I think that list is coming from an author that doesn’t know what he is really talking about. Personally, two of those games deserve to be on that list and that is Evochron Legacy and Star Citizen (eventually if they actually complete the game). I haven’t played NMS yet, but with the latest patch I hear it is a lot better and from a exploration aspect could be on the list as well. All of the others, nope.
I guess in the end what is a gamer looking for as a feeling…? I would say more the clones of elite like Pioneer and Oolite are more true to the original and Elite Dangerous. There is a lot of games that have aspects of Elite just not all of it in one package there is a few obscure games (that i cannot remember right now) that touch the flight model which a lot of players do enjoy, some like pure exploration, others like trading and pirating. Has any game gotten it right yet for all of these…. no I don’t think and make it fun 🙂
I have yet to complete a X Series game… haha I will one day I promise. But I get bored, you cannot please everyone. I like where Elite is going and I honestly still don’t own the game yet. All of the videos I have watched so far, the game still seems a little boring to me. I do have high hopes for Star Citizen because if they can do it will probably have the complete game that gives me the experience I am looking for. Do I need a billion planets to visit, heck no. I am happy with 10-20, as long as they all flushed out and have active places to visit and you can go anywhere.
I still need to think on this more but, to get back to the list. How does Dreadnought make #1? Dreadnought has nothing to do with Elite at all haha like I said, the author I don’t think understands what Elite is and the history behind it.