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Virtual vendor of vintage video games Good Old Games has enlisted another big publisher in its missions to stop PC classics from vanishing into obscurity, announcing today that it's signed up Square Enix. The pair are starting slowly, though, with two games available almost everywhere under the Sun--Hitman: Codename 47 and Deus Ex

More Square Enix GOG re-releases are to be announced "in coming weeks." We'll most likely see more of the fruits it picked up through acquiring Eidos, such as the Thief, Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and Championship Manager series. Let's not forget that Final Fantasy VII and VIII both hit PC too, back in the day.

Deus Ex sounds something of a lark, some manner of cyberpunk FPS-RPG going by GOG's description. Apparently it boasts "expansive environments, ambitious and non-linear storyline, varied gameplay, and great replayability," but it seems every game claims that, don't they? Still, for $9.99, it could be worth a try.

Then there's Hitman, where for $5.99 you can pretend to be a hitman. If you've missed IO's classic series, you're given a target then turned loose into open levels to take them out as you please, adopting disguises, causing distractions, going in guns blazing, sniping from afar, or even staging accidents. Fun stuff. A new one's coming out soon, y'know.

Both Deus Ex and Hitman have been on heaps of digital distribution platforms for years now, but if you've been holding out for the DRM-free GOG treatment, here you go.

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Released in 2000 from developer Ion Storm, Deus Ex has become one of the essential titles to mention when discussing well-crafted stories in video games. If ever there was a list of required reading for RPG titles, Deus Ex would be battling for the top of the list. It's undoubtedly a classic and cult favorite among PC gamers around the world.

"The biggest success in Deus Ex was how it approached choice. This was from an era when player choice and branching paths were pretty daring in RPGs and entirely unheard of in shooters," Shacker BlackCat9 reminisced. "Perhaps because of the lack of precedent, the designers of Deus Ex ended up creating an environment where player choice didn't come directly out of making binary decisions, like picking the good or evil response from a dialogue tree or gaining karma points."

Choice continues to be a strong element in games today, offering players varying degrees of options to change the narrative structure, such as role-playing games like Mass Effect or action games like Grand Theft Auto IV.

Deus Ex

"It was really nice seeing a game present options that weren't made obvious..." said Shacker Mecha Tofu Pirate. "It has depth that still hasn't been seen in most FPS since it came out."

For some, Deus Ex was simply a reminder of how grand PC gaming could be. "Deus Ex was the game that revived my love of PC gaming. I played it at my step father's house. He had it, but his machine could barely run it. It also kept crashing," Shacker flagg209 wrote. "I must have played it over and over again - because I still remember where everything is, and all the back doors to everything. It was a remarkable game."

In his MobyGames.com user review, Unicorn Lynx said: "It fully deserves the praise it has got and stands out as one of the most remarkable achievements of video game design."

Tell us your memories of Deus Ex in the comments below. To read additional thoughts about the game, read the Chatty thread created to support this feature.

Deus Ex on MobyGames.com

Description: Deus Ex is a dark cyberpunk game that combines gameplay styles of first-person shooter and RPG, with elements of stealth and puzzle-solving. The player assumes the role of JC Denton, UNATCO anti-terrorist agent. Pitted against an elaborate global conspiracy, he must interact with characters, pick up weapons and complete objectives. While DC is essentially fixed within the mission-framework of the game, he can be customized in areas such as weapons, technical skills and physical prowess. Completing objectives rewards the player with skill points, which may be distributed to increase JC's proficiencies in eleven different disciplines. The player can choose to increase the damage JC inflicts with various types of weapons, improve his lock-picking or computer hacking abilities, etc. Each such discipline has four levels of proficiency.

The Deus Ex franchise lives on with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the first game from developer Eidos Montreal. For more on the latest game in the series, check out the Deus Ex: Human Revolution game page on Shacknews.


Moby Games Classic is our chance to look back at the games that helped shape the video game industry with the help of our sister site MobyGames.com. It combines a short history lesson on the title and anecdotes from the Shacknews community.

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If you fancy replaying Deus Ex in preparation for prequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution's launch later this month but are put off by its decade-old texturing, help is at hand. After four years of development, the first full release of HD texture mod New Vision has launched.

New Vision replaces 75% of the environment textures in Deus Ex with shiny "high definition" versions. Why only 75%? Developer 'DaveW' explains, "The other 25% isn't being redone, I don't have the time. The 75% are the vast majority of textures, the rest are generally minor detail elements."

Only world textures are replaced, mind, not weapons, characters, items, and all that jazz. The much-anticipated High Definition Texture Project is intended going to replace those other elements, but it's had a rocky development history. A beta version was released in 2006 with a few new models but little has happened since, though there are supposedly heaps more made and simply waiting on animations.

Another mod team is tarting up Deus Ex with Deus Ex: Revision, which revamps the levels to be not only prettier but also more challenging. It's still in development, but a demo version with a new Hell's Kitchen has been released.

To get the most out of Deus Ex on a modern system, whether using New Vision, HDTP, or just plain old regular, you'll want to follow this handy guide with tips on replacement renderers, custom resolutions, and more.

Download the New Vision 1.0 retexture pack here.

Shacknews - Xav de Matos
Today, the Games for Windows Marketplace is offering the classic first-person shooter, role-playing game Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Unless you love really terrible coffee.

For only 99 cents (or 80MS Points) you can join the rest of the hardcore, cult fans of the Deus Ex series. Is Microsoft a little late to push a game that launched for PC in 2000? Before we answer that, consider this:

Warren Spector, one of the original designers on Deus Ex, just launched his latest title: Epic Mickey, developed at Junction Point Studios, making it a good time to bring up his old classic. Add to that, the fact that Edios Montreal recently released new media for its upcoming third installment in the Deus Ex series, titled Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and one could argue that Microsoft was right on time with this offer.

Those people would be wrong--it's ten years old for crying out loud--but it's a cute argument to make. Make sure to grab the game soon, if you don't already own it.

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