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
One of the best PC games ever884okeoJ | July 2, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »
Deus Ex is one of the best games ever made, and for good reason. There are so many ways to play and reach your objective, giving the game extreme re-playability. The RPG elements are done very well, allowing you to customize JC Denton in whatever way you want, to suit your certain playstyle. The graphics certainly haven't aged well, but given that this game was released more than a decade ago, that's to be expected. The music, however, is fantastic, contributing to the great atmosphere of Deus Ex. Both first person shooter and RPG elements are well balanced, combining in the perfect way.
Still is, and always will be, a classiccrazyrabbits23 | June 14, 2014 | See all crazyrabbits23's reviews »
There is a reason why people commonly use phrases like "every time you mention it, someone reinstalls the game" and "best game of all time" when it comes to this game - the hype is justified for a reason. Released in 2000, Deus Ex has stood the test of time thanks to its innovative gameplay concepts, engrossing storyline and well-written characters, both major and minor. The game puts you into the shoes of JC Denton, a government operative who is thrust into a world of violence, politics and intrigue while struggling to figure out who to trust. The game combines elements of an FPS with an RPG-style management and upgrade system, well-written and developed characters and a variety of interesting locales to create an experience that is still unmatched. Whether you're searching through the streets of New York to take down a generator, investigating a conspiracy in a high-rise office building in Hong Kong or trying to stop a missile launch in the middle of the desert, the game throws a variety of situations at the player in the context of a major global conspiracy. One thing I've always enjoyed about the story, and which keeps me coming back time and time again to replay it, is the range of possible solutions (and responses) to various problems faced in the game world. You can do things that seem counterintuitive or even absurd, and the game will recognize and praise/admonish you for your actions. Want to kill that nosy reporter, despite the fact that no one has asked you to? The game recognizes it. Want to skip the first mission by throwing a gas grenade at the front door of UNATCO HQ? The NPC's remark on it. Wait too long to talk to an NPC? They may have different introductory dialogue based on when you visit them. Likewise, the characters are very well-written, and have actions that extend beyond conversations with the player and into e-mails, newspapers and books found around the game world. All this material is optional, and players can skip it as they so choose. The combat and NPC reaction to damage can come off as a bit "stiff" to modern audiences, but the movement and reaction system in general still holds up quite well, with enemies and NPC's reacting to damage and running away if they are hurt, stopping to reload and changing their firing position or chasing after the player during combat. If there's anything I can criticize this game for (and that's very hard to do), the GOTY does introduce a couple of musical/ambient sound bugs that can lead to multiple pieces of music playing in the same level. Besides that, though, this is still the same tried-and-true Deus Ex experience - you'll play it for the deep characters and storyline, and stay for the different gameplay approaches and solutions (not to mention all of the mods and total conversions!). Deus Ex is a classic, and it's a game I'm honored to have both in my physical and Steam library.
Showing its age in graphics, holds it own in experience!radenthefridge | March 25, 2014 | See all radenthefridge's reviews »
This is a wonderful game with a great story and RPG elements. Despite its age, this game was far ahead of its time. Each scenario has so many ways to go about it, and how many games, even today, let you break down doors? They have a health bar and everything! The hardest part is trying to assign upgrade points when you don't know what lies ahead, but isn't that part of the fun too?
A masterpiece.TETfromLondon | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »
This game made waves when it was made back almost one and a half decades ago, and it still holds up today. While the graphics haven't aged at all well, and the gameplay is clunky, the game is still surprisingly accessible for anyone playing now. I went in planning to speed run it, and ended up so enthralled that I devoted over 40 hours to my first playthrough. The game has excellent choices that it forces you to make (although a few more of these with slightly more impact would be appreciated) and the first level does an excellent job of pulling you in. The stealth mechanic is still very much working, and it's impressive how much depth there is to the world, and how many secrets there are in it. It's also worth noting that neither the augmentations nor the skills are overly complex, so those who are put off by overuse of RPG mechanics will be OK with this game, but they are complex enough that RPG fans will enjoy them too. This game is a masterpiece and is so cheap now that there is no reason not to get it.
Still the best in 2014dgaml | Jan. 6, 2014 | See all dgaml's reviews »
Deus Ex is more than just a game; it is an experience, a cult following and a revolutionary leader in the realm of immersive gameplay. I stumbled upon Deus Ex in an old PC Gamer magazine and from the moment I landed in tutorial level, my senses were flooded with awe, and my brain kept whispering "this is awesome". During my 18th run through of the game, nothing has changed.
Deus Ex allows you to play as if it were the life of JC Denton you were controlling, as he struggles against the opposition using his training, wits and judgement to aid him in the quest for... well... whatever you decide. The gameplay is beautifully crafted, and allows you to take control, immerse yourself and completely forget that you are using a mouse and keyboard to control polygons on a screen. From controls, to shortcuts, to graphical overlay, the developers have made it easy to see through the eyes of JC Denton, thus enhancing the experience that you are actually in the game, living the life of JC, running from your enemies, making his decisions and dealing with his regrets.
Graphics are dated even during its day, and I will admit that voice acting can be a bit cheesy at times, and sound effects are occasionally cartoonish. But these simple elements, did not stop me and many others from giving this game a perfect 100 out of 100.
The musical score deserves a whole new paragraph. Alexander Brandon, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos and Reeves Gabrels have created multiple masterpieces within the game. I have never before (and even today) truly appreciated how much power music has to complement the ambiance of a game. But Deus Ex has managed to make something that most other games consider a napkin into one of the table's centerpieces.
OVERALL: You see me rambling about something when I really love it or hate it... Deus Ex is in the former category. Purchase this game, lock yourself in your room with adequate sustenance and play, play, play!