Dex is a 2D, side-scrolling, open-world cyberpunk RPG with a focus on exploration and non-linear gameplay.
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Very Positive (610 reviews) - 83% of the 610 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 7, 2015

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August 1

A smoother, more enjoyable Dex with Spanish localization



Hey!

We are happy to announce the release of a new update for Dex. Not only that it adds Spanish localization to the game, it also brings a number of gameplay tweaks and performance improvements that make Dex even more enjoyable.

Also, Dex has now its own Wikia page so make sure you check it out! We invite you to come together to co-work on this page to gather information about the game’s locations, factions, characters, and quests. Feel free to add anything that's missing or inaccurate and help others to discover every corner of the game. Big thanks to Rook001 who has built a core structure of the page with us.

Without further ado, here’s a list of all changes included:

  • Spanish language enabled for PC version
  • various AR optimizations
  • manual saves disabled while C4 countdown
  • dialog window layout and controls updated
  • fast travel disabled in AR
  • fast travel scene disabled after destroy
  • music and sounds volume control update
  • few animation glitches fixed
  • gamepad roll move fixed
  • fixed infinite XP, pausing pistons in AR
  • fix superquick punch with block
  • enemies will ignore you when talking
  • don't charge stealth when paused
  • when paused, don't count cloaking and jamming device
  • disable Richmond radio chatter at Tony's Hideout
  • disabled teeter on junction middle floor hole
  • mine persistence improved
  • disable using items with a jump button
  • fixed big guy getting stuck after double hack

Enjoy!

Your Dex team

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May 9

Dex is coming to consoles and GoG!

Hey everyone!

As you may know, Dex has already been refused twice by GoG and it looked like that was, well, that. But we hate giving up, so we contacted GoG again and reopened negotiations. Successfully this time. So, it is with great joy that we announce Dex is set to become available on GoG in the coming months and will include support for achievements via GoG Galaxy.

Dex will be made available on GoG in its special edition, which includes the soundtrack, new art book and other bonus materials.

https://youtu.be/Qd3CIjKGKmw

We’d also like to take this opportunity to announce that Dex is coming out on consoles on 8th of July 2016. Under the wings of our publisher, Badland Games, Dex will be available for Xbox One as a digital version and for PS4 as both digital and physical versions.



We are still working on a version of Dex for PS Vita and Wii U. Stay tuned. We’ll announce those release dates as soon as we can.



And for those of you who haven't caught the tail of they hype – we are in the last few days of a Kickstarter campaign for our next game: Ghost Theory, a first person paranormal-investigation horror game where you solve real-world haunting cases. If you haven't backed us yet and would like to – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dreadlocks/ghost-theory-a-serious-take-on-paranormal-research.



Outpourings of thanks!

Your Dex team

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Reviews

“Dex is great for a lot of reasons. It combines expressive 2D sprites and nostalgic platforming with some grade-A, modern action-RPG mechanics and does it generally well.”
8,5/10 – Arcade Sushi

“What we have here is a standout in multiple ways. Almost best in class, really.”
8/10 – Chalgyr's Game Room

“Dreadlocks has left no stone unturned in its quest to craft an authentic cyberpunk world.”
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About This Game

Discover the truth behind an enigmatic AI striving to reach the Singularity, a theoretical “event horizon” in which artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence and all bets about the future will be off. How will you play your part in the story?

Explore the futuristic city of Harbor Prime and meet its many inhabitants, answer the challenges the city has to offer, roam the neon-lit streets, and augment your character with skills and implants.

