Reviews for Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
One of the bestGlyndwr | Sept. 20, 2013 | See all Glyndwr's reviews »
I still remember the excitement playing the demo of this game and then getting the game itself. This is an excellent RPG, the gameplay is well balanced, the storyline is interesting and takes in many locations, it offers much of what we now come to expect with choices affecting what happens and how other characters respond. It does the cyberpunk setting very well which makes everything seem to have that little bit more importance as the story and setting make playing the game seem worthwhile. Graphically it was weak when it came out and much more so now but this is a game that provides much of what is lacking from glitzier modern titles.
MasterpieceFlamingDbag | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all FlamingDbag's reviews »
I'm not going to lie, in this day and age you are probably going to need visual mods to appreciate it more ("Deus Ex for Modern Systems", New Vision) but besides that it still holds up very well. Except the whole extremely poor accuracy thing at the start of the game, but it makes it more encouraging to play the game smarter then simply going guns blazing. Even though you can do that anyway. And trust me you'll grow to understand/accept it regardless.
Anyway story is extremely interesting, there is a lot of branching in both story and gameplay: You can go tactically violent or extremely stealthy, lethal or non-lethal, you have a variety of highly RPG style skills and a variety of cool and useful augmentation powers, your actions and choices have impact on the story, morality is a huge factor to the story, ect.
If you have not yet played it I strongly urge you to do so. I like playing this with BioMod, imo it basically improves the gameplay in sensible ways.
Defining the hybrid game.berthor | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all berthor's reviews »
RPG, stealth action, shooter. Which one is it, is it all three? It's whatever you want!
With numerous solutions to every problem, catering to how you want to play the game if not to the very way you think, you will have utter freedom in resolving the issue at hand.
Is it that auto-turret over there that's bothering you? Go around it into a vent and laugh as you casually crawl along. How about you toss an emp grenade at it and then blast the guards that show up to see what happened? Maybe you could make it over to that terminal over there and hack it, take the turret down, or at least the camera that activates it.
Develop your character not only with nano-augmentations, but with his basic skills and understandings. Maybe you focus on your skill with rifles and your agent can't swim too well... maybe he loves pistols but doesn't know the first thing about proper use of hand grenades. Like being able to stab people really hard? We've got an augment for that. Would you like an emp shield to be invisible to bots, cams, and triplasers, or would you like active camouflage to fool all those foot soldiers?
Sure you'll control it like an FPS, but how are you going to play it?
I'm not even going to talk about the perfect story, lest I accidentally spoil it.
Meet your FPS God!Veniu | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all Veniu's reviews »
Its true. Deus Ex is like a God among all the FPS games. Why? Because it offers you freedom in the way you play. Want to sneak it? No problem. Destroy everything? Easy. How about hacking? Can be done.
This game brought us an amazing experience, story and characters. You have skills, which are supposed to make you a better killing machine, hacking pro, lockpicking thief, meele commando, a sniper.... And so on. Its true! Acts like an RPG! But skills were'nt enough. Its 2052 right? We need... Augmentations. Half machine, half man. A cyborg. But wihout AI. You're still a human. A better human? There's alot of "augs" in Deus Ex. From augmentations giving you ultra strength, to augmentations that act like a... Flashlight. Seriously.
World, graphics and characters. Immensive story. Have I mentioned most of the locations are based on the real blueprints? And the graphics not were, but are amazing to me! Because it doesn't matter what the graphics are (until they're really, really bad and pointy) the whole experience matters. Its amazing!
The game is for everyone, from newbies starting at easy, to ultra-pro hardcores in Realistic mode. You WILL need to sneak in that mode. 1-2 (sometimes 3) hits (with a pistol...) and you're dead. How nice. How challenging. But once you'll make it, it gives you an amazing piece of satisfaction!
You just can't describe this game using words. The way they've connected an RPG with FPS game is pure amazing and creates totally new and awesome expierience, in an amazingly realistic world. You just need to play it to see why it's so great.
Have I mentioned the multiplayer? Yes. It has multiplayer and dozens of mods, MP gamemodes. Enough said.
My question is, have you bought your copy yet?
It might be a bit old today, but the universe is worth a lookzonzon | July 29, 2013 | See all zonzon's reviews »
Let's be honest, in 2013, the game looks ugly. But if you look at what the game is offering, you could see one of the best, if not the best, cyberpunk game universe.
The storyline is great, with a twist occuring in the first half of the game, that I won't be spoiling.
