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
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!
All time classicMscigniew | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »
Forget about the graphics,game is old,focus and the story and gameplay.Deus Ex was the first game that actually made me feel like my actions and decisions really shape the story,its more than a game,its an experience.Thanks to the fantastic,multiple lvl up choices,plus implants you can make your character in whatever you want to.Theres huge arsenal of weapons,enemies aint stupid dummies,they react to your game style.The atmosphere and climate of this game is one of a kind,for me DE 1 is still best part of the series.
Simply the bestGearHead | Dec. 27, 2013 | See all GearHead's reviews »
While Deus Ex may be dated as far as graphics, the gameplay and writing surpasses that of most modern FPS/RPG hybrids. The game is initially complicated, but don't let this deter you from playing as you'll soon find yourself caught up in one of the most complicated and interesting stories in existence. Many games with such great stories are known to be short, but that is not the case with Deus Ex. Once I was done with the story I found that I had played for a solid 38 hours, with every second being exciting and memorable, and the fun doesn't end there. Every playthrough is unique, as you are not only given a number of decisions that strongly impact story, but also the ability to kill any character you encounter, which further tailors the story to how you play. When you hear people say that you can navigate the game in any way your heart desires, they mean it. You control what weapons you use (both melee and ranged), have access to a variety of skills, and augmentations (which are comparable to passive tonics in Bioshock 1 & 2). By the end of the game your character will be entirely customized to your play style which makes the game all the more enjoyable. Deus Ex is one of my all-time favorites because of it's incredible gameplay and it's fascinating story. It is very worth its full price, and if you encounter it on sale, you simply must buy it so you can experience one of the absolute best games in existence.