Items tagged with Deus Ex

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a near-perfect example of how to build a great sequel to a classic franchise, but there was one major issue that a number of gamers disliked. While the game allowed players to skip combat in virtually every instance, the game's boss battles couldn't be skipped or bypassed in any fashion. This fit poorly with the rest of the game, which encouraged players to sneak, sabotage, and avoid hand-to-hand combat and awarded stealth far more than brute strength. We've known for quite some time that the Wii U version of DX:HR would include new boss fights that allowed for additional strategies, but not whether those options would come to the PC. The answer is now in -- they... Read more...
When Square Enix rolled-out its latest mobile game, Deus Ex: The Fall, to iOS devices, fans of the series hoped for an exciting experience, close to what Human Revolution on the PC delivered. For some, that wasn't the case, leading to the insta-meme: Deus Ex: The Fail. The problem stemmed from the fact that the game wasn't designed to work on jailbroken iPhones and iPads, and not surprisingly, a lot of gamers have those. The biggest problem: Square Enix did not warn gamers in advance about this limitation. It seems obvious that the reason Square Enix did this was to help prevent piracy - after all, a jailbroken device enables users to install apps outside of the App Store, something stock... Read more...
A new chapter in the Deus Ex universe dropped yesterday and all reviews indicate that it's actually a pretty good mobile game, relative to the limits of that platform. Unfortunately, there's a substantial hidden caveat. If you own a jailbroken device, Deus Ex: The Fall won't let you pull the trigger. You're allowed to buy the game no problem, but as soon as you try to shoot anything, the game helpfully informs you that only non-jailbroken devices are actually able to fire. While I suppose this technically aids an extra layer of difficulty to anyone wanting to try a hardcore sneak mode, it's not going to be much fun for people who prefer more traditional play -- or simply want a range of options.... Read more...
If you were playing FPS games ten years ago, chances are you'll remember System Shock 2. It's still considered one of the best horror/survival FPS games ever written, with an excellent blend of pacing, story structure, and plot twists. You awake from cryonic stasis aboard the dying starship Von Braun. You're tasked with bringing the ship's systems back online -- which means surviving the mutated crew members still roaming the halls and shutting down the insane AI that runs the ship, Xerxes. Like Deus Ex, this is a game that's absolutely worth playing if you never picked it up, but for most of the last decade, it's been impossible to legally purchase. Good Old Games has finally secured the rights... Read more...
Over the past 10 days, we've discussed the question of used games and how revenue is divided. One of the few points that both GameStop and game developers agree on is that buying a used game doesn't directly benefit the publisher or developer in any way, though there's reason to think that a strong secondary market boosts gaming sales in general. Given how often people quote wanting to help developers as a reason to buy a title new, you might think the lesson is clear. Evidence suggests it isn't. Blogger and game developer Simon Roth recently published a list of nearly 150 games published by now-defunct studios. Roth says this list is merely representative of the hundreds of additional titles... Read more...
Last week, we covered GameStop's decision to first pull coupons from Deus Ex: Human Revolution from game boxes and the company's subsequent decision to stop selling the game altogether until Square Enix provided it with boxed versions that didn't include a coupon for OnLive's gaming service. Now, GameStop has pulled an about-face and is offering a public apology along with other goodies for gamers who bought a copy of the game and didn't get the OnLive coupon. The company has sent out the following letter:Earlier this week, GameStop removed a competitor's coupon from standard edition PC versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a recent release by Square Enix. We were not aware that the product... Read more...
Most companies, when caught removing something from a game box that the publisher meant to put there, might express shame or at least pretend it was an accident. Not GameStop. Yesterday, news broke that the massive retailer had given orders to open all copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and remove the coupon for a free copy of the game, courtesy of OnLive. OnLive, for those of you who aren't familiar with it, is a gaming service that streams titles to a diminutive MicroConsole (if you want to play on a TV), or can be set up to stream titles directly to a Mac/PC. It's an online service that purports to be the future of gaming through digital download, and while it's not exactly in Steam's league,... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling... Deus Ex: Human Revolution: A Sequel We Always Wanted... Read more...
Eleven years ago, now-defunct developer Ion Storm released Deus Ex and made video game history. The original title cast players in the role of JC Denton, a nanotech-augmented agent with the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO) circa 2052. The game's plot is a fusion of classic conspiracy theories and a referendum on what it means to be human. The problems of humanity in 2052—plague, environmental destruction, rampant terrorism—were far enough away in time to be comfortable, but close enough to be unsettling. Welcome to Detroit, circa 2027. All screenshots taken from in-game unless otherwise noted Deus Ex: Human Evolution takes place 25 years before the first game. Mechanical... Read more...