The Wealthy Have Always Been The Ones To Profit from one-world government: DX Cheap

By Kieron Gillen on June 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 pm.

Sometimes, rules have to be broken.

The_B’s just noticed that RPS isn’t the only people doing stupid things on the birthday of Deus Ex. Steam are having a 75% off sale, which ends at 3PST on the 23rd. 75% off is £1.50 each, or three quid for the pair. It’s the sort of price which I’d be tempted to spend just to have on my Steam-Account in case I can’t be bothered finding whichever box your original DX is in. Go gets. Unless you’ve got it already. Then don’t go gets, unless you want to go gets for a friend.

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  1. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    A bomb!

    I feel slightly nerdy..just a bit, tho.

  2. michaelar says:

    Of course I already own and have played DX, just like all proper, upstanding gaming citizens must. But *now* should I bother with DX2? Is it bad enough not to play it even if it’s basically freeware at this price?

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      It’s okay’ish, Spector’s imprint is there, no worries…even though I’ve always failed to finish it…but I might…one day. Maybe before 2012, just to be safe.

    • Zwebbie says:

      DXIW is actually an okay game in its own right. To say, as some do, that it’s still better than most top games is a bit much, in my opinion, but it’s well worth it at this price. Mass Effect rather reminded me of it a lot, but the world seems to rate ME higher than I do.

      It has a crossbow that sets people on fire! That alone is worth it.

    • Tim Ward says:

      Deus Ex 2 is pretty much complete shit. However, at £1.50 even I have a hard time arguing that it’s not worth the money: it’s worth it just to see the game for yourself and have your own opinion.

    • bananaphone says:

      It’s not a great follow-up to DX (could anything have been?) but is a solid action RPG by itself, and I never thought of it like that before but it is a bit similar to Mass Effect. If you played DX the plot is interesting, and there are a couple of great maps toward the end. The visuals are pretty and it has some nice physics. The gas barrels which leak when shot are great fun for taking down groups of enemies :)

      It’s not as ambitious, atmospheric or epic, but is still an enjoyable game in its own right and better than a lot of other crap out there. Please don’t listen to people who say nonsense like “it’s complete shit” because they are idiots.

      Definitely a bargain at this price. It will provide ample entertainment for only £1.50.

    • Bhazor says:

      I actually agree with Kieron’s original review in that story is much tighter in IW than the original. In DX it was essentially a checklist of conspiracies in IW however it took a smaller approach where the characters suddenly turning on you felt more personal I and I felt much more impressive as a result. It also didn’t tell you who the villain was in the opening cinematic. Which is an improvement.

      There are a few moments in IW I really loved, the reveal in the opening area, the truth behind the coffee wars and launching a daring rescue attempt only to be told off by the hostage (Britney Spears) who refuses to come with you and instead chooses to wait for the proper authorities.

      Game wise however its not so great. A couple of bewilderingly over powered augmentations like the biotoxin drone that has a tendency of flying through walls and clearing rooms before you can even open the door and the fly by wire emp drones which can one shot the super soldiers tend to kill the tension. The levels are also no where near the same size due to the constraints of the X-box and anyone who played Deus Ex on the PS2 know the same problems carried over to that game. Though I much prefered the inventory system which meant I focused on what tools I wanted to carry rather than playing S.t.a.c.k.e.r.

      But I still dig it and it’s at a great price for a pretty good game.

    • Muzman says:

      Invisible War is about the only game I’d say people should play for its themes.
      Which strikes me as a little bit like saying you should read a certain book for the nice paper it’s printed on. It’s still true though. Rarely do game sequels try and genuinely explore what the first game was saying and expand upon it, particularly sci-fi in the post Starwars age. Invisible War actually does.

    • faelnor says:

      I liked IW. It felt cramped and was extremely short, reducing the game to an anecdote in the scale of DX(1), the gameplay wasn’t really good(2) and was overly console-ized(3) but it tried a few interesting things and wrote itself in a pleasant continuity of the original story.

      Usually, I get flak because I liked it better than Thief: Deadly Shadows, the other dumbed-down franchise coming out from Ion Storm Austin. It’s hard to recommend it to you, you need the right mindset to enjoy it I suppose.

      (1)At least it felt like that to me
      (2)But then neither was DX’s
      (3)Ugly UI, font size, unified ammo, too few small details, etc.

      (anyway, better than Bioshock!)

