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  • Summary: ELEX II is the sequel to ELEX, the vintage open-world role-playing experience from the award-winning creators of the Gothic and Risen series, Piranha Bytes. ELEX II returns to the post-apocalyptic Science Fantasy world of Magalan with massive environments that can be explored with unrivaledELEX II is the sequel to ELEX, the vintage open-world role-playing experience from the award-winning creators of the Gothic and Risen series, Piranha Bytes. ELEX II returns to the post-apocalyptic Science Fantasy world of Magalan with massive environments that can be explored with unrivaled freedom via jetpack, you will be able to move through the epic story any way you want.

    Several years after Jax defeated the Hybrid, a new threat arrives from the sky, unleashing the dangerous powers of dark Elex and endangering all life on the planet. In order to defend the peace on Magalan and the safety of his own family, Jax has to go on a mission to convince the factions to unite against the invaders.

    Dive into a huge, hand-crafted, completely unique world with multiple factions and diverse environments set in a post-apocalyptic science fantasy universe.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Mar 1, 2022
    84
    Those expecting a well-polished AAA RPG experience with the highest possible production values will probably have to lower their expectations. For Piranha Bytes fans, however, ELEX II is exactly what they would want it, and expect it, to be.
  2. Feb 28, 2022
    80
    Wonderful open world with an awesome jet pack, yet outdated technology.
  3. Mar 31, 2022
    75
    Elex II is spectacular at its finest and frightening at its worst. We seldom obtain games that are designed specifically for a particular audience.
  4. Feb 28, 2022
    70
    Visually, Elex 2 is uninspiring and lacks a competent UI to make its plethora of quests enjoyable to keep track of and complete. Its visuals are also severely lacking for a game where its whole world is filled with interesting people to meet and various locations to explore. Once you get past this initial shock, however, you will realize Elex 2 is a solid RPG with a unique story that grows on you over time.
  5. Feb 28, 2022
    65
    I felt disappointed with Elex II, because while in some respects it is better than its predecessor, other elements are a step back. Gameplay balance, combat, graphics, and interface have improved a bit, but some obvious design flaws are still there and the storyline is just weak, especially the severely underwhelming ending. However, if you love Piranha Bytes’ games, you'll probably have fun either way. I did.
  6. Mar 25, 2022
    60
    Elex II is a perfect continuation of the Piranha Bytes RPG formula, but it is unlikely to win over new fans. The graphics and gameplay are very similar to the first game and are beginning to feel increasingly dated, a feeling exacerbated by all the fantastic games released in the last few months. If you’re already a fan of Piranha Bytes then this is exactly what you’ve been waiting for, for good and ill.
  7. Feb 28, 2022
    30
    The saying that everything deserves a second chance should not have applied to Elex. Elex II takes so many steps backwards from an already poor game, it’s astounding. Its writing, optimisation, combat, and game systems all stand as a new benchmark on what to not do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 9 out of 38
  1. Mar 2, 2022
    10
    Best rpg from PB since Risen 1 imo. This is improved in every aspect from the first Elex except for performance which is worse. Combat isBest rpg from PB since Risen 1 imo. This is improved in every aspect from the first Elex except for performance which is worse. Combat is vastly improved, Amazing exploration, jetpack is improved and the graphics are slightly improved.

    Give it a try, there might be some jank as always with PB but this is there best game in years.
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  2. Mar 19, 2022
    10
    If you‘re an old Gothic or Risen Fan it‘s surely a blast! The speakers, the background sounds are giving me nostalgic feels. It takes 2-3If you‘re an old Gothic or Risen Fan it‘s surely a blast! The speakers, the background sounds are giving me nostalgic feels. It takes 2-3 hours to get in. But if you get the fighting and skilling system it gets better quickly. Sure their engine is outclassed in 2022, but the game looks way better than I expected. The characters are looking a bit 2010s or older, but Piranha bytes master an immerse feel of music, details, sounddesign and subtile humor. I‘ll rather support a smaller studio who loves their games than another EA Title.

