Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
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The year is 2052 and the world is a dangerous and chaotic place. Terrorists operate openly - killing thousands; drugs, disease and pollution kill even more. The world's economies are close to collapse and the gap between the insanely wealthy and the desperately poor grows ever wider. Worst of all, an ages old conspiracy bent on world domination has decided that the time is right to emerge from the shadows and take control.
Real role-playing from an immersive 3D, first-person perspective. The game includes action, character interaction and problem solving.
Realistic, recognizable locations. Many of the locations are built from actual blueprints of real places set in a near future scenario.
A game filled with people rather than monsters. This creates empathy with the game characters and enhances the realism of the game world.
Rich character development systems: Skills, augmentations, weapon and item selections and multiple solutions to problems ensure that no two players will end the game with similar characters.
Multiple solutions to problems and character development choices ensure a varied game experience. Talk, fight or use skills to get past obstacles as the game adapts itself to your style of play.
Strong storyline: Built on "real" conspiracy theories, current events and expected advancements in technology. If it's in the game, someone, somewhere believes
A classic RPG. One of the very bestusmanwah | Dec. 10, 2014 | See all usmanwah's reviews »
'Deus Ex' is easily amongst the top five RPG games I've ever played. Ancient PC and backwards-compatibility cough is a match made in heaven. I'm a bit late to the party but glad I ended this absolute classic.
Coming to the game, the environments were expansive, open, involved a lot of running around and backtracking. This was in contrast to Human Revolution which proved to be fairly linear in comparison. Voice-overs were monotonous and emotionless. But I didn't mind it too much as it suits the entire grim cyberpunk-themed setting of the game. HR was no different in this regard either.
Mission structures were very well done. Lots of alternative routes to complete objectives. Many games have a broken system but Deus Ex was flexible enough to cater to both playing styles. I liked how you could go full stealth, all guns blazing or settle with a mixture of the two.
Exploration rewarded bonus points which were redeemable in the form of skill upgrades. It was virtually impossible to fully upgrade all skills early in the game so my protagonist never felt over-powered at any point. My main gripe was with the augmentations. Apart from a few augs, I never really found any utility for the others and I tried a variety of playing styles.
The story was excellent! It was rich but not too convoluted or branched-out as is the norm in RPGs these days. The plot was focused and almost all side missions had relevance to the main storyline. And the story characters were largely interesting, in a peculiar sort of way.
Some observations about its prequel, Human Revolution. I like how it stuck to its roots and also fixed many of the original's shortcomings. Hacking, for instance, was a much improved feature and augs were better utilized.
In terms of similarities, playing style was appointed at the very start. You get to choose between a knife (if you like hand-to-hand combat) or a crossbow (if long-range is your preferred method). Some unforeseen choices determine the fate of your friends and allies. Boss fights were, again, laughably easy. And not to forget, multiple endings right at the final juncture.
I loved this game. Had the option to apply mods to improve the textures and lighting but I chose to play it in its original glory. Even after more than a decade, this game not only holds but has also aged very well.
Every time you mention it, someone will reinstall itMrYod | Oct. 27, 2014 | See all MrYod's reviews »
Well, the meme "every time you mention it, someone will reinstall it" exists because there's none who likes it that played it less than infinite times and really every time this game was mentioned some fan replied: "now I will reinstall it".
The reason of this is because it has an intriguing story and an awesome level design that allows you to achieve your goals in so many ways that even after the tenth time you play it you will find something new, maybe you will find after several times that it wasn't necessary to kill a certain NPC and that you will find him later.
The story is about a world conspiracy (as shown just from the intro) in a cyberpunk world and the gameplay is a first person RPG with stealth; as I sayd early the story and the level design are great, the gameplay is FPS-like with skills that affect the aim and the damage of the weapons and skills and nano augmentations that affect the interaction with the world.
It has however some little problems, for example you can't move a dead or stunned NPC if you don't pick up every item he has in his inventory and some nano augmentations seem to be completely useless.
With the GOTY there's the multiplayer which is useless per se, but it allows to use mods and some of them are quite good, like Zodiac or Malkavian Mod.
So: play the game and after that play the mods.
My sight is augmented.Obsessor | Oct. 7, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
First I saw a guy in a winter coat strolling through nighttime New York in sunglasses... I thought "Really? Those people(the developers)are mad..." Then my jaw dropped at the level of the story. Political intrigues, questions about where human race is going. The story is deep, and I recommend playing the game for it. Don't sneer at graphics or terrible main menu music. Just play it and you'll be amazed by Deus Ex's depth. A must play classic.
One of the great old classicsLorddyran | Oct. 6, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »
It didn't look amazing when it came out, and it can't hold a candle to games now, graphically, but everything else about this game is top-notch. The writing is great. The gameplay is great. The audio design, even, is worthy of note.
It's all too common today to find an FPS with RPG elements, but this is an RPG with FPS elements. You can shoot your way through, but the game comes alive when you think your way through. You can solve every problem in a multitude of different ways - if you want, you could get through the entire game without killing a single person. You don't have to, but how often do you get the choice?
The new Deus Ex: Human Revolution is great, but the classic Deus Ex is a beast you don't see anymore. It was clearly crafted with love and care.
Oldie But A GoodieDBOT187 | Aug. 15, 2014 | See all DBOT187's reviews »
It's amazing to think that even though this game came out so long ago it still stands up today as a solid and fantastic RPG FPS shooter. For those of you living under a rock and have never heard of it, its a role playing shooter that allows you to upgrade your character and allows you to play the game your way (stealth or all in)
A fantastic story, and if you can forgive the graphics due to their age (the mouths not moving when talking is a classic) what you will find is a timeless RPG shooter that is like no other. There are mods available too if you wish to make it look a little better.