21 Games Like Deus Ex

Games Like Deus Ex Our collection of games like Deus Ex features other titles where you drive the story and develop your own character to shoot or sneak through the game levels with science fiction settings.

Released in 2000 the original Deus Ex is classic title in gaming history with the critical success leading to a franchise of science fiction action role playing games. Known for its ability to utilise story, RPG mechanics, shooting and stealth the games are set in a cyberpunk theme that has players exploring a future dystopian society where augmentations are becoming the norm and allowing a new breed of advanced humans to surface.

The ethical questions from this sort of advancement and that of poverty are common themes to the series and promises to make you think about our own world and the future in the process. Gameplay in Deus Ex prides itself on choice as players have the option to stealth around the various locations, engage in direct firefights, hack terminals for information or become a social butterfly to acquire information instead. This customisation also extends to your weapons and augmentations which can significantly alter the way you approach the game missions.

The games like Deus Ex here offer a similar level of choice, allowing you to shape the story and your character into a playstyle that you’ll enjoy. In addition to the science fiction and cyberpunk themes of Deus Ex you’ll find games below with fantasy, post-apocalyptic and other settings that capture the same choice based adventure experience.
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System Shock 2

System Shock 2 is a role playing horror game available for Windows and Mac that launched in 1999. The game uses hacking and psionic abilities as core elements alongside first person shooting. The game is often cited as influencing future games that combined FPS and RPG elements such as BioShock. System Shock 2 is set in the future (2114) with players jumping into the boots of a soldier as they attempt to fight off a genetic outbreak that is taking control of a starship. Players will be able to e...[Read Review]

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Dishonored

Dishonored is an action adventure game set deep in a fantasy dystopian society that is currently experiencing a plague outbreak. With a wealth of missions that require you to uncover information or assassinate targets you’ll be free to achieve these objectives in your own unique balance of stealth and aggression that utilise your selected powers. Dishonored takes place in a fictional setting that is similar to London in the early 1900s and blends the industrial age with magical elements. M...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (47 votes)
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Watch Dogs 2

Building on the elements of the original Watch Dogs 2 serves as the sequel as it continues the Ubisoft action-adventure franchise across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Featuring a familiar third person perspective players explore a fictional imagining of the San Francisco Bay Area with multiple approaches to the various missions and side activities available. Exploring this fictionalised Bay Area through the eyes of Marcus Holloway you step into the role of a hacker who joins the ranks of the g...[Read Review]

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Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs puts you in the driving seat with a rich open world adventure where you decide on the direction that the story, your character and the world around through your actions and interactions. Set in a modern day era this futuristic title uses a fictional Chicago as the foundation of an adventure of technology hacking to achieve your objectives alongside plenty of side activities. Playing as a hacker named Aiden Pearce you’ll enter into a story of revenge after an electronic bank heis...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (55 votes)
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Thief: Deadly Shadows

Thief: Deadly Shadows continues the high standard of stealth gameplay set by the previous games and was released in 2004 for Windows and the Xbox. Garrett makes a return as the main protagonist and will have players once again stepping into the shoes of this master thief. The game is set in its own world which blends the Victorian era with medieval elements. Unlike previous games that had you jumping from mission to mission it is a much more involved game this time around, allowing exploration b...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (17 votes)
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Death to Spies: Moment of Truth

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is a very difficult stealth based third person game that promises a challenge to any fan of stealth gameplay. Set in a World War II setting you’ll have plenty of mechanics to use and master in this experience. The game launched in 2009 off the success of the first game released in 2007, it has similar gameplay mechanics but many improvements that make it a much better experience. This includes new mission locations, more vehicles and weapons along with a better in...[Read Review]

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BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is a FPS game released in March 2013 for multiple platforms by 2K Games. It is the third game in the critically acclaimed BioShock series which has been praised for its strong gameplay, horror aspects and immersive storytelling. The majority of the game takes place in 1912 on the floating city of Columbia. Players take on the role of agent Booker DeWitt on his mission to rescue Elizabeth from captivity. After successfully rescuing Elizabeth you’ll quickly discover there is much...[Read Review]

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Thief (2014)

Thief revives the classic Thief series with a 2014 release in this stealth based franchise that seeks to return gamers to the roots of the series with Garrett taking centre stage once again in this sneaky adventure. With the wealth of hardware improvements since the original classic you’ll be welcomed with a familiar adventure that proves far more immersive, challenging and ultimately engaging for the stealth player. Just like the previous games in this Thief franchise you’ve got a dark fa...[Read Review]

