Watch us try to figure out Eve Online in episode one of our free-to-play beginner’s guide

EVE Online Let's Play

By beginners, for beginners: that’s our (hugely flawed) motto. As you may have read about, Eve Online’s latest expansion, Ascension, just made the game free to play. Those wishing to pay a monthly subscription still get extra ships and skills, but essentially CCP’s universe has just opened its doors – or whatever universes have to keep drafts out – to all and sundry after 13 years of paywalls. That means a lot of beginners are trying it out right now. Beginners like the absolute badass you see above.

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In truth, Jordan and Phil got a bit distracted by the in-depth character creator and its propensity for spitting out frontmen of forgotten early ’00s nu-metal acts, but there is at least some space action in episode one to complement the body modification and cornrow-honing.

If you’ve only heard the stories of massive hundred-player space battles and complex economic events, you’ll be relieved to know that Eve is also a game about piloting a space craft and making stuff explode. That much was made clear in the game’s very first tutorial, which acquiants you with the basic movement and combat controls while sneaking in a bit of basic lore.

In episodes two and three we’ll be diving deeper into Eve, so to come along with us for the ride you can subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube.