I’m just going to say it now, THIS GAME IS AWESOME!
I thought about leaving the review at that, but I decided against it, I figured you would want to know why I love the game, so here’s an actual review.
Deus Ex: The Conspiracy is a port of the 1999 PC game Deus Ex, a story-driven first person shooter and RPG hybrid set in the 2050s, and if the future portrayed in this game is accurate, we’re going to be in big trouble 47 years from now. A virus known as “The Gray Death” is spreading across the planet, and the only known vaccine “Ambrosia” is restricted to those with money, power or both. Terrorism is also rather high, rioting fills the streets of the worlds cities. As JC Denton, the new Nano-Augmented addition to the UNATCO (United Nations Anti Terrorist COalition) team, you track down various members of terrorist organizations, such as the NSF, to stop their plans, but as the story progresses, the NSF becomes the least of your problems, and an ancient conspiracy is unfolded. Believe me, this game contains an extremely interesting and deep plot that you’ll always want to know more about. And the game play is simply fantastic.
ESRB rating: M.
Perfect hybrid of the FPS and RPG genres
This game manages to achieve near-perfect hybrid of the two genres so well, you have an inventory system, that is not unlimited, you can mod your weapons to increase accuracy and firepower, and you can even add skills to further fit your play style, all of this can help you become from an invisible assassin, a walking tank, a master hacker, or an unstoppable berserker.
Masterfully designed levels, for the most part
The levels in this game are designed for every kind of player, just like the PC version. You could simply go in guns blazing, or you could slip past every enemy with few kills, you could stun everyone unconscious, or assassinate everyone. There is one problem, the PS2 had less memory than the computers in 1999 did, so the levels designs are changed significantly, and the big levels of the original had to be chopped-up into several tiny maps, so expect to get quite familiar with the word “loading”, and looong load times don’t exactly help. Besides the smaller map sizes, the levels also aren’t as well designed as the PC versions, many maps have items removed or the design has to be changed to fit the characters in the same general area. And maps that are flat and meant to be ominous, come out as looking uninteresting.
The game is simply fun
With the upgrades and the choices you have, the game play is quite fun, never losing it’s appeal.
Glitches, glitches, glitches, and more glitches
The PC version was rather buggy, and while a few of the bugs have been fixed in this version, many of them still remain. You can still do the “Shannon fights everyone with her pepper spray inside UNATCO” glitch, you can still bump right into an enemy and won’t even notice, some allies still don’t care if you get attacked but will react when another ally gets attacked, and unlike the PC version, you can actually throw a dead body on someone’s head and kill them with it! However, with the abundance of glitches, you could end up having so much fun messing-up the game without making any progress.
The developers did nothing to improve the AI in this port, possibly due to the PS2 limited memory. The NPCS can still get bunched up in corners and unable to escape, you can kill someone’s parter who’s standing right next to them and they won’t care, one of the enemies might see you in the middle of a conversation and the person he or she is talking with will just stand there. Needless to say, the AI isn’t exactly the best in gaming history.
Poor graphics and animation
Yes, this version has a CGI intro and CGI endings, but otherwise, the graphics are quite poor, especially for a PS2. In fact, the graphics are actually inferior to the PC version, many effects, such as the beam forming on the Dragon’s Tooth Sword, are missing, and the animation of characters is even stiffer, the characters’ mouths now move only up and down, and JC doesn’t even have a breathing animation!
This is game simply great, sure the AI is dumb, the animation of characters is even worse then the PC version, and it’s inferior to the its PC big brother, but this is still a worthy investment if you can find it.