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By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Cyberpunk role-playing game is a bleak, dull ride.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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There's a significant lack of progress in the story, even though there's plenty to do. Everywhere you go, you end up feeling as though you're doing the same things over and over in front of a different background. Though this could be said of many games, this is especially true of Dex. You head to one area, talk to people to gain quests, fight enemies in between, and hope this repeating thread of actions advances the plot. This is basically all there is for you to do in this sprawling world. That's great if you don't mind a lack of variety and exploring but not so great if you're excited to tick items off your cyberpunk to-do list. It makes for a lot of guesswork that can be tedious.

It isn't all bad, though -- it's just hard to keep quality up when it's spread so widely across such a large canvas. But the game is at its best not when you have lots of enemies thrown at you (although this gets more enjoyable the stronger you are and as you gain new abilities and weapons) but in the quiet moments where you discover somewhere interesting to poke your head around, as well as reading things left in the world to better inform your decisions and why you're doing what you're doing. There are roadblocks to going all-in on this game (bugs such as combat being displayed behind cut scenes of people talking, saves not properly working, and the like), and there's some fun to be had, but on the whole Dex is a lot of work for not a lot of gain.

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