First let me say ELEX is not broken…. It's simply hard. It's genius. Smartest RPG I've ever played.
I've been wanting this game since release, Only to be held back by fixing. Come to find out nothing is wrong
I've also held back because of boring beginning, can't fight anything. It's actually exciting
Skyrim quality !!!
It's open world, DO WHAT EVER YOU WANT, quality progression of character, story behind everything, fantastic graphics. Better than meaningful combat, I'll cover that last.
Synapsis to level 7:
You start off with nothing, yes your helpless. You meet a guy named Duras that will lead you to the first town of Berserkers headquarters. Understand, it's one of three factions you can join, later you will have to select a choice, but for now your simply trying to stay alive..... Your plopped in the middle of town with nothing other than eventually talking to the leader.
At first it seems cold, you have no direction. You feel like a wet dog that's been in the rain all night. That's until you start talking to the towns people. Everyone has extremely meaningful stuff to say, complete with lore and often a task for you to do, very engaging and immersive every bit of it. Decide to do his task, walk the town, talk to the main guy... There is no wrong answer (Skyrim).
I was lead to believe the beginning was boring... If you can't fight what's left, a few fetch quest ?.... No No Nooo, it's huge meaningful stuff that builds your reputation and advances you character right from the start
….. Very engaging stuff like criminal activity for you to solve. Or leave town to fight a few bad guys.
Another example that will leave a lasting impression.
For the OutLaws, I met with Rat Man, he told me the shop Keeper wasn't paying her taxes, but she had a huge stash in here basement. I was to sneak in and steal it when she was off guard. Well Rat Man double crossed me and turned me in. I was pissed and went to kill him. He surprisingly talked me out of it, with a deeper plan !.... And Deep it was, I'll not spoil it.... This is what you get in the so called boring beginning.
Sure, your weak as hell. You have almost nothing. You must be tactful in your encounters. Stand their and think first, it helps to bring Duras as a squishy tank to ease the burden..... The combat IS NOT BROAKEN.... You can't button mash. I watched one YouTube that explains the simple problem where people refuse to digest. It's timing, strike and wait, strike and wait, this builds stamina to execute a finisher.... IT'S THAT SIMPLE. It has a DarkSouls feel to it, but not quite so hard. Strike a few times run away or out of arrow range and drink a potion. Shoot a few arrows and re-engage with close combat. Button mashing ?....come on already.
Settings>difficulty>close combat focus, set to manual.
Find sunglasses early.
Progression of character:
It's all about molding your character to how you want to play.
ELEX is Genius.... It combines attribute spending with weapon choices, you must spend wisely or you can't equip. spend more points to use better and better stuff.... It's very deep and rewarding. Hard to explain, easy to understand in game, I'll leave it at that.
I was faced with a major question,
Berserkers- Close combat and bows
Clarics- Plasma weapons
How do I spend attribute and weapon points when I don't know my faction yet ?... After all I don't want to waist precious points until I know my faction.... I asked in steam.... The answer was simple !.... "Visit all Factions early".... Then I realized something outstanding. The first main story had me visiting all three factions.
Revelation !... I was set on a great journey to explore the land and avoid danger. That in it self was an intriguing adventure
I did several quest for each, then easily decided on Berserker and "I'll equip Bows"... Now I can spend points !
Understand, I haven't joined them yet. I just know my future direction.
1) ELEX is not broken. I ignored all opinion to decide first hand. What I thought was broken was soon dismissed with practice. EVERYTHING !
2) It's a hard tactful game... More so than any other RPG ever played.
3) IT IS NOT BORING... every YouTube, every review, every walkthrough gives a false impression. Even the great fan's can't generate the real action and fun you will have.
It has to be played to understand !