The first sandbox game, this open-ended space opera hit the BBC Micro like a homing missile in 1984. You could go
anywhere, shoot up cops or pirates - or both - as you saw fit, upgrade your ship as you liked, all in glorious, wireframe 3D.
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Whether it was crashing our wireframe ship for the twelfth time into an inconveniently rotating docking station in Elite or being savaged by flocks of irate chickens in Ocarina of Time, each of the 20 games in this feature have earned their place in both our hearts and gaming's hall of fame.
With a new wave of video games set to fly off the shelves this Christmas, including Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, T3 takes a look at the past to unveil 20 games that changed the way we play.