The year is 2052 and the world is a dangerous and chaotic place. Terrorists operate openly - killing thousands; drugs, disease and pollution kill even more. The world's economies are close to collapse and the gap between the insanely wealthy and the desperately poor grows ever wider.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,154 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 22, 2000

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"Well in the eyes of many its the best game of all time. Hard to argue with them, a revolutionary FPS-RPG. Clunky mechanics by todays standards but great"
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About This Game

The year is 2052 and the world is a dangerous and chaotic place. Terrorists operate openly - killing thousands; drugs, disease and pollution kill even more. The world's economies are close to collapse and the gap between the insanely wealthy and the desperately poor grows ever wider. Worst of all, an ages old conspiracy bent on world domination has decided that the time is right to emerge from the shadows and take control.

Key Features:

  • Real role-playing from an immersive 3D, first-person perspective. The game includes action, character interaction and problem solving.
  • Realistic, recognizable locations. Many of the locations are built from actual blueprints of real places set in a near future scenario.
  • A game filled with people rather than monsters. This creates empathy with the game characters and enhances the realism of the game world.
  • Rich character development systems: Skills, augmentations, weapon and item selections and multiple solutions to problems ensure that no two players will end the game with similar characters.
  • Multiple solutions to problems and character development choices ensure a varied game experience. Talk, fight or use skills to get past obstacles as the game adapts itself to your style of play.
  • Strong storyline: Built on "real" conspiracy theories, current events and expected advancements in technology. If it's in the game, someone, somewhere believes

System Requirements

    Minimum: 300 MHz Pentium II or equlivalent, Windows 95/98, 64 MB RAM, DirectX 7.0a compliant 3D accelerated video card 16MB VRAM, Direct X 7.0a compliant sound card, Direct X 7.0a or higher (included), 150MB uncompressed hard drive space, Keyboard and Mouse

Helpful customer reviews
96 of 116 people (83%) found this review helpful
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
NOTE: Since GameSpy was shut down, to continue multiplayer and to be able to see the servers, visit www.deusexnetwork.com with instructions on how to change the masterserver address.


Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition is a masterpiece. If you didn't play it yet - you definetly should.
An exceptional mix of FPS / RPG / Stealth / Adventure. Took me 62 hours to get the whole 3 endings and still didn't get enough of it.

You get to play as UNATCO (United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition) agent J.C. Denton. Not a simple agent, but an augmented bionic man. Find out betrayal, carefully choose who your friends and enemies are and, finally, decide the fate of the world.

The game gives you freedom in everything. You don't get a Game Over except you get killed, throw yourself from a building, drink booze or do drugs till you overdose, or smoke cigarettes till you get cancer. Overwise it doesn't care what path you choose as long as you can survive the consequences. And there are choices to be made every instance. Use lockpicks to open a door or find a key for it, look for computer login info or use your computer skills to hack it, find acces codes for door keypads or use multitools to disable them, jump on your enemies and slaughter them the way you like it, or look for alternative ways, tunnels, air ventilation systems, etc, and avoid unnecessary kills. It's very rewarding also. A lot of augumentations to choose from, a big variety of weapons, ammo, tools, enemies, locations, etc, which will increasingly keep you interested in going through this cyberpunk conspiracy story.

Proclaim yourself God, be part of The Illuminati, or plunge the world into another Dark Age. The choice is yours.
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Deus Ex is one of the Greatest Games i've ever played. And I remember when space invaders came out!

You are doing yourself a terrible disservice by not trying out this game, even though by todays standards the graphaics may lack.. but the substance, and the depth and ambiance is there.

Dont let my lack of play time on steam fool you. I still have my original ISO and its installed on my laptop.
I purchased this game just in case.. and also so i could write a review of this game.


I can honestly say I will never; not be able to run this game. Even if it means keeping a relic of a pc around 50 years from now just so i can fire this game up on occasion and play it, I will do just that.

Cheers.

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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
First of all, don't let the Steam game hours fool you. I am a 6 year veteran of the multiplayer of this game, and have completed (and replayed without completing) the single player multiple times. It was in early 2000 (2001-2002? Maybe later?) that I began playing this game. We had a 'Sold Out' retail copy of the game, it was rare to find the game elsewhere. I had multiple go's at the single player, somehow managed to complete it in my youth with the help of my father, and got curious about the multiplayer feature... in fact that was the most memorable thing for me, and I'm sure many people have already reviewed the story of the game, so instead I will share my long time multiplayer experiences with the game. Maybe someone will actually read through it and consider trying to host servers for this game, or bring friends in to start another population, who knows? Maybe even one of my many forgotten friends from Deus Ex back in the day will see this and remember me.


I don't remember what player name I used starting out, I frankly don't think I even used a custom name... I just went under the many "player" variations. (Player5483, etc. It randomizes IIRC) Of course, I wasn't a good player, being a slow typer, younger with less reflexes (I had to be like, 5-6 years old or a little older at the time.) I was there to experience GODZ, Deja Vu's attacks on 0 aug servers, the move to MTL and Nepthy's (or whatever its name was)... everything. It wasn't until I went on Nobody's (That was his name) maps, an edit of Silo with a Stargate type of mutator active (I had no understanding of UnrealScript or mutators/mods in my younger age), that I got an actual username.


