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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Looking Back: Deus Ex

Back in 2000, the best PC game of all time was released: Deus Ex. The game is set in a dystopian future, the central plot following UNATCO agent J.C. Denton. As J.C. sets out to stop terrorist forces, he becomes thoroughly entangled in a plot involving ancient conspiracies, evil governments, FEMA, the Triads, and a number of fictional organizations such as the Illuminati and Majestic 12.

Does your memory need refreshing? Here's the intro from the original Deus Ex:




Years later, Deus Ex was ported to the Playstation 2 (as Deus Ex: The Conspiracy), giving us this revamped cinematic opening to the game:



Deus Ex had three separate endings, all shown in the video below:



For those of you not used to the slightly crappy graphics of turn-of-the-century PC games, here are the same endings as shown on the PS2's Deus Ex: The Conspiracy:









In 2003, Deus Ex: Invisible War for the PC and Xbox. Although it was failry well-received , Invisible War failed to capture the greatness of the original game. The openining cinematic was pretty good though:



Deus Ex: Invisible War had a number of different endings as well. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure:













And now, it seems that a new Deus Ex is on the horizon. Although we may not see this game until 2009 or later, Deus Ex fans have reason to get excited:



I'll definitely be picking up Deus Ex 3 if it ever makes it onto store shelves. In the meantime, I wouldn't mind if someone were to update Deus Ex and Invisible War for the Xbox 360: update the graphics, sound, bundle them together, add some achievements, and sell it for $59.99! That, my friends, would be one video game bundle for the ages!

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