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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 andThe 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
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  1. Daily Radar
    100
    For a complete package of plot, style, depth and action, few games rival "Deus Ex."
  2. If you're looking for one of those rare experiences that affects your mind, body and soul in ways only the greatest of releases can, look no further than "Deus Ex" -- it will consume you.
  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. Despite a few small complaints about inconsistent AI or disappointing Direct3D performance, this is a tremendously entertaining game.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 253
  1. May 30, 2013
    10
    This might sound cliched, but this is one of the best games ever made. Everything works, the story, the atmosphere, the great RPG styleThis might sound cliched, but this is one of the best games ever made. Everything works, the story, the atmosphere, the great RPG style gameplay. Look past the dated ugly graphics, and the sometimes lazy AI and you have a game that still 13 yrs later is still relavant, and worthwhile. Expand
  2. RichardD.
    May 24, 2007
    10
    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 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
    10
    Easily the single best FPS/RPG/Adventure hybrid, this game set the standard for next-generation RPGs a decade ago (a standard which, sadly, 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. AndyH.
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    This game is the only FPS style game that has ever caught my attention so memorably. Alongside GTA and the old X-Com series of games, this is This game is the only FPS style game that has ever caught my attention so memorably. Alongside GTA and the old X-Com series of games, this is undeniably in a league of its own. Many newer gamers view Half Life 2 as the modern equivalent of an iconic game, but this in no way compares to the brilliance of Deus Ex; try this once and you will understand exactly how Deus Ex forces you to move the goalposts when rating every other subsequent game. It acts as a forceful comparator to remind you of just how close to perfection a game needs to be to compete. The graphics are looking rather dated in modern times, but it is the intricate and interactive plot and intense characterisation that makes Deus Ex tower far above its peers. Six years on and there has still never been a better game within this genre, or even one that comes close for that matter. There Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2011
    10
    Ignore the limited number of negative reviews surrounding this game. This has to be one of the greatest RPG video games to ever exist. Sure,Ignore the limited number of negative reviews surrounding this game. This has to be one of the greatest RPG video games to ever exist. Sure, the graphics look shoddy nowadays, but the characters, storyline and gameplay still hold up today. It will keep you hooked from start to finish, and lets you play however you want. Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2015
    10
    A game that makes you think outside the box.

    Deus Ex is just a pleasure to play, never once do you get frustrated at the game, every
    A game that makes you think outside the box.

    Deus Ex is just a pleasure to play, never once do you get frustrated at the game, every mistake is your fault. Is it faultless? No, but that doesn't make it any less of a masterpiece. Deus Ex has such a riveting story with so many intriguing characters most notably Morgan Everett and Walton Simons that will keep you engrossed for your entire playthrough. The gameplay is also superb allowing for many different experiences each playthrough as there are so many ways to complete an objective. You can kill, knock out or simply avoid your enemies, the choice is yours. There's also many ways to get to your objective.

    The graphics are obviously outdated (but it kinda has it's own charm) but with the OpenGL renderer the game still plays like a dream and I was using fairly meh integrated graphics on my Linux PC, I would go against using the DirectX renderer, even on Windows, runs like total balls. The soundtrack is also wonderful and adds even more immersion to the levels, my personal favourite being Enemy Within. The voice acting is awful, but has a charm and I actually like the way it is as opposed to Human Revolution.

    Just get this game. It's one of, if not the greatest PC games of all time. If you don't like it.... "What a shame"

    P.S. I encountered a game breaking glitch where everyone in my save was aggro at me, this could simply be due to using Ubuntu to play this game using Wine, but my advice, save a lot. The glitch set me back 45 mins.
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  7. JaredJ.
    Jun 26, 2008
    0
    Horrible! Full of bugs, video errors, glitches, and graphic nightmares! This is the most over-ratted game ever! You watch the into and it Horrible! Full of bugs, video errors, glitches, and graphic nightmares! This is the most over-ratted game ever! You watch the into and it plays x3 the normal speed, you adjust it to play at normal and it runs x3 too slow! You either run to fast to to slow that it is impossible to spend or play any time past the first minute of the game. Eidos's number one game that sucks! Avoid this at every cost of your life! Don't even look at an add for it, nothing! Expand

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