Kevin Trehan

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Throwback Thursday – Deus Ex

November 6, 2014 Kevin Trehan 0 Comments

Government conspiracies. Cybernetic augmentations. A struggle for power between secret organizations.

Deus Ex is a cyberpunk fan’s wet dream. It has been highly acclaimed and even been regarded as the single greatest game ever created. Overlooking it’s archaic graphics, there is an entire world of incredibly deep stories and characters, complex stealth gameplay mechanics, and a plethora of player-driven elements that can change the entire course of a playthrough.

As a long-time fan of the series, I think there is a lot that can be learned from Deus Ex. Many modern games have sacrificed depth and complexity for the sake of making a more accessible game. Although that may be great news for some, it leaves out those of us who want a more wholesome experience. Deus Ex doesn’t cut any corners. In fact, it may actually be a little too difficult at times. But the challenges are welcome and are ultimately rewarding and provide a real sense of accomplishment.

JC Denton, the protagonist of Deus Ex, is faced with discovering many truths about various governments and organizations around the world. One day, he’ll find himself going through his regular work routine at the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition, and the next he’s high-tailing it to France to help the Illuminati uncover the secrets of a government conspiracy that could tip the balance of the world.

Little does he know, JC’s very existence may be part of an elaborate plan…

Deus Ex is a fairly linear experience, yet it allows for quite a bit of player choice and customization. Although the game has its roots in stealth mechanics, you have the option of progressing through the game as a gun-raging tank, a deadly sniping assassin, or even a shadow that leaves no trace. It all depends on how you spend your skill points and which augmentations you install. Additionally, every obstacle has multiple solutions around it. Security systems can be hacked, locked doors can be picked, entire sections can be circumvented by finding alternate routes. Speaking to the right people and searching in the right areas can save time and your life; but it’s all up to you.

Recently, there have been a lot of games that have been revived, rebooted, and remastered. Classics are coming back not only so that those who have played them can relive their memories, but also to give younger gamers the opportunity to experience the wonderful games of our past. If any game deserves a remastered version for the modern generation, it most assuredly is Deus Ex.

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