Video Game: Deus Ex: The Fall

Are You Ready To Take The Fall?

Deus Ex: The Fall, an Android, iOS and PC game, is a sequel to the novel Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, and a spin-off to the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

During the six months in which Adam Jensen from Human Revolution was in rehab after the attack on Sarif Industries, The Fall focuses on the main character from the Icarus Effect novel, Ben Saxon. In March 2014, the game was re-released on PC... poorly.

This game provides examples of:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Illuminati from Human Revolution, and Icarus Effect.
  • Arbitrary Gun Power: Weapons in the game are weak unless you get a headshot or upgrade them. Even then, its better to save up for the alternate weapons in the shop and upgrade those, as they can be upgraded further than the default.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: The armor-piercing mod for the pistol returns.
  • Back from the Dead: In Icarus Effect, Sam Duarte, Ben Saxon's friend at Belltower, was described being gunned down by a drone in the Australian outback. He got better, mainly because the Illuminati nursed him back to health, gave him new augmentations, and brainwashed him (or at least we think) into joining the Tyrants.
  • Big Bad: Bob Page acts as the behind-the-scenes villain of the game, just like in Human Revolution. Possibly he will be revealed to be the Bigger Bad in a sequel installment, but for now he appears to be the one responsible for the Zaaphire Biotech conspiracy.
  • Booze-Based Buff: Much like in the original Deus Ex and Human Revolution.
  • Boring but Practical: Keeping in with the Deus Ex tradition, the pistol. Most enemies carry one for most of the game for free ammo, and ammo is cheaper than the rifle ammo if one needs to buy it.
  • Cliff Hanger: The game ends on one, as it was intended to be released episodically. As there has been no word from the developer in over a year regarding a part 2, and given the rather sketchy history of episodic gaming (especially for First Person Shooters), it doesn't seem like there's going to be a resolution any time soon, but with the recent reveal of the Dawn Engine that Square Enix says new Deus Ex games will run on and a press release from the developers saying that they are working on "Deus Ex Universe", which will include upcoming console games, books and comics, and mobile spin-offs, perhaps there will be news in the near future.
  • Co-Dragons: Both Jaron Namir and Sam Duarte are this to Bob Page, especially demonstrated when they both debrief him at the end of the game.
  • Coolest Club Ever: Nightshades club in Panama.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel: Compared to Deus Ex, set 25 years later.
  • The Conspiracy: The Illuminati is creating a shortage of the Neuropozyne drug for augmentations and a competitor corporation, Zaaphire Biotech, is rolling out a new product soon called Riezene, which claims to do the same thing. However, the Illuminati (through their Private Military Contractor Belltower and their shipping front company XNG) is flooding the slums of Panama City with Riezene to test the drug and disposing the bodies of anyone who dies from it. Someone in the World Health Organization is in on it and an inspector who tries to publish the truth is assassinated right in front of Saxon's very eyes. At the end of the game, the protagonists fly off to Australia to find out exactly why and if there's more to it.
  • Cyber Punk
  • Dummied Out: Texture files hinting towards a New York City level, a Lower Hengsha level, and an Australia level. Since this game has been pitched to be episodic, it is unknown at the time of writing if it is cut content, or just textures in place for future installments. An album can be seen here.
  • Elite Mooks: Belltower Spec Ops troopers appear as the opposition in the final section of the game. These include Belltower's augmented Elite Mooks, the Sneakers and Ogres.
  • Everybody Smokes: Deconstructed, a line of news will mention that lung cancer is now on the rise.
  • Interface Screw: Neuropozyne withdrawals will do this to Ben.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: If he performs a non-lethal takedown to a single enemy from the front, Ben will always knock him out with a punch from his flesh-and-bones hand, even if he's heavily armored.
  • Karma Houdini: It's implied a sequel is going to be made, but Bob Page, Jaron Namir and Sam Duarte get off scott-free. Subverted in the case of Namir, since you kill him in Human Revolution, and Page, since he's the Big Bad of the original Deus Ex and you can kill him at the end of that game too.
  • Made of Iron: Even basic enemies can shrug off anything thats not a headshot. Including a point blank blast with a shotgun. This often results in being horribly murdered because the NPCs are able to shrug off damage, but you cant.
  • The Mafiya: Saxon fights them at the beginning of the game.
  • New Game+: After beating the game, you can replay it from the beginning, at a higher difficulty level, with all your weapons, items, and augs.
  • Prequel: To Human Revolution as it takes place during the time Adam Jensen spends in recovery before the main events of the game, as well as to the original Deus Ex.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end of the game, Ben Saxon, Alex Vega, and Anna Kelso all head off to Australia to uncover the truth about the Riezene conspiracy and Zaaphire Biotech. Meanwhile, Jaron Namir and Sam Duarte assure Bob Page that they will hunt Saxon down and kill him. The screen then flashes: TO BE CONTINUED.
  • Shout-Out: In the XNG Data Center you find an e-mail talking about a guy called Milton who just turns up but there is no record of his employment.
  • Taste Of Power: The tutorial mission allows the player to have the stealth aug for free. Afterwards, the player has to work up to get it back again.
  • The Teaser: The game opens up with the tutorial mission through the Russian Mob hideout and Ben's defection from the Tyrants before the title sequence.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: The game was released in 2013, and is set in the same 2027 setting as Human Revolution.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The opening mission.
  • Worst Aid: Increase your health by taking painkillers and alcohol! At the same time!