Odd as it may sound, I love the atmosphere and style of Cyberpunk. Only I have still yet to play the ‘Cyberpunk’ pen and paper/roleplaying book game created by Mike Pondsmith. The literally father of genre and style of Nior Cyberpunk William Gibson. Many have been heavily influenced by the style and atmosphere notably Ridley Scotts Blade Runner and Deux Ex all owe to the genre of Cyberpunk. Developers of Dex, Deadlock Digital make no secret of their influences.
A successful Kickstarter and Steam Greenlit, Dreadlock Digital describe Dex as thus ‘2D, side-scrolling, open-world cyberpunk RPG with a focus on exploration and non-linear gameplay.’ On appearance the ambiance is stunning taking the player right into the streets of Harbour Prime. Endeavouring to 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. With hand drawn animations and a combat system of strikes/kicks and combos gives Dex an almost ‘SNK’ like look to the title.
Having now spent a good fewhours running through the dark streets and neon lights of the Harbour Prime. Hacking, getting augmented and surviving… well actually dying…often. It’s a dangerous world out there. Loving every minute. I am really excited to the progression of the ambitious title; which currently is in alpha, with a beta release due very shortly. Cyberpunk appeals to many due to its mature story telling environment, complex narratives and potentials which ever today are very visible to be coming. Movements pushing for technological evolution such as transhumanism circles. All invasive technologies and mega corporations holding sway over the world, is very much with us today. Technology is evolving at an incredible rate.
Dreadlock Digital concept of cyberspace is truly original and has to be experienced. Dex is doing the rounds at the expos to lots of positive response from the community and industry.
Dex is not without its challenges. hand to hand, coupled with the gunplay are areas for opportunity. Which the developers have already noted from feedback. Lets not let this hold us back, we really have an outstanding achievement of a title here. Which gamers and fans of the genre truly will enjoy.