Deus Ex is one of those games that I keep going back to again and again. I must of played through the game 10x by now between the PS2 and PC versions and though graphics and enemy AI are definitely dated, it is still just as fun to play as the first time.
Deus Ex is a cyberpunk RPG/Shooter hybrid set in a future filled with conspiracy, human augmentation, and corporate manipulation. It looks like a shooter, but, it is a lot more story driven and you gain experience and skill points that you can put into different abilities and skills like an RPG. It was also one of the first games that gave the player a lot of different ways to complete each mission or progress the story.
You play as an augmented agent, so you have the choice to gain a lot of different abilities. Though it is up to you to decide which ability you get. Do you want to run incredibly fast or incredibly silent. Jump high or be able to lift heavy objects. It is up to you and the fact that you can only choose one ability for each body part makes each playthrough feel different.
On a sidenote, I have noticed that the PS2 version gets a lot of flack from the hardcore PC players. But, truthfully, the only real difference between the PS2 and PC versions is that the PS2 version has more load times because the areas in the PC version are split up into 3-5 smaller areas. Also, the inventory system is a bit different in the PS2 version(Which I personally prefer). And the PS2 version has a better intro and has remixed title screen music. The game even supports USB keyboard and mouse support if that is your thing.
Great Cyberpunk story/setting Many ways to complete each mission Fully voice acted Augmentations are a lot of fun Gameplay still lives up to this day Epic Music Voice acting is so bad it is good
Load times are frequent Graphics haven't aged too well
I highly recommend Deus Ex! It is a classic and there is a reason some people consider it one of the best games ever made!
Well, the graphics right off (even for a early PS2 game) were not even acceptable, they are subpar at best.
Next the dialog is dry and uninteresting at best. There is no real chance to get under anyones skin and see who the character is because of the monotone voice acting.
The storyline, though cool and interesting, lacks the severe ability to deliever a finishing blow in the end... any title that does that (Jericho anyone?) is an instant fail.
The menus hold far to many sub menus to filter through quickly and easily. Many of the weapons have several different ammo type, which is cool, but frustrating to get to after you have to bring up a menu and push down down down down over up up, ect. to select it. Not a very friendly interface. By the way, most the augments (which all fail miserably for interface reason like the weapons menu) are usually useless or only good for specific situations... not a great addition to the game in terms of building layers for unique character developement.
Next problem I had, load times... loading.... loading... loading... oh wait for it... loading. Any movement which cause a change of scenery more than a few hundred yards in front of the character caused a 30sec-1min load screen. Nuff said.
All in all, I really hope the PC version every raved about is great because this one certainly misses the mark in the realm of FPS/RPGs. Sure its a cult classic on the PC but this one is definitely a pass.
The Deus Ex franchise is one of those greats that simply stand out from the pack, along with Half Life, Max Payne, Doom 3 and a handful of others which, if I were a college teacher of video game history, would be required playing in my class.
While the graphics may now be obsolescent, nonetheless it incorporates a sophisticated and gripping story line, as well as a fair amount of decent action to keep you totally immersed - unless interesting and gripping stories are of no interest to you.