Designed as a tribute to the classic RPGs from the ‘90s, updated for a modern audience, Dex invites you to become part of a living, breathing cyberpunk universe as you decide which ultimate path you will embrace.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or newer) / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium/AMD, 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1536 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 / ATI™ Radeon™ 2600 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Windows compatible gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / AMD™ Radeon™ HD 5770 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Windows compatible gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Pentium/AMD, 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1536 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 / ATI™ Radeon™ 2600 or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Mac OS X compatible gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9.1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / AMD™ Radeon™ HD 5770 or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Mac OS X compatible gamepad
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or newer / SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel Pentium/AMD, 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 1536 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 / ATI™ Radeon™ 2600 or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Linux compatible gamepad
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or newer / SteamOS
    • Processor: Intel i5, 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M / AMD™ Radeon™ HD 5770 or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard and mouse or Linux compatible gamepad
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Swiskon
16.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Dex:

In short I enjoyed this games. The story was intriguing enough and gameplay, if a bit easy, mostly fun and somewhat mixed. I can however not recommend this because of its many flaws and unfinished feel.

From a technical perspective the controls for...a controller is broken. It works but only for a handful of buttons. So you change button layout and end up with weird controls where you for example have to aim and shoot with just one hand. At one specific place in the game it started too lag like crazy and when I went to the final room in the area I couldn't see anything until I, by cheer luck, entered a computer. I could use it but not read any info in there.

The platforming of the game is in my humble opinion way to small. There is a place in the game with timed runs and “hard” jumps. It is however just one location. Most of it is like platforming in a FPS. It's needed for getting you from one place to another, no more, no less. This should have been the main gameplay if you ask me but they've focused on the fighting.

For the beat'em up parts and shooting. The shooting is really bad. One of the reasons for this is of cours the controller issue mentioned earlier. But it also lacks speed and fun. You have to stop to shoot like old resident evil games but instead of slow zombies creeping ever closer, you have thugs running in to you and others pepper you with bullets. You sorely need to focus on fisting (I know what I just wrote). The fighting is fairly good in the beginning. You feel like you have to level up to be able too beat everyone. However, when you get good (and get constant healing upgrade) it's monotonous and easy. You just hit one button and sometimes hit up and the same button too reach further.

They seem to have able you to go by things like a rouge but this is way harder and you get nothing for it. It is so easy to just kill everyone (Some places you had too level up first) and it gives you stuff and XP to do it whilst sneaking, I'm saying it again, GIVES YOU NOTHING. I have no Idea why I hacked the cameras. Maybe they where suppose to alert the guards but that never happened too me. I though I would get a consequence in the story. Something in the lines of: “we saw you go there and get info so now that person is dead.” This never happened.

The hacking. The hacking was the easiest. I never felt like I needed to upgrade the hacking skill (it was needed for “Live hacking” on turrets and cameras but I'm talking about the computer hacking now). When you hack you get a mini game. You're like this little aircraft shooting down viruses and trojans. The problem here is that turrets in this minigame doesn't see you from a distance so you kill all of them without problem. If you don't level up some places takes some time due to how weak your shots are. Other than that you should never have a problem. Also, after the two first times you will never encounter anything new, no variations at all.

The story and RPG is what I think they focused on. This is unfortunately also very unpolished. The story is fine. The game is not long enough to have an epic adventure but it's cool. Unfortunately the ending SUCK. Yes there are more than one ending but the one a chose just showed a short clip of me changing. Nothing more. I do not believe the others are better. It's not only the anticlimactic end-video but also the end level and boss. This was the WORST bossfight I have ever played. THE WORST. It feels like they rushed it at the end which is a shame.

I don’t know how to end this. Wait and try there next game instead.
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ChaZcaTriX
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
THIS REVIEW IS ONLY ABOUT THE LINUX VERSION.

This game is poorly optimized: without VSync the screen tearing is unbearable (up to a third of the screen width on a 1920x1200 monitor), and VSync is very performance-demanding (16-20 FPS on a GTX970 is unacceptable for a 2D game).

The system specs are AMD 860K / 16 GiB RAM / GTX970 4GiB / 1920x1200@60 / Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit.
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17.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Dex is Sex
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Desktop_playa
28.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
This is a great game!

I must admit that I had an hard time in the beginning, but for me playing this game reminded me of the old duke nukem games. Except this game truly brings 2D in too the 21st century!

It's entertaining, makes you think (sometimes make you pull your hear), and gets your heart rate up!

The environment, music, drawings and storyline was great. I TRULY HOPE (haven't checked it out yet) THERE WILL BE A CONTINUE/PROLOUGE OR ANYTHNIG - THEY HAVE TOO MAKE THIS INTOO A STORY FOR SURE!!!

BUY IT!! :)
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Gigaxe
14.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
A well done cyberpunk RPG. Gameplay is bit difficult at first until Dex levels up and gets access to some upgrades. Definitely worthwhile.
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101lols
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
I wasn't expecting this game to be this good
Good story
Good Side Quests
Good combat system
Great voice acting
And the Hacking mini game is so much fun
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nanO.bytez
14.2 hrs
Posted: August 21
A gripping cyberpunk story of post-human transcendence with a dark, mature and occasionally humourus tone, backed by solid gameplay and a worth-listening-to soundtrack. Though, in the end it leaves you wondering about the ultimate consequences of your choices.

Being pleasantly reminded of Deus Ex and the Shadowrun Franchise I just had to play this in one go. It kept me constantly in the loop and wanting for more with most quests offering you different ways to finish them as well as different outcomes based on your choices or chosen skills, hidden areas, secrets and a few smart logic puzzles scattered through the game. Lots of ethical dilemmas where "good" or "bad" is not so easily distinguishable just like many games with similar settings have them. The story is told by a mixed bag of very skillfull voice actors and some not quite as much as well as bits and pieces of PDAs, emails, notes and a few hand-drawn cutscenes.

The 2D platforming feels tight and responsive which, unfortunately, you can't really say about the combat. While the animations are smooth, there seems to be just that slight input delay with melee attacks and blocks. It's solid enough for an RPG sidescroller but it's definitely not a fighting game. The 2D nature of Dex also limits stealthy approaches. However the right combination of zapping multiple opponents via augmented reality and hand-to-hand combat can make for some very satisfying moments.

Which leads me to the second biggest core gameplay mechanic - hacking, which plays much like a twinstick shooter and while visually rather dull and samey really helps to shake up the core gameplay loop in a fun and challenging way. It's not just a simple mini game like so often but a full grown part of the game itself. It's not punishingly difficult but if you really struggle with twin stick shooters this game might not be for you, as some hacking parts are necessary for the main story to progress or even the sole content of some missions.

In the end I can happily declare this a must have for fans of the cyberpunk genre even if 2D sidescrollers might not be your cup of tea.
And if you happen to be waiting for the new Deus Ex to hit the shelves and just finished every other... mentionable game in the series this the perfect timesink for some relaxed 12-16h of relishing in dystopian future fantasies and pandering the nitty-grit of human nature.
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Tristan
22.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
It's a full-blooded RPG in the shell of a side-scrolling platformer, which is set in a cyberpunk dystopian universe. You play as a fragment of artificial intelligence in the body of a young woman. The plot may be associated for example with Blade Runner, GITS and Neuromancer, so - as you can imagine - among the main topics you will find: society controlled by corporations, hacking and transhumanism.

The majority of quests can be completed in many ways and some of them have an impact on the other. Progression of our protagonist allows both fight stealthy as well as with Rambo’s style shooting and of course everything in between. You can read in many articles that the whole combat mechanics in this game is poorly made, but it's b u l l s h i t, although it seems to me that the aiming guns is cumbersome sometimes.

