Review: Dex (Nintendo Switch).
When I saw the trailer for Dex I was quite curious about the game. An indie game set in the Cyberpunk world that is colorful got my interest. Later I found out that this game is already 5 years old and so I might have to reckon with graphics and/or gameplay that could feel a bit outdated next to the newer indie games I’ve been playing lately. Still, I fired up my Switch and started Dex to unravel the mystery of a blue-haired woman.
Dex starts off pretty vague and that’s not annoying at all. You have to flee from an apartment and you wonder why people are chasing you. The story in Dex is well put together and that is mainly due to the great cast of the characters you meet and the voice overs of the story. The NPCs sound good, have emotion in their voices and make you care about them. They all have a good story, which makes you want to invest time in the game to get to know them better. In addition, the game gives you several dialogue options, so I always wonder if a different choice would have given me a different outcome. Of course that is the goal of the game so that you will play the game again. The game therefore has a lot of replay value and that is not bad at all.
The story and the NPCs are fine, but the combat is nothing to write home about. In the beginning the combat was so frustrating, because an enemy blocked every attack and I had to redo that bit several times. Finally getting a gun seemed to turn the tide, but your melee attacks certainly do a lot more damage than your gun at first (which is kind of weird in itself). Throughout the game, the combat felt awkward to me, especially at times when there were several characters who wanted to attack me. You notice that the game actually wants you to play stealth and take out the enemies silently, but often that option is not there and you end up in a frustrating fight where you can still die. The fights therefore don’t feel fun and especially very clumsy. Throughout the game you can upgrade your weapons and your hacking skills, which makes combat a bit easier. You need credits for those upgrades, which are hard to find, but they are necessary to make your game easier and more enjoyable.
Fortunately, the environment in which Dex takes place is beautiful! Dex is an open world game where you can make your own choices and go where you want to go. The worlds look great and every place you encounter has a lot of detail and appears to be alive (for a 2D game). The game is definitely aimed at adults, which there is blood, swear words and characters that you can still question a lot. So the graphics are great to look at, especially for a 5 year old game!
Dex is a fun game to play in between, especially for 20 euros. If you love Cyberpunk games and want a different take on open world games, this game is definitely for you. The combat is often frustrating, but as the game progresses it gets a little better. However, the combat is made up for with a great cast of NPCs, beautiful worlds and the feeling that you want to play the game several times to see what you encounter and in what order.
Dex is a fun game to play in between, especially for 20 euros. If you love Cyberpunk games and want a different take on open world games, this game is definitely for you.
- – Wonderful world with great detail
- – Great cast of characters
- – Make your own choices
- – Combat is frustrating
- – A gun that does less damage than my fists?
7.4 3.6875 5 Average Score