Where do you even begin with a series like Deus Ex??
I came late to the party of the first Deus Ex. I remember my cousin playing it when I was like 8 years old. Time passed, and I forgot most of the details, But through the years I’ve always wondered what that awesome machine-man game was. Then after I played Human Revolution (more on that later) I went back to play the older games to experience the full narrative. I installed it and booted it up, played the tutorial, and felt this strange familiarity with it that I couldn’t quite place my finger on. Then, as I finished my training and got my first mission at liberty island, I froze. This was it. The game that I had been trying to find for almost a decade.
That said I don’t have a lot to say about the first one that others haven’t said. It’s a story about our future, dark, grim, and hopeless. It was a great game, though there were times that it did feel really long (that may be a pro or a con, you can decide), but it does have a certain charm that still keeps it up to par with some of today’s releases. The graphics are pretty bad, but there are a few mods that can help remedy that.
Then came Invisible War, the sequel. I had never heard anything about it and decided to look it up online before playing it. Every single review I found was negative, people saying it was a terrible game. Knowing that I put it aside and played some other things instead, but then I came back to it, and was blown away! The beginning was a little rough, but after that it turned into a fantastic experience!!! I actually believe it had more choice, or at least more meaningful choice.
And now, we move on to the last, er, first. :P
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, to me, is nothing short of a masterpiece!
Like the rest of the series, the game takes place in a dark, dystopian setting with a deep conspiracy-driven plot filled themes of revenge, loss, despair, hope, trust, and the issue of human augmentation. But the aesthetic in this one, the blending of graphics and music and sound a story, really notched up all those feelings, and was and is still one of the best I’ve ever seen in a game! To top it all off, it features some great game-play, a fairly interesting leveling system, and, like all Deus Ex’s, multiple ways to accomplish every goal, (Except for those infamous boss fights) :P
The A.I. can be a little weird sometimes, and the aforementioned boss fights can be slightly annoying, but those problems don't even come close to outweighing the immense good in this game.
I cannot recommend this package enough, If you have the chance to buy it, do so! You will not regret it!