Publisert: 26. juni
This game is one of the best I've played. Before I got into sandbox games like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series of games I played Deus Ex. This plays differently than both of those titles, but it does sanbox play in its own way very well. The game can be advanced in any way you desire, be it stealth gameplay, run&gun, smash things with a crowbar, hacking terminals, killing everything you see, non-lethal takedowns, etc...
You also have access to a rudimentary skill system that allows you to focus your expertise in whichever areas you so choose. You can be extremely skilled with handguns or relatively skilled with rifles, heavy wepons and melee weapons. You can increase the effectiveness of your medkits to heal you for more or focus on avoiding combat by getting more usefulness out of your lockpicks and multitools (high tech lockpicks for security doors and cameras).
You will gain access to augmentations for your character as well. These are upgrades that have an active effect when you need it most at the cost of bio-electrical energy (basically a secondary resource like mana). These augs can be chosen from one of two per body part. You can augment your arms to deal tremendous melee damage or give you the strength to move heavy objects. You can augment your legs to give you faster movement speed or increase the height you can jump as well as ruduce falling damage. You can augment your lungs to allow you to hold your breath for longer periods underwater or to filter harmful substances from poisoned or irradiated areas. You can augment your skin to reduce damage from projectile wepons or from energy/fire weapons. There are many different combinations you can choose from, and each will help a particular style of gameplay. The choices are left entirely to you.
Then there's the story. I won't give away spoilers, but know that nothing is what it seems nor is anyone who they really seem. There are many great twists and turns beofre you reach the end, and there are several different endings depending on your actions throughout the game. You can advance the story any way you want through your actions and dialogue choices. Deus Ex does this very well by allowing you to decide for yourself what actions you want to take in any given situation. Did that guy betray you? You can trust that he won't do it again, not trust him and never deal with him again or kill him for screwing you over. For every choice you make there will be some sort of effect on some aspect of the game, be it causing you to switch alliances or just a quirky dialogue change. Due to this there is a great deal of replayability that will keep you playing through over and over to see what would happen if you did things differently.
Remember that this game was released in 2000, so don't expect hyper-realistic visuals and sound effects or nop-notch voice acting. What this game does best is to deliver a fun, memorable gaming experiece that sets it apart from your average yearly installment of CoD.
BE FOREWARNED: To those who come from playing games like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout you will have to leave items on the ground never to be seen again. There is no storage nor are there vendors. The game revolves around you only taking what you inetend to use. It kills me coming back to this game after playing Skyrim. I hate leaving rocket launchers and flamethrowers behind due to my compulsive desire to take everything, but after a little while you get accustomed to it. As you increase your skills in certain areas you will find weapons you don't specialize in are less desirable due to their ineffectiveness and lack of monetary value. I specialize in handguns, and in leveling my skills in that area the usage of handguns becomes more fluid. I become more accurate, can use them more effectively while running, deal more damage with them, etc.., while with a sniper rifle I would have to stand still for a good ten seconds to get a good bead on my target, have a hard time aiming and deal less damage. It gets to the point where when I see a rocket launcher lying on the ground I don't even want to pick it up.
I would highly recommend Deus Ex to anyone who enjoys a game with a good mix of story, solid gameplay, freedom of choice, decision making and consequence. 10/10 a classic.