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#1128578 - 10/17/17 01:37 PM New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series
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It was just released on GOG, and you can find it here.

I know we have some GameBoomers who are Gothic fans, so I wanted to bring this to your attention. wave

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#1128590 - 10/17/17 05:34 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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I don't speak that language
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#1128591 - 10/17/17 05:41 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Excellent, Marian! Thanks for the heads up. Elex looks like something to look forward to.

What language are you talking about, Guybrush?
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#1128597 - 10/17/17 06:19 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Whatever language that link lead to it wasn't English. I had to close that window and reload gog myself to get English.


Edited by GuybrushThreepwood (10/17/17 06:21 PM)
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#1128601 - 10/17/17 07:00 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Hmmm... everything was in English for me. There was one review in German and part of another one in Polish, but the link was the regular GOG link with English. Strange.
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#1128604 - 10/17/17 07:22 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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I watched the trailers and it just doesn't look like Gothic to me. I miss the medieval settings and sword fighting as well as the animals you have to battle. I loved the Gothic games but this seems more like a war game.

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#1128605 - 10/17/17 07:32 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Pokey]
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Sometimes people do post their reviews on the GOG website in other languages.

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#1128611 - 10/17/17 08:51 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Every once in a while the entire GOG site comes up in a different language -- German, French, Spanish, even Polish. It doesn't happen often, but I've seen it -- and I saw it earlier this week.

Close your browser and retry the exact same link. You might have to empty your browser cache, but it shouldn't happen twice.

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#1128613 - 10/17/17 08:55 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Thanks for the reminder Marian! thumbsup We had an earlier thread going on this shortly after its announcement. While the game is by the same production house and development team who put out Gothic (THQ Nordic,) it is a departure from that particular series.

It's more of a science fiction/post-apocalyptic themed RPG; combining technology with the stylizations of high-fantasy. By leveraging the post-civilization setting, they can inject any kind of tech, weaponry or beasties they want into the settings.

The producers describe it as follows - From the original press release:

"Developed by Piranha Bytes, creators of the award-winning Gothic and Risen series, ELEX is a handcrafted action role-playing experience set in a post-apocalyptic science-fantasy universe, and puts players into a huge, seamless open world full of original characters, mutated creatures, deep moral choices and powerful action. From swords and axes to bows, crossbows and harpoons, ELEX offers one of the widest selection of weaponry in the history of role-playing. Pick up a shotgun, power up a plasma rifle or unleash a flame thrower – there’s a weapon and combat style for every fighter out there. Then find a companion, choose a faction and influence the world; in ELEX, every choice will forge the future of your game."

Here's a link to the ELEX website for more infomation.
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#1128615 - 10/17/17 09:01 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Pokey]
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Originally Posted By: Pokey
I watched the trailers and it just doesn't look like Gothic to me. I miss the medieval settings and sword fighting as well as the animals you have to battle. I loved the Gothic games but this seems more like a war game.


I feel the same way, Pokey. I'm a "dyed in the wool" bow & arrow gal myself rotfl

But thanks very much for the update, Marian yes

[And GOG definitely came up in English for me :)]
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#1128637 - 10/18/17 02:05 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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I watched a couple more trailers that look a bit more like Gothic or Fallout, though they use very modern weapons.

http://cdn.edgecast.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/256684337/movie480.webm?t=1498512463

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Saiu5NbvK9A&feature=youtu.be


Edited by Pokey (10/18/17 02:07 AM)

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#1128725 - 10/18/17 08:41 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Pokey]
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I really just don't fancy this one rolleyes

I so much prefer the "old" Gothic style environments and weapons such as swords, etc !! yes
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#1128730 - 10/18/17 09:02 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Well, I just bought it. I was playing a ridiculously difficult game of Oblivion (Mage skills and speechcraft only) and am limping along. Perhaps after a bit more of this abuse from everything stronger than a rat or crab I'll load Elex up and see what's what.
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#1128734 - 10/18/17 09:10 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Originally Posted By: hagatha
Well, I just bought it. I was playing a ridiculously difficult game of Oblivion (Mage skills and speechcraft only) and am limping along. Perhaps after a bit more of this abuse from everything stronger than a rat or crab I'll load Elex up and see what's what.


