I have had a rocky relationship with Deus Ex. I bought the original game around the time it came out in 2000. I was excited about an FPS that was trying to add something to the genre. However, that excitement quickly faded to dread.
As I mentioned in my FPS Blitz post, I love First Person Shooters. I had played hours and hours of Heretic, Duke Nukem 3d, Half-Life, and Unreal Tournament by the time Deus Ex was released. So, while I was excited about it bringing something new to the genre, I was pretty set in the way I play FPSs.
My style at the time was heavily influenced by deathmatch. I was a run and gunner all the way. Standing still or moving slowly meant death so I never did. And I shot first and didn’t bother with questions.
So that’s how I approached Deus Ex. I blasted my way through the first level. After all, it was supposed to be a viable option. You could use stealth or strength.
Except the game then proceeded to berate me for killing everyone. I started getting speeches from different characters about how bad it was to do things the way I did. They were telling me I should find ways to accomplish things with less bloodshed.
I’d never had a game make me feel bad about the way I played it. I thought run and gun was just another option. But now it’s telling me there is a right way and a wrong way.
So I just stopped playing. I wasn’t interested using stealth. I wanted to run through guns blazing. Since that wasn’t right, I was done.
I’ve tried to go back to it a few times since then. I have heard so many people talk about what a great game it is. I didn’t want to miss out on a great experience because of my style of play. I even tried to go stealth a few times. But it never worked. I would give up again before I even got started.
But wait. If I can’t even play through the original, why am I including it and Human Revolution in my FPS Blitz? Why would I play something that makes me feel so bad about myself?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure. There’s just something that won’t let me let Deus Ex go. Plus, from what I understand, Human Revolution isn’t as bad as the original.
I will say the boss fights in Human Revolution are part of the reason I’m playing it. I know most people hated them. But they hated them because they broke the game if you are trying to go stealth. They would put all their points into a stealth build so they wouldn’t have to fight anyone and then hit someone they couldn’t stealth around. They weren’t built to fight yet they had no choice.
But I’m not interested in stealth. I want to run and gun. So I will have a build that’s ready for those bosses. I am actually looking forward to them because they fit my play style.
So I’m going to run through Deus Ex: Human Revolution with guns blazing. No stealth. Just the way I’ve always wanted!