Mod Spotlight: Give Deus Ex a modern facelift!

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Published by FileTrekker 2 years ago , last updated 9 months ago

The original Deus Ex was, at the time, very much a vision into the future, but despite this, is starting to look very dated graphically. Thanks to the GMDX 9.0 mod, though, you can make this classic title look fresh and modern again!

Released back in 2000, the original Deus Ex was very much ground-breaking for it's time: set in a cyberpunk-esque dystopian future, the game centred around an anti-terrorist agent, fighting a world of super-humans, enhanced by nanotechnology, and even predicted the future of memes by featuring the Illuminati.

Despite it's ground-breaking graphics, sound and art direction, the game, understandably after 16 years, is starting to look very dated.

Enter GMDX 9.0, a new version of this long-standing mod from author |Totalitarian| - which will give this old classic the modern facelift that it deserves - and considering the age of the game, I think you will agree that the results of the facelift are more than impressive.

The changes made by the mod stretch far and wide, as well as updated graphics and textures, the user interface has also been given a much needed facelift, along with NPC movement and behaviour, scripted sequences, in fact, almost everything in the game has been updated and modernised - all within the original game engine. The amount of effort and attention to detail given here is nothing short of spectacular.

New to version 9.0 of the mod is a new "enhanced artistic direction" feature, which aims to improve the visual experience even further, by not just creating updated, higher-resolution versions of textures, but by adding more detail, more art-style and more lore into the details of the game, much like modern games today have lots of intricate detailing and art direction in their environments.

"Deus Ex never had the strongest art direction, and it would be a shame if such a magnificent game was overlooked today and into the future because of that."

The screenshots below show off some comparisons of the game. The great thing about GMDX is that it's changes, while dramatic, are very much in-keeping with the spirit of the original vision for the game, and are very much respectful to it's intended art style. I've said before that it's very easy to get this wrong; by going too far and making change for the sake of making change.

In this side-by-side screenshot, you can see an example of this new enhanced art direction; car parking bays now exist where none were before, litter scatters the grounds and even smaller details like variations in brickwork, rivets in the metal struts and various added details, such as dumpsters and electrical junction boxes, turn what was a fairly empty and baron area into something that feels much more detailed and immersive.

In this second example, we see that the basketball court has taken on a whole new level of life, while still being instantly recognisable. Again, the floor gains detail that was strangely absent in hindsight; markings for the basketball court are now present, and again, details such as litter, and even a trash can on fire, are added for extra immersion.

The walls get a massive update, with extra graffiti, and a new baksetball-related poster added to really make it seem like this is a basketball court, something that isn't actually all that obvious in the original screenshot. The enhanced lighting just makes it all the more better.

This is definitely modernisation done right, and with great skill and attention to detail. If you're a fan of the original Deus Ex, and fancy giving it another run through, you absaloutely must pick up GMDX 9.0, available here from ModDB.

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