Replaying Deus Ex

I bought Deus Ex: GOTY Edition off of eBay a couple of weeks ago. Back in 1998, when it came out, my computer could barely run it. In fact, I had to quit playing the game rather early because of the frequent crashes. Now, it runs just fine on my laptop, so I’m quite happy!

I haven’t been this into a game in quite some time. Probably Half-Life 2 was the last game I had that had me this enthralled with the story and actually wanting to keep it going. I haven’t finished the game yet; I just got to Hong Kong, so I think I’m about half way there.

Even though the graphics are subpar by today’s standards, I’m loving the gameplay. I wish I had more games like this!

What older games have you been playing lately? Is there anything new this playable (for one person) that doesn’t require some ridiculous gaming rig? Or is everything about the glitz and the pretty graphics now?

Funny you should mention that.

I picked up Half-Life 2 the day before yesterday and I’ve devoted every non-working waking moment to it since. Even the constant DirectX errors can’t ruin this experience.

Last week I discovered the Fallout 2 Restoration project:

…which is utterly awesome. Bit buggy, but if anything less so than the original games.

I think next week I’m gonna play through Knights of the Old Republic, if I don’t just buy every HL2 mod/expansion instead.

I was so happy when Deus Ex became available on Gametap since I’d never gotten to play it, and it really is rather good. The sequels, *Deus Ex: Invisible War * and Project: Snowblind (originally *Deus Ex Clan War * or something like that) kinda sucked, though.

God, I loved the shit out this game; the only ones I’d rate higher are Miyamoto classics. There’s apparently another sequel in the works, but who knows if it will end up a proper Deus Ex 3 or just Deus Ex 2 2?

I found myself playing nothing but open-source games I missed from my Linux days, like nethack, BZFlag, Linley’s Dungeon Crawl, etc. Finally I realized, “WTH, why don’t I just install Linux?” That was about five days ago and I’ve been in heaven since then. I like Linux games–when I play a game, I don’t want to spend half of my time watching FMV and the other half resisting the urge to defenestrate my computer because I can’t figure out the obscure trick to getting past some level (and once you do figure out the trick, it turns out to be some repetitive thing you have to keep doing over and over and over again in redundant fashion). I know that’s very 1992 of me, but that’s what I like.

I’ve been really into FreeDroid Classic, BTW. It’s free and open source and it’s available for Windows; it’s worth checking out. Other interesting and awesome open source games available for Windows include the aforementioned nethack, BZFlag and Dungeon Crawl plus XEvil (really addictive) and…many others. I’ll let you know about some more when I’ve played through all the games on my Linux systems. (There are a lot of them.)

I think Deus Ex has the best ending of any video game ever. Its got to be in my top 5 favorite games ever. I should replay it myself, now that you mention it.

My god, I never knew about Gametap before. There goes any semblance of free time I had!

I just finished Gothic last night, and am installing Gothic 2 as we speak. I’ve never played them before now, so they are new to me. It’s like discovering a hard version of Morrowind, and I am loving every minute of it.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but all the best games are from that era of gaming IMHO.

None of the follow ups ever measured up. For the record, Deus Ex is my favourite game of all time. I played it through about two weeks ago on Realistic dificulty. I had great fun sneaking around.

In reply to the OP, I was playing colonization a few days ago. That’s an old game.

Also, I’m trying to get a frankenstein machine working at the moment that I can install windows 98 on, so I can play X-Com Apocalypse.

I can’t get it to run in Dosbox and I tried running it in XP with VDMSound but it’s crackling and buzzing. I need the action music to play that one! X-Com was the best because of the music!

I’m gonna go play UFO:Enemy unknown now.

If I remember correctly, in the mod community, there is an effort to spruce up the dated graphics of the game. I saw they were pretty far into it about a year ago, but I haven’t been keeping up with the progress. You might want to google it.

I played HL2 until about 4am last night because I kept thinking I was almost done.

And let me tell you… worst ending ever.

Seriously. I almost put a fist through my monitor.

That said, that final level was a lot of fun.

I didn’t think it was so bad. But then, I bought it as part of Orange Box, so I could immediately start with the first expansion. And the first expansion picks up immediately at that cliffhanger of an ending.

I agree that Deus Ex is an awesome game; one of these days I’ll replay it. The late nineties were a great era for PC gaming. But then, I think we’re in another great time as well, with Orange Box and Bioshock and their likes.

Daniel

Hell, I’d be happy if they just re-released the original Deus Ex with the same graphics as Deus Ex 2.

The graphics are the only thing that didn’t hold up from that game. I still love to play it myself and have high hopes for DX3.

Spoiler question about Paul Denton…

How can I keep Paul Denton alive? He keeps vanishing. This is some kind of bug, but does anyone know a workaround?

Which level are you on?

I presume you’re talking about the fight in the hotel. I never had that problem. I think the trick is to not get separated initially. I always stayed behind with Paul and fought the soldiers and MiBs. You still “die” (get knocked out, actually) even if you do manage to get out of the hotel with Paul and to the subway station.

Yes, it’s on that level. However, even when I defeat the soldiers, I have to keep Paul within view at all times. If he actually goes out of my sight range, he vanishes and is counted as “him dead.” UI eventually earned that if I stay right next to him I can turn away. I used this to defeat the soldiers and MiB and Paul walked to the exit and vanished (which I assume is a scripted “Paul leaves”). However, the game then claimed he was dead and the rest fot he game continues with that. :frowning:

And as I remember from that level, if you leave via the window and hop onto the fire escape, Paul will always die. Even if you hop back in and stay with him: hopping out the window triggers a game flag that marks Paul as dead.


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Just chiming in to say that was a great game. I never got to beat it but it was one of the few games that I felt truly let you decide how to solve problems and proceed past areas. I really liked the story as well. Never really played the sequel though.

I tried to play Deus Ex a year ago or so but I just couldn’t get past the rudimentary graphics. My 360 has spoiled me.

Wow, the graphics are really that bad? So many people have commented on it, anyway, which surprises me. The last time I replayed it was four years ago, but I don’t recall being particularly turned off then. Then again, four years is a long time.

Yes. I downloaded Deus Ex about a year ago when it was released on Steam because I never got a chance to play it the first time around, and I simply could not get past the graphics after a while (the fact that the actual gameplay and story didn’t hook me in the slightest didn’t help). It felt like one of those first-generation FPS like Wolfenstein or Doom - just super-simplistic and ugly graphics.