Is it your first foray into the Deus Ex franchise? Do the themes of sci-fi cyberpunk, transhumanism and human vs robotics scare you as much as they fascinate you? The Deus Ex franchise is a fantastic series of games that are worth exploring, but if you’re jumping into 2016’s Mankind Divided as the first game, don’t worry, here’s everything you need to know about Deus Ex.
The series of Deus Ex consists of four games (three if you’re talking to diehard fans), with Deus Ex creating a critical and commercial juggernaut back in 2000. The original cyberpunk setting and gameplay were acclaimed, but what made Deus Ex a staple of RPG’s is how open ended it was. Every objective had many different solutions but the main pillars of gameplay were Stealth, Combat, Hacking or Dialogue. Gamers in 2000 were blown away by the vastness of the open world, and just how open ended each mission was. It was such an achievement that many believe that no game today has managed to meet or surpass Deus Ex’s standards.Thusly, the four pillars are carried into each Deus Ex game. In each game you can choose how to approach a situation. Stealth was encouraged due to the very well-crafted level design, which had multiple routes through each situation. Combat was less focused but still appealing due to the tight gunplay, cover and takedown system. Hacking was utilized, opening doors, turning turrets and robots against their controllers, clearing out a combat situation without even stepping foot near it. And dialogue encouraged analysing character situations and talking or bluffing your way through.