With Deus Ex: Human Revolution set for release right around the corner, it's time to revisit the original classic.
Created by Warren Spector, Developed by Ion Storm Austin, and released in 2000 by Eidos Interactive, Deus Ex lets players take on the role of JC Denton. In this role, players take control of a nano-augmented super agent of the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition. As players are charged with investigating a terrorist group known as the NSF, they inevitably finds themselves dropped into a larger ideological war involving the Illuminati, Majestic-12, and various other secret organizations. No decision is made lightly, as JC must face realistic consequences for his actions.
Deus Ex was one of the first in a long line of successful FPS/RPG hybrids to come. Although earlier games such as System Shock (also created by Warren Spector) helped to establish this form of hybrid, in the year 2000 this concept was still relatively new. Deus Ex perfected the "genre," and games such as Fallout 3, Bioshock, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R could all stand to take a few more pages from Spector's masterpiece. Despite being released 11 years ago, the original Deus Ex still holds strong with its deep story, and flawless mix of engaging and adaptive game-play.
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