    • Donkeydeathtasticelastic says:

      I would love to be your chamber boy.

  3. Ally C says:

    Wow, spookily enough I’d just finished reading through the RPS retrospectives and since I completed my annual Deus Ex playthrough the other day, I was rummaging through old boxes looking for the IW disc. Guess this saves me the time.

    Instabuy!

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    Seniath says:

    What a sha- oh, wait, this is quite the opposite!

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      A bomb.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Is A Bomb the opposite of What a Shame?

      I’d expect to be all memed out by now, but I’m really not.

  5. rei says:

    I got it for a friend and got yelled at because I keep gifting her all the -75% Steam deals and she doesn’t actually play games.

  6. Quasar says:

    Three pounds? That’s almost free!

  7. Mistabashi says:

    I have the DVD version of IW, but I never managed to get past the second level due to the huge number of crashes I experienced – does anyone know if the Steam version is any different? I’d like to play it through even if it’s not a patch on the original, but it took about 3 attempts to even get past the first cut-scene, and I don’t think I’ve got the willpower to stick with it if that’s how it’s going to continue.

  8. Spod says:

    I bought IW at the last sale and I’ve got problems with loading times, each level transition takes about 2-3 minutes which, given how small level sections can be, gets a little irritating.

    Any suggestions muchly appreciated, so far I’ve not found anything helpful :\.

  9. laikapants says:

    I had been watching my RSS feed all day to see if this would happen. Good on them and all that.

    Time to hope that robot believes my box impression this go ’round. Also hoping I remember that the stun baton does not have infinite charge, so I probably shouldn’t shock one guy four times just because I can. Even more also, do not throw explosive crates at my feet.

  10. Vinraith says:

    Does anyone know what, if any, DRM is on the D2D version of Deus Ex? I’ve seen it suggested it might be DRM free, but it’s not advertised as such so confirmation would be helpful.

    • bananaphone says:

      My understanding was that due to the way D2D packages its titles modding and such is very difficult or impossible. Shifter works with the D2D version but the installation steps are lengthy. You’re better off going with the Steam version.

    • Vinraith says:

      @bananaphone

      Thanks, that’s worth knowing. Used retail copy it is.

  11. cjlr says:

    Steam thinks £1.50 is 2.50 in USD. What a shame.

  12. Buemba says:

    To save me the trouble of walking 6 steps, opening my closet and looking for Deus Ex among my old PC game boxes (Which would take me about 2 minutes tops) I just wasted $2.49 on Steam. I don’t know how to feel about that.

    • fucrate says:

      Feel like it’s the future, and the future is amazing!

    • Quasar says:

      But just think of all the not-having-to-look-for-Deus-Ex you can look forward to in the future!

      Scientists have proven that gamers spend over 89% of their lives pointlessly looking for old games for which they have had a sudden rush of nostalgia, even though the games in question were in fact sold at a car boot sale in 2002 for £2.50 each.

      You’ve made the right choice. Now all we need is for Steam to pick up Dungeon Keeper.

    • Internet guy says:

      Yeah, but now I have to scroll through the Steam games list until the end of time just to reach the one I want.

    • Jugglenaut says:

      @Internet Guy

      Not anymore you don’t! Just start typing with the steam window open and it goes to the game you want! It doesn’t even matter what you type, steam can tell by the urgency of your typing which game you want!

    • Bret says:

      And if the game you want sucks, it boots up Deus Ex instead.

      It is a capricious but wise overlord.

    • Zwebbie says:

      “I just wasted $2.49 on Steam.”

      What a shame.

  13. ChaosSmurf says:

    Man, in ten years when all games are like this, gaming will be a truly beautiful thi- fuck.

  14. Jockie says:

    £2.99 is a bargain for me, because every time I search in the closet the mass stacked games/dvds all fall over, and I get dust up my nose and have to spend 5 minutes cleaning them up. On top of that I’ll probably find out the DVD is in the wrong case/I lent it to a horrible excuse for a friend a few years ago.

  15. Pijama says:

    BEST POST TITLE EVER

  16. Fenchurch says:

    ARGH! Just last week I bought this full price, thinking “Oh I just missed one sale, it’ll be months before the next one!

    :-I

    What a shame.

  17. Goose says:

    I first saw this in Steam’s news feed, and they specifically referenced RPS’s anniversary coverage for inspiring the sale. So, yay RPS for giving me cheap Deus Ex!!

