See?!? It really is the Unreal engine!Enemy intelligence is a mixed bag as well. On one hand, they'll react intelligently and sound alarms when they spot you, but they'll also occasionally stand around motionless while you pick off and murder their friends who are hanging around them. Their pathfinding skills are usually above average, and the bad guys will be able to get from point A to point B without a hitch.

Speaking of getting from point A to point B, one of the biggest annoyances in this game was the footsteps. Everywhere you travel, you'll hear the oafish "CLOP CLOP CLOP" noise of your character's footsteps, who is apparently wearing titanium horseshoes or overturned fishbowls. I was hoping I could buy some normal shoes from somebody in the game, or at least saw off my feet and replace them with pillows, but no such luck. It's even worse when you're walking on grass, because it sounds like you're stomping all over bags of potato chips and old newspapers. No sir, I didn't like it.

Despite the constantly obnoxious footstep noises, Deus Ex turns out to be one hell of a game. Sure, the game plot and design borrows heavily from movies such as "Blade Runner", "The Matrix", and "The X-Files", but it's still very engrossing and intriguing. You'll easily find yourself spending hours and hours in front of your monitor, dedicated to guiding J.C. Denton through the myriad of conspiracies and governmental cover-ups, so make sure you've got a very comfortable chair before sitting down with Deus Ex. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have a long enough attention span to wade through that many games anymore, but tackling Deus Ex was very reminiscent of my Nintendo-playing days, back when I could glue myself to one game and play through until it was solved. Deus Ex, much like these Nintendo games, is sure to be a classic as well. It combines the best elements of a first person shooter with the predominant characteristics in a role playing game, and comes up with a title that easily surpasses titles in both genres. It's a damn good game, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't run out and buy a copy right now.

Right now.

Right this instant, you asshole.


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