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Game Music of the Day: Deus Ex

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.


June 11, 2010

Game: Deus Ex

Song: Main Title

Composer: Alex Brandon

       
Above: Main Title from Deus Ex

Mystery. Betrayal. Men who voluntarily go by the name "Tracer Tong." These are just a few of the things that made Deus Ex - one of the first RPG/shooter hybrids and an enduring example of PC-gaming superiority - great. And with Deus Ex: Human Revolution looming large at E3 next week, we can't help but wax a little nostalgic about them.

Probably the one thing that's lasted longer than anything else in the minds of Deus Ex fans is its music. Particularly the iconic title theme, which mixes eerie tones with martial drumbeats, and does an incredible job of getting players pumped while setting the mood for the shadowy, insanely high-tech world they're about to explore.


Above: OK, so maybe it doesn't look quite so insanely high-tech anymore

The theme was so iconic, in fact, that it was rehashed for the sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War. Although much like Invisible War itself, the new theme - while not exactly bad - was little more than a shadow of its predecessor.

That's a little depressing, isn't it? If you need to cheer up, have a listen to Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's version, which gives the original theme silly lyrics that are far more catchy and memorable than they have a right to be.

Jun 11, 2010

 


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  • JuliePeesgood - June 12, 2010 6:36 p.m.

    Man hearing this brings back memories. Deus Ex was one of the first games that I played through multiple times. Great feature!
  • Paul752 - June 12, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    This is why I love the game music of the day. I've never played Deus Ex but now after listening to the main title theme for the first time and loving it, it gives me incentive to play the series.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - June 12, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    @Smalberry Solely because you asked and it was a game I knew nothing about, so I had Mikel handle it. Ask and ye shall eventually receive on GMOTD! Oh be sure to check back on Sunday...
  • SenatorPepper - June 12, 2010 1:10 p.m.

    Yea! Deus Ex's music is probably in my top five favorite game scores. The title theme always reminds me of the theme for Star Control II and the theme for Battletech II: The Crescent Hawk's Revenge, other favorites of mine.
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  • CombatCat120 - June 12, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Man it never gets old, no matter how much you listen to it. I remember sitting through the menu just listening to it. Not many games today come with an outstanding soundtrack to complement the gameplay, except for Uncharted 2 and MGS4. Looking forward to Human Revolution and how it'll work on a console
  • philipshaw - June 12, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    Amazing game with great music, Deus-Ex 3 looks like it could be great
  • Cleanser247 - June 12, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    Absolutely beautiful track! I loved this game :D
  • DeusMemoria - June 12, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    The Deus Ex series is tied with Mass Effect/2 for my favorite game soundtracks.
  • Spybreak8 - June 12, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    Yeah I've got the Deus Ex Invisible War OST and every time I listen to all my mp3s I hear one song and go this is good wonder who it is? Yup sure enough I keep getting reminded that that soundtrack is a good listen. I get goosebumps with that chorus just like I do with Halo's theme.
  • Ridgley - June 12, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    Never played the original but was a huge fan of Invisible War.
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    Yes! I wonder if writing to Brett for this actually worked or if it was in the pipeline. Either way....Huzzah!

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