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.
I am playing games since 1983, and without hesitation I can say DX is one of the 5 best games ever made.
A handfull and then some perfectly interacting base game mechanics (without meaningless bloat), a brillant story, a very nice RPG, a story and an atmosphere so dense, and last not least my personal favourite: this game and its main protagonist are just freaking COOL! Though graphics naturally have not matured well - the original was released back in 2000, this is still (2022) a plain awesome experience. Thank you Ion Storm, thank you Warren Spector!
Did I say DX is one of my 5 favourite games? Well, it's more like one of the 3 ... or 1.
I am amazed at how, operating with such a small number of tools, the developers managed to delay the players for dozens of hours. It seems to me that in this case it is precisely the merit of specific developers and Warren Specter in particular, who built the game mechanics in such a way as to encourage players for curiosity. It's interesting to look into every nook and cranny, to look for secret passages and stashes. I am again struck by the depth, semantic load and elaboration that old video games give.
What a game. A chilling RPG masterpiece with an extremely prophetic story. One of the greatest WRPGs of all time in totality.
Mechanics might be clunky, but the game at heart is an absolute masterpiece.
Before I write a review I usually read over a few of the recent reviews so that I don't end up repeating what has already been said. One of the recent reviewers typed "combat is bad, sneaking is bad, charater building is bad, graphics are bad... 10/10" The game is so highly regarded by the gaming community that people feel compelled to give it a perfect score even though they see many problems with it. Game is currently sitting at 9.2/10, and it is certainly not that good.
Everyone praises the story, but it does have a few holes in it. Your choices do not matter. You can save someone's life, you can kill "to-be" villians early on, but none of this affects the plot, which is entirely linear. Want to stop following that obviously manipulative guy telling you what to do? Too bad. Don't want to ally yourself with a cringy statnic goth-girl? Too bad. At the finale you always have the same 3 choices for an ending, Mass Effect style.
Gunplay is awkward, but this is on purpose to try to get you to use stealth. Enemies are blind, however, and won't notice you until you reach a certain proximity. You can trigger an alarm and defeat a group of 10 enemies, but the next batch a block down the street will still be patrolling regular routine as though nothing happened. Also, the XP system encourages you to save cats so you can upgrade your radiation resistance.
Where the game does shine is in it's level design. The levels are large and there are always multiple ways of reaching your destination, based on your skills. The worldbuilding is great with lots of little books and emails, if you like to read through that sort of stuff. And the plot itself is thrilling if you don't want to fight it, and if you don't think about it too much. It's a good game, but not a 9/10.
--Reviewed with "Give Me Deus Ex" version
+ Many ways to get to the goal
+ Lots to explore (it's fun to get passwords to get more information or items)
+ Many locations
+ Milestone for storytelling in the game industry
- The game has aged a bit badly (controls, graphics etc.)
- You often run the risk of not finding your way (faltering progress)
- The augmentations are tedious to use
- Only English sound
This is an a example **** that hasn't aged well. The game just isn't worth the buy anymore. If you want to spend your money, spend it towards the newest one, Deus Ex: HUMAN REVOULUTION. Much better game
Don't know what to say really... I don't see the appeal. Controls are fairly bad, the graphics didn't age well or even look that great at release and the combat and stealth systems are just plain silly.
SummaryThe 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]