Deus Ex: Then vs. Now

JC Denton from 2000's 'Deus Ex', above; Adam Jensen from 2011's 'Deus Ex: Human Revolution', below

Deus Ex: Human Revolution arrives in stores next week. The original game came out in June of 2000, and what a difference 11 years makes!

That image above says it all, don’t you think? I have such fond memories of Deus Ex. The wonder of realizing I could play the game any way I wanted, the fascinating world of conspiracies and human augmentation… It was just a killer game that never disappointed. 2003 brought us Deus Ex: Invisible War — but that’s a game that’s largely been forgotten by the few who played it, because it “dumbed down” the PC gameplay for simultaneous release on consoles (which lacked the sophistication consoles enjoy today).

At long last, it looks like someone has picked up the legacy of Deus Ex, to deliver us a truly fantastic game. Every single preview and the earliest of reviews all indicate that Human Revolution is terrific, honoring the original game while updating it with modern sensibilities and technology. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, how about you?

Here’s another comparison that will no doubt make PC gamers smile — system specs for the PC versions. Just look at those specs for the first game! A 4MB video card? Ha!

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DEUS EX (2000)
 300 MHz CPU
 64 MB RAM
 4 MB video card RAM
 150 MB hard disk space
 Windows 95
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION (2011)
 2 Ghz dual core CPU
 2 GB RAM
 256 MB video card (approx.)
 8.5 GB hard disk space
 Windows XP

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Unathletic, uncoordinated tall man with endless creativity stampeding through his overactive brain. Comes with beard, wife, and two miniature humans. Novelist. General blogger and main Gaming Geek for ForeverGeek. Lead Blogger, Apple Gazette.

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