    • ExplosiveCoot says:

      OK so I fail at codes; the guide is easy enough that even I was able to get it working first try though!

      http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1235278

    • Bassism says:

      I remember being unimpressed with the HDTP last time I looked at it. Something about it just didn’t feel right. However, New Visions looks nice, as does the new renderer (with some tweaking to get rid of the excessive bloom). Thanks for pointing these out. I’m gonna try it out. May or may not finally try HDTP though.

  18. The Dark One says:

    Anybody know how to get rid of the mouse acceleration?

  19. Bassism says:

    Everybody should go buy both of them right now. If you don’t own them, it’s obvious. If you do own them, but are like me and have no idea where they are, it’s totally worthwhile.

    As far as whether IW is worth playing, I’d say it is. It’s not as wonderful as the first game, and somehow manages to feel even more dated than the original, but it’s still a good game.

    I actually, just today, decided to replay both games. My copy of the original came from a US PCG cover disc, which is now totally destroyed from years of reinstallation. And I could only find one of the cds for IW. Thus, I am a happy boy.

  20. MrBRAD! says:

    Bought!

    I hope The Nameless Mod works with the steam version. I’ve heard it’s pretty good.

    • Bassism says:

      Man, I totally forgot about the Nameless Mod. Need to play through that too. There’s my gaming planned for the immediate future….

    • Jugglenaut says:

      @MrBRAD

      I’ve got The Nameless Mod to work with my Steam copy.

  21. Kevbo says:

    Its worth a re-buy just to be on Steam for easy installation on any PC :)
    Thanks for the heads up and happy birthday DX

  22. Mr_Day says:

    What a shame.

  23. Epsz says:

    Bought it =)

  24. Mr_Day says:

    I thought I was being clever with that, but I now see it wasn’t at all. The comments on the RPS verdict article are somewhat discouraging. I see now that I was trying to fit in, to be “one of the lads” and it has backfired horribly. Still, it’ll all be deleted once someone notices it, so that’ll be ok.

    • Mr_Day says:

      Oh, you bastards. Damn you all. Without the spam bit it looks even worse.

      i am a sheep, sand I feel bad. Really baaaaad.

  25. JuJuCam says:

    Too bad I bought this last week at full Steam price :( Haven’t even begun the game proper yet.

    Oh well, still worth it.

  26. Item! says:

    Well I did it.

    It was such a low price, it was almost more expensive not to buy them…

    My previous form?

    Both games were released when my computer of the time wasn’t quite buff enough to run them nicely, which was a big frustration.

    I didn’t even get off the training level in the original – partly because it was a slide-show on my PC and partly because it was a “FPS” unlike any I had ever played and I found the mechanics rather bewildering.

    The sequel was also a (buggy, CTDing) sideshow when I bought it, but I stuck with it for longer…and eventually gave up around 4-5 hours in for reasons I can’t quite remember.

    Interestingly enough, the first level of the original sticks in my mind very clearly – I look back on it almost fondly, even though I didn’t play it that much and never progressed beyond it.

    I remember absolutely nothing about playing IW at all, other than the fact that I did so.

    So a question for the veterans; as an older, wiser Item! tries to revisit these, should he be modding them up to enhance the experience or should he play the vanilla versions?

    • MD says:

      For the first one: go in, and go in, and go in like the US marshal and his three daughters. That is to say, don’t bother with mods. That’s just my opinion, though; I’m sure lots of people would recommend Shifter, and maybe the texture packs. I reckon just play it as is though, and only muck around with that other stuff if you’re really bothered by the graphics/the things Shifter changes. There’s definitely something to be said for sticking with the original graphics — they might be primitive (and by ‘might be’ I mean ‘are’), but they’re well-designed and coherent. I’d say Shifter is definitely something to hold off on til a second playthrough, but I’m not very familiar with it.

      For Invisible War: mod the fuck out of it. Texture packs, FOV tweaks, etc. It shipped in an awful state technically, and the patch is good but not enough.

  27. vanarbulax says:

    Okay, okay you have finally convinced me. I’ll indulge you old folk and your seemingly unstoppable praise for the game. If it’s just nostalgia talking or it is still a masterpiece of the highest order….

  28. Thants says:

    What a shame.

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    drewski says:

    Deus Ex week has inspired me to play through Deus Ex for the second time. The Steam sale has inspired to finally pay cash monies for a game I finished years ago, in Invisible War.

