Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A groundbreaking PC game that supremely talented developers Ion Storm somehow managed to squeeze onto the PS2, all the more amazing considering that there's no hard drive to work with.
  2. The biggest thing I felt was missing was the all-important fun factor.
  3. The level designs and the missions are imaginative and the game is not impossible to play even on the last few level. Don't let the graphics fool you, this game is very pretty on the inside - where it counts.
  4. While the gameplay and situations in Deus Ex are immersive, the story execution is not.
  5. Ex affords you a kind of gameplay latitude I haven't seen from any other action shooter. [June 2002, p.110]
  6. Is there depth and brilliance in this? You're damn right there is. [May 2002, p.80]
  7. A one-of-a-kind video game experience. Just don't expect a pretty one.
  8. 100
    Tremendous depth, great story, original gameplay-Deus Ex is the kind of game that almost shocks you with how good it is.
  9. It ultimately succeeds at creating a believable, open-ended game environment while telling a focused and memorable story, which makes Deus Ex well suited for anyone who's played through enough conventional action games or role-playing games to forgive its shortcomings in light of its great achievements.
  10. 83
    Despite a few frame rate hitches, and a control scheme that takes a little getting used to, Deus Ex is a very playable, extremely entertaining game.
  11. A plot which will suck you in and a deeply intricate blend of action and espionage which can create an almost endless character creation and enable you to build your ultimate cybernetic killing machine.
  12. The stealth aspect of the game is completely addicting.
  13. One of the best PC games of 2000 is ported faithfully to the PS2. Upgrade your character's skills and attributes to your liking. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  14. 63
    I don't offer a thorough condemnation of the console port, but if you do play it, you're missing out.
  15. A great single-player experience. I can understand why this game was so popular two years ago, but without a graphical update and multiplayer modes, it just falls a little short in competition with games like Halo and the new breed of FPS coming out on the consoles.
  16. With a lot to live up to from its PC predecessor, the port sadly falls flat leaving a game that could’ve been better.
  17. The almost intimidatingly complex design of the PC game has been masterfully reworked so that it's accessible with just a joypad. [May 2002, p.98]
  18. Creaks with age. But there's still enough juice in these solid veins – the game looks, plays, and sounds just good enough. [June 2002, p.63]
  19. What is so great about Deus Ex is the ability to play the game however you want. [May 2002, p.24]
  20. Survives its transition from PC to PS2 with its gameplay depth and well-acted voices intact, but with its graphics severely chopped and its control scheme compromised by the Dual Shock 2 button layout.
  21. A slightly lacklustre port of a great game that you should play, but we would only recommend the PS2 version if there is no way you can get your hands on the PC edition of the game.
  22. It's very complicated yet highly accessible and features the kind of attention to detail that consoles just have never witnessed before.
  23. If you’re looking for a story that will hook you, play with your head, and leave you questioning exactly how far our pursuit of technology should go, and exactly how some world events and so-called tales of conspiracies really fit together, you should drop everything and go buy this game.
  24. A problem-solving mission structure that rewards the player for lateral thinking, as well as an immersive world and a great story. I'm not sure if it'll win Game of the Year this time around, but it definitely deserves to be in the running.
  25. Luckily, the game is designed to be open-ended enough to let you explore multiple ways in overcoming a problem, leading to a sense of discovery and freedom, again something not typical of first-person shooters.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    Not the greatest of ports, however it is still the greatest game on the Playstation 2 and possibly the greatest ever made to date (2012). YouNot the greatest of ports, however it is still the greatest game on the Playstation 2 and possibly the greatest ever made to date (2012). You just got to look past those dated graphics, and read between the lines. I strongly reccomend the PC version though for the full experience, much quicker loading times and some fantastic mods, most notably New Vision + Biomod. Full Review »
  2. TheGilbertMulroneycakesConspiracy
    Nov 19, 2002
    8
    Ooo...not a great port. What the hell is that "The Conspiracy" doing there, for a start? Like, duh, Beavis. Really, really, really, really Ooo...not a great port. What the hell is that "The Conspiracy" doing there, for a start? Like, duh, Beavis. Really, really, really, really good game, but on the PS2, not so much. Get the PC version. Hmm? Well, then, get a PC. Hmm? Trust me, it's worth getting a PC for Deus Ex alone. Full Review »
  3. MonaN
    Mar 11, 2008
    3
    Deus Ex undoubtedly has one of the best gameplay mechanics seen for ages. But the story is quite, how you say, tawdry. In reality, the story Deus Ex undoubtedly has one of the best gameplay mechanics seen for ages. But the story is quite, how you say, tawdry. In reality, the story just sort of gets out of control and, well, starts feeling colligated. As far as replayability goes, in games that reward the searcher, I typically do everything the first time and, well, I found my pistol sniping method too effective to resort to Full Review »