I nabbed this game last year for $7.50 on sale. And hated it. I tried it twice, and neither time could get past the first augmented mission.
I don't know what changed. But for some reason I have played it non-stop for two days. Past the first "boss" fight (Typhoon didn't help at all but the battle was pretty easy) and I am loving the game. Granted, its not perfect. The graphics are a little...console...and the world is smallish for the location it claims to inhabit. Another console limitation, most likely. But the "overworld" isn't why you play it anyway and the maps accessed therefrom are littered with secrets and truly reward exploration.
But its the writing that has me posting here.
Tthe writing is poignant and powerful, though minimalist. The things you learn about Adam, and the things left unsaid, mingle in a way that leaves you conflicted in your views of him, his world and those he works for. At first I resolved to play stealth - didn't want to kill too many people. Then I reached Adam's apartment and read the email about his dog, while gazing at the picture of his lost love hugging said dog. And I made a decision.
Anyone - everyone - responsible for that loss: they were going to die. Because they deserved it. Not since Fallout: New Vegas have I consciously made a decision to kill individual characters in a game - or spare them - based on perceptions of justice or vengeance. Not since that game have I stopped to consider whether a particular character deserved death. Nor have I been forced to ask the question "Can I spare the resources necessary to fight here, or should I wait and choose my battles?"
Needless to say I have changed my mind on the game. I am thoroughly immersed in it, and enjoying each new discovery. And now that the high res pack is finished, I find myself wondering: Is the original Deus Ex this good? Does it hold up for play even now, and is the writing on par with this one? I hear Invisible War is basically non-extant in the eyes of fans, but I wonder about the very first game, and whether - having enjoyed DXHR so thoroughly - I should get the first one next.
Thanks for reading and chiming in.