Deus Ex
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 5634
Date N/A
Publisher Eidos
Date 2002-06-07
Publisher Eidos
Console owners have been waiting a long time for Deus Ex. The seminal PC game, which seamlessly blends action, adventure and role-playing elements into one near perfect package, has now landed on the PS2, and luckily it's pretty much intact. It's 2052 and you play JC Denton, a nanotechnologically-enhanced, trench coat-wearing employee of anti-terrorist organisation UNATCO. At the beginning of the game, UNATCO is embroiled in a war with one particular faction who is demanding vaccines for a deadly virus sweeping the planet. As the game progresses and more and more information about the true motivations of both terrorists and UNATCO surface, Denton begins to question his allegiances. Essentially Deus Ex is a first-person shooter, but with a hefty helping of role-playing game. As you progress you get experience points which you can distribute across Denton's various skills, from hacking to weapons. How you solve a particular problem decides how many points you get and wading in guns blazing isn't always the best response. There are also a lot of non-player characters in the game from whom you can extract information, thus furthering the story, unlocking sub-missions and generally immersing you in the game's narrative. It's the story that really raises Deus Ex to classic status, though it's also incredibly atmospheric, completely interactive and effortlessly stylish. The PS2 version is a direct port of the PC game; the control system takes a bit of getting used to if you are a seasoned PC FPS player and there are some issues with the graphics, which are blocky in places, but the rich gameplay more than makes up for any small niggling failings. This is a brilliant game on any format. --Kristen Bowditch

- This first-person 3D action adventure game places you in an intricate web of betrayal and intrigue
- Travel the world building a network of allies and build an alter ego to aid you in your search for the truth
- Incorporates the best elements of role-playing, action, adventure and first-person shooter genres, including conspiracies, cliffhangers and plot twists
- Enhanced PlayStation 2 release features improved character graphics, streamlined interface and dynamic weather and lighting effects
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