Official FAQ: Deus Ex
Developer: Ion Storm Inc.
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Windows: June 26, 2000
PS2: March 25, 2002; June 7, 2002
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation 2
Graphics Engine: Unreal Engine 1
Deus Ex (pronounced day-us ex) is a cyperpunk action role-playing shooter that deals with government conspiracy. The year is 2052, and the world is a bit more 1984ish than the real 1984. Government controls everything. You play the role of rookie agent JC Denton of the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition. Throughout the journey, you’ll be involved in more conspiracies than a late night session with George Noory.
The game is considered one of the best PC games by PC Gamer. The reason is not only the story, but all the little details put throughout the game. There’s conspiracy and story in every nook and cranny. While heavily an RPG and shooter, it’s important because it managed to be one of the most interactive games ever created.
There Will Be Blood – None Yet
GamePro – 5/5
“Deus Ex takes elements from action, adventure, and role-playing games and blends them into a great and distinctive first person shooter that, with any luck, will receive better treatment than hybrid games have traditionally received in the past.” –Chris Patterson
IGN – 9.4/10
“What do you get when you mix X-Files with Thief and The Matrix? Futuristic finery, that’s what.” –Tal Blevins
GameSpot – 8.2/10
“Deus Ex’s gameplay features and story elements, as well as the expansiveness of the game’s environments and the scope of its setting, add up to a satisfying and unusual experience.” –Greg Kasavin
Reddit has a great post about how to mod this sucker up to be much more modern. Here’s the link! Don’t like Reddit? Well, here’s some links to the mods. Oh, and make sure to patch to the latest version (link at the top of this page).
- HDTP – This will make your textures and object models look a heck of a lot better. It’s a complete texture pack that just makes everything less ugly and more modern.
- New Vision – This is an even better mod for textures, and recently updated (August 2011). Essential! If you’re planning on downloading this, I still recommend downloading HDTP and installing this on top of it.
- Shifter – Fixes a lot of wanky gameplay elements in the patched game. It’s much needed to make the game feel better.
- Direct X 10 Support – If you’re running Windows Vista or higher, get this. Screen shots are all over the place on the link. If you have problems with it, reinstall it. It will fix itself. Or just drop back down to DX9.
For instructions on how to install, please click that reddit link. It will answer most all questions. Happy hunting!