Deus Ex is one of those games that I have very fond memories of, but at the same time, it makes me feel really old! This game was released all the way back in the year 2000 and it was a massive hit and a real groundbreaking title at the time. While the series is still going strong to this day, I still have a lot of time for this original cyberpunk adventure!
Is This A Movie?
This is a very story driven kind of game. You play the role of JC Denton who is an agent for an organization called, the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition. The game is set in the near future in a cyberpunk kind of world and I always love a setting like this. One of the main gimmicks of Deus Ex is that JC is not just a regular agent he is an Nanoaugmented Agent which gives him special abilities that make him extra strong and special.
What I liked about the story is that it has a bit of everything. While at its core I would say it is a sci-fi story, it has drama, tensions, betrayal, and more all going on. It certainly keeps you guessing and there are a few surprising twists along the way.
When you look back at a game like Deus Ex, you have to try and look at it through the eyes of a gamer in the year 2000. When you do this, it is so easy to see why so many people raved about this game. The cyberpunk world they created is awesome and while the character designs by today's standards are a tad rough, back then they looked great and it only helped get you more invested in the story. While the graphics may be showing their age, the music is still awesome. It has a kind of techno vibe to it and it fits this cyberpunk future perfectly. The voice acting is a bit of a mixed bag. It is probably better than the majority of other games of this year, but some of the accents are just horrendous and borderline offensive in how bad they are.
More Than Just A Shooter
If you watched a short gameplay video of Deus Ex, you would probably think that the game is just a standard first-person shooter. That though, is not the case at all here. While this is a first-person game, it also has some RPG elements as well. While this is the norm these days, back then it was a pretty novel feature for the game to have. You get skill points that you can use to upgrade your skills and augmentations. You get these by completing missions, the game has main missions, but you can also do secondary missions that are not required to move things forward, but they are worth doing to get those skill points.
One of the things that people loved about this game at the time of release was the amount of freedom it gave the player. You are free to complete objectives anyway that you want and at the time this was mind-blowing. It encourages you to play through the game multiple times. It is said that it is actually possible to beat the game without killing anyone! Which I find very hard to imagine as the AI goes from being like John Wick to John Candy in the blink of an eye!
I will fully admit that this game has been surpassed by not just its sequels, but also by other games that have clearly been inspired by what Deus Ex did. That does not mean this is a bad game or anything like that, however. It is a little rough to look at by today's standards, but this is still a fantastic piece of gaming history and one that is well worth your time. It is also worth noting that while the PC gets all the attention, in going back and playing this I feel that the PlayStation 2 version has aged a little better.
- It features an awesome cyberpunk setting
- The story is a mixture of many different genres
- You have lots of interesting abilities to use
- There are many ways you can complete objectives
- You are encouraged to play through the game multiple times
- The AI can be downright stupid at times
- While an iconic and important game, many games that followed did what this does better
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode