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Dex

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Explore, fight, talk and hack your way through a rich cyberpunk world in this 2D action-RPG! Wanted dead by a mysterious and far-reaching organization, you will traverse the futuristic city of Harbor Prime and make unexpected allies on your quest to bring down the system! In this cyberpunk adventure inspired by Blade Runner and Neuromancer, you are free to choose your playstyle: will you be a silent assassin, a hacker, a diplomat or a straightforward gunfighter? Designed as a throwback to earlier 2D platforming and action games combined with modern RPG elements, Dex offers real-time combat, a mature storyline and interactive dialogues. Customize your character’s skills, equipment and even augmentations – implants which grant you superhuman abilities and open up new paths within the game’s open world.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Bad points first: The combat is pretty crap, ladder climbing is buggy, and some platforming sections are annoying given that a fall means instant death.
If you can get past that, Dex is a diamond in the rough, one of those little indie gems that manages to create a compelling world. Set in a cyberpunk dystopia, the game weaves a story for you to unravel that has you curiously moving forward right from the start. A good mix of action and dialogue, with voice acting far better than you'd expect given the low-res graphics, Dex remains engaging over the entire course of a playthrough, which is more than many games can say.
Is it shortish? Yeah, it's a little shortish. But that's because there's no padding with an empty open world, or respawning random encounters, or huge time wasting quests. The side-quests are all interesting, the story is well-written, you get to make big RPG choices in story and not just in skill development, and the cybernetic upgrades and cyberspace hacking stuff is fun. So fun, in fact, that I finished it in a single weekend, because I couldn't stop playing.
A decade or two ago, I was excited about the label "80-100 hours" on an RPG. These days I consider that a warning, because 11 hours of fun in an 88 hour RPG is a lot of slog. Dex is 11 hours of fun in an 11 hour action RPG with interesting characters to meet, weaving action, dialogue, stealth, and hacking into a game that is definitely worth your while.
Of course, if you can pick it up on a big sale or in a bundle like I did, better yet.

Review from Steam

This is a sweet game. I got a bug climbing up a ladder into the sky in the first 10 minutes and I have no idea how to post a screenshot on Steam.
EDIT: I, for one, believe in the ladder to heaven.

Review from Steam

This is probably the best 2D rpg I have ever played to date (it definitely helps that I am a huge Cyberpunk fan and love the hacker aesthetic). The combat, while not revolutionary by any means, is not nearly as difficult as people make it seem. In fact, by making smart level-up choices (and especially by utilizing the DLC outfits), the combat is not very difficult at all. I think many people are just used to playing rediculously-easy games and get angry when they can't just brute force their way through challenges and are forced to actually think before mashing buttons.
Anyways, this game is not about the combat or the graphics -- I know...shocker.... The narrative, worldbuilding, characters, side quests, platforming, puzzles, and bullet-hell hacking are what make this game amazing. Although the gist of the primary narrative of this game has been seen in other games/movies/books before, I thought Dex took a great spin on it - the dialogue really is top notch in this game in terms of making you really weigh out your options before making a decision - particularly at the end.
To anyone who is looking for a good cyberpunk narrative that has incredible writing and thought-provoking philosophical implications regarding the direction humanity seems to be going in in real life, definitely give this game a shot; it was worth every penny.
To the devs:
Great job - it seems these days that the status quo in games is to sacrifice story, characters, writing... pretty much everything... in order to focus 90% of the development effort on graphics, and (just like in our school systems) to dumb down everything so that EVERYONE can feel like a winner.... I applaud you for making a game that does the complete opposite of this. This game made me think about my choices before making them, had a few great puzzles that actually required critical thought (CRASH puzzle was the best), and best of all, the narrative was actually MEANINGFUL. Most games (in my opinion) coming out these days are just mindless button-pushing simulators with pretty graphics and little-to-know meaningful dialogue. This is the first game I have played in a while where literally every sidequest had great dialogue that I enjoyed completing. Bravo for showcasing the superiority of games that focus on the actual content instead of just how it looks. As an aspiring indie game dev myself, this game has been a huge inspiration for me. I look forward to anything else you put out in the future.

Review from Steam

I highly recommend this game, especially if you love cyberpunk stories. However, be warned. Dex is weak at the start of the game. As you take side missions, you will develop her skills. You may turn her into a gun-toting assassin, a deadly martial artist, or a cyber ninja. You can even turn her into a silver-tongued pacifist. It's up to you.
Also, if you haven't figured it out yet, this game version works best with a keyboard and mouse. The "shoot 'em up part" can be brutal. Even more so, its rule is slightly different compared to other platformer games. Your muscle memory from other platformer games will often hinder you. Bottom line: this game is already challenging, don't make it worse. Use the keyboard+mouse.
Like:
Cyberpunk
Multiple endings
Different ways to solve a mission.
Dislike:
The main story is weak.
Weird fighting mechanics and clumsy shooting.
Side mission stories are too few.

Review from Steam

From the screenshots and videos it could look like a platformer or 2D shooter, but playing Dex reminds me way more the 1993 Shadowrun game which I loved. You roam a cyberpunk city, gathering info, solving problems either by violence, hacking or investigating, and upgrade your character with cybernetic augementations, equipment and skills.
Yes, Dex is an RPG in the truest sense for a video game.
The actual gameplay mechanics are sufficient for the purpose, but wouldn't make the game enjoyable on their own (like the platform elements are there but feel clunky, the melee fighting is tedious while the ranged is awkward and many times inewfficient, hacking is absolutely enjoyable just a little repetitive and once again, clunky controls).
My only problem is pretty subjective, I don't really like world-saving stories, eradicating a big evil company to live my life freely would've been more than enough. But thats just me.
Dex provides ~14 hours of enjoyment if you want to do everything and is your kind of bread, but replayability is basically nonexistent. If the current price worth that much for you then go for it, you'll not be disappointed. Oh, and download the free mini DLC, it adds a new mini location, an extra quest and some awesome gear to the game.

Review from Steam

It's good, wish some of the dialogue was less cringe tho. Controls and gameplay aint that hard people are just bad at games. max hack first then melee & lockpick. Buy health regen first implant ez game ez life

Review from Steam

I liked the game. No bugs. Interesting story. The default controller setup was a pain first but I got used to after a while. And after that I found out that I can re-map it...
Don't forget the free DLC. Again I found about it just before I finished the game.

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