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  • Summary: Advanced in technology, civilized and with a population of billions, Magalan was a planet looking to the future. Then the meteor hit. Those who survived are now trapped in a battle to survive, a struggle to decide the fate of a planet. At the center of this fight is the element "Elex". AAdvanced in technology, civilized and with a population of billions, Magalan was a planet looking to the future. Then the meteor hit. Those who survived are now trapped in a battle to survive, a struggle to decide the fate of a planet. At the center of this fight is the element "Elex". A precious, limited resource that arrived with the meteor, Elex can power machines, open the door to magic, or re-sculpt life into new, different forms. But which of these choices should be the future of Magalan? Can technology, or magic save this world? Or will this new power destroy all those left alive amongst the ruins?
    Elex is an action, role-playing open world game for PC and Consoles, developed by Piranha Bytes, creators of the award winning Gothic series and is set in a brand new, post-apocalyptic, Science-Fantasy universe where magic meets mechs.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    85
    A giant game in all aspects that conveys the sensation of influence on the virtual world. Some failures in control are the most negative point, but ELEX is a new vindication of Piranha Bytes.
  2. Oct 25, 2017
    80
    Magalan, while not always the prettiest to look at (the game isn't much of a looker) is so large and varied that it pulls off the hard-sell on mixing so many different themes into one. Whether it’s the lush forests, the arid deserts, or even the frozen mountains peaks and old world ruins, Elex is a game that I play for the exploration. I kill, I loot, I explore and I'll pick up quests along the way that I pretend I care about. But mostly I'm just aiming for that next big reward until something in the story happens that interests me. If you're someone like me who loves exploring open worlds, you'd be hard pressed to pass Elex up. But if you're looking for the sharpest looking, smoothest playing, go-to because you're finally bored of The Witcher 3, this one may not be for you.
  3. Oct 16, 2017
    77
    A solid adventure with a cool scenario mixture of science fiction and fantasy. Elex is not a must-have title for RPG fans like Divinity: Original Sin 2 - but it's a nice addition.
  4. Oct 16, 2017
    70
    Piranha Bytes looks back to Gothic saga as it moves into the future with their new IP. ELEX isn't free from defects, among which are a little inspired setting and a rude combat system, but it will meet the expectations of the hardcore historical fan base.
  5. Oct 19, 2017
    70
    Elex is an attractive old-school RPG game that fails when it comes to graphics and AI.
  6. Nov 8, 2017
    64
    Inventive in some ways and stagnant in others, Elex will appeal to die-hard RPG fans and few others.
  7. Nov 17, 2017
    30
    ELEX is a broken, messy game that might have some interesting ideas deep down but they won't save it. Honestly you are better of avoiding or waiting for the developers to maybe save this title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 308
  1. Oct 17, 2017
    10
    Story, dialogues, characters, world, exploration, climate, soundtrack and quests are incredibly good and enticing. Fight, animation andStory, dialogues, characters, world, exploration, climate, soundtrack and quests are incredibly good and enticing. Fight, animation and graphics are average. I recommend to everybody who likes great stories. Expand
  2. May 23, 2019
    10
    A beautiful Game, with a good atmosphere. If you have not already played this Game, you should do this.
  3. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    Elex has issues, but overall it is a return to form for PB. Unlike Risen 2 and 3, this one really feels like it has some soul behind theElex has issues, but overall it is a return to form for PB. Unlike Risen 2 and 3, this one really feels like it has some soul behind the creation, rather than being part of a deep silver contract for two more games.

    I'm sure most of the bugs/technical issues will be patched out. As for people whining about the game being too hard, have they never played a Gothic game before? You start weak, you become godlike later. The game doesn't hold your hand with level scaling or other casual features.
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  4. Oct 26, 2017
    10
    Je ne rédige que de rares évaluations, mais ne mérite pas les mauvaises notes des sites spécialisés.
    A mon sens ces influenceurs ne sont pas
    Je ne rédige que de rares évaluations, mais ne mérite pas les mauvaises notes des sites spécialisés.
    A mon sens ces influenceurs ne sont pas objectif et on du être biaisé par des tiers studios qui par peur de voir leur
    part de marché grignottées par ce jeu pas si buggé, ni moche, ni si en retard.
    Certe imparfait et très difficile (pas pour les casual gamer c'est sure) je le voit comme un mix de dark soul/skyrim.
    Perso je n'attendait pas grand chose de ce jeu : je n'ai fait aucun jeu de ce studio, je comprend donc que certaint
    c'était fait une hype folle et sont déçu. Mais les jvc gamecult certains youtuber sont bien trop dur avec ELEX,
    Je le recommande au joueur de dark souls en attendant le prochain The elder scroll.
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  5. euu
    Oct 21, 2017
    8
    Your enjoyment of Elex will greatly depend on whether you like janky euro RPGs from the 2000s or not. It's definettly a game that's not forYour enjoyment of Elex will greatly depend on whether you like janky euro RPGs from the 2000s or not. It's definettly a game that's not for anyone but in my opinion is one of the better RPGs from the last few years, definitely better than Fallout 4 or Thumblr Age: Inquisition.

    The greatest strenght in Elex as well as its greatest weakness is withouh a doubt the Setting. The world of Magalan is vast and beautiful, with a lot of things to explore, especially since the exploration is now much better by the use of a Jet Pack. The areas and locations are also diverse, from people living in huts in a fantasy forest full of Old World Ruins, to a post apocaliptic Desert Town that is a better Mad Max location than any of the locations in the last Mad Max game or the futuristic fortress of the Clerics. All of these locations are hand made by the developers and at least to me are more interesting to explore than the 50 Shades of Brown and White in Skyrim or the 100 Flavors of Slavic vilages in the Witcher 3.