    But then my friend lent my his 360 so now I’m playing Gears of War and Bayonetta instead. Ah, well.

  30. Finn says:

    Probably redundant, but if you just bought this, you need to install a bunch of mods to fix the graphics. The renderer REALLY sucks on modern computers.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/ceuyh/step_by_step_moddingguide_deus_ex_i_spilled_my/
    also:
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1235278

  31. Antlia says:

    I hate my URL filtering… Any inappropriate word in the address bar causes the site to be blocked. DeuSEX!

    • Jesus says:

      Hah I feel you, I have the same problem when I am at work.

      Even Jesus can’t look at links with sex in them :S

      Christ!

  32. Bret says:

    Now that’s terror.

  33. Neuromante says:

    So, all mods are compatible with the steam version? Nameless mod included?

  34. Neuromante says:

    So, Steam’s Deus Ex is compatible with other mods and mission packs? Nameless mod included?

  35. Alexander Norris says:

    PS: if you’re going to replay Deus Ex, you might want to do so with these:

    http://www.moddb.com/mods/shifter1
    http://www.moddb.com/mods/biomod/

    They tweak some of the more useless augs and skills to not be useless anymore. Shifter does the bulk of the balancing, but biomod further refines it by adding the Invisible War passive augs system (the only really good thing to come out of IW).

    YMMV whether or not you want biomod, but I’ve found it’s great (let’s you do stuff like keep Aggressive Defence on all the time and it only uses energy when triggered – so instead of having to punch a bunch of F keys just before combat you walk around with all your passive augs on and feel like a proper nano-augmented super-man).

    • Alexander Norris says:

      PPS: also, it makes Aqualung not suck. Can’t remember if it changes Swimming, though (that really, really should have been rolled into Environmental Training from the start, especially since it’s, well, environmental training).

    • Alexander Norris says:

      PPPS: yes, they work with Steam.

    • mrrobsa says:

      @Alexander Norris: Oh excellent. I only played Deus Ex for the first time around a year ago, but one of my biggest complaints was that you had to pre-empt every fight and run your finger along most of the F~ keys to activate your augs and then turn them all off afterthe fight as most were too draining to leave on indefinitely.
      In fact if my memory serves correctly that might be my only gameplay criticism of the game, it’s still a gem all these years on.

  36. zomg says:

    Turns out you can update the hell out of Deus Ex gfx wise, too

    http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/ceuyh/step_by_step_moddingguide_deus_ex_i_spilled_my/

    DirectX 10 graphics on Deus Ex 1?

    Oh my. This I has to sees.

  37. RabidPotatoe says:

    I played Deus Ex for the first time a few months ago and fucking loved it; I really don’t think it’s just nostalgia.

  38. RabidPotatoe says:

    woop woop reply system

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    AndrewC says:

    So you can have titles that cover more than one line, then?

  40. Doctor Allen says:

    They should patch Deus Ex with an HD texture pack. I bet the creators of that HDTP mod would give it away just for credit.

  41. Aldehyde says:

    Bought the game but colors are quite weird: http://pici.se/pictures/fnprvWTnv.png.

    If someone could explain exactly how I link stuff, that’d be great.

    • Aldehyde says:

      Nevermind about the linking part, I guess :P

    • YogSo says:

      I can’t see nothing in that image. Too dark. Whatever your problem is, though, probably will be solved with one of the updated renderers:

      Deus Ex Direct3D10.
      Deus Ex Direct3D9 and OpenGL.

      Just follow the instructions on those pages.

  42. MrPyro says:

    DX has always been one of those classic experiences that I managed to miss out on at the time; I think for 3 quid it’s worth taking a look and seeing what I missed.

  43. Aufero says:

    Never played ‘em, and always kind of wondered what I’d missed. Thanks for the tip – at this price, it would be a crime to keep wondering.

  44. Vinraith says:

    Why the hell isn’t this game on GOG?

  45. Grey_Ghost says:

    Anyone know if this Texture pack for DX2:IW works on the steam version? I’m guessing it won’t. 8(

  46. Shimarenda says:

    I take it Steam sales don’t last long. I just made an account this morning, and its already over.

    • Shimarenda says:

      And since I was skimming from work yesterday, I didn’t see the ending time in the article. There was never a chance I would get home and get things set up in time. Oh well.

  47. Neill says:

    That’s cause you’re using 16bit textures. You can change them to 32bit in the options. You might have to do this twice, I hear there is a bug.