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FPS for SF fans!,
This review is from: Deus Ex - Mac (Video Game)
A friend, who clearly knows me pretty well, sent me a copy of this game. I've already returned the favor for a great friend of mine - it's the game we've been waiting for.
The plot is futuristic and 'cyber' - you're a near-future supersoldier, a first-generation nano-bio-augmented replacement for the U.N.'s squad of mechanically augmented black op "robocops." Think Robocop meets Gibson meets X-files, with shades of Heinlein and Delany (there's a reference to 'Ashton Clark') thrown in in the beautifully crafted world that is your context.
The complicated plot unfolds in real time as you progess through the game, and there is a bit of role-playing - choices you make affect how your game is going to go, to some extent at least. You can certainly affect how your character develops - is he going to be a LAW-toting grenade throwing gun thug a la Duke Nukem, or a slip-through-the-shadows backdoor hardware hacker? Choose your own adventure.
Gameplay is based on the Unreal engine, as noted. It's fair to mention that you need a bit of hardware to make this puppy run well. For the scenic parts (i.e. briefings at HQ), I use high detail on textures and objects, but for combat I have to turn the detail down to medium, or else aiming is jerky and the baddies blast me in between frames. I'm running a B&W G3 with the stock Rage 128 card and 128MB of RAM - the game requires disk VM turned on so that its partition can be 160 MB. I run it with most extensions off (it needs RAVE) and it's only hard-crashed me once, although it tends to leak memory at about the 8-hour mark, requiring a civilized reboot.
What else to say? Music is great and the game experience is totally immersive and great fun. The authors have the feel of the genre down perfectly. And having been on the NYC subway system too much lately, I had a bit of a thrill when (in-game) some young punk drug dealer mouthed off, then drew a pistol on me in the Battery Park station.
5 stars. Buy it now. Then set aside a little free time and break up with your significant other. You can always buy him/her a bunch of flowers, after you've solved it.