I will be very interested to hear your thoughts about it. wave

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#1128748 - 10/18/17 10:57 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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It'll be next on my list. In the end I abandoned Fallout New Vegas. Great game, but I decided to take a break. Something new appeals. And hey, Elex sounds like a cross between Oblivion and Fallout, so what's not to like?
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#1128750 - 10/18/17 11:31 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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I do hope you like it. You were one of the people I thought would be interested in this news when I started this thread. smile

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#1128766 - 10/19/17 09:29 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Originally Posted By: hagatha
It'll be next on my list. In the end I abandoned Fallout New Vegas. Great game, but I decided to take a break. Something new appeals. And hey, Elex sounds like a cross between Oblivion and Fallout, so what's not to like?


When ever I see these mash-up RPG's I always think how cool it would be if someone brought Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura into a modern day graphics engine.

I'll never forget how much I laughed when my character was strafed by an Orc in a WWII bi-plane. lol Truly a classic. grin
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#1128791 - 10/19/17 01:22 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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The game is downloading...and downloading...and downloading...I set it to download last night and much to my chagrin it was still only at 29% this morning because my lazy computer decided to have a long nap. hardwall

But now I know how to tell my computer NOT to sleep when I'm downloading a large file.
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#1128799 - 10/19/17 03:15 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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How frustrating! I hope it's done soon
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#1128801 - 10/19/17 03:55 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Games have gotten so bloated...

Gothic -- 796.9 MB
Gothic 2 Gold -- 2.1 GB
Gothic 3 -- 3.1 GB
Elex -- 26.4 GB

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#1128803 - 10/19/17 04:21 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Wow crazy
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#1128812 - 10/19/17 06:51 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Okay. First impressions; it's Gothic, more or less. Same tough guy hero -- and I take issue with that. Surely by now we could have a badass woman hero! I mean, seriously. What that says about the game`s developers. You`d think they`re just a bunch of guys that never met a woman other than their mothers. This is the 21st century. We got women doing all kinds of stuff now. Not just kitchen and babies! We too can be heroes! Lots of games have female protagonists! Really, they do. Get out more, you guys! There`s more to life than programming and pizza. Get out of the basement and check it out someday.

Anyway, rant aside, the game has the same controls as Gothic. I was just able to jump in and start playing. The menus are a bit more complicated, and there is one combat move that has me stumped because I have no idea what to do (it's very cool anyway), but basically it's the same deal. You're alone and helpless. Find a faction to join -- combat, mage, or what have you. Gather stuff. Level up. The presence of collectible plants clearly means alchemy in one form or another. It looks as though the levelling options are pretty cool, varied and branching, though it`s a bit early to tell. The acting is as bad as Gothic, which is to say a bunch of guys (again with the guys) delivering tough guy lines in tough-guy-ese.

I`ll keep going for a while and let you know how it goes, but so far, I like it.
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#1128813 - 10/19/17 06:54 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Sounds good to me, hagatha. laugh

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#1128815 - 10/19/17 07:24 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Thanks, hagatha. Nice of you to test it out for us. I am more encouraged.

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#1128820 - 10/19/17 08:32 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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My first impressions tell me that if you like Gothic and Risen, you'll like this. Even the music is Gothic-like.

The plot is as follows: a comet hit the planet. Chaos ensued. Civilization collapsed. Elex, which is what the comet was made of, has polluted the planet. Many years later, some use elex for magic, some use it for technology. So far I've met an ally who gets me to the first community, where I meet some other people, get a few quests, and learn more about the other factions. This faction is magic-using and anti-technology. One of the other factions is technology-oriented, addicted to elex (a drug?) and robotic as a result, and the third one is clerics. There's another faction I can't get a handle on yet, but it's early days. And they all want world-domination, natch, because what else?

The graphics are pretty, and on my laptop the game is smooth as silk.

I'm going back to my Oblivion game for a while, but I'll be back to this shortly. I need to figure out that cool (but flummoxing) combat move before I move on in Elex.
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#1128825 - 10/19/17 09:24 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Originally Posted By: hagatha
Okay. First impressions; it's Gothic, more or less. Same tough guy hero -- and I take issue with that. Surely by now we could have a badass woman hero! I mean, seriously. What that says about the game`s developers. You`d think they`re just a bunch of guys that never met a woman other than their mothers. This is the 21st century. We got women doing all kinds of stuff now. Not just kitchen and babies! We too can be heroes! Lots of games have female protagonists! Really, they do. Get out more, you guys! There`s more to life than programming and pizza. Get out of the basement and check it out someday.


Agreed, they should have a female protagonist available by now. Preferably in heels, carrying pizzas that shoot nachos. snicker
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#1128831 - 10/19/17 10:13 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Trail_Mystic]
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Originally Posted By: Trail_Mystic


Agreed, they should have a female protagonist available by now. Preferably in heels, carrying pizzas that shoot nachos. snicker


Pfft. Basement dweller's fantasy. grin Though the nachos would be sort of cool. Extra-spicy, right in the eye.