Unfortunately, the game gets a bit repetitive in the combats, so it might stop you from finishing the game.
Awesome GameDimber | July 27, 2013 | See all Dimber's reviews »
This really is an awesome game. The gameplay is tight, the stealth and combat are both even and fun, and the story is amazing. It's very deep and philosophical, and it's considered one of the greatest and deepest PC games of all time. The only bad thing about it is that, even for the time, the graphics were and are incredibly bad. Nonetheless, it's a worthwhile game to play.
This isn't a just a game; it's an experience.ADUAN | July 24, 2013 | See all ADUAN's reviews »
Deus Ex is one of those games that seem way ahead of its time. I have played through this game at least 3 times just to see the myriad ways I could have accomplished my goals, as well trying different augmentations and weapons for each playthrough. The dialogue is also well written, especially certain conversations with J.C, the main character, and other NPCs, (even if some of the voice-acting is a little off centre).
If you have not played this game, get it. It is an experience you will not regret.
Blown away.Kradath | July 15, 2013 | See all Kradath's reviews »
I have to admit that I am quite the latecomer to this game and just played it recently. The more it hit me how extremely good this game still is despite its age and despite never having played it before.
The story is just gripping from the get go and the gameplay is top notch.
If you're on the fence and not sure whether such an old game can still be fun: get it, it's totally worth it and I really consider it the best PC game available.
If You Haven't Played It, Then You ShouldDimbark | July 13, 2013 | See all Dimbark's reviews »
You know, it's funny, a game like this can't even exist today. This game is so deep and complex, that a modern game with modern graphics and a modern budget would not be able to accomplish half of what was done in Deus Ex. This game is one to be remembered; it's probably the deepest PC game that was ever made.
This game takes place in a dark future where governments are basically collapsed and conspiracy is the norm. You play as JC Denton, an augmented agent at an anti-terrorist organization to retrieve a supplement called Ambrosia from the National Secessionist Forces, or the NSF, to give it to the people and cure the big disease of the century, the Gray Death.
The narrative for this game is very well done, and the title of the game itself, referencing 'deus ex machina,' also works in relevance to its plot. The gameplay is a mix between stealthing and murdering. You can solve any problem in any environment with any character build, unlike System Shock 2, which most people don't finish because if you sink all of your points in one specific build, then you won't be able to pass when you should've had another build.
The graphics for this game are horrible. It's like it was all made out of cardboard, because both the player and NPCs look incredibly ugly and low-resolution. This is, of course, because of the size of the levels, and you can't make a deep game like this without having a low polygon rate to run at.
But nonetheless, the gameplay is solid and fun. This is a game that everybody should have played, and if you haven't played it, go out and buy it. It's a game that deserves to be played, at the least, and it offers so many good choices and three different endings, all of them making it a worthwhile experience.
Best games of our generationgurujust1n | July 9, 2013 | See all gurujust1n's reviews »
The title says it all. This game is one of the first games I actually spent years playing over and over. This game seems it has also introduced a lot mechanics and instances still used in games today.
Aged, but still very goodmutsuriini | July 7, 2013 | See all mutsuriini's reviews »
Deus Ex is undoubtedly one of the classic games which tried to elevate the FPS genre to new heights by adding adventure and RPG elements. The game has a decent cyberpunk storyline set in an atmospheric near-future dystopian Earth, excellent gameplay mechanics, as well as good graphics for the time; and if you spend a couple of minutes googling for the additions made by a dedicated modder community - some picks mentioned below by other reviewers - , even the graphics aged relatively well.
The core of the experience is that the player always feels making meaningful choices and does not feel at all artificially constrained by a linear design. Sure, there are only a limited number of choices, but whether it is about deciding how to take out a bunch of terrorists occupying a building (options ranging from non-violent stealthy ones to attack the front door armed with heavy weaponry) or about picking a new skill or augmentation, there is always something which helps you in having your own experience and playing in the style you prefer.
The story itself is engaging if not fully original to everyone with some knowledge of dystopian/cyberpunk settings. There is plenty of information on the historical and philosophical background in in-game notes, though if you just want to enjoy the action, you are free not to bother with these too much. Character interaction is somewhere between an average FPS and an RPG game: you do not have any teammates and there are few really memorable characters, but you got to interact with them occasionally either through the game's dialogues or during gameplay sequences.