    But, as I said, the sheer vastness of the world is also the game's main weakness, as it suffers from the same Bethesda syndrome that all open world RPGs seem to suffer latelly in that many places are just there to fill space but don't have that many things interesting in them such as quests or items. But a bigger problem than this is how it affects the faction system. In the first 2 Gothics in the first 5-10 hours you met all the factions in the game, you did some quests for them, learn about what they can offer and also made the decission on which to join. I have played more then 12 hors of Elex and so far encountered only the fisrt 2 factions. This wouldn't be much of a problem if access to better equipment wouldn't be restricted to only members of a faction so you will spend most of the time before joining running from enemies or hoping tht your companion can tank them long enough for you to kill them.

    On the writting, is definetely an improvement over the Risen series, but then again everything is. Piranha Bytes has always been better at creating Settings than stories so the story is just there to support its gameplay and Setting. Which is fine since this is a video game and not a movie. The music on the other hand is utterly forgetable, even compared to Risen, it's clear that the Piranhas have suffered in this departament since Kai Rosenkrantz left.

    Combat is another departament where the game is lacking. Instead of bringing back the combat from the first Risen, when enemies reacted to your moves, they went for the lazy Dark Sould route where they added a Stamina bar to make sure you won't stunlock your enemies. This wouldn't be so bad but they also added a Combo Bar that fills everytime you land a Strike and increases the damage the more you do, so now you not only need to watch your Stamina and Health Bars, but also your combo bar, enemy movement and then the Special attack prompt.

    Fortunatelly the game has enough content to forgive all the issues above. It's so refreshing to play a Western RPG that has a God damn Attribute System. The variety of weapons is also great, from swords, hammers, bows, shotguns, lasers and magic, the game has everything you need to create the type of character you want. Quest variety is a bit lacking since most quests are feth quests and they feel like a run from one Marker on the map to another but this is an issue with modern Open World RPGs in general.

    All in all Elex is a good, almost great in some areas. The main criticsm I heard is that Piranhas haven't improved since Gothic like most modern game developers had, but imo the main problems with Elex are sins of all modern RPGs while the old school stuff is the better part.
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  6. Oct 30, 2021
    7
    I have a really nice time playing this game, there is something in it that makes you want go further.
    I like how the game rewards exploring
    I have a really nice time playing this game, there is something in it that makes you want go further.
    I like how the game rewards exploring the world, you can always find something interesting on a top of a mountain or deep in some well.
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  7. Nov 2, 2017
    0
    Бросил игру спустя 15 часов, не найдя в ней ничего того, что нашел в Г1-2 и Р1. Пустой мир, рандомно раскиданные мобы, деревянные нпц, квесты,Бросил игру спустя 15 часов, не найдя в ней ничего того, что нашел в Г1-2 и Р1. Пустой мир, рандомно раскиданные мобы, деревянные нпц, квесты, которые вызывают зевоту в лучшем случае, а чаще раздражение. Идиотская раскачка, дающая вкачаться до капа хоть на 1м уровне, имей терпение, амулет на воровство и рецепт элекса; все скиллы от начала и до капа качаются в стартовом городе.
    Убогая система боя, развития по мере прокачки в плане анимации и тактики НОЛЬ. Доспехи фракция не дают ничего. Убер имбовые пушки собираются за час после старта игры, если до этого уже пробегался по миру и находил их, которые разваливают все и вся, даже если ты 1 лвл опять же.
    Тупой лут, во всех суперсекьюрных ящиках и компах туалетная бумага, сигареты и прочий мусор.
    Мобы на локации спавнятся заново спустя полчаса игрового времени. Тупейший АИ, что противника, что соратника: соратник - это вообще пздц, о нем даже говорить не буду, противник - видя тебя за сто метров, достает мили палку и бежит в упор сражаться вместо того, чтобы достать ренж оружие, которое у него есть, ведь при взлете на джетпаке он его достает.
    Крафт бесполезен, за игру есть смысл только 2 раза улучшить оружие, что тебе нравится, и воткнуть в него пару гемов.
    Сюжет высосан из пальца и не то, чтобы не цепляет, он вызывает раздражение своей тупостью, прямотой и однообразностью.
    Графика, ну с ней можно было бы сжиться, если бы не было все так плохо, что описано выше.
    Мир, лор и тд: сборная солянка, граничащая с безумием, в которой с лука ты можешь ушатать пятиметрового робокопа эффективнее, чем с бластера. На весь лор 2 истории, описывающие что же все-таки произошло тут, и ту надо собирать по аудиозаписям, которые разбросаны рандомно по миру, то есть шанс того, что про лор ты так ничего и не узнаешь крайне велик.
    Повсеместные баги со всем (квесты, нпц, геодизайн, анимации, диалоги), лаги, отвратительный перевод. Вылеты после пары часов игры, 5 фпс на карте в пипбое (ps4 pro). Кривое управление.

    Спасибо ПБ, за то, что поставили точку в моих размышлениях "быть или не быть" вашей репутации для меня как фаната г1-2 и р1. Однозначно не быть, никогда более. Надеюсь, это последняя ваша потуга заработать денег под гимном "ну мы же маленькая студия, с нас взятки-гладки". Точка.
    У меня все.
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