There was a bar after teleporting, in which a Bartender NPC (said nothing, performed no functions) resided, standing still and blank. I decided that to better suit the atmosphere that I would bartend... getting my official username "Bartender". In that time I had played many modded servers for the pure sake of fun instead of competition, was even involved in a machinima recording with a great friend of mine back then, who I no longer have contact with. That same friend eventually got involved with a clan named DXC (Deus Ex Council, I think it was?), and I wanted to be a part of it with him. It was then that he said that they're looking for people who are "good" at the game. It frustrated me at the time, that he said I was not good enough to be in the same clan as he was. At the same time, that was what drove me to compete and practice, to eventually surpass him.



After he had turned me away from the DXC thing, I joined up with RTK, otherwise known as Ready To Kill, a 0 augs (augmentation) clan focused on competition. It was there that I made many friends (Karkian, Maverick/Mustang, Killing Machine, Jima, and others), who taught me the tricks of 0 augs combat, being the tricks of movement to throw off the hitboxes, where to aim with an assault rifle/shotgun, leading and predicting player movement with a sniper rifle, and most of all... it gave me my headstart in to gaming. I've had good and bad days, I've went off on people who just clearly outclassed me that day, I've pulled off feats that people accused me of "hax" purely because I worked hard to develop that reflex/skill. I've seen players like Clix who just clearly dominate 0 augs who I could only wish that I'd be able to hold my own against. I've seen the mappers and modders make both fun maps and great fighting maps, which amazed me as a kid growing up... practicing my skills in this game for quite a few years.


I did end up beating my close friend on most occurrances of him fighting me, he had left DXC by that time and made his own clan. I had been promoted multiple times for showings of skill, and it was a wild ride in the multiplayer world of Deus Ex for both of us. It was around 2005 family issues arrived (parents got divorced, was not doing well in elementary school due to issues back then... somewhat involving this game heheh), and I was not able to play as often. I had dropped out without much of a goodbye, got addicted to Runescape later, and dropped back in around 2008 just to find out that my favorite clan was dropping out of Deus Ex, and I couldn't find my friend anymore. It was then that I gave up Deus Ex, because the disc was undergoing major wear and tear, and the game had taken its toll on me in immense rage having warped my mind (I practiced on that game a LOT, and as a kid I had not developed the anger management skills to understand a loss in a videogame doesn't equate to any real life value loss).



It is now 2014, the Gamespy servers for this game are shut down, effectively putting the final nail in Deus Ex's coffin, which was already becoming a dish only served cold. There are those among what remains of the Deus Ex Multiplayer (DXMP) community that are trying to host master servers to replace Gamespy, so that servers can be hosted once again. Do I think Deus Ex's multiplayer could return strong today? I don't know what to think, most people had started leaving Deus Ex after 2005... and all the servers on the master servers I've tried are empty. The good servers with interesting mutators/maps, whether RPG, botkilling or 0 augs/full augs... are gone. I'm afraid that DXMP is forever dead... and may it rest in peace as the biggest influence in my young gaming days. I only regret that now I have the technical interest to learn how to mod with UnrealScript and the unreal engine for Deus Ex and other games, to be too late to contribute anything before it croaked.



In a nutshell, that's my 5-6 years history with this game in its multiplayer form, but since Gamespy's shut down its servers, multiplayer probably won't matter to all but the persistent. So, what about the single player? The single player back then was very good, it was a system in FPS that was new and different from how FPS's worked at the time. Now? I think people can still get something interesting from it, even in its age... but you might want to get some mods to tweak the graphics. I couldn't play Deus Ex any other way than how it was made to be honest, but some people can't stand looking at low poly counts. The story is cliche, but how it is all executed... I felt involved in something bigger than I could imagine, and I found that exciting. I don't know how active the modding community is, but I have heard of singleplayer big name mods coming out for this game... and I feel you should give this game a try if you like single player. I hope that one day multiplayer will make a comeback, but I think that it has finally ran its course.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Pretty much objectively one of the best games of all time. Nearly every aspect of this game has aged very well. The plot is engaging and intelligent. The gameplay allows you to approach nearly any situation in nearly any way you wish and the levels are so damn big and well designed that you will often find all sorts of alternate ways to do things each time you play.

For that matter there are so many little things and side missions you can find in the game that it is almost always worth exploring everywhere that you can. Not to mention that the game WILL reward you for exploring.

Building a character is so much fun and there are so many things that you can specialize in and it will change the way you play the game in very significant ways.

The story is very malleable and you can pretty much do anything you want and rather then giving you a "MISSION FAILED" thing when you kill a story important character the game will mold to your actions.

The Music is awesome and really captures the atmosphere of the game.

Pretty much the only two things I could imagine somebody objecting to would be the graphics and voice acting. Which sure, I mean the graphics ARE pretty ugly but if such an old game having bad graphics bothers you so much then you can easily download some graphics mods to make the game much more paletable for you. (As a side note this game has a pretty decent modding community you should check out.)

