Our Score: 8.5/10
ELEX 2 is the follow-up to ELEX, the award-winning open-world role-playing game by Piranha Bytes, the makers of the Gothic and Risen series. With huge regions that can be explored with unequalled freedom via jetpack, ELEX II returns to the post-apocalyptic Science Fantasy world of Magalan. You will be able to go through the epic plot in whatever way you wish.
Dive into a massive, hand-crafted world set in a post-apocalyptic scientific fantasy scenario with various factions and diverse locations.
Return to Magalan
A new threat arrives from the skies several years after Jax vanquished the Hybrid. Unleashing the terrible powers of dark Elex and putting all life on the world in jeopardy. Jax must go on a quest to persuade the factions to unify against the invaders. And find his own son, Dex, who has been separated from him. All in order to protect the peace of Magalan and the safety of his own family.
Despite the fact that he was once a hero on the planet Magalan (which was destroyed by a comet), his exploits have been forgotten over time. As a result, players must once again rally all of Magalan’s factions to face a new threat: the Skyands. Players will learn more about the planet’s history. As well as Elex’s purpose, the comet’s arrival, and the Skyands as a result of their actions. While it may appear simple on the surface, Elex 2 will make huge revelations throughout the game. Constantly luring the player back for more.
Friends and Factions
Outlaws, a harsh and strong bandit-like faction of Magalan. Clerics, who are very religious and can efficiently use technology. And Berserkers, who use mana and magic to attempt and restore the world. These are the three factions players can join in Elex 1. All of these factions are retained in Elex 2, allowing players to side with them in the approaching battle. But they are expanded upon in the best possible way.
Not only has the passage of time changed their status and power in Magalan, but gamers now have access to even more Elex 2 groups and options. As they’ve grown and learnt from Commander Jax, players can now join the Albs, who were the key enemies in the first game. Players can join the Morkons, who worship the God of Oblivion and embrace death. Giving them a build that is similar to that of a Barbarian or Death Knight. They can even refuse to join any side if they want the most difficult playthrough.
However, players will be joined by their friends. Many of the characters from the original game return, but Elex 2 also introduces some new characters. Even if their journeys are fairly repetitious, everyone has their own interesting plot. In general, players will either travel to a location to kill an enemy or adversaries, or they will go hunting for something, which will need them to kill enemies. Nonetheless, each companion’s main storey is engaging and different, and Elex 2’s prospective relationships are far more complex and mature than the first game’s.
Fighting for a Future
Combat is more polished than in Elex 1, but not nearly up to the standard of many modern RPGs. Throughout the game, players can parry, evade, and use specific faction skills while also increasing their weapons and armour. The variety of weapons and armour is limited. But because much of it is tied to a player’s faction, this isn’t a major flaw in the game. The utilisation of the Jetpack is one enhancement that really sets Elex 2 apart from its predecessor.
Its open-world functionality has been upgraded, and it now has genuine combat applications. Players can “hover,” allowing them to confront flying attackers in the sky or zoom down to ground-based enemies. Even if the animations are a little repetitious, there’s nothing like seeing Jax barrel roll through the air to melee a flying attacker.
Elex 2 is a time investment that actually respects users’ time by providing plenty of things to do rather than just a list of tasks to do. It should be reminded, however, that in Elex 2’s last chapter, players will be battling a lot—against the Skyands, competing groups, and, if necessary, everyone. Players in Elex 2 will spend the entire game preparing for war, and once the battles begin, they will feel epic, if a little repetitive.
Elex 2 much like its prequel is a game with a lot of depth and RPG awesomeness with that classic Eurojank feel to it which might be off-putting for some people. But if you’re willing to look past that, you’re in for a great time.