GMDX is an incredibly ambitious mod for the original Deus Ex. It’s a proper overhaul, dedicated to spiffing up the visuals, fixing long-standing bugs, improving the AI, making the UI more pleasant and so much more. The final version is now available, and it’s the hardly-needed justification to replay it you were looking for all along.
In case you’re not sold on the idea, scroll down and take a look at the trailer. It’s quite the thing, no? You can download the mod from its ModDB page, and here’s a list of changes it makes:
- Enhanced Artistic Direction
- Advanced Artificial Intelligence
- Fulfilling Augmentations
- New Effects, Animations and Graphics
- Updated User Interface
- Polished Weaponry
- Improved Level Design
- Multi-Lingual Support
- Highly Customizable Settings
- Updated Physics
- Attention to Detail Second to None
- Fleshed Out Audio Design
- Extensive Bug Fixing
- HDTP and New Vision Support and Extension
- Fine-tuned Balancing
- Expanded and Refined RPG systems
- Variable difficulty Settings
- New and Improved Simulated Systems
The list does make it sound a bit arrogant – the video presents a far better case. The mod is hailed by its creators as the “definitive” Deus Ex experience, but we wouldn’t go that far. It seems to take too much liberty with the original material – remixing the soundtrack, making changes to the level design and the underlying RPG systems, and generally fixing things that didn’t need fixing in the first place. Obviously, we don’t recommend installing it for your first playthrough – you should just grit your teeth and soldier through the vanilla version.
However, if you’ve been replaying it every few years since 2000, which many people have, it’s a great way to freshen it up a bit. It looks awfully pretty, and the changes made to AI should keep you on your toes. Here’s hoping there’s a button that lets you use the original soundtrack, though.