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ELEX review
by LaserRaptor97

Elex is an action RPG that takes upon the daunting task of combining sci-fi with medieval fantasy and surprisingly manage to pull it off. As long as you can get over the very high amount of AA jank, this an ambitious title worth experiencing.

Positives:
• Quest design is excellent. Almost always there are multiple ways to complete a quest that help in roleplaying and I don't remember there being any uninteresting fetch quest. There are 3 main factions to choose to from and they provide very different abilities, so lots of room for replayability.
• The exploration is rewarding and has enough unique locations & loot. This is the closest you'll come to Bethesda's level and damn impressive for a AA game. Despite some low poly areas, the world is beautiful with perfect use of lighting to bring out the atmosphere. The verticality of the map design is really well done and the jet-pack allows for fun traversal.
• Player progression is one the best I've seen. You start as a complete weakling and the world feels genuinely dangerous as you try to avoid almost every enemy. 1st time you get companion feels like huge rewards mechanically. You take your sweet time to level up and can get frustrating and it indirectly hinders your exploration but keep at and you'll be rewarded.
• The world building and story can feel a bit silly in the beginning but as more of the game opens up, you see the genuine effort the devs have put in to make a believable immersive world.

Negatives:
• Combat. Don't let fanboys fool you, it's terrible, at least for 2/3rd of the game. Hitboxes are some of the worst I've seen in past decade. Melee combat plays like a poor man's Witcher 3 so get a gun as soon as possible or join a faction to get magic/tech abilities. For a game that prioritizes stamina management, the devs made an inexplicable decision to give only bipedal enemies stamina but 70% of the enemies you fight are monsters with no stamina requirement.
• Companion AI is trash. A significant portion of the time they stand around while you get mauled by beasts. Do yourself a favor and stick to the companion Duras, he has the most aggresive AI and thus the least bad.
• Although enemy visual designs are very good, most are actually just reskins of earlier enemies with more damage. This wouldn't have been a problem if not for the fact that you fight enemies by learning they attack pattern and when newer enemies have the exact same pattern as earlier ones, it sucks out the joy of discovering something new.

Overall Elex is an ambitious game that stumbles in almost every area. Despite that if you can look past the AA jank, it's a very enjoyable experience. Certainly a much better roleplaying experience than Bethesda titles. Here's hoping that Piranha Bytes will actually improve for a change since Gothic in the inevitable Elex sequel.
«Underrated»

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So after almost 40 Hours of play I want to add my Mustard here. I went To the Game Elex with reasonably normal Expectations. In many Things you already know what to adjust to, because it has the Piranha Bytes typical Mistakes etc. So here's a little Summary: As you're used to, you start in Elex as a Hero who (as always, for some Reason) has no more Powers. This Time it is the Withdrawal of the Elex, which has always been taken before. Unlike in the past, however, this time you have a Name. The World was destroyed by a Meteorite, most of Humanity is dead. However, the Meteorite has also brought a new Element to Earth. The Elex. Now it is exactly as it used to be In the first two Gothic parts or in Risen, you can join three Factions. There would be: The Berserkers (one People based on the old Vikings) who do without all technology and are not so enthusiastic when other People use it. The Outlaws, a People who have settled in the Desert and live there in "Freedom." They craft their Huts, Weapons and Armor Together from Scrap metal. The Clerics, a highly technologized People who follow their own Religion. So Much for that. In addition, there are the Albs: The Albs are People who have consumed the Elex in large Quantities and over a large Period of Time and thus became more and more machines, as the Elex increases the Forces but also further and suppresses the Emotions. The Game world: The Game world of Elex is, in my Opinion, a very beautiful one. There is something to discover everywhere in the farthest corners and you can see that the World has been lovingly designed. And the first Item that you discover here in the Game, what you use permanently, opens up completely new Possibilities for you to discover it. The Country is divided into different Areas. There would be the Forest of Edan, Home of the Berserkers. Then the Desert of Tavar where the Outlaws can be found, the Volcanic Land of Ignadon where the huge Cleric fortress can be found, the Hill Country of Abessa and last but not least the Empire of the Albs, Xacor, which is a huge Ice Desert. The Graphics: If you expect a Graphic Novelty at Elex, I have to disappoint. The Graphics look very pretty, but you can see that it is not the most up-to-date and also not necessarily the best. I have in my Computer a GTX 1080 and even that has to work quite a BIT, despite the older Graphics Engine. Still, the Hand-crafted And lovingly designed country makes up for it all. It makes me spend hours just running around the Area and exploring everything. The Mechanics: The Game Mechanics are like in the Gothic-and Also Crack Games. You start as a little Sausage and you will get on the mouth at the Beginning of everything and everyone. But This changes relatively quickly and you get stronger very quickly. The Combat System takes getting used to. Especially at the Beginning it is hairy and difficult to understand, but you also come in relatively quickly and I find the System really well done. For Starters, though, I can highly recommend a Ranged Weapon, as these do more Damage at the Beginning. The Story: Well, it's a Piranha Bytes Game. So You can't expect Storydepth like a Witcher game, for example. There are plenty of Quests and smaller Stories, but these are usually limited to hole the or kill that. Often stop Messengers. However, you can find little Fitzel everywhere in the world to gradually find out the History of the World and there are also some Eastereggs to discover. Nevertheless, the Main Story is relatively exciting and the new "Moral System" makes decisions more effective. Depending on how you decide on Quests etc., you change. If you Act rationally, your Cold Value rises, you act emotionally decreases your Cold Value. This gives you different Bonuses. In Addition, many Decisions will affect later. But you have to discover that for yourself. Conclusion: I can only recommend any of the Gothic or Rise Games (Gothic I + II) to buy And play Elex. But I have to say to everyone else, of course, that you should have no Expectations, as with Witcher, for example. If you don't have it, you'll have a hell of a lot of Fun with this Game:)
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Five Word Review: Promising setting, crushingly disappointing gameplay.
Favorite Thing: I love post-apocalyptic. I wish the game had drawn me in enough to see and explore more.
Least Favorite Thing: I really hate moving around in this game, it's so rigged and sluggish. Try running down a hill. Every bump locks you into this terribly slow recovery animation. They even ruined the jump jets. If you're running and you jump then jet it slows you down. GAH!

Date Dropped: 2018-06-20
Playtime: 8.5h
Enjoyment: 4/10
Recommendation: No. =(