Deus Ex Children's Crusade #1
Just released. It's a prequel story of Mankind Devided.
It's decent but focuses too much on "muh H+"
The original is a tongue-in-cheek conspiracy nut's cyberpunk wetdream with the central theme of "power and security vs freedom"
While Transhumanism was one of the themes the original game touched, it was never at the core of it.
>Jensen's hack augs/software being that low
Unless there's some bullshit "but all his augs got wiped by almost drowning somehow" thing, he should be maxed out in everything after HR
Exactly. It also abandoned whatever subtlety the original game had with its political theme, and kept throwing "symbolism" at you in the most obnoxious way possible. Because Darrow is Daedalus, humanity is Icarus, and Tai Yang is the Sun, geddit?
Of course this wouldn't matter that much if the gameplay was better, but it was only acceptable.
Same. I love DX because it's so crazy, it's like if /x/ made a video game. HR was great and probably the best we could ask for a DX game in todays market but I don't give a shit about augmentation and I'm anxious about MD since it seems to be more of the same.
Reminder that this is what Eidos Montreal considers good writing:
"The Illuminati see themselves as an intellectual elite. If we are Icarus, they think of themselves as Daedalus, his father. The guiding hand of the parent. The creator and mentor."
Anna's lip curled. "I studied Greek mythology in college, and I remember that Daedalus was an arrogant bastard. The man built a maze of
death, and killed his nephew when he thought he might be smarter than him."
"And the Illuminati have killed, and worse. But the truth is, what you have seen is only one thread in the whole. What is taking place right
now, the assassinations that claimed the life of your friend and all the others, these things are only the precursor. This is just one battle in a greater campaign they plan to win. At any cost."
Her mouth went dry as the scope of that statement settled in her thoughts. "What do you mean?"
When Janus replied, she felt a stab of fear deep in her gut. "Would you like me to show you, Anna? I've been building a model of all the potentials. It is incomplete, but there is truth there. You could consider it... a glimpse of our tomorrows."
And then she heard herself answering. "Show me."
The hacker Janus did as Anna asked. The screen rippled, and the cascade of images returned—but this time they were almost too fast for her to
register, a barrage of light and color and sound that washed over her with hypnotic force. She couldn't look away, and across her scalp she felt her skin crawl. The image-storm stuttered and blinked like an old analog television signal, hazing as it tried to tune itself into her. Anna suddenly became aware of the augmented optics in her eye sockets, for the first time feeling them as if they were spheres of hard, heavy steel.Something was happening; Janus's images were moving in synchrony with the digital processors built into her artificial eyes. It was like a switch flipping inside her mind; and she saw—
—the skyline of a city made of tiers, fires raging, and weapons discharges sparkling in the twilight, chaos, and disorder rising like a tide—
—crowds of panicked people desperately trying to flee hordes of crazed rioters, all of them augmented, all of them mad with wild fury—
—a wall of video screens filled with a storm of screaming, hissing static, and before them an enhancile woman collapsing to her knees,
tearing at herself in crazed agony—
—orbiting above the Earth, a communications satellite shutting down, lights dimming, dish antenna retracting. Then video screens,
holograms, advertising billboards, cell phones, televisions, computer monitors, all of them showing the same message in bright red letters—
-NO SIGNAL NO SIGNAL NO SIGNAL—
—a field of crosses, made from machine parts and cybernetic limbs, behind a sunrise over barren grassland. In the distance, a string of fallen
power lines— —a ghost town of fallen buildings and empty streets— —a dead future