The Deus Ex series is a popular series of RPG games set in the near future, a cyberpunk dystopia where technology and cyber augmentation dominate the world. Games like Deus Ex blend elements of first-person shooters, RPGs, and stealth games together in one. The original game follows one JC Denton, a novice agent of UNATCO, as they seek to uncover an international conspiracy amidst global terrorism.
The games are notable for their wide offerings of choice and open-ended endings. Players are given the chance to resolve conflicts in a number of ways. An opening sequence on Liberty Island lets players handle it by violence, stealth, or even negotiation. Player choice has an acute effect on the environment around them with NPCs reacting to the player depending on the faction they are affiliated with. The games have received praise for their in-depth storytelling and complex dialogue, drawing inspiration for its plots from conspiracy theories and fears of technology.
A central theme in the Deus Ex games is the process of augmentations. Players are able to upgrade their character with enhancements to improve their combat, stealth, and dialogue skills. Players can choose their preferred playstyle and modify their character accordingly. Players can also utilize a selection of lethal and non-lethal options to eliminate enemies, affecting how they are perceived by others.
The games take place out of sequence with the first games in the series actually taking place later chronologically. The newest games released are prequels, completing another part of the saga. The series covers a span of some forty-five years, chronicling humanity’s rise and fall with technology.