Percentile Rank

ELEX is ranked in the 20th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 69 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

15%

Critics Recommend

Based on 69 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 18, 2017

Hokey, uneven and janky, Elex is nonetheless a compelling throwback to a time before open worlds became choose your own to-do lists.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Oct 16, 2017
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GameOctane
C
C
Nov 12, 2017

Elex is a game that may frustrate you the way it did to me. You'll know the game is so much better than it seems when you run into issues. The story is amazing and the gameplay can use some work, but that is fixable. For those gamers that are interested in Elex, I do not want to sway your purchase, it has its high points. You may though, want to wait for a major patch to release to fix some of the minor things and balancing. I personally am hopefully looking forward to the future of Elex. They have a great world, an amazing story, and I hope that this becomes a sleeper hit after a patch to clean up some of the game. RPG fans should keep an eye out for this title.

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GameCloud
No
No
Nov 22, 2017

ELEX is a game that has a great idea but awful execution. While there are moments to roleplay, the progression feels incredibly forced, and combat is a wholly unenjoyable experience. You can’t go and be the Jax you want to be without spending far too long with Viking hippies first, which was enough for me to be put off the game. If you like being one-shotted by inappropriately placed enemies or are really, really, really longing for an RPG that channels old-school design, maybe ELEX is for you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though, because the future is always on the horizon, and it’s got better games than this.

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VideoGamer
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 17, 2017

ELEX is a mixed bag so far, and that 'so far' refers to the starting area. The game density plus a min-max stats system means I haven't got further yet.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 10, 2017

ELEX does little to break new ground in the RPG genre. Fortunately, the core aspects that make a solid RPG are done expertly by Piranha Bytes and this results in a world that is worth exploring.

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Scored Reviews

Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

I still consider Elex one of the best CRPGs of this decade

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SomHráč.sk
85%
85%
Nov 8, 2017

ELEX follows in footsteps of the previous Piranha Bytes games. Don't be fooled by the attractive post-apocalyptic and seemingly accessible and open world, this isn't another Horizon Zero Dawn. This is a ruthless old school game that'll give you nothing for free.

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GamePro
83 / 100
83 / 100
Oct 13, 2017

With great quests and an even better game world, Elex is the best Piranha bytes game since Gothic 2, but inherits its deficits.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 17, 2019

I made a big mistake that didn't play ELEX sooner. If you are an action RPG fan, ELEX is one of those games that you must play. With a beautiful big fantasy-sci-fi world full of various mission and activities, tons of RPG elements, upgrades, weapons, characters, important choices and with challenging combat system, ELEX is an absolutely valuable game by Piranha Bytes. Of course it has tons of technical isues and graphical problems like annoying map control or animations, but in the end, good aspects of the game is so many more than its weaknesses and ELEX is a game that i easily recommend it to hardcore action RPG fans.

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
PS4Blog.net
ThaRaven403
8 / 10
Oct 30, 2017

THQ Nordic and Piranha Games had a really ambitious project in ELEX, and one that surprisingly went under the radar for a lot of people after it was announced back in 2015. For me, it's an incredible surprise, and it's definitely a game that's worth playing if you're an open-world or action RPG fan. It may have a few technical issues here and there, but I can't remember a lot of open-world games in recent years that didn't have any, and it's nothing that should prevent you from appreciating the game – plus there's probably a patch on its way. Don't let this one pass you by, since there's a hidden gem in ELEX.

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GameSkinny
Oct 18, 2017

I was very impressed by ELEX and I'm glad I didn't take the game at face value. If you're willing to put in the few hours it takes to figure out why ELEX is so great, then you'll be rewarded with an awesome and memorable experience -- especially if you're an RPG fan.

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Nov 17, 2017

There is a fantastic RPG at the core of Elex with some excellent world and quest design, remarkably diverse factions and environments awaiting those who can get past its slow start, clumsy combat and overall lack of fine polish.

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GRYOnline.pl
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Elex is not an accessible game and doesn’t make a great first impression but it deserves more than one chance. Fans of Piranha Games should prepare themselves for more of what they love (but they must accept a strange fantasy & sci-fi mix). The final grade could have been higher if it weren't for too many technical issues.

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TeamNerd
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

ELEX is a title that leaves us so, in half, in a limbo of emotions a little upset. On the one hand we find an old RPG style that reminds us of the old Gothic years; an interesting story that is enriched by details and subversions that make perfect contours. A very ambitious setting that offers vast worlds and environments studied as well as several choices and paths to take. Opponents and NPCs of the most disparate who will have different means to face us and various stories to tell. On the other hand, however, we find an old gameplay, with woody movements and a often frustrating combat system. Animation and graphics leave a little to be desired, and although there is a texture improvement, the engine used does not show pace with the times, offering an interesting eye but not enough.

