Elite series of space strategic combat games, Frontier was notoriously marred by several bugs which spoiled an otherwise enjoyable game.

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    Frontier: First Encounters is the third part of Elite series. You are a space pirate and you fly around through the universe in your space craft to fulfill different missions. You can also earn money by trading cargo with other races. Play Frontier: First Encounters online!

    Frontier: First Encounters game description

    After being defeated by humanity in Elite the advanced insect race known as the Thargoids return to attack humans who are still gripped by civil war between the Federation and the Imperial forces. You begin as always with 100 credits, a below average ship and no alliances forced to enter into the politics of an emerging war as a pawn of the larger groups.

    Like Frontier: Elite II, Frontier: First Encounters had the player flying in an open world earning credits through a variety of methods. The biggest change to gameplay surrounds an overarching storyline which reintroduces the Thargoid alien race last seen warring with humans in the original Elite. This storyline is detailed through reading 5 in game newspapers which in turn offers you storyline linked missions. Unlike other missions which are randomly generated these were scripted linear events offering special rewards such as unobtainable ships. As with previous titles First Encounters allows you a variety of mission types.

    Military missions are greatly expanded allowing for spying missions (involving photography or parts of the universe) and bombing runs on the basis of a war with the Thargoids. Mining returned with little change as did the trading backbone of the game. Controls were still based on Newtonian physics allowing for complex ship control and playing within the physics of the game.

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