In part one of our look back the Deus Ex series, we discussed the groundbreaking original game that was beloved by critics and players alike. In part two of this Video Game History special, we take a look at its less beloved sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War. Is the game as bad as everyone says it is? And if so, why is it that way? Was it a lack of understanding of the original game, or was it simply because lightning couldn't strike twice? Read on to find out.
The original Pac-Man Championship Edition is easily one of the best digital games of all time. Released in 2007, the game may not have reinvented the wheel when it came to the core gameplay of Pac-Man, but rather it polished it to a pristine shine, the final product being a game that felt familiar, yet new at the same time, with it's techno soundtrack and bright neon colors. The follow up, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX was also the same as the first one, but with newer stages and various skins to unlock and play as. Now we've reached Pac-Man Championship 2, and I got my hands on it during this year's San Diego Comic Con. And you know what? It played just like the other games, and that's alright by me.
Resident Evil. What hasn't been said about of Capcom's survival horror franchise? Much like Doom, while Resident Evil isn't the first survival horror game (that honor goes to Alone in the Dark), it was the game that made the genre popular, and since it's release on March 22nd, 1996 in Japan (March 30th in the US, and August 1st in Europe), the series has spawned numerous sequels, spinoffs, ports, remakes, comics, manga, rides, restaurants, and even some movies, both CG and live action, with the live action movies not only being their own universe separate from the games, but are actually ending this year with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
Augmentations, nanotechnology, Area 51, the Illuminati, the divide between man and machine, hacking, freedom of choice, and government conspiracies. What do all these have in common? They’re all common themes and ideas behind the groundbreaking series Deus Ex. While it may not seem like such a big deal now, the original Deus Ex was a groundbreaking game, with its successful combination of role playing, first person shooter, and stealth mechanics, all wrapped in a plot that involve shady government conspiracies, powerful corporations, and the mysterious group known as the Illuminati. Since then, the series has spawned three sequels (with the newest games coming out in a couple weeks), books, Internet memes, and even a supposed live action movie.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one of my most anticipated games of 2016. While I thought the last game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution wasn't a perfect 10/10 game, it was still an overall solid game that did the original justice, and after playing a demo of Mankind Divided at this year's Comic Con, I can safely say that my excitement for the game hasn't diminished in the slightest. Even though I died and jumbled my way through my time with it.
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