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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Eleven years ago I played the original Deus ex for the first time.. and I can say that it was love at first sight.
Deus E’s name is taken from the phrase Deus Ex Machina (god from the machine)
It is pronounced ‘dey-uhs eks mah-kuh-nuh’ and its meaning is as follows...
1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to resolve the entanglements of the plot.
2. any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.
I was blind to its minor failings and saw only the good, I pretty much ignored the imprecise controls and the rather naff melee system and chose to revel instead in its rich plot, fantastic blend of an fps with RPG elements and moral choices that actually affected the outcome of the story.
Simply put, I had never played any games quite like this (with the only exception being this games spiritual pre-cursor System Shock 2) and was at a loss to understand why there wasnt more games like them.
Over the years I almost forgot this love and then the sequel came along.. however this one proved not to be and almost severed our relationship and if I am honest I must admit that I barely remember much about the second game at all.. which is not a good sign as it either means it was so bad that I have mentally blocked it out OR that it was so mediocre that there was nothing worth remembering.
And then came along the third game. Needless to say I was a little bit anxious but it seems I was worrying over nothing.
Without dallying any further I will cut to the chase..
Anyone who even remotely liked the first game or System Shock 2 will *love* this game, it has everything that made the first game great and more... if this describes you then you dont really have to read any further, just go out and buy it :).
if it doesnt describe you and you still need to be sold on the purchase then read on...
Due to the RPG like nature of the game when you start out your character is pretty pathetic, not only do you have trouble hacking the security systems on a wet paper bag made of rice paper you are also easily outmatched by most enemies (even grunts) in a stand up fight.
However this is easily remedied as after you go up a couple of levels as you can switch from the stealth playing style to a more aggressive tank style player with the help of a careful selection of augmentation upgrades.
Needless to say I chose the path of the tank as soon as I could.. not that I am saying that there is anything wrong with the stealth mechanics of the game, its just that it isnt for me.
My personal playing style is that I always chose the most direct path to victory as I think that why should I bother to sneak round people when I can just kill them and then walk over their corpses
Queue evil laugh... Mwha hah hah!.
That leads me to the main thing I love about this game.
The makers of this game have wisely factored different playing styles into the game play mechanics and gave the player the choice, so whether you are a slowly-slowly catchy monkey kind of guy (a.k.a stealth) or a gung ho Rambo there is still something here for you.
The graphics are pretty good with more than enough virtual candy to keep your eyes roaming around at the minor details presented in front of you. Its cut-scenes captures the cinematic story telling style of Metal Gear series easily and the father of cyberpunk himself, William Gibson would be proud of the creative teams story telling efforts, my only gripe is that prior to this I had been playing L.A NOIRE and once you get used to the beautiful motion captured facial animation anything less seems like a PS2 game.
Music is superb and at times comparable to blade runner, the sound effects also do their job well and help set the scene.
The controls worked better with the PS3 controller than I would have expected (I am a diehard mouse + keyboard pc player for first person shooters).
My one main gripe is that the boss fights kind of suck but they dont detract much from the overall awesomeness of the game.
When I try to sum up Deus Ex in as small a paragraph as possible I come up with the following.
William Gibson, Blade Runner and Metal Gear Solid all rolled into one.
And thats it really.. if you have any remote liking of the three things mentioned above then I suggest you part with 30 of your earth money and then clear a couple of weekends forthwith.
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Overall Score: 9 out of 10