Deus Ex retexture mod New Vision completed

If you'd like to replay Deus Ex but are put off by the year 2000 graphics, you're a monster. Fortunately, dear monster, help is at hand. While the USA was off giving thanks for something or other last week, the real cause for celebration was that the final version of high-res retexturing mod New Vision was released, giving even the most monstrous of monsters no excuse not to revisit this classic.

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If you'd like to replay Deus Ex but are put off by the year 2000 graphics, you're a monster. Fortunately, dear monster, help is at hand. While the USA was off giving thanks for something or other last week, the real cause for celebration was that the final version of high-res retexturing mod New Vision was released, giving even the most monstrous of monsters no excuse not to revisit this classic. New Vision replaces Deus Ex's level textures with new versions in the same style. Check out these comparison shots between the original Deus Ex and an older version of New Vision, and expect it to look even fancier now. Snag the 1.1GB download here. "I'd like to sincerely thank everyone in the community for their support over the years; without you, I wouldn't have had the motivation to continue working on this project for 5 years of my life," lead texture artist David Watts said in the announcement. Lovely folks, the mod community. Personally I'm a sucker for the classic look, digging that real millennial vibe, though you may be a monster. "But the level geometry is so blocky!" you might still grumble. Out. Get out.

Lookin' good, Area 51

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    November 28, 2012 12:45 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Deus Ex retexture mod New Vision completed.

    If you'd like to replay Deus Ex but are put off by the year 2000 graphics, you're a monster. Fortunately, dear monster, help is at hand. While the USA was off giving thanks for something or other last week, the real cause for celebration was that the final version of high-res retexturing mod New Vision was released, giving even the most monstrous of monsters no excuse not to revisit this classic.

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      November 28, 2012 12:52 PM

      Bad ass. I'm definitely gonna check this out.

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      November 28, 2012 1:00 PM

      I'm so ashamed to have never finished Deus Ex :( there comes a point where I just lose interest or something else completely grabs my attention and then I forget where I was up to and blarrgghhhhhh. I've started 3 or 4 times, always get to a different point and then stop. And I refuse to play Deus Ex:HR until I've finished the first.

      One day. Maybe I'll actually get some time off over xmas and can finally scratch it off my list.

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      November 28, 2012 1:05 PM

      Hmmm I'll have to check this out, I'd LOVE to go play this again....

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      November 28, 2012 1:06 PM

      I have it, but I've never played it. For a lot of people this is their best game ever but... is it still that good? Or is it just the impact it had on you back than that makes you love it?

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        November 28, 2012 1:22 PM

        I'd say it still holds up, but there was definitely some nostalgia involved when I replayed it again before DXHR last year.

        It shows its age for sure. So if low poly everything, odd level design, voice acting that's all over the place, starting out with a weak character and weapon that's hard to aim, etc bothers you, it may be hard to get into. Once you progress a bit and are in it though you'll be hooked. As an FPS/RPG hybrid it's still one of the best. Many ways to build your character or tackle a level and situation. Even having played it a couple of times in the past, I was doing things differently this last go.

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        November 28, 2012 1:36 PM

        It's gameplay holds up incredibly well. The story is multi-layered and great. For me, it incredible when I first played it a couple of years ago.

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          November 28, 2012 5:26 PM

          I also played it 2 years ago for the first time and it was fantastic. Dated, obviously, but still fantastic.

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        November 28, 2012 2:23 PM

        I tried playing it for the first time after I finished HR. It was kind of 50/50 for the little I got through before losing interest. I could see some potential but it was also pretty dated.

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        November 28, 2012 2:26 PM

        The feel of the engine is awful, I think.

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          November 28, 2012 8:59 PM

          It's the unreal engine. Feels fine when configured properly like any other game using that tech. You do want to use the updated D3D10 renderer on modern hardware. I think it's required for these high res textures anyway.

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        November 28, 2012 2:30 PM

        I've only ever played through it once and it was right before DXHR came out. It was honestly more fun and more memorable than DXHR. It took almost twice as long to beat as well. I clocked in at about 50 hours in that game. It really is magnificent.

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        November 28, 2012 2:30 PM

        It is still completely awesome.

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        November 28, 2012 3:24 PM

        Absolutely.

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        November 28, 2012 4:34 PM

        My favorite part about the game is that the quests feel open ended.

        They can be very linear, but you can skip parts of a quest, and it won't break the game. Without giving anything away, there have been times I have investigated things on a hunch or a feeling something wasn't right, and it revealed something big. After being used to other games that require you to complete the many steps before the end of a quest, this game was refreshing and put a huge grin on my face.

        The only other games that have evoked the same sense of open ended gameplay in me are the original Fallout 1 and 2 games, and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. I wish more games were like that.

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        November 28, 2012 5:53 PM

        Affirmatory

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        November 28, 2012 6:26 PM

        It's amazing

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        November 28, 2012 7:50 PM

        It will make you realize how shallow modern games are.

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        November 28, 2012 7:50 PM

        No.

        It was buggy and blah at release, it's less buggy but still blah now. The new one was better.

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        November 28, 2012 7:52 PM

        play it, its still amazing and you can use some modern ports to get some eye candy etc.

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        November 29, 2012 12:11 AM

        It's genuine.

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        November 29, 2012 6:52 AM

        it is absolutely amazing and I still go back and replay it every few years.

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      November 28, 2012 1:07 PM

      usually i hate these as they tend to mess with the original artistic vision, but this looks like it just updates the texture detail and resolution and leaves the art direction and NPC design alone.

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      November 28, 2012 1:17 PM

      Oh shit, and a new beta version of the High Definition Texture Project (replacing characters, weapons, and all that jazz) was released earlier this month: http://offtopicproductions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11566

      Someone on that forum snapped this: http://media.moddb.com/images/mods/1/16/15689/DXNHDTP.jpg

      I'm not sure what exactly this new version adds but... it might actually come out at some point? Unexpected.

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        November 28, 2012 1:20 PM

        (Less keen on the HDTP, I must say. I really dig the super-airbrushed look of Deus Ex characters. It's a very pleasing style. But, you know, monsters.)

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          November 28, 2012 3:15 PM

          is the HDTP still only environment textures, are there any new textures in this update? last time i tried it was not bad but it was so jarring when something with old textures was right there next to something with the updated.

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        November 28, 2012 2:30 PM

        That looks great!

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        November 28, 2012 7:44 PM

        Not a fan of the new hud. But the models and weapon look really great!

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      November 28, 2012 3:03 PM

      Your posts are always so funny Alice. I love you! (just like every other Shacker).

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      November 28, 2012 3:44 PM

      Kids these days, when I was your age, I played this on my 333Mhz eMachine in software mode at the lowest possible setting with my computer on the floor because I didn't have a desk or a mousepad.

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        November 28, 2012 4:25 PM

        shouldn't you be in a retirement home gramps?

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        November 28, 2012 5:50 PM

        psh, please, kid. i played on a 200MHz Pentium 1 with 32MB of RAM in software mode

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          November 28, 2012 5:59 PM

          yea whatever, I was installing fallout 2 to a zipdisk long before you had even clicked your first mouse

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            November 28, 2012 6:07 PM

            hahaha. I totally remember running starcraft on a zip disk once and if I popped it out while playing I'd get a blue screen. No idea why I did that.

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              November 28, 2012 11:54 PM

              Although it was the only blue screen (win95) I can remember where if you pressed any key it would be stable afterwards.

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                November 29, 2012 6:35 AM

                haha, this! In my middle school lab, we had all shared a single Commander Keen floppy disk. we could only play for so long before we needed to track down the disk in order to load something new

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              November 29, 2012 9:03 AM

              Wow.. zip disks... I had forgotten about those things.

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            November 28, 2012 7:27 PM

            Mouse? Mouses are for kids... my Apple II+ booted up to a prompt and I had to type "run"

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          November 28, 2012 7:48 PM

          Pentium? Okay moneybags. Celeron Bitches!

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            November 28, 2012 8:23 PM

            Didn't have money for a Pentium and Intel had not released Celeron yet processors so I settled for a Cyrix.

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              November 28, 2012 8:47 PM

              Celeron launched almost 2 years before DE came out.

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              November 28, 2012 8:50 PM

              Man the cyrix was such a shitty CPU. My friend had one instead of an intel and he always had problems with games unles he could download some patch to make a game work.

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              November 28, 2012 8:51 PM

              amd K6!

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              November 28, 2012 8:53 PM

              Oh dude I had a Cyrix 120. Worst fucking game CPU ever made, no FPU if I recall correctly.

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              November 28, 2012 8:55 PM

              The 1% rolls with Pentium Pro

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          November 29, 2012 12:09 AM

          I had to tweak my autoexec.bat and config.sys for every new game I got. That's how poor we were.

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        November 28, 2012 5:53 PM

        Who are you people that didn't have hardware acceleration in 2000?

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        November 28, 2012 7:42 PM

        lol. I played this originally on a P3 733 with a Geforce 2 mx. Ran like crap!

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        November 28, 2012 8:49 PM

        I played this with a Logitech Wingman gaming mouse (ball mouse) on a 3M Precision mouse pad that looked like this:

        http://images.yourdictionary.com/images/computer/_MOUSEPD.GIF

        Those pads were all the rage back in the day.

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        November 29, 2012 7:33 AM

        This game caused me to upgrade my video card. I was running it on a voodoo 2 and it just couldn't handle it.

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      November 28, 2012 6:08 PM

      i always asked for this

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      November 28, 2012 8:54 PM

      For some reason I've never been a fan of texture replacement packs. Either I find the original textures fit the world better despite being lower resolution, or the quality difference between new and old assets is too jarring.

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      November 28, 2012 9:08 PM

      the graphics aren't the problem with Deux Ex. It's a terrible enemy AI.

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        November 28, 2012 10:39 PM

        It's the shonky AI that makes Deus Ex what it is. Remove that and you kill the core of the game.