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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.
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