Story: The year is 2027, and a technology known as “augmentation” (specialized robotic human body enhancements) has risen. Groups have formed against the tech, but others are planning to take over the world with it. Your company has recently been broken into, and you are nearly killed. It is only through the power of these augs that you survive. So you, Adam Jensen, embark on a mission to uncover a vast conspiracy and ultimately alter human evolution’s course forever.
Sound: This soundtrack is extremely reminiscent of Vanquish and Tron: Legacy’s soundtracks, with everything being an eerie techno beat that fits your mechanical environments and dark story sequences. I like it, the atmosphere is great for such a gritty game. Sound: 9.5/10
Presentation: Speaking of Tron-esque stuff, this game is completely black and neon yellow, saving the last location in the entire game. But although colors aren’t exactly plentiful, graphics look slick and polished. Although human character models look stiff and jerky, the game looks fairly current in terms of presentation and seeing Adam stab guards like nobody’s business looks too cool (not to mention some of his other other bad-ass augmentations). Presentation: 9/10
Gameplay: Where do I begin. I guess I’ll start with the fact that it’s a first-person shooter that involves very little shooting. Missions have unlimited ways to be completed, but running and gunning will only solve a handful of your problems. This is one of the things I love about Deus Ex: It makes you feel like an enhanced human, not some crazy-powerful alien. So when you’re not sniping enemies, you’re sneaking around vents, hiding behind cover or breaking into hacked rooms. Hacking is a huge part of of the game, and if you hope to do well you’ll have to become sufficient in it. It grants you access to rooms and bonuses you’d otherwise struggle without and is one of the best abilities for stealth-oriented players. Augmentations also accomodate your playstyle. Do you want the ability to be invisible for a short period of time, or do you want the ability to stab two guards for the price of one? Upgrades are somewhat limited, so you have to be picky about what you choose and thinking long-term is essential. With that said, almost every room and building in the entire game caters to all of these playstyles, giving every kind of gamer an option as to whether they want to sneak to the other side of the room or go Rambo. My minor gripe with stealth gameplay though is that occasionally enemies hear you and search for you in totally unrealistic ways, ruining the realistic atmosphere the game otherwise delivers. I personally did a mix of stealth and chainsaw massacre, mainly because after a while the loads of enticing guns this game has to offer became too hard to resist. The last pieces of business for the gameplay section are the bosses. I’m hearing a lot of complaints about them, but in all honesty these bosses aren’t that bad! There’s only four of them the entire game, and three of them are somewhat fun, especially when you exploit their weaknesses and abuse your augmentations to their full potential (My record time for beating a boss is just under eight seconds. Gotta love them explosive augs!). One impressive tidbit I might add is that I didn’t encounter a single glitch the entire game. Gameplay: 9/10
Length: This game really shows what can be done when a developer puts effort into a lengthy game, not rushing to make some holiday cash, but instead making a game that feels worthy of the price tag. One runthrough of story mode takes about twenty two hours to complete, and that’s not including all of the side missions. Case in point, you get a lot of bang for your buck. A lot. Length: 10/10
Overall: Deus Ex gets 9.4 praxis points out of 10! A downright amazing game that I wish I’d played before I did my top three games of 2011 list (this game would replace AC Revelations as number three). I guess it’s been so long since I played a game that had effort and care put in to it that I forgot what seperates games from cash-ins. This game is deep, emotional, action-packed and realistic, making you feel like you are part of Adam’s personal quest. I recommend it for anyone who has forgotten why the gaming medium has become so big in today’s culture. 2012, you have some mighty big shoes to fill in terms of gaming as long as Deus Ex is around.