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Streets of Rogue

Opting to give players a large array of choice and freedom in completing game objectives and wrapping it in a procedurally generated city is Streets of Rogue, a game that takes inspiration from a wide range of titles and attempts to blend them into one. It’s got stealth, bullet shooters, co-op, RPG and rougelike amongst near endless choice in it’s core design. This unique offering means that Streets of Rogue ticks a range of gamer boxes and thus attracting a broad spectrum of players...[Read Review]

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is an action orientated role playing game that explores the rarely touched vampire fantasy for a video game setting. Offering deep role playing mechanics players customise their recently converted human to design their own playstyle through the vampire filled world full of story, choice and challenges. Set in a modern day Los Angeles players explore four unique game areas that include downtown, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Chinatown that each have their own myst...[Read Review]

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Fallout 3

Fallout 3 continues the Fallout franchise and brings players a familiar role playing experience set within the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic game world. Shifting the previously turn based game design into real time first person shooter Fallout 3 is the first of several in the Fallout series that adopt this faster style while retaining the deep role playing elements fans have come to expect. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released in 2008 for multiple platforms the game was later expand...[Read Review]

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BioShock 2

BioShock 2 has players jumping into the body of a Big Daddy in a game set nearly a decade after the end of the original BioShock and giving players a taste of something different. Despite the passage of time Rapture is still the dangerous, unforgiving and scary dystopia it was in the original although you’ll be seeing it through a different set of eyes this time around. Mixing familiar locations and characters along with new ones BioShock 2 ensures adequate fan service amongst fresh conten...[Read Review]

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Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas adds another impressive RPG experience to the Fallout franchise with an action role playing title that is packed full of content. Exploring the wasteland that is the Mojave Desert players will meet countless enemies, NPCs and side quests throughout the Las Vegas area. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010 Fallout: New Vegas remains a fan favourite of the Fallout franchise and Obsidian developed games. Like many open world RPGs since it’s original relea...[Read Review]

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Fallout 4

The bombs have dropped and Fallout 4 is climbing out of the rubble allowing you to explore a devastated Boston landscape in the year 2287 over two centuries after the world was taken to the edge by nuclear war. Released on Windows, Xbox One and PS4 as the fifth major game in the Fallout franchise Fallout 4 has everything you’ve come to expect from the post nuclear war series and is once again split between the base game and various Fallout 4 DLCs. For the first time though players will be ...[Read Review]

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Alpha Protocol

Alpha Protocol combines action, stealth and role playing together in a fun mixture as you play field agent Michael Thorton. The game was released in 2010 with availability on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game follows you’re customised agent Michael Thorton as he deals with all the usual underground crime rings, corrupt government bodies and terrorists. This journey takes you across the globe and has plenty of opportunities for you to push the story down a particular path. There is de...[Read Review]

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BioShock

Step into the dark world of Rapture in BioShock which blends first person shooter mechanics and light RPG features which gave birth to a popular franchise of atmospheric titles. Originally released in 2007 with a number of re-releases since to expand the number of available game platforms BioShock is the first of many adventures that explore philosophical and total utilitarianism themes. This original BioShock is set in the 1960s and has the player arriving at the mysterious underwater city know...[Read Review]

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Arx Fatalis

Arx Fatalis is one of the more unique games you’ll encounter in your gaming life time. It’s available for Windows and the Xbox with plenty of unique elements that promise a different style of role playing game. In the game players explore a series of underground caverns after the human race and the other races (trolls, goblins and dwarves) that lived on the surface were forced underground due to the sun failing. Arx Fatalis explores one of the larger caverns as players escape from prison and tak...[Read Review]

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Taking the popular Metal Gear Solid franchise further with the ninth core game in the stealth franchise players will lead the familiar mercenary of Snake through a campaign in Soviet occupied territory. Advancing the story nine years after the events of the previous game (Ground Zeroes) you’ll tie up a number of loose ends as you advance through the levels that offer greater player freedom than past titles. Mainly focused around the Afghanistan and Angola-Zaire border with Punished (Venom)...[Read Review]

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Velvet Assassin

In Velvet Assassin you play Violette Summer, a World War II British Assassin sent alone into German territory with no official backing to disrupt the Nazi plots and help the allies win the war from behind the scenes. Velvet Assassin is inspired by the true story of British secret agent Violette Szabo who was captured during World War II and deported to Germany from the German controlled territory she was captured. Velvet Assassin begins with you in a hospital bed, with morphine syringes scattere...[Read Review]

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No One Lives Forever 2

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way (NOLF2) is a first person shooter that encourages players to use stealth to achieve their goals. Launching in 2002 off the success of the original this game promises a good experience for players both new and old. The game follows your adventures as Cate Archer, one of the top spies in UNITