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Deus Ex

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Title Screen

Deus Ex

Developer: Ion Storm
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Platform: Windows
Released in US: June 22, 2000
Released in EU: September 2000


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
EnemyIcon.png This game has unused enemies.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.


Deus Ex is the epic story of a sunglasses-at-night guy who drinks soda he found in back alleys, gibs little Chinese boys with rocket launchers, lets gangbangers murder a man's daughter then says to him "What a shame.", and discovers A BOMB in a helicopter.

Hmmm...
To do:
Another unused mission. From content to expand: "At some point during the Deus Ex development, there was a mission in which JC Denton would have been asked to travel to the moon to confront a rogue, malevolent AI named Ada, but much like the scrapped White House and Texas Border missions, the moon level never made it into the final game."

Debug Menu

Oh my god JC a debug menu!

Once you've enabled cheats by adding -hax0r to the command line arguments, enter the console command "legend" to open up an in-game debug menu. The dump system can be enabled by adding the following lines to User.ini, with Name being whatever you like.
[DeusEx.DumpLocation]
CurrentUser=Name

  • Load Map - Load any map in the game. The "travel" option is whether the current flags, inventory, skills, etc. should be kept, and if the map should be loaded how it was left.
  • Edit Flags - Allows you to view and edit any and all event flags set by the game.
  • Add Dump - Creates a dump containing the level, user's name, game version, player location and view. Can later be loaded with 'View Dumps'.
  • View Dumps - Allows you to load one of the previously created dumps.
  • Invoke Con - Sets the flags necessary for specific conversations to play.
  • Show Class - Allows data on specific objects to be viewed, enter a class name at the top (like "PaulDenton") then use the checkboxes to toggle data to display.
  • View Quotes - Launches a secret credits-style scroll sequence (normally accessed by typing "quotes" during the credits) featuring various quotes from throughout development. Yay!
  • Play Music - Allows you to listen to all the music in the game, along with all their variations (action, conversation, death, etc.).

Gameplay Oddities

Female JC

While the idea would be implemented in the sequel, it was here since the beginning – the titling of the player model as JCDentonMale, the choice of the gender-neutral name JC, and the fact that your gender is rarely referred to (e.g., guards saying "Did you see that? Looked like a guy in a baggy coat." when you're spotted).

Ford Schick

After you save Ford, he says he'll return to the Smuggler's Lair...but never actually does. This is because the flag that gets set when you rescue him is (mistakenly?) set to expire at the end of Mission 3 (the hangar mission). If you go to the lair during Mission 8 and use the command "Summon FordSchick", however, he will appear.

Ford has a set of complete and recorded conversations thanking the player and offering advice on what to do, complete with offering the character aug upgrades.

Credits Secrets

If cheats are enabled, you can type "thereisnospoon" to enable matrix mode, "quotes" for a hidden developer quotes screen, and "danceparty" for the secret fourth "ending."

Unused Level Remnants

White House

A "White House" level was scrapped early in development, but contrary to speculation was not due to government intervention. Rather, it was deleted because "a few thousand little square rooms would be really boring".

Some of the furniture models were completed, and can be summoned (prefix "WH"). Also completed were high-detail models of the President and his wife, who in the final game appear in the opening video for two seconds at a distance.

(Source: Edge Magazine: The Making Of Deus Ex)

WHChairPink also has 6 separate textures for its seat and its back, so this may not be how they were intended to appear.

UNATCO Safe

On the 2nd visit to UNATCO there is a safe hidden behind Manderley's bookshelf with no way to access it. The safe contains a recoil weapon mod and was probably made unusable as it would be unrealistic to steal in front of your boss.

Mission 08

Mission 08 still has references to a character called Thomas Dieter, telling him to appear if Harley Filben is dead. If he was talked to then Stanton Dowd would appear, like if you talked to Filben. In the final version, Filben can't die, and there is no other references to Dieter in the code.

Developer Mistakes

DeusEx-Newspaper.png

There is a newspaper in JC Denton's office the first time you go into UNATCO. Unfortunately, it can never be read in normal gameplay without noclip as opening the door destroys it.

In the Ocean Lab labs there is a medical bot in one of the flooded compartments, only problem is that going to the area that contains the key to the room usually loads the medical bot, which makes it drown before you can use it.

Map Oddities

747 Warp

In the 747 hangar there is a warp to the stowage area of the 747 hidden off the map behind the rudder of the 747. In game this isn't used as the loading ramp of the 747 closes as you approach it and the warp has been moved. This may have been due to been able to skip Paul's conversation by going inside this way. There is no warp to the hangar from this location on the 747.

Liberty Island

On Liberty Island there are objects outside the playable area when returning. On the first return the gas grenades on the statue are replaced with LAMs and a barrel is added beside the one that is missing, possibly showing an old layout for the area.

On the second return there, there is a crate with a lockpick inside on the statue.

On the third, final, return the camera on the exterior of the statue is higher and further away from the wall, being held by a metal brush. There is an alarm high up beside it which makes it useless as it is too high for enemies to use. The camera and alarm both have 25% strength instead of the camera in the first level's strength of 10%, and the turret has a max range of 768 instead of 1400 in the first level, both different than the default of 512. There are more LAMs outside the statue, one on a wall and one beside it floating in mid air. The container containing a gas grenade normally now has 10mm ammo in it instead. The gas grenades placed on the walls normally are now all LAMs, instead of just two from the first return. The crate containing a lockpick besides the camera is still there from the first instance. Possibly strangest of all is that in this level there is one NSF thug on the island, carrying a pistol and a crowbar instead of a mini-crossbow and crowbar like the first level. Also a prop crate and two pigeons have been added outside UNATCO, seemingly for no reason.

Unused Textures

The Soda Can has three unused textures that bear the words: Zap!, Blast!, and B. There is also an unused "MontyBites" candy bar texture.

Prop Skins

Couches, chairs and flags have unused skins.

ChairLeather:

CouchLeather:

OfficeChair:

Unused Audio

Airport VOIP Conversation

In one of the offices in the terminal, the player originally could have accessed a VOIP conversation between Juan Lebedev and Tracer Tong. Tong will be trying to convince Lebedev to kill the player, whereas Juan insists on keeping him alive.

Answering Machine

An answering machine in Paul's apartment would have foreshadowed his loyalties to the NSF when it is used by the player.

Gunther Stealth Pistol

There's an option to give Gunther your stealth pistol when you rescue him from the statue of Liberty. But since the first stealth pistol you can get is after you beat the level, this normally goes unused. There is another line for giving him your assault rifle, but since the first one you can get is after you talk to the NSF commander, this also goes unused.

Assault Rifle Stealth Pistol

Battery Park Conversation

While not completely unused, nobody's going to hear this conversation due to the requirements. This is because all enemies start attacking you after the conversation with Gunther, which is right after you leave the subway, which makes the characters scared and not talk.

PS20/HideAGun Fire (HideAGunFire.wav)

An unused sound, possibly for before the PS20 was plasma based.

Mini-crossbow Fire (MiniCrossbowFire.wav)

Unused sound for the crossbow firing

LAM Ambient (LAMAmbient.wav)

Unused repeating sound for the LAM, presumably when placed on the wall, in game it makes no sound.

Robot Sounds

The robots of the game have unused sounds. Critical Damage:

Area Secure:

Greasel Attack

Greasels have an unused attack sound, presumably for a melee attack, but in game they don't have one.

Rat Sounds

Rats have 3 sounds for squeaking, but they only use one.

RatSqueak1 RatSqueak3

Unused Music

Some levels' music files have tracks left unused.

UNATCO [UNATCO_Music.umx]

Similar to the used conversation subtrack, but with an unused 20 second intro.

Majestic 12 Laboratories [MJ12_Music.umx]

Unused alternate default subtrack. There are two possible places where this could've been used, which are Versalife and the second Ocean lab. Interestingly, this was used as the conversation music in the PlayStation 2 version of the MJ12 Laboratory.

Opponent Within [UNATCOReturn_Music.umx]

Unused departure subtrack.

naval base, graveyard [NavalBase_Music.umx]

Unused alternate default subtrack. Likely meant for the graveyard (which is silent in the final game), as the file's title says it was supposed to be used there.

Paris Cathedral [ParisCathedral_Music.umx]

Unused Used

Unused early versions of a few patterns.

The Nothing [Tunnels_Music.umx]

Unused conversation subtrack.

Area 51 [Area51_Music.umx]

Unused departure subtrack.

Hidden Text Within Music Files

Within many of the games UMX files, some of the samples used are named as to have hidden messages within them. Most of these are just credits from the composer of the file, but within a few there are various messages.

Title_Music.umx

This file contains credits, but also contains one quote that reads: "What is your cause, and who do you obey?"

Quotes_Music.umx

This file contains 3 little messages that read: "Nightwatch", "free her", "temptation".

ParisChateau_Music.umx

This file contains a note from one of the composers, Alexander Brandon. It reads: "my favorite ambient tune in DX... and it was Michiel's first 5 patterns that got it started - Alex." The quote refers to the other composer Michiel Van Den Bos.

OceanLab2_Music.umx

This file contains 2 messages, both seemingly broken or unfinished. They read: "for the origin.systems red...your hungry" and "namely the scene and all the great artists in".

NYCStreets2_Music.umx

This file contains one long message from composer Alexander Brandon. It reads: "with my bowing out of Straylight productions and the release of this project you may note similarities between this piece and the style of necros (andrew sega)

if so, there is no shame as this is probably going to be my last MOD released to the public and what better way to pay homage to one of my personal favorites and colleague in arms

there is no doubt he and others have had a profound impact on my music and as my friend Josh Rodman says.. 'its one of your strengths.. don't shy away from it' peace... 2000"

Credits_Music.umx

This has a simple message inside that reads: "greets to the DX team song is dedicated to Steve Vai".

Area51_Music.umx

Another relatively simple message that reads: "I changed my name from this one."

DeusExDanceMix_Music.umx

This has 3 hidden messages within it that each read: "Samples from Necros, Sybaris, Maelcum, and elsewhere", "I've only got one thing to say... GETUPANDDANCEYOURASSOFF!", and "wee.. hellos to Chris and Bryan :)"

Weapons and Items

Renamed/Repurposed Objects

Many of the otherwise final items exist, but summoning them reveals they may have had entirely different concepts than was finally implemented. For example, the electronic scrambler grenade used to confuse bots is named "WeaponNanoVirusGrenade", indicating it would have possibly been some kind of highly-lethal version of the gas grenade to infect humans with Gray Death.

Cat Bites

Within the list of NPC-specific attacks is a listing for cat bites. Unlike dogs (which do bite you), cats simply run away when you step on them.

Unused Enemies

There is an unused, low detail, SecurityBot4 enemy in the game. This version has the same weapons as SecurityBot3, but has 50 EMP HP instead of 40. It doesn't have any unique sounds apart from its move sound, which is a higher pitch version of the repair bot's. Its collision size is also 27.5 instead of SecurityBot3's 25.35.
DeusEx-SecurityBot4.png

Unused PowerVR Support

Deus Ex, like most Unreal Engine 1 games, uses a plugin system for its renderer to allow more flexible support for multiple video card types. Interestingly, the PowerVR SGL plugin, while dummied out, is present, compiled for Deus Ex, and works fine with minor bugs.

Of course, you actually need to have a PowerVR card to use it, and you'll need to have Kernelex 4.5.1 installed and the game set to Windows 98SE compatibility mode.

Version Differences

The Game of the Year edition contains the 1.112fm patch, adding multiplayer and removes the music from Mission 08, the last visit to Hell's Kitchen, rendering it unused.