And while the voice acting can be pretty bad it (thankfully) is the funny kind of bad so you shouldnt be bothered too much by it.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Possibly the best PC game of all time.
Definitely one of the best stealth/action RPGs on the PC.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
428.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Literally the best PC game of all time. Not a single other game even approach it's depth of story and immersion.
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43 of 59 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I SPILL my DRINK!
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41 of 57 people (72%) found this review helpful
115.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
The hatch code is 12232113333332121132231321133212113.

...watch out for the Karkian, though.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
jc,








a bomb
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
For me, the best game ever made.

Origionally played a pirate copy when it was first released back in 2000 just for something to do one night. I've then gone on to purchase the game maybe 3-4 times.

Completed the game so many times with every ending possible and I even have the soundtrack to the game on my phone. I can't remember the last game ive actually wanted to complete recently let alone several times.

The story line is absolutely fantastic, something games developers just dont seem to spend time on these days *cough* Destiny *cough* ...but also, the sheer volume in detail, there are so many hidden extras...like the Majestic 12 base hidden in the sewers in NYC. Modern games would have shipped that as DLC and it took me 3-4 play throughs to discover it.

One of the first games to offer a non linear play through, it gave you options on different ways to storm a building and even tested your morality by giving you the choice to kill or spare. I remember being amazed by being told off by your in game boss for going in the girls toilets for a quick sniff around, who would bother to code little things in like that these days?

Graphics are terrible now I admit, but pick yourself up a HD pack along with a copy of xpadder for joypad use and you'll quickly discover just how much you've been ripped off the last time you spunked 40-50 bucks on the latest console game.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fantastic game had a great time playing this, really puts into perspective how modern games hold your hand.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This is a masterpiece!
Great game with interesting story and gameplay.
Even so many years later, gladly, you can plunge into this world of cyberpunk.
GOTY 10/10
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This game is Augmented. 11/10
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45 of 70 people (64%) found this review helpful
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Even if you're not a fan of conspiracy theories and cyberpunk, you should play Deus Ex. It's a game, no, it's a journey that everyone should experience. It masterfully combines FPS and RPG elements backed by captivating story and excellent gameplay. It really is a true classic. Deus Ex gets bonus points for giving players a choice of how to approach missions. You can get the job done the stealth way or going in guns blazing, it's up to you.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Literally GOTY every single year.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
One of the best PC games of all time, if not the best.
If you like RPG's this one is a game you must play.

Great engaging story, pretty difficult game but not owerwhelming.
Graphics are maybe a bit dated, but when you get into the story, you wont pay any attention to the graphics.

(If you do play this game and like it and you want to play the other Deus Ex games. Skip Invisible Wars!)
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This truly is the Citizen Kane of video games.
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40 of 65 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Probably the best game ever made.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
52.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Deus Ex was a pioneer in the action RPG genre. It manages to tell a great story without ever forcing the story in the way of gameplay. You may want to install a few patches to fix some of the relatively minor problems. I would definitely reccomend this to libertarian gamers, conspiracy junkies, or just people who like classic video games.

GAMEPLAY:
Deus Ex's gameplay has aged a bit, although it's still very fun. The game isn't very linear, it more or less just nudges you in the right direction. The first few missions are kind of slow, so don't quit before you complete them. Pretty much all of the maps are large and expansive and have tons of items, enemies, and unique NPC's scattered around. You have a variety of skills in the game that you can upgrade. You gain skill points by completing objectives or discovering hidden areas. You can also get "augmentations" to give your character new and unique abilities. Some people say that the shooting has aged, but in reality that's only if you refuse to upgrade your weapon skills. The game has a few bugs, but the gameplay easily outshines this. You can also get some of various patches to fix it.
(You may want to install Shifter or Biomod to update the gameplay, although I prefer the original.)

PRESENTATION:
The graphics weren't paticularly amazing for the time (they weren't bad, either), but it manages to use what they had to create a wonderful atmosphere. They depict many run-down decrepit buildings littered with homeless, sick people to show a country on the edge of collapse. The music is great and really adds to the atmosphere. Every location has it's own unique soundtrack that fits great and adapts to what you are currently doing. This game has full voice acting along with tons of unique characters, so the voice acting quality will vary. However, most main characters have pretty good and fitting voice acting.
(You should definitely install a D3D 10 renderer. If you want to augment your graphics even further, get New Vision, HDTP, and if you chose to install the D3D 10 renderer, you can put SweetFX to add bloom and other modern visual effects.)

STORY: (Don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything):
Deus Ex takes place in a cyberpunk vision of the world where high-tech prosthetics and transhuman augmentations are commonplace. You are introduced to a memorable cast of characters. A great thing they do with their characters is that they take care in reminding you that they are still human beings and not just targets or objectives. It's all about uncovering ancient secrets and it's pretty cool in this aspect.

I'd definitely recomend this for any mature gamer, it's a great experience in many ways. A gaming experience that extends beyond the game.
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