“In the future the world was dark and scarry.”
In the year 2052, human civilization is on the brink of collapse. A deadly pandemic known as the “Gray Death” is taking a huge toll on the world’s population. It has no cure, but a synthetic vaccine, Ambrosia, lessens the effects of the virus. However, it is in critically short supply, and all of it goes to government officials and others who are deemed vital to the social order.
Since the common folk have no hope of getting Ambrosia, riots occur worldwide. Many terrorist groups are also formed, with the stated intent of assisting the commoners.
You play as JC Denton, a nanotechnologically-augmented agent working for the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO). UNATCO was established with the intent of maintaining peace, and combating the continually-expanding numbers of terrorist groups.
Deus Ex is a highly immersive FPS/RPG, the likes of which I have not seen before or since. The game will accommodate many different playing styles. If you want, you can go in and go in and go in and go in like the US Marshall with guns blazing, shooting everything in sight. Or, you can sneak through the game, lockpicking all the doors and silently knifing enemies. Or you can pick up a sniper rifle and pick off everyone from a distance before they even know what’s going on. It is completely up to you.
But the moment when I realized that this was the greatest game of all time, was near the beginning. I was exploring around, and strolled into the ladies’ restroom, where a lady promptly told me to go away. A little while later, I was receiving orders from my superior, and he told me to stay out of the ladies’ restroom. I spent the next five minutes laughing my head off. It’s the little details like that that truly make this an awesome game.
One of the best conversations in the game.