By Goly 9 Comments
So I finally got to finish it. Saw the three endings and each one was worth it. Can't really say I like one more than the others since they were all kind of in the same vein, JC's got good intentions but it's never revealed how his actions are going to affect the world ultimately. I seriously doubt that by putting back the Illuminati things are going to get better though. Or creating a new Dark Age for that matter. And I'm not really sure if it's safe to merge with a super robot... damn now that I think about it, either way, humanity's pretty screwed in Deus Ex's logic.
As far as I'm concerned, this was completely worth it for the story, but as a game it definitely has its issues. I think this is one of the few games that I played entirely for its story rather than its gameplay, because it really wasn't that enjoyable. I mean yeah sure you can beat the game however you want and there are a ton of approaches to each level, but it tries to merge different gameplays such as shooting, stealth, rpg elements, etc. without really shining in any of these aspects. The shooting is poor, as a stealth game it is pretty terrible, the rpg elements are fine I guess. But I don't think the gameplay is the reason why people go crazy everytime someone mentions it (is anyone going to reinstall it after this post?).
It is the story. It is the paranoid world that has been created which makes it one of the craziest I've seen ever. I seriously can't remember any story, videogames or otherwise that has so many conspiracy theories, secret organizations, confidential projects and all kinds of similar paranoia crammed into it. Not even Zeitgeist, seriously. Or maybe not, I don't know haven't finished seeing Zeitgeist, I think it sucks. Which is why I'm all the more surprised that I enjoyed Deus Ex's plot so much, I usually hate conspiracy theories. Let me rephrase that, I'm ok with conspiracy theories, but I hate people who take it way too seriously and think their entire existence is a conspiracy. I am the Milkman.
When I think about it, I guess the reason why I loved it so much it's because by creating this fictional and conspiracy ridden dystopia, it made me think about how it could apply to the real world. I'm sure there has been ton of research while making this game. I enjoyed every overly philosophical conversation in the game, all the mails read, every book that you could find in the game told a parallel story which made it even more "meta" (for lack of a better word). It seems it was made by geniuses and visionaries. You know this from the first moment you're playing the game. The Twin Towers are missing, struck by a terrorist attack. This game was made one year before the attacks if I'm not mistaken. That is some scary visionary shit right there.
I can definitely say this game is a masterpiece, it succeeds in its ambitions, when you watch the three endings there's a sense of satisfaction, that you have learned something from this experience. I am probably going to think about it for a long time, eventually replaying it to not miss any details, read all the books and side stories scattered throughout the game. People often ask which game could be the Citizen Kane of videogames. I don't know about Citizen Kane, but I could easily call this the 1984 of videogames. I hope it isn't an exaggeration.