Deus Ex - PC

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

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 economics are close to collapse, and the gap between the insanely wealthy and the desperately poor has grown to the size of the Grand Canyon. 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. No one believes the conspiracy exists--no one but you.

In this thrilling role-playing adventure, you play the part of J.C. Denton, a powerful, nanotechnologically augmented antiterrorist agent. It's up to you to stop the conspirators from achieving their goals. But this world is full of lies and betrayal, a world where nothing is as it seems and entire nations can seemingly be turned against you at the push of a button. To succeed, you must travel the globe in a quest for knowledge, develop your character's nanotech augmentations and strengths as you see fit, build a network of allies to assist you, and determine when stealth and strategy are more important than action. And each time you think you've got the mystery solved, the game figured out, there's another, deeper mystery to be unraveled. You will never know whom to trust, who your friends are, who's in the conspiracy, and who's innocent. Maybe no one is.

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Platform:PC  |  Edition:Standard
Release date June 23, 2000
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4.7 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 10 x 8.8 x 2 inches
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
I feel bad not giving this game five stars, it's certainly one of the best I've seen in a long time and I can't believe I haven't heard more buzz about it. I bought the game based on the other reviews here, and I have to say, they're right on target.
Deus Ex really delivers serious gaming fun. It's like a game with an X-Files-esque plot (without the aliens), Rogue Spear gaming (strategic FPS), and Soldier of Fortune(action-oriented FPS). It really delivers and gives the player the opportunity to take a balls-out, guns blazing approach or a more stealthy, sneaky method to get what you need done (either way, you get just as much skill points, so you're not penalized for not getting a maximum body count).
The graphics are great. Nothing particularly revolutionary (as with Vampire) but definitely nothing to complain about. Generally very smooth with lots of detail, nice lighting, good atmosphere (you really don't see this on a lot of the screenshots). The plasma gun really has a nice effect, as do the grenades, but when things blow up (like crates) it's just a bunch of polygons (yawn). I guess we can't expect all games to have the detail (and gore) of Soldier of Fortune.
There are a few holes in the plot (such as it's feasibility), but with a little willful suspension of disbelief, it's rather engrossing. (I've had more than my fair share of 5+/hour playing sessions with this puppy.) Travelling from New York to Hong Kong to Nevada, you'll see plenty of places and meet enough interesting characters to keep you going. I don't know if different responses to conversations give you significant variances in the plot, but it's interesting all the same--especially the different ways you can solve your missions.
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I've played well received games such as System Shock 2, Thief 1 and 2, Half-Life, and Baldur's Gate, and since this game is definitely competitive with them, I'm giving it 5 stars.
As you probably heard, Deus Ex allows players to approach missions in a number of different ways. I usually try for the sneaky Thief-style approach, so I'm not sure how well the game would play if you are the shoot-em-up Quake type. But if you like sniping and avoiding patrols Deus Ex is excellent.
Although some of the missions toward the middle and end are repetitive and similar, there are many missions which I found extremely compelling. Here is an example: Someone, whom you are not sure you can trust, tells you that a woman has stolen a sword and that you should get it back. When you talk to the woman, it seems everything is in place, and she says the evidence of her innocence is held in a locker at the local military-police station. You can either break into the police station, or look around for more clues in her apartment... On another mission you are supposed to rescue the daughter of a scientist who is being held captive. However, she will be killed if her captors realize you are coming. I found it fairly difficult but satisfying to complete the mission successfully, but it is no problem if you fail. You can even kill her yourself if you feel like it. A third quick example: You must destroy four military robots attacking an installation. Quake types might just try to destroy the bots directly, Thief types will probably choose to activate the defensive military bots which the attackers locked down and have them kill the enemy bots.
Hand in hand with these choices are the skill and augmentation system.
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
I actually purchased this game in 2000 and still play it at least once a year. Why? Like others have said here, I believe this is the greatest game of all time. You can read several 100 reviews here telling you why. That's not my objective here. I'm hopping to raise this food for thought - what if DRM like SECUROM, and limited activations, were in place when Deus Ex was published?

Since 2000, I have gone through 4 new computers, numerous upgrades and Windows reinstallations on each. My legally puchased copy of Deus Ex, the all time best game ever, would no longer be playable if DRM had been used back then. I would be stuck with a coaster. Worse, a lot of these older games are becomming ridiculously difficult to find. Just try to find a copy of System Shock 2. Impossible unless you are willing to spend 3-4 times what it originally cost for a used one. Oh, sorry, there wouldn't be any used copies of this 11 year old classic. Your and everyone else's DRM rental would have expired long ago. It would have become just a memory.

Deus Ex, the single greatest argument against DRM.
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
This game is just fun to play. If you've played System Shock 2, then you have a good idea what Deus Ex is. This game is hard core RPG with FPS thrown in. Let's start the review:
Graphics: Graphics uses the Unreal Engine therefore it doesnt have good D3D support. The game will run on D3D but expect some slow FPS when polygons start accumulating. A beta patch to fix D3D performance did help a bit. If you're using a GeForce card, dload this beta patch. Voodoo owners shouldnt have any problems.
Interface: There's a lot of control keys to memorize but with a little practice, you'll be able to memorize each function. Prepare to use a lot of the USE ITEM key since there's a ton of items you can pick up in this game. Like System Shock 2 and Thief, Deus Ex gives you the action to lean left and right however I didnt find any option to lean forward (very helpful though when sniping from an elevated position).
Gameplay: This is where the game shines. The story is based on several conspiracy theories eg. secret governments, roswell, etc. Your mission is to investigate the relationship of each conspiracy and discover that all of these conspiracies are part of a worldwide organization to control and subjugate people. Game runs via mission objectives. You are given primary and secondary goals and you can accomplish them in any order you want. There are some primary goals that you can skip too as long as you've accomplished the most important goal. Lots of skills building is involved (it's RPG). You get skill points for every goal you accomplish; goals from as simple as talking to someone in your HQ to arresting a terrorist. Most missions involve stealth, infiltration. You dont have to go into a mission with guns blazing.
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