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
It is a true gaming masterpiecemateidanut | March 4, 2015 | See all mateidanut's reviews »
I'm not saying the game doesn't have its flaws: the graphics are really bad without a visual mod, you can get one-shoted by most stuff form beginning to end and half of your playtime will be retrying again and again. However, these downsides do not make the game lose anything. Compared to the games of today, Deus Ex is extremely different, in the sense that it doesn't take you easy. From the first level you are thrown right into the fray. That is not to say that the game has no tutorial, in fact it has a really good one, it just means that they don't give you too many directions. You are supposed to figure out the levels yourself and they give you a wide array of tools to do so. You can hack computers, pick locks or bypass terminals. Personally, the first and only time I played it, for every level I basically had to first kill all the bad guys and THEN figure out what to do. I guess the game becomes more fun when you know the levels and you actually KNOW what option you have. I think the story/atmosphere is the greatest part about the game. That is the reason I kept playing and playing. It deals with a lot of subjects like the Illuminati, and other secret organizations and it poses a lot of questions about liberty of thought, the value of human life and the advancement of artificial intelligence. The sound is great. Mostly atmospheric stuff, but the main theme is the best I ever heard. It really captures the feel of all the game has to offer. This is a must-buy not because it is the most fun game ever, but because it is one of those games that stand the test of time.
A great game any year.Xgoesrawr | Feb. 20, 2015 | See all Xgoesrawr's reviews »
I have just completed Deus Ex for the first time and I have to say that this is one of the best games I've ever played.
The graphics have not aged well but the story and soundtrack being really good will make up for that.
As for the combat I felt that melee was very strong. The guns and crossbows early on were not so fun because there is an aiming system in this game where you have to lock onto an enemy by looking at them for a few seconds before you can actually hit them however after a few upgrades this becomes pretty much instant.
If you enjoy stealth shooters you'll enjoy this.
Man-Machine Hybrid. RPG-Shooter HybridKingTed | Feb. 17, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Deus Ex took everyone by surprise back in the days. Warren Spector's mixture of FPS and RPG set in a cyberpunk world filled with mystery, noire atmosphere and conspiracy was one of the most important game ever made. The graphics haven't aged well, same thing for the gameplay (Oh god I hate when I miss my target in a FPS because of my shooting stats!) but it remains a fantastic experience with strong story and level-design.
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.