Edited by hagatha (10/19/17 10:14 PM)
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#1131748 - 11/13/17 06:35 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Okay, so I'm now playing this for real. I'll keep you posted.
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#1131761 - 11/13/17 09:05 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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We will look forward to hearing about it. smile

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#1131782 - 11/13/17 11:48 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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It's Gothic, but with way cooler stuff, like a jet pack, and a much more interesting game world. So far, it's great. I'm working on quests for one faction, but I haven't decided where I'll end up -- sort of like in Gothic, the first place you land gives you some easy quests and some idea about what the other factions are like.
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#1131833 - 11/14/17 11:19 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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You're tempting me now, hagatha shame shame shame
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#1131835 - 11/14/17 11:53 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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The game world itself, at least in the first part of the map, is quite lovely, verdant green forest dotted with crumbled buildings from the industrial era before the meteor -- sort of like Fallout meets Gothic, really. Old technology (which is banned among your first-contact group) can be found in these locations. Near the settlement, the usual Gothic-style low-level critters abound, like the snappers and giant rats, only with different names.

Levelling up gives you ten character points to spend (the usual Str, Dex, Con, etc), as well as a skill point for buying what seems like a wide-ranging number of skills. Needless to say, I've already invested in the lock picking skill.

The combat is the only thing that gives me pause, but I think I've worked it out. Flailing away will use up what seems to be fatigue, and then you can't hit at all, leaving yourself helplessly open to attack. This is where a level head prevails, because you can block and move around. Also, combat allows for devastating power attacks, similar to those in Witcher, if you get your timing right.

All in all, this looks like a decent game, at least from a game mechanics and character development viewpoint.
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#1131852 - 11/14/17 04:24 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Thank you for all that even more tempting detail, hagatha smile

But A level head in combat ?? Me ??

oops That's done it !!!! eek
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#1132070 - 11/16/17 12:47 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Mad]
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Thank you for all that even more tempting detail, hagatha smile

But A level head in combat ?? Me ??

oops That's done it !!!! eek



I know, right? But I'm managing it, and slowly getting the hang of it, just as I did with Witcher, and with Gothic, too, when those critters right at the beginning, on the first hill, seemed impossible, then probable, and then downright easy.
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#1132120 - 11/16/17 12:59 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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I suppose I might persevere if the game as a whole appealed to me - but a post-apocalyptic setting with jet packs and sci-fi type weapons really doesn't rolleyes

And I have got plenty of "medievals" not even started yet - so I'm more likely to try those first laugh
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#1132131 - 11/16/17 02:16 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Depends on your faction. I'm currently using a sword and bow and arrow.
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#1132150 - 11/16/17 06:18 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Wow !! And you can beat the gun totin' folk ???? shocked
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#1132168 - 11/17/17 12:07 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Well.....I can barely keep up with low-level critters at the moment. But yes, the game eventually CAN send you down that path if you choose it. I found a companion from another faction who has a flame-thrower, so that helps a lot (heh heh...all I have to do is let one arrow fly and he does the rest). He's an android, clearly, though the game hasn't "revealed" that to me yet. But, duh, given his speech patterns. He can be killed, so I have to watch it.

The combat is a bit hard to learn. It's all about timing. Somewhere I'll find a trainer who can get me more Stamina, because that's the key to combat. More stamina = more hits.

Anyway, so far so good. The game was freezing my computer but I've now disabled the autosave and so far everything seems fine. The last game that did that on this computer was Gothic 3 and I never was able to finish it as a result. Guess my laptop doesn't play well with PB games.
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#1132256 - 11/17/17 11:59 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Well "good on ya" hagatha. You definitely seem to be giving the game a fair trial !! thumbsup
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#1132338 - 11/18/17 07:37 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Yes. It's definitely worth playing. I see some criticism out there, but honestly it's a decent game. Lots to do.

edit: Now that I'm a few hours in, I can say that this game is pretty tough; as in, seriously get your local quests done before you start adventuring, because it takes a lot of work to level up enough to build your character. I'm Level 12 and most enemies outside the first zone can still drop kick me. I've found three companions so far, and possibly a fourth, which helps. They fight while my Jex bravely runs away.


Edited by hagatha (11/19/17 07:35 PM)
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#1132510 - 11/20/17 11:17 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Heck !! Tougher than normal combat is very bad news as far as I'm concerned eek

But congrats. are certainly in order for YOU !! praise
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#1132548 - 11/20/17 09:07 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Whew. Sometimes this is punishingly hard. But I keep forgetting I'm only level 12 and I'm roaming the far reaches of the game world. Tactics are required (this is when the jet pack becomes helpful). I suppose I could lower the difficulty if I really wanted to.