    The fighting system makes it possible to win against way stronger monsters or humanoids. Just fight them one by one or bring company. You can roam around freely, but stronger monsters are just around the corner :)
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  3. Mar 15, 2022
    10
    Finally, my new Gothic fix! :)

    Seriously tho, exploration with the new jetpack updates is addicting af, you can pretty much find useful
    Finally, my new Gothic fix! :)

    Seriously tho, exploration with the new jetpack updates is addicting af, you can pretty much find useful stuff under every rock and in every corner. Strongly recommended to play without Guides for your first playthrough, so you get familiar with the combat (and of course the abuse of the stupid AI), and have a unique playthrough for yourself. I'm on my second now and I already have lots of stuff I missed on my first playthrough, which makes me really excited to explore this world even more.
    As always, PB's games are behind in the technical aspect, mainly graphics and animations, by 5-7 years. So if you play games just to enjoy 16K GIGAHD graphics, that melt your PC, this game is probably not for you. But if you're all about that Immersive and rewarding gameplay experience, you should definitely give it a try, especially if you're a long term Gothic fan. :)
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  4. Mar 4, 2022
    9
    A game for Piranha Byte and for RPG fans who love deep systems and do not mind Euro Jank.
  5. Mar 4, 2022
    9
    Well i wasn't expecting a this to be a great game but am really impressed..its really good! I much prefer this to Elden ring! I love theWell i wasn't expecting a this to be a great game but am really impressed..its really good! I much prefer this to Elden ring! I love the open world gameplay....I love the basic dialogues, no nonsense and to the point. And the slower pace i can explore and do what i want as i want. This game is a mixture of Skyrim, fallout 4, and the Witcher 3..perfect. Considering its not had a massive budget and hundreds of software developers on it, its really good!
    I would of given it a 10 but its let down by sluggish fps in 4k at ultra and 100 resolution, even with my trusty RTX 3090 and i9 5.1ghz 64gig ram system. I have played far more detailed games graphically, so no idea why this can only deliver around 55-62fps on average, and compare that to say Assassins creed origins, curse of the pharaohs, which in ultra at 4k, and 100 resolution, returns 80-85fps and is a far smoother experience.
    Aside from the poor frame rate and frame drops, its a solid experience and one am enjoying....not played any Piranha Bytes games before, i must say am impressed, i just love the jet pack! Definitely a great addition to any avatar!
    Piranha Bytes if you're watching this, well done! but sort the dodgy slow fps issues out! the webs abuzz with the performance problems!
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  6. Mar 25, 2022
    6
    The first Elex had rough edges but you could overlook them because it was an engaging game. You wanted to learn what happened to the world,The first Elex had rough edges but you could overlook them because it was an engaging game. You wanted to learn what happened to the world, you wanted to see where the story went. In Elex 2 those minor 'gamey' incoherencies turn into yawning chasms of nonsense. Nothing makes sense. Not the condition of the protagonist, not the way the NPCs behave towards you, not the changes to the world. Nothing. It's a huge mess.

    The second game exposes the developers for a lack of vision. The plot is cut and paste. The characters are a mockery of characters in prior games. Apart from some interesting quests the writing is generally lazy. I found myself not caring for anyone in the game or the story at all. Uncovering backstory through discovery of notes and logs, a key enjoyable aspect of exploration, is now irrelevant because of the way the world is written.

    The destruction system is meaningless, it creates artificial barriers in the game that make no sense. They can't seem to get their abstraction of this system right, and how it works with your companions and dialog choices. It's particularly annoying when companions don't react to dialog choices in a way you would expect from their personality.

    The triggering of cutscenes when approaching certain areas or NPCs is extremely annoying. Throwing you into quest dialogs unrequested is stealing away player agency. Exploring a building at night? BAM suddenly daytime and you're talking with someone trying to pull you into a quest. In the middle of a battle with a group of enemies? Wait! You must stop to have a chat with a guy wandering in to the middle of it. These cutscenes will drive you insane.

    It's not all bad. The start is much easier because of the smarter placement of enemies. The combat system is easier to get to grips with, although the game feels much less challenging now. The crafting system is far better because it gives much more value to loot and a more organic improvement to weapon upgrading. I like the changes to the skill system which make it much easier to understand. The personality skill branch still seems a poor investment though. There's still plenty of interesting places to explore. NPC variety is much better too.

    All the complaints about performance and weird graphics are valid. I had expected much better in that regard as Elex ran very well on old hardware and my current system should be running this game comfortably. At times frame rate drops to low 20s, which is absurd given I am well above minimum requirements.

    Elex 2 has left me feeling underwhelmed, but they have built the foundations for a much better game than this turned out to be. Hopefully their next game fixes the shortcomings and improves on the world building and writing.
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  7. Mar 23, 2022
    0
    Optimization is terrible. Piranha bytes are stuck in 1998. What a shame. Simply trash

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