Being new to the series, I was misled by the action-packed trailers. Deus Ex is one of the stealthiest games I’ve ever played, typically not my style of ‘shooter,’ if you can even call it that. The game can be completed (excluding a few bosses) without actually ever killing anyone…so put it that way.
Deus Ex is a FPS the majority of the time, but it switches to 3PS when in cover...and you’ll be in cover A LOT. There’s also lots of exploration, side quests, loot, and more, blending in RPG elements. Your character Jensen has a lot of augmented traits, and in this future, humans can be augmented for special abilities. Your augments can be upgraded as you acquire XP and are pretty sweet. There’s a ton of augment options so you can upgrade whatever fits to your own play style. So if you choose to be very stealthy, upgrade your radar, see through walls, and cloaking. Otherwise maybe you want to upgrade your hacking skills to open more doors and secret items. I still had over 30 unused augments when I was done.
I loved the weapon selection here, allowing lethal and KO options. The tranq. rifle was my favorite stealth weapon as it is deadly silent and shoots tranq darts very far to KO an enemy. There's also pistols, auto and sniper rifles, laser rifles, emp/gas/frag grenades, and close up hand-to-hand KO & lethal moves you can perform.
But most of the game is spent sneaking around in the crouch position, utilizing the game's deep cover system. You'll crawl around, maybe pick off some guys, crawl through vents, hack doors, climb ladders, etc. to work your way around the map. You will use lots of strategy and thinking to complete your main and side quests, encouraging exploration and treasure hunting. I found myself engulfed in the game for the 5 days it took to complete.
I'd have to say Square under promised and over delivered, but expect slower stealthy gameplay and little replay value due to the 1-player only campaign.
posted by flyboy8498 (ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) Aug 29, 2011
Member since Aug 2009
I haven't written a review in a very long time, however this game screams out for a review because it is a "AAA title".
Presentation: The menus were not really in the way. The interface worked very well. However, the map left something to be desired. It was difficult navigating around with their setup. But the story is very solid & flows nicely.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent. However, the voice acting seemed forced & weird at times. It was awkward to listen to at times, & not appealing. While the soundtrack was excellent, the overall sound was a serious miss here for me because of the voice acting.
Graphics: Everyone wants to compare games to CoD and MW for graphics. Throw those games out the window and judge the game by itself. On it's own, it is still doing nothing spectacular or special in terms of graphics. Deux Ex is not paving the way for anything new here. However, the art design was smartly done and it visually appealing.
Gameplay: The game establishes early what your rewards & punishments are going to be & for what. There are ways to abuse the rewards, but what large game ultimately doesn't have that issue? The good thing is, it is VERY time consuming to abuse some of the rewards. So that is a deterrent. My BIGGEST complaint: You can play through any situation any way you like. The problem: You want to combat it through? It feels wonky, & the guns are inaccurate at best. You want be stealthy? Be prepared to be bored. You will sit there for 5 minutes watching the guards to figure out the pattern, will kill one, drag him off, repeat, repeat, repeat, and repeat again in some areas.
Replay Value: Excellent. There's virtually 5 different ways you can approach every situation. So there will be multiple playthroughs. Also there are multiple endings and multiple different outcomes of all situations.
Overall: It left something to desired. Because of it, my rating is a 6 out 10. I would recommend renting this game before buying