This Dreadlocks Ltd. production has got interesting dialogues and stories sewn into e-mails, fantastic voice-acting, great soundtrack and brilliant atmosphere. I think that only difficulty curve is a huge problem, because at the beginning everything is extremely demanding, but after we install implants and so on, the game gets much easier (fortunately, the story becomes better with our progression). Dex has been rated as average by many reviewers, but in my opinion, it is a true gem that shouldn't be missed by h+ narrative fans.
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jgouveia
12.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
Nice game with great environment. It reminded me of neuromancer or the old shadowrun 16-bit games in terms of environment. The story is well-done and the side quests satisfying and there is a lot of world lore you keep discovering. Gameplaywise the fighting is a little simplistic and easy to master, but that never was bad enough as to not enjoy the sequences. And you can always try the stelathier approach. All in all it grabbed me from beginning to end, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a stronly written cyberpunk rpg-platformer.
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InterGalactic
19.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
Enjoyable cyberpunk RPG.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
It's a full-blooded RPG in the shell of a side-scrolling platformer, which is set in a cyberpunk dystopian universe. You play as a fragment of artificial intelligence in the body of a young woman. The plot may be associated for example with Blade Runner, GITS and Neuromancer, so - as you can imagine - among the main topics you will find: society controlled by corporations, hacking and transhumanism.

The majority of quests can be completed in many ways and some of them have an impact on the other. Progression of our protagonist allows both fight stealthy as well as with Rambo’s style shooting and of course everything in between. You can read in many articles that the whole combat mechanics in this game is poorly made, but it's b u l l s h i t, although it seems to me that the aiming guns is cumbersome sometimes.

This Dreadlocks Ltd. production has got interesting dialogues and stories sewn into e-mails, fantastic voice-acting, great soundtrack and brilliant atmosphere. I think that only difficulty curve is a huge problem, because at the beginning everything is extremely demanding, but after we install implants and so on, the game gets much easier (fortunately, the story becomes better with our progression). Dex has been rated as average by many reviewers, but in my opinion, it is a true gem that shouldn't be missed by h+ narrative fans.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I enjoyed my experience with Dex. It has a nice Cyberpunk 2d old school feel. For $5 this game was definitely worth it. The gameplay did not get boring at all and the side quests were enjoyable. A lot of picking up certain items but they were grouped well and I never found that I had to go too far out of the way to complete one.

It has light Metroid exploration type gameplay with a mix of NES Double Dragon thrown in. The story wasn't anything too special but it wasn't bad and did a good job of moving things along. The mini game (hacking) was pretty good also and broke up the 2d segments nicely. Overall I would recommend this game if you enjoyed any of the games that I mentioned or enjoy a good Cyberpunk storyline.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
When I first played this game I gave it a bad review, because I died in the first fight and got a little upset. However, it turns out that playing other games, which only require a player to roll their face along the keyboard to win, may actually dampen reaction speeds and general video game skills.

After playing Dex a bit longer, and getting gud, it turns out this is a very fun game with a rewarding combat system. You can’t just run in and hammer the attack button. Well, you can, but you’ll probably die. It’s important in Dex to read your opponents, then block, dodge and attack appropriately.

Added to this even after choosing the melee combat route guns do not feel unessential, as they still play a crucial part in thinning down opponents as they run towards you to prevent you from being overwhelmed. Mix in some stealth takedowns and the combat system becomes simple yet very rewarding.

This is mixed into a Dues Ex type body modification system, and layered with good voice acting and an engaging plot in a 2D environment.

I’m having a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend this game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
That was a great experience.

This game plays like a sort of Choose Your Own Adventure mashup of Philip K. ♥♥♥♥'s work, Neuromancer, The Lawnmower Man, Blade Runner, and a couple more major inspirations.

If you like these works, and like cyberpunk-type games, you'll enjoy this one.

100%-ed in around 20 hours. I _might_ replay again and choose a different path (I went charisma, lockpicking, hacking, AR, melee), but I doubt it. Not because it's not good, but because the game doesn't lend itself well to replay. BUT, as I've said, I thoroughly enjoyed the twenty hours I got out of the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
A gripping cyberpunk story of post-human transcendence with a dark, mature and occasionally humourus tone, backed by solid gameplay and a worth-listening-to soundtrack. Though, in the end it leaves you wondering about the ultimate consequences of your choices.

Being pleasantly reminded of Deus Ex and the Shadowrun Franchise I just had to play this in one go. It kept me constantly in the loop and wanting for more with most quests offering you different ways to finish them as well as different outcomes based on your choices or chosen skills, hidden areas, secrets and a few smart logic puzzles scattered through the game. Lots of ethical dilemmas where "good" or "bad" is not so easily distinguishable just like many games with similar settings have them. The story is told by a mixed bag of very skillfull voice actors and some not quite as much as well as bits and pieces of PDAs, emails, notes and a few hand-drawn cutscenes.

The 2D platforming feels tight and responsive which, unfortunately, you can't really say about the combat. While the animations are smooth, there seems to be just that slight input delay with melee attacks and blocks. It's solid enough for an RPG sidescroller but it's definitely not a fighting game. The 2D nature of Dex also limits stealthy approaches. However the right combination of zapping multiple opponents via augmented reality and hand-to-hand combat can make for some very satisfying moments.

Which leads me to the second biggest core gameplay mechanic - hacking, which plays much like a twinstick shooter and while visually rather dull and samey really helps to shake up the core gameplay loop in a fun and challenging way. It's not just a simple mini game like so often but a full grown part of the game itself. It's not punishingly difficult but if you really struggle with twin stick shooters this game might not be for you, as some hacking parts are necessary for the main story to progress or even the sole content of some missions.

In the end I can happily declare this a must have for fans of the cyberpunk genre even if 2D sidescrollers might not be your cup of tea.
And if you happen to be waiting for the new Deus Ex to hit the shelves and just finished every other... mentionable game in the series this the perfect timesink for some relaxed 12-16h of relishing in dystopian future fantasies and pandering the nitty-grit of human nature.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
THIS REVIEW IS ONLY ABOUT THE LINUX VERSION.

This game is poorly optimized: without VSync the screen tearing is unbearable (up to a third of the screen width on a 1920x1200 monitor), and VSync is very performance-demanding (16-20 FPS on a GTX970 is unacceptable for a 2D game).

The system specs are AMD 860K / 16 GiB RAM / GTX970 4GiB / 1920x1200@60 / Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I wasn't expecting this game to be this good
Good story
Good Side Quests
Good combat system
Great voice acting
And the Hacking mini game is so much fun
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Dex
2D side-scrolling RPG in cyberpunk setting.

There is a bit of everything thrown in to this game, platforming, stealth, brawling, RPG. Story is well written and keeps you playing to the end. Beside the main quest you have many side quest that can usually be completed in different ways. Opponents can be taken out using guns, fists or just sneaking around.

I heard a lot of bad things about this one from the games early stages, but every issue seems to been fixed and I didn't had any problems with it. Default keybinding were bit wonky, but you can easily change them.

This was truly an enjoyable gaming experience. A big thumbs up from me.

Pros:
- Well written story
- Different ways to go through quests
- Artwork looks beautiful
- Great music

Cons:
- Bit short (probably always con when playing enjoyable game)
- Quite easy.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I was happy to find this game, much by chance as it was. I've only some time playing the game, but the experience has been great so far. Graphics are very good all things considered; it's not one of those copy-cat isometric want-to be a classic RPG games. This is a good game, with good dialogues, good pacing, intuitive controls, an interesting world, fair character building features. The player has some agency, but not much, as far as I can tell. The story is interesting, and I am enjoying it so far. It takes place in a dystopian future dominated by a rather obscure Complex, which apparently is some sort of futuristic conglomerate of a powerful few. A classic theme, yet presented naturally. The game features also an interesting sub-system like the cyber-reality mode. It's a light, entertaining game, which stands out as a solid crpg with classic themes. I was bored sorting through a huge catalogue of games, so this one came as a ''I finally found something I can have a good time with". I hardly think I am going to fall in love with it, but I am demanding gamer, and this met my criteria for good, fulfilled game, which can provide a great time, better at times than first class big budget craps like Fallo*cough cough, ahm. Bottomline, I recommend it if what you're looking for fits the above description.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Super fun indie RPG. The cyber punk setting is one of my favorites. So far the story is pulling me right along. I bought this late in the evening with an appointment in the morning and couldn't pull myself away from it for 3 hours. I'm lovin' it.
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