There is one way to power up using certain potions, but that steers you towards a faction and ending you might not want, so I'll resist the temptation for now. I just need to get to the point where I can upgrade my weapons. Then I should be fine.
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#1132618 - 11/21/17 11:31 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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I doubt I'd get as far as you with this game even if I started on the "easiest" difficulty level, hagatha !! lol
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#1132625 - 11/21/17 01:00 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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But you know, I remember the first time I played Gothic and wondered if I'd ever get the hang of the combat; it seemed impossible until I'd upgraded my skills and stats. I'm thinking this is much the same. As of late yesterday I can now dispatch quite a few types of enemy without too much trouble, though only one at a time.

As for the science-based versus medieval weaponry and gear, all I gotta say is, I love my flame thrower. grin I've also got two laser-based rifles, a bow, a crossbow and a sword. No weight limits in this game. I'm aiming to join the low-tech bunch because they have magic, but I can still use all the weapons.

The world is varied and interesting, though not as big as that of Skyrim et al. Searching odd little nooks can net valuable finds like stat and skill-boosting amulets and rings. And I've got a pair of cool sunglasses that highlight objects I might otherwise miss.
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#1132647 - 11/21/17 04:04 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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It's so much fun to get upgrades thumbsup
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#1132680 - 11/21/17 09:13 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Finally, two upgraded weapons, and I'm now good enough at combat that I can go looking for trouble instead of running away from it!

This game is a lot of fun. Like all PB games, it's a little rough around the edges, but it's a good game nonetheless.
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#1132681 - 11/21/17 09:28 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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hagatha, it sounds like you are having WAY too much fun! I love it when I finally level up enough in a game to start causing trouble.
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#1132696 - 11/21/17 10:59 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Draclvr]
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Fantastic progress, hagatha !! Well Done You bravo
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#1132699 - Yesterday at 12:59 AM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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This game also has a kind of morality score, too. Cold, logical decisions steer you one way, and more emotional decisions another. NPC's remember what you say and do, and I'm assuming some of my naughty behaviour will haunt me later in the game -- you know, the usual RPG thievery, lying and double-dealing.
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#1132756 - Yesterday at 12:50 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Originally Posted By: hagatha
This game also has a kind of morality score, too. Cold, logical decisions steer you one way, and more emotional decisions another. NPC's remember what you say and do, and I'm assuming some of my naughty behaviour will haunt me later in the game -- you know, the usual RPG thievery, lying and double-dealing.


...or when you lay waste to an entire city, like in Oblivion. Not that I've ever done that personally.... evil
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#1132781 - Yesterday at 04:12 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Trail_Mystic]
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TUT !! TUT !! Shame on you both !! Whoever heard of such naughty goings on ?? rotfl
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#1132793 - Yesterday at 06:50 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Mad]
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Originally Posted By: Mad
TUT !! TUT !! Shame on you both !! Whoever heard of such naughty goings on ?? rotfl


But these games practically take your hand and draw you over to all that stuff lying around that okay, belongs to someone else, but I want it even if I don't exactly need it.

In Elex you're stealing mugs and plates and dinnerware and for heaven's sake TOILET PAPER that happens to be lying around in the ruins of civilization (one might argue that if you have toilet paper, civilization can't be too far off). I've fought huge battles to get into a ruined building that contained an old flyer, some plates and a mug.

EDIT: And there is a fast travel option, which means you can go way farther and higher than you really should, courtesy of jet pack, and scoot home when the going gets too rough.

You also have companions, each of which has a joining quest. I haven't found them all yet, but so far I have a drone, an android cleric, an Alb warrior, a Berserker warrior, and a ne'er-do-well outlaw.

I'm appreciating the game world more and more. It's intricate and larger than I initially thought.



Edited by hagatha (Yesterday at 10:12 PM)
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#1132809 - Yesterday at 10:38 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: hagatha]
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Originally Posted By: hagatha

You also have companions, each of which has a joining quest. I haven't found them all yet, but so far I have a drone, an android cleric,...


*me* "Oh sure, an android cleric, wait, what!?!?" lol

This game is looking more and more attractive. grin
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#1132811 - Yesterday at 10:53 PM Re: New RPG from the makers of the Gothic series [Re: Marian]
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Toilet paper? An android cleric? Oh, my. You ARE having way too much fun! I agree, Trail - this is looking better all the time!
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