Dex is a 2D sidescrolling action RPG, with a major focus on the RPG part. The game takes place in a cyberpunk environment and you play as a female android named Dex. From the start of the game you are on the run, being chased by some bad dudes in police riot gear. The only thing you are told is you need to meet a guy at some bar and which direction you need to run. Something I feel needs more clarification is the genre of this game. Yes it is a action RPG, but that action part is a very small part. You need to think of this game more as a 2D Shadowrun title, and less of an Axiom Verge or Hollow Knight. That being said the combat starts off very clunky and difficult, because like in most RPGs you must crawl, before you can run. All of your abilities require leveling up before you can really feel their power. Also since this is an RPG, there is lots of dialogue and role playing opportunities for the player.. So I really need to stress this, if you are playing this game because you want a 2D Cyberpunk fighting game, this is not your game, try Icey. This is more of a 2D RPG with combat, which explains a number of the negative reviews on the Steam Store page, those players were expecting a different game.
Luckily for me, I love the Shadowrun series so I really enjoyed my time with this game. Once you start leveling up your character you really start to feel more powerful and I think this is because of how weak you feel in the beginning, making each upgrade you get feel like it was worth it. As far as the story goes, I really don’t want to give too much away, because the game developers have devoted a lot of work and focus into it. Just know that if you enjoy stories with a cyberpunk theme, you will enjoy this one. There’s even a joke about CS:GO hackers in the game that I really enjoyed. So if you enjoyed Shadowrun and want something else to try out, I can’t recommend this game enough, especially at a $20 price tag.
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Disclosure: We received a copy of this game for free
Check out the Developer: Dreadlocks, Ltd.