Developers Ion Storm owed us something pretty special and futuristic shoot, spy and stalk-'em-up Deus Ex more than makes up for the disappointment of Daikatana. Deus Ex is set in a nearby future where a deadly virus ravages the world's populace, terrorists are bent on exposing corrupt governments and conspiratorial elites are ready to wade in and wreak havoc. You play a techno-enhanced agent tasked with getting to the bottom of it all without cashing in your chips.
Immediately noticeable is the attention to detail; there's no end of objects and characters to interact with--too much, were it not for the consequences that arise from almost every interaction. Such random actions as killing a guard or "accidentally" walking into the ladies' toilets can significantly affect mission outcomes. The best game will result from stealthy inch-by-inch exploration and you'll be glad you did.
Considering that Deus Ex has gameplay in bucketloads, it could look like Commander Keen and get away with it. Thankfully though, the Unreal engine does a more than passable job of rendering some beautiful locations and although models may look a little blocky compared to games using more sophisticated engines, the minor flaws melt away as the game gets going.
- A richly simulated world of unparalleled interactivity, engineered to react to your every action.
- A globe-hopping, epic adventure. Span the world from New York to Paris to Hong Kong exploring locations recreated from actual maps, blueprints and photographs.
- Recreated from actual maps, blueprints and photographs.
- Total character interaction. Your relationship with scores of other characters affects the outcome of the game.
- The ability to create a compelling alter ego. Select and develop your own unique set of skills and nanotech augmentations, determine which weapons and objects you need to survive and solve problems
Deus Ex Invisible War
Deus Ex 2 takes place approximately 20 years after the events depicted in Deus Ex. The winner-take-all geopolitics of mid-21st century Earth have given way to a struggle over more basic concerns: food, water, re-establishing civil law and cleaning up biological and nano-tech fallout. Several religious and political factions see in the chaos an opportunity to shape the world as they want. The player must reveal the secrets of each faction and the identities of the true players in this struggle for world power. In the end, the player discovers that he or she may be the key to all of the factions' plans.
In addition to a host of new friends and foes, players can expect encounters with a variety of characters from the original Deus Ex game. And, once again, players visit a variety of real world locations made more exotic by the passage of time.
In Deus Ex 2 players create a compelling alter ego through the selection of futuristic nano-tech augmentations, powerful weapons and hundreds of useful objects, character choices, weapons and object use work in combination with a richly interactive world to give players freedom to solve game problems the way they want to. Gamers can fight, sneak, talk or hack their way past any problem encountered and every situation can be dealt with in a variety of ways. Deus Ex 2 also features a more powerful physics system, startlingly believable AI, dramatically enhanced character modelling and animation, a groundbreaking sound propagation system and state-of-the art lighting and graphics. The game systems contribute materially to gameplay, minute-to-minute, mission-to-mission, and beginning to end.
- Dynamic and innovative 1st person-action/adventure brings a level of reality unprecedented in a video game
- Biotech modifications allow players to see through walls, leap 40 feet into the air, or regenerate critical body damage
- Globe-hop to real world locations such as Seattle, Antarctica, and Cairo
- Cunning stealth gameplay, with darkness and sound affecting enemy awareness
- For 1 player