The game does not lack some of the usual stealth shooter problems though ranging from an unrealistically narrow and short visual range of enemies to occasional strange AI behavior, yet these are mainly minor issues. FPS players might find the skill system a bit strange first as it is not enough to get big guns, you must have the proper skill level for the weapon class to use it properly. It is not really hard to get to a decent level and augment upgrades can be found at various locations, though, providing a sense of development. Overall it is a classic game every sci-fi or FPS fan should give a try - most of them would be more than pleased.
Game for every kind of FPS fanPhan7om | July 3, 2013 | See all Phan7om's reviews »
This game appeals to almost every FPS fan by having multiple ways to get to your objective. There are 4 ways to play this game, all with their Pros and Cons. Stealth-Lethal, Stealth-Non-lethal, Run-and-gun-Lethal and Run-and-gun-non-lethal.
The lean over a wall mechanic is simple but extremely useful for Stealth gameplay and checking how many hostiles there are to either engage or sneak by. It also has 2 ways to dispatch enemies: Non-lethal or Lethal. With this mechanic soldiers and NPCs will have different reactions towards you. Some of it may also affect your gameplay from having the Armory in the game giving you different ammo to use or your first partner's disposition towards you.
Although what keeps this game from deserving a perfect is the bugs that uncommonly occur in the game and the limited options settings in the Vanilla launcher. Overall, a must buy for any PC gamer to add into their ultimate collection
An Absolutely Amazing Game!Tabbo7 | June 25, 2013 | See all Tabbo7's reviews »
I love this game more than any game I have ever played to be very honest. This game just has so much charm and personality it stood out from the rest then and it still stands out from the rest now. It is a FPS/RPG hybrid and by far one of the best I have played the gameplay mechanics haven't aged negatively at all in fact they are still really great. The graphics are pretty dated I admit but as everyone already knows graphics do not make a game "fun" and this is probably the most fun I have had in a game and the most fun I will have in a game for decades to come. I recommend this to EVERYONE.
Excellent classiclok0812 | June 25, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
While Deus Ex HR was a very impressive game, this classic hit still probably tops it. Anything you could have thought of doing in HR is in this classic gems. The player still get to choose rather if he wants tot tackle his object in lethal or non lethal mean. The storyline, music, and gameplay are all top notch, this is by far one of the best game even though it has been more than a decade and it have aged a lot. The game already have plenty of mods throughout its time, named Hi-Texture mod and community made content mods. Must get if anyone looking for a good storyline game with action but don't mind the outdated graphics.
One of the Greatest Games of All Timethegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »
This game was amazing when it came out and is still amazing today. Even if you're new to the Deus Ex series. The story is amazing and there are so many options in every situation. You are very free. I remember smashing my an agent from my own side on his head and hiding his body so I could get into the restricted area in peace. And then I put his body inside the restricted area and locked it. There's an amazing variety of mods for after you're finished the game and for when you're still beating the game.
Great Gameroadman | June 7, 2013 | See all roadman's reviews »
It's a little bumpy to get into if you're used to hi res games, but this is a great game one you get into it. There is a lot of player choice, and the atmosphere is great.Many weapons, items, and ways to customize your main character, J.C. Denton. There are many ways to move around each level's environment, be it stealthily or Gung-ho. You could put tons of hours in this game and not be near the end game. It's still good and playable since its release in the 90's.There are many side quests to get into. The atmosphere is awesome, and it's truly immersive to hack into a computer and uncover emails, that reveals fraud, theft,etc. between two people or a whole group/company or industry.
Fun game!darklyfallen | June 5, 2013 | See all darklyfallen's reviews »
Although it hasn't aged the best, Deus Ex is a fun action stealth FPS hybrid thing.
Somewhat different ways of playing, depending on your choice of augments and style. There were a whole bunch of small touches that added to the game. The weapons were interesting, althought the Dragon sword was a bit overpowered (that + stealth = pretty much instakill most enemies). Speaking of enemies, they have pretty decent AI, and the boss battles (or boss choices) are good.
The music is fun and the plot, although a typical conspiracy-type deal, had enough twists and turns to keep things fresh.
Definitely worth a play, for gaming history as well as being geniunely great.
Legend of a Game!McDoenerKing | June 1, 2013 | See all McDoenerKing's reviews »
This game was one of the best in its time and still is a pretty great game!
The atmosphere and the story this game provides is totally awesome but it is not easy to get into. If you loved Deus Ex: HR, you must play this title.
If you play this title, grab the new renderer and textures! It will make this game look much much better. If you have finished the main game already, you can start playing one of the two full conversion mods for Deus Ex. They are great too and very polished.