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Nexus
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2017

Piranha Bytes sticks to what they know best, providing another distinctly Gothic-like RPG, for better and worse.

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VGProfessional
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2017

Poorly designed in term of combat, storyline and mechanics, ELEX is a game that Piranha Bytes should be ashamed of, especially considering their previous RPG legacy with the Risen and Gothic franchise.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 21, 2017

ELEX is the very opposite of the accessible games that have revolutionised the open world RPG in recent years. I enjoyed it as a modern looking take on the Gothic series, but newcomers will have to be prepared to fight against the systems through the beginning of the game. This has resulted in the game quickly gaining a cult following who celebrate its obscurity and lack of accessibility. I don't agree with this take and would argue that the best aspects of the game would only be improved by a more polished and refined presentation.

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IGN Italy
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2017

Elex is a raw diamond full of flaws but with too much value to consider it as an ugly and wrong game. Give it time, be patient and it will capture you.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 15, 2017

There's a great game hidden somewhere in ELEX, but there are just too many technical missteps and niggling bugs to give a wholehearted blanket recommendation to all RPG fans.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

All in all, though, the game remains an impressive, if flawed, effort. Toting an interesting setting and some standout design choices, ELEX goes farther than any previous Piranha Bytes game in making the case for sticking with it in pursuit of a certain old-school ideal of RPG gaming, even if it can come at a cost in polish and presentation.

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NEOsite
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

You simply have to try Elex for yourself, but be ready for some stiff animations, framerate drops, mediocre graphics and clunky combat. However if you are familiar with Piranha Bytes games, you'll be fine.

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 8, 2017

ELEX is a game that suffers from its lofty ambition. It aims for admittedly high goals that are worth aspiring to, but it seemed to have forgotten some key things along the way. The sheer expanse of the world, rich backstory, and a mind-boggling amount of things to see/do in the game are fantastic, but the game suffers from technical issues, absurdly challenging gameplay at times, and a buffet scenario where you just have too much to choose from. The technical issues alone can be frustrating, but when you combine those with incessant deaths at the hands of minor enemies the game starts to really drive the point home that you should play on easy. Be warned though: you'll still face a hard time.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 2, 2018

It feels like a nice refreshing counterpart to some modern rpgs that treat their quest lists more like chores, but as a complete package, it falls disappointingly short.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 25, 2017

There are few worlds more exciting to explore than the one in ELEX. Each location is intelligently crafted and filled with valuables items. The factions are clever and have their own nuances, and working for them is beneficial in a number of ways. Growing from a chump that gets knocked down by a slight breeze to the mightiest warrior takes quite a long time, but it's very fulfilling. However, while players can get accustomed to the combat, it never becomes enjoyable. The glitches, minor as they are, still detract from the experience. That being said, it is impossible to imagine an impeccably polished open world RPG. For this game, Piranha Bytes focused entirely on its strengths, and the results are very impressive.

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Digitally Downloaded
Nov 1, 2017

You need to be patient and committed to get much out of ELEX, but give it a chance, and there's a soul in there that should grow on anyone who enjoys their RPGs.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

It is impossible to stay neutral about ELEX. You either love it or hate it. And if you love Gothic series, it will definitely be the first option.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 6, 2017

Elex's technical issues prevent it from reaching its full potential. But despite those issues, a great world design and a dark and compelling story make it a worthy addition to every RPG fan's shelves. There's surely lots of fun waiting for you in Malagan.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

All in all, if you’re a fan of open world exploration and complex combat, ELEX may be the game for you, though I would add the caveat that you may want to see how things improve over the coming months. There’s already a plan for a Day 1 patch that may take care of some of the game’s most glaring issues.

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Game News Plus
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

There is so much which can be done and more time to spend on the game to make it better, there are things to fix and need to be changed, but I am afraid now I am addicted to ELEX. Ultimately, ELEX is a mash-up of the things we are familiar with famous open-world games like Fallout and Skyrim and an intriguing story which combines sci-fi and fantasy successfully.

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Generación Xbox
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

In Elex we'll find the elements that had made Piranha Bytes great: an enormous world ready to explore, an interesting story and skilfull difficulty. The tecnhical problemas and low graphics can deminsh the experience. Definitly, this is not a game for impatient players.

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Sirus Gaming
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

To wrap up, the game feels under developed where clearly it needs more time. Graphics wise isn’t something to be happy with it. It has a lot of bugs – clearly unfinished and combat system is something you don’t want to look forward to. Trailer looked really nice but the game just failed to deliver what they mentioned in Gamescon. ELEX being acronyms of Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating and Xenial, flashy words but unfortunately it fell short on my expectations and I want to give it another chance but I feel like I will be wasting my time.

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Cerealkillerz
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

If you're a RPG or Gothic Veteran you will find some enjoyment in the story behind Elex. Besides that everything else is so faulty and inaccessible that we can't recommend the game to anyone else. The terrible sounds and animations combined with the clunky gameplay make it hard to keep on playing this game.

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IGN Spain
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

Elex has, somewhere, a good game under all the apathy of it's surface. There are some good ideas that one can easily miss because of it's poor narrative, gameplay or aesthetic.

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COGconnected
65 / 100
65 / 100
Oct 17, 2017

Elex demands a certain species of patience, a particular brand of mental acuity.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Elex is a game that I like on a core and fundamental level.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

With Elex Piranha Bytes bited more than he could chew, unfortunately: the games is huge, and we're sure a great effort went into the storytelling and world building, but the combat system is just too clunky and the difficulty curve is off, too much to recommend it.

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GameZone
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2017

Piranha Bytes has created a legitimately interesting world to explore filled with choices and consequences, though it's technical limitations and budget nature are a hard sell for any gamer who isn't a fan of the Gothic and/or Risen games.

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Pardis Game
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2017

Elex is not a bad game. Even with all of its issues there is still a vast and beautiful world to explore and a handful of interesting quests to do. Also the way that RPG elements have been added to the game is adorable. But to face the truth there are several other RPGs out in the market which are better than Elex in any way possible. though if you are a fan of Piranha Bytes Games you should definitely try this one as well.

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Entertainment Buddha
65 / 100
65 / 100
Oct 16, 2017

The world of Elex is great to look at, but difficult to traverse. The mutants are unforgiving and you aren't well equipped for the job. Poor animation and an unpolished feel across the board make this a flop for the genre.

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PC Gamer
64 / 100
64 / 100
Nov 8, 2017

Inventive in some ways and stagnant in others, Elex will appeal to die-hard RPG fans and few others.

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Wccftech
6.4 / 10.0
6.4 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

ELEX is pretty much the gaming incarnation of a mixed bag. While exploring the massive world of Magalan is an enjoyable experience and the lore easily pulls players in with lots of interesting quests, the mediocre combat, poor companions AI and severe balance issues prevent it from securing a spot in the ever more crowded RPG limelight.

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

ELEX is a game with great ideas and a huge open world. However, thanks to its terrible combat system and the graphics of a game from 2007, this game is just for the most hardcore fans of the open worlds and the exploration.

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Windows Central
Oct 16, 2017

Overall, Elex is a great game marred by technical issues on Xbox One. It needs more work on the console, but if you can look past the occasional problems, it's a rewarding role-playing game.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

It's hard to explain, but this ridiculous and technically backward game has something special, something that allows you to fall in love with a fictitious world. However, in order to make sure that you can enjoy this game, you should pass a simple love test for Risen. Are you ready to go to the past? Then at your own risk take a step forward.

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Critical Hit
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

Elex is far from perfect. It can be a frustrating experience and the horrible combat system could be a deal breaker, but it's undeniably an ambitious title with a promising future.

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Hardcore Gamer
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Oct 24, 2017

Elex is an unfortunate case where it appears to be too ambitious for its own good.

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GameSpew
60%
60%
Oct 17, 2017

Elex needed much more time in the oven to be the game its promising previews made it seem to be, and with the dearth of games available this winter, I can't recommend it to anyone but the most hardcore fans of the genre.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

6 / 10
Oct 26, 2017

What we are looking here is one hell of a hardcore, post-apocalyptic, larger-than-life, sandbox RPG gem - a gem that's very rough around the edges, but a gem nonetheless. Unfortunately, it's currently inside the bowels of a large, sluggish, and sickeningly smelly beast: its battle system. Therefore, unless ELEX gets an extremely strong patch treatment, think a lot before a purchase.

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Cultured Vultures
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

Bizarre and brazen but totally sincere, ELEX is a rough diamond that offers everything a hardcore RPG fan could want in a very rough and ready package. For everyone else, however, it's a total oddity and one that's hard to unequivocally recommend.

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Game Revolution
Oct 16, 2017

The world of Magalan is intriguing with its blend of technology and magic, but it's unfortunate that the game tucked inside of it is only fun to play half of the time.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

There's a lot of fun to be had in ELEX at higher levels, but the game opens far too slowly and spreads itself out too thin to make any sort of impact. It's a game that begs to be smaller in scope, and richer in depth. And while its animations and visuals are mostly uninspiring, there are some real moments of beauty that are found in its caves and crevasses if you choose to explore the land of Edan.

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GamingBolt
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

ELEX has ambition it lacks focus and refinement to become something more than it is. Technical fumbles, bad writing and robotic animations all bring the game down from any possible greatness, and what's left can only be called mediocre.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2017

Elex is a fascinating attempt to blend the likes of an open world RPG with the ideas that so brilliantly make the Soul’s series combat what it is. Shot down from the sky by one of his own, Jax sets out for revenge with nothing more than a bent pipe in the post meteor struck world of Magalan.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 9, 2017

Sadly, for all its premise, Elex has to be one of the most uninspiring RPGs I have experienced in a long time

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Readers Gambit
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2017

Elex has extremely limited appeal thanks to the horrendous combat and seemingly mindless balancing issues. Even habitual RPG players will be put off by these problems, and that spells doom for almost anyone outside that little niché.

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IGN
4.9 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

4.9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

The best-case scenario for ELEX is that it'll be worth picking up on sale a year or two from now after it's been heavily patched to fix its rampant bugs and infuriating balance problems. It has enough good ideas that one day it might be talked about as one of those hidden RPG gems that people play and wonder why it wasn't successful at launch. But the frothy mix of joy and frustration that ELEX presents today skews too heavily toward the latter. I wish it well, but I don't think I'll be calling it up for a second date.

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PC Aficionado
4.9 / 10.0
4.9 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2017

ELEX is a genre-soup developed by Piranha Bytes, the studio responsible for the highly regarded Gothic franchise. Its most curious aspect is how it attempts to put different fiction genres within a single seamless open world, which serves as a gimmick more than anything. It doesn't feel special enough to compete with Skyrim, yet Gothic fans might find enough enjoyment out of its weak plot and poorly written characters.

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Geeks Under Grace
4.3 / 10.0
4.3 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

ELEX has some good ideas that will appeal to fans of Sci Fi and Fantasy. Unfortunately, the game is plagued with issues that hold it back from reaching its potential. There's fun to be had here, but the hurdles to get there are severe.

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GameSpot
4 / 10
4 / 10
Oct 20, 2017

Elex is an open-world RPG that aims big, but only manages to shoot itself in the foot.

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Push Square
4 / 10
4 / 10
Nov 1, 2017

Whether it's that unmistakable Euro-jank charm or its commitment to providing a surprisingly robust role-playing experience, ELEX definitely has something going for it – it's just that most players will likely never make it far enough to find out what that something is. Piranha Byte's latest has ambition, but barely any of it is realised. As far as B-tier games go, this criticism is nothing new, but when so many amazing action RPGs are already available on PS4, you can't be blamed for ignoring this seriously shoddy release.

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The Digital Fix
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

A vast and rich world with a too-thin story and enough bugs to ruin any immersion.

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GBAtemp
4 / 10.0
GBAtemp

Top Critic

4 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Overall, Elex had a lot of promise, but it's amalgamation of settings and mechanics do nothing positive for the game. With an utter nonsense mix of weapons, enemies, and settings, Elex might have been a decent game...for 2007. Unfortunately, it seems like Piranha Bytes still hasn't learned from their various mistakes with Risen 3. As it is now, there's simply no reason to try it unless you're a diehard Piranha Bytes fan.

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Nerd Much?
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Remember Two Worlds? The Xbox 360/PS3-era RPG that made a lot of promises it didn’t quite live up to? That’s exactly where ELEX falls.

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SA Gamer
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

Elex is a game with so many missed opportunities. It could've been good, if only it was better executed.

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WellPlayed
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2017

Elex is an unfortunate case of an intriguing world ruined by most of game which the world is tied to. With average gameplay, horrid combat, bad voice acting, bad sound design and a myriad of technical issues, Elex does little to encourage players to invest time in its vast landscapes, deep RPG mechanics and interesting ideas.

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PSX Brasil
35 / 100
35 / 100
Oct 30, 2017

ELEX is a game that, despite its promising setting and some good story ideas, fails in every single aspect in delivering a good game. Mechanically and technically speaking, it's a terrible game, making it impossible to enjoy whatever good aspects it might present.

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PlayStation Universe
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

ELEX is bad in almost every way. It's a poor attempt and impossible to enjoy anything outside of its interesting setting and backstory.

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GameGrin
3 / 10.0
3 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

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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