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  • Summary: The game that incorporates RPG, action, adventure, and 1st-person shooter genres into a chaotic blend of real-world conspiracies, cliffhangers, and plot twists. A richly simulated world of unparalleled interactivity, engineered to react logically to your every action. The decisions and consequences are yours. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    Are you a fan of conspiracy theories? Is the Grey Death a manufactured plague? Have you perchance heard of the Illuminati, or the clandestine Majestic 12 group? In that case, you've found the right game. It may not answer all those questions, but it certainly pushes the right buttons.
  2. 100
    Cheesy voice-acting by minor characters is the only real flaw here.
  3. 100
    Moody and atmospheric, compelling and addictive, this is first person gaming in grown-up form, and it truly is magnificent.
  4. An amazingly well put together role playing adventure that is easily one of the first candidates for game of the year.
  5. Compelling, great to look at, and a whole lot of fun to play. The options package gives the gamer solid control over the elements of the game and the storyline builds with each mission completed.
  6. 88
    You'll come away from Deus Ex with the sense that you could actually be a real anti-terrorist agent in UNATCO. Well, maybe. I wouldn't advise quitting your day job.
  7. Every time your character is killed and you restart the game, you have to sit through a seemingly endless series of movies that re-establish the plot.

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  1. Negative: 11 out of 237
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    Imitators have tried but none have topped this masterpiece. Combines genres flawlessly and has a flexible story that truly changes based on your actions with multiple endings. The only downside are the graphics (which were bad even for their time), but this can be fixed with mods. Any modern PC can run this so you have no excuse for not playing this. Expand
  2. RichardD.
    May 24, 2007
    This is almost certainly the best game I have played during my 30 year gaming "career". It is a shining example of a games developer getting almost everything right. The quality of the script writing and plot development was way ahead of other games, and better than most films too. Expand
  3. JohnH
    Apr 21, 2010
    Easily the single best FPS/RPG/Adventure hybrid, this game set the standard for next-generation RPGs a decade ago (a standard which, sadly, few have approached since). With gameplay mechanics that found the magic balance between player skill and character attributes, intricate-yet-accessible character customization (skills, augmentations, weapon customization, limited inventory forcing you to choose equipment suited to your play style), and a strong multi-linear (generally linear plot with multiple routes from start to 3 similar-but-narratively-distinct endings) story that invokes some of the most popular global conspiracy theories of the post-cold-war West, Deus Ex adapted the RPG genre to the FPS interactivity model in a way fans of both genres can appreciate (particularly impressive with respect to RPG fans). The graphics and audio (short loops for ambient sound, rudimentary environmental audio, short soundtrack) are dated, though well-implemented, and the AI scripting is more-or-less the 3-D version of Space Invaders AI (all guns blazing and weave as you CHARGE!), but even today the game is fun and engaging. In fact, despite having played through the story a dozen times or so, I'd gladly shell out another $50 for the same plot and mechanics on a contemporary rendering engine with slightly tweaked AI scripting; I've always wondered why the sequel(s? I haven't checked-up on DX3 recently) decided to mess with a winning formula when they could have kept all of the mechanics and simply made new stories on next-gen engines. Anyway, I can't recommend this highly enough. Expand
  4. May 4, 2014
    This game is one of the best games I have played. Meaningful choices, several paths for accomplishing missions, tons of secrets and an epic story. Best cyberpunk thriller in game form! If you haven't played this, there is a modded HD version available! Expand
  5. JCD.
    Jan 3, 2008
    Best game I have ever played. No way near the best action FPS and and probably not the best RPG (I dont play RPGs so how would I know?), but when you play this with a "sneaky style" instead of usual "terminator style" games its amazing. Expand
  6. ConcreteC.
    Feb 19, 2008
    An instant classic I have played for two years, until I knew every corner, dialogue and scripted event like the back of my pocket. It even tempted me to try speed gaming it. Walton Simons is a wonderfully conceived character, cold voice, arrogance and inhumane ambitions. JC Denton is somehow cool although a cyborg and naive in the beginning. Plus you got to like the nonchalence of Smuggler. The best Action-Adventure ever. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2013
    The atmosphere is incredibly dark and immersive, and the story is fantastic, especially if you like conspiracy theories.

    Graphically it may not have aged well, but the controls still works excellent. There's so much to do, read, explore, find...

    Definitively worth at least 2 playthroughs!

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