http://kentie.net/article/d3d10drv/ but I'll leave the lighting and textures alone. Click the pictures to see them at a higher resolution.
You know, I've always loved the Deus Ex theme. Plus I like how the logo forms a D, E and X at the same time, even as it spins around.
Invisible War brought the classic logo back, but no one wants to remember that, and then Human Revolution dropped it entirely. But it's an awesome game so I'll forgive them.
I can't change JC's face or gender, but I can change his skin tone. So I will. Also JC Denton is actually a codename, so I get to give him a name.
The poor Statue of Liberty has seen better days. It seems a terrorist strike has taken the head and torch clean off. Of course instead of fixing it, they sealed the island off from the public and put their anti-terrorist HQ here instead. Welcome to the shitty dystopian future.
He fills me in on the situation. Terrorists have invaded the Statue of Liberty and are holding a UNATCO agent prisoner. My boss wants to see what I can do though, so I'm going to be sent in alone.
My only dialogue choice in the conversation is picking what weapon I want to bring with me. Which is a shame because I actually want all the weapons.Though seeing as I'm forced to choose, I'll go with the crossbow, because it's non-lethal and I'm going to try to do this without killing anyone.
Annoyingly when I search bodies I don't get to choose what I grab. So I'm going to end up with an inventory full of crap.
Hmm, there doesn't seem to be any point holding on to the knife... but on the other hand if I search someone else it'll probably just appear again. So fuck it, I'll just leave it there for now.
Either way I think I'd have an easier time sneaking around if I go around the back.
There's a reason I'm taking the stealthy route, and that's because I probably wouldn't last long in a fight. I may be a cyborg, but the only augmentation I start with is bioluminescent vision. Right now I have the combat potential of an average guy in reasonable shape with the bare minimum of pistol training and a flashlight taped to his head.
It's a shame they usually only have one tiny box of ammo inside. Appallingly inefficient and wasteful packaging in my opinion.
If I can hit him with a tranq dart he should run off and fall over somewhere. I just have to survive being shot long enough to pull out my crossbow and steady my aim. With my level 1 pistol skill I'm going to have to hold still a while to get a guaranteed hit.
A FEW FLOORS LATER.
It seems that this leads to the central staircase of the Statue base. I have stairs going up, and stairs leading down. Going up would end the mission fast, but I still have a side quest to rescue the captured agent. So I guess I'm going down.
There's no third person view to let me spy on my surroundings from behind cover, but I can tell where the enemies are by listening for their footsteps. Plus I can usually get away with peeking out around a wall for a second as long as I don't stop to wave at the terrorists.
It's okay, I'm a government agent, it's for the sake of national security. Plus I was only able to get 100 credits out of the thing.
The bad news is I kind of set off the alarm alerted every guard in the area along the way. The good news is I found a note with the password to this terminal written on it.
User Name: nsf001
I know I said I was going to try to play this non-lethal, but c'mon it's not my fault they're just staring at the ceiling mounted machine gun instead of running for cover.
However I do have this very nice knife to offer you.
And then the UNATCO troops come in and kill everyone I left standing. And worse, they strip the bodies of ammo!
LATER, AT UNATCO HQ.
Also now I wish I had some lemon-lime to drink. All I have in the fridge is orange... the tragic irony.
Sadly JC is a new-model nano-cyborg, so he'll never be able to get a skul-gun augmented onto his head. Maybe an idea for Human Revolution 2 though...
Oh wow, he's got a keyboard on his trouser leg, how did I never notice that before? Well okay that explains that then.
The doc explains that I'll be seeing upgrades for my augmentations around in my travels, and I can use a medical bot to install them. I think I'll do that right now then.
I'll go with extra lifting strength. As much as I want to beat enemies unconscious with a stick, I think opening up new routes will be more useful.
Paul Denton is leading a team to raid a warehouse, and I'm being sent in to take out the power generators first.
Yeah I know I said I'd be taking a non-lethal approach, but these guys have hostages trapped in a station rigged with explosives. I think it's fair to take a decisive approach to this one.
Plus they used the flamethrower on me first!
Also because I'm totally under-equipped for this mission, I'm breaking into my brother's crappy apartment via some boxes and a fire escape to borrow some of his gear. The exciting life of a nano-augmented government agent.
I'm still not very augmented right now though, or even trained very well to be honest, so I wasn't quite fast enough to save all the hostages. In fact I didn't realise they even had hostages or else I would have used my pistol from the start. I'm trying to be nice here, but when lives are at risk I can't afford to screw around.
Sadly it's been ages since I saved so I don't get a second try at saving everyone.
Shame the lip sync is so bad. And the character graphics. But hey it came out in 2000, and not everything could look as good as Shenmue.
Well I could try resolving this situation with words, but that'd totally ruin the surprise!
I heroically leapt off the building... and landed in a bloody heap on the pavement. It turns out that I haven't augmented my legs to survive a long drop yet. Fortunately I made a quick save.
The good news is... it's all going according to plan.
Anyway, I can't hang around here all night (mostly because it's always night in Deus Ex), I've got to fly back to base and get my next assignment. And make sure no one's moved my potted plants.
Okay Deus Ex is still awesome, no huge shock there. But how does it compare to the shiny new Deus Ex 3? Hmm, well I think it's fair to say that although Human Revolution has far better enemy AI and combat (and looks a fair bit prettier), Deus Ex has catchier music and much less annoying boss fights. In a lot of game series, the innovations of the newer games tend to make the older ones painful to play in comparison, but Deus Ex hasn't lost its charm.