Set in the near-future, Deus Ex, ironically originally named Shooter, is set in a world where every conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard is true. The Illuminati, Knights Templar and Roswell all happened, and it gets worse: plagues, disasters, and corruption rule. In this world, society desperately needs a savior. This world is a mess, and you have an opportunity to make it whatever you think it should be. Nothing is labeled. Nothing is black or white. Everything is gray and can be changed. The game’s main character, JC Denton, an agent for the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition, may seem a bit bland at first, thanks to his Keanu Reeves-like look from The Matrix, but as the game wears on, you’ll grow to love him.

That’s because he is you. From the game’s first mission, every choice you make in the game changes the way the story progresses. You’ll quickly understand that you can play this game any way you want, but you have to be prepared to deal with the consequences. In its own way, Deus Ex was just as much about you discovering who you were as it was finding out what went on in this crazy in-game world.

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the