Are you ready for another Deus Ex game? Do you own an iOS device? If the answer to both of these questions is “yes,” then you’re in luck. The first installment of episodic tie-in game Deus Ex: The Fall is now available for iPad and iPhone, though if you’re playing on a jailbroken device, be warned that a current glitch may prevent you from actually firing any weapons (Square Enix is currently working on an update to fix this problem).
The game is based around characters and events from “Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect,” a tie-in novel for Deus Ex: Human Revolution written by James Swallow, and appears to be a sidequel rather than a sequel to the main game. The protagonist is Ben Saxon, a former SAS soldier with cybernetic augmentations, who signs up with a group called The Tyrants and somehow doesn’t immediately cotton on to the fact that they might be bad guys. Saxon eventually breaks away from the group and goes up against its members: Jaron Namir, Yelena Federova and Lawrence Barrett.
The launch trailer for Deus Ex: The Fall shows some more of the gameplay that was showcased in the announcement trailer. There are a few new hints about the plot of the game, but mostly it’s vague stuff along the lines of, “My name is Ben Saxon. I have superpowers and now I’m going to break some heads.”
The voice-acting in the trailer is a little flat, but that’s nothing new for the Deus Ex series. The gameplay, which seems to mostly be lifted straight from Deus Ex: Human Revolution, looks fun and well-executed, though it remains to be seen how smoothly the iPad and iPhone controls function in this shooter. For gamers who are used to PC and console quality, the slightly outdated graphics in the trailer might be off-putting, but that’s to be expected for a game launched exclusively on mobile platforms.
This has been the sticking point for Deus Ex: The Fall so far. There was an understandable backlash of disappointment when Eidos MontrÃ©al teased a new Deus Ex title only to reveal that it was a small, episodic iOS app, but the fact that Deus Ex: The Fall actually looks pretty good only makes it all the more a pity that it’s not being released on any of the same platforms as Deus Ex: Human Revolution. There has already been one piece of DLC for the main game released, titled The Missing Link, and many fans of the series would have been happy to receive an extra mission pack with Saxon as the protagonist.
If you own an iPad or iPhone and have played through Deus Ex: The Fall, let us know what you think of the game in the comments.
Deus Ex: The Fall is now available on iOS devices.