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ELEX II

THQ Nordic, Piranha Bytes
Mar 1, 2022 - PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

34%

Critics Recommend

IGN
4 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
IGN Spain
7 / 10
IGN Italy
7.3 / 10
God is a Geek
5 / 10
Post Arcade (National Post)
4 / 10
Game Rant
4.5 / 5
GamingTrend
80 / 100
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ELEX II Trailers

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ELEX II - Faction Trailer (english)

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ELEX II - Story Trailer

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ELEX II - Announcement Trailer


ELEX II Screenshots



Critic Reviews for ELEX II

Most evident in its clunky, annoying combat system, Elex 2 is living in a janky Euro RPG past that its closest peers have nearly all transcended by now.

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TheSixthAxis

Steve C
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

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.

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Elex II returns with an acceptable proposal that will delight Piranha Bytes fans but without achieving the qualitative leap it needs to attract the general public.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Elex II is not without its flaws and some of them can sometimes be quite jarring, but underneath them all is a nice action RPG that gets more than a few things right and that can provide many, many hours of entertainment.

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Elex II is another example of Piranha Bytes aiming far too high. It's a plodding, often clunky adventure with few bright spots.

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This may have stood a minor chance in the bone dry days of summer, but with so many truly remarkable open world experiences currently on offer at the moment, it’s tough to see why anyone would opt for Elex II.

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Although Piranha Bytes' Elex 2 is not without its minor shortcomings, it is the definition of what all open-world RPGs should be.

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To sum it all up, Elex II is a blast, both literally and figuratively. What Piranha Bytes was able to achieve in Elex I they were able to build upon, expanding on a world that lives and breathes independently and because of your character. Aside from those little technical issues, the game is sound. I feel like you could also easily get into playing Elex II without having played the first game. However, if you want to understand all of the references, maybe at least watch a recap video first. Either way, this game holds a lot of promise, especially when you consider all the different routes you can take on your playthrough. Who knows where you'll end up?

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