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Elex

A third person action-RPG developed by the creators of the legendary Gothic series - German studio Piranha Bytes.

RPG | TPP | science fiction | Post Apocalypse | sandbox | action RPG

Elex cover

developer: Piranha Bytes

Official website

Game mode: single player

game release date:

17Oct2017

PC XONE PS4

Elex for PC, PS4 and XONE is an action RPG developed by Piranha Bytes, the creators of the Gothic and Risen series, and published by Nordic Games.

Story

The action is set in a fictional post-apocalyptic universe. This dark world is a place where magic and advanced technology coexist together. The game takes us to the planet Magalan which has been struck by a meteor; the catastrophe doomed its civilizations. However, it does not mean that nobody survived - a handful of survivors still live and have split into two groups: those who still have access to the remnants of advanced technology, and those who decided to connect with the nature and revert to simple tools and weapons.

Along with the meteorite, something else arrived at Magalan – the eponymous, mysterious element: Elex. With it, all kinds of armaments can be manufactured; it also enables people to using magic. The trade-off is that the usage of this resource has a side effect – it causes the user’s body to degenerate. The inhabitants of Magalan don't seem to care, though, and keep fighting over its deposits.

Although the society of Magalan is divided into two main groups, the planet is a home to numerous minor factions. The Berserkers seek harmony with the nature, the Clerics demand an altogether ban on using Elex, the Bandits are considered terrorists, while the Albs desire to subjugate all inhabitants of the globe and are known for easily abusing the alien element. The players assume the role of a commander of the last of the aforementioned groups. During a battle, his fighter is shot down and he ends up stranded on the enemy territory belonging to the Berserkers.

Occasionally, we will be faced with decisions that influence the shape of the story, just like in Gothic or Risen. Our choices will determine which faction the protagonist will join.

Gameplay

Elex for PC, PS4 and XONE offers a grand, open world that can be freely explored without being interrupted by loading screens. The only limitation is our character’s level and the strength of the enemies who guard entrances to some regions of the post-apocalyptic universe. In the game, we visit dark swamps, snowy mountains, and verdant forests, as well as numerous other places. Of course, traversing such vast area and traveling between locations would be tiresome in the long run – this is why the developers introduced a quick travel system in the form of teleports. We may also use jetpacks that are part of the protagonist’s inventory.

In our travels, we will meet many interesting characters who have their own opinions on the world around them. Some of them are friendly, while others are hostile towards the protagonist. Of course, combat is an important element of Elex, and just like in the Gothic and Risen series the hero has to face many opponents, including mutated monsters. Our character has a wide and varied arsenal at his disposal, including both melee weapons, such as swords or advanced hand-to-hand combat gadgets, and rare firearms like laser rifles. There is no shortage of different armors, as well.

Game modes

Just like all previous Piranha Bytes games, Elex does not offer a multiplayer mode, for the developers focused solely on the single player story campaign.

Technology

The graphics of Elex represent high-level quality. The locations we visit in the game look very pretty, especially on state-of-the art machines. The title is powered by a modified version of the engine that Piranha Bytes used in their previous productions.

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 Ghz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 4 GB Radeon RX 480 or better, 35 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 Ghz / AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 35 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit

Elex Game Guide
Elex Game Guide

game guide 19 October 2017

The unofficial guide to Elex provides a complete collection of information and hints that will help you complete the game. You will find a walkthrough of all the quests, tips about character development, maps, practical advice and more.

The most anticipated games of the second half of 2017
The most anticipated games of the second half of 2017

article 25 July 2017 12:15

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Elex hands-on – can this game turn out to be a great RPG?
Elex hands-on – can this game turn out to be a great RPG?

game preview 04 June 2017 14:00

Apparently, the team at Piranha Bytes looked to the first Gothic games as source of inspiration for Elex. True, world design and gameplay model bear some resemblance to those classics, but the prehistoric technology is a different thing altogether…

The most anticipated games of 2017 – Gamepressure picks
The most anticipated games of 2017 – Gamepressure picks

article 05 January 2017 16:23

2016 has just come to an end. It’s high time we thought about what to play in 2017. Here are the top 30 picks of our editorial team.

15 RPGs we can’t wait to play – top upcoming role-playing games
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article 22 November 2016 12:00

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Elex hands-on – science-fantasy for fans of Gothic
Elex hands-on – science-fantasy for fans of Gothic

game preview 21 October 2016 15:00

After some time spent watching and then playing Elex, an RPG by the German studio Piranha Bytes, it’s hard to believe it will be on par with Gothic. Will a well-developed world make up for technical shortcomings?

Elex Hands-on – the most ambitious game from creators of Gothic and Risen
Elex Hands-on – the most ambitious game from creators of Gothic and Risen

game preview 13 June 2016 09:00

Elex, the new game from Piranha Bytes, combines elements of Gothic with a completely new universe. We’ve had the opportunity to see and try out the game for ourselves.

Elex Interview - “If we were to do another Gothic title, we feel like we’re in a closet”
Elex Interview - “If we were to do another Gothic title, we feel like we’re in a closet”

article 24 August 2015 12:30

How much Gothic can we find in Elex? How will our cooperation with factions work? We had a chance to talk to Bjorn Pankratz, the game director at Piranha Bytes, and we asked him to shed some more light on their upcoming RPG.

First Look at Elex - The Science Fantasy RPG from The Creators of Gothic
First Look at Elex - The Science Fantasy RPG from The Creators of Gothic

game preview 06 August 2015 13:14

Narrative, environment, exploration and simulation – these are the key elements of Piranha Bytes’ newest game. The details revealed on the gamescom 2015 make a strong case for Elex being the best game in their career.

Elex Officially Announced. It’s a New Project From Gothic’s Creators
Elex Officially Announced. It’s a New Project From Gothic’s Creators

news 03 July 2015 12:28

The countdown on the website of the mysterious Elex project has come to an end, and Nordic Games has revealed its details. It turns out that it’s eventually Piranha Bytes (and not, as previously speculated, Vigil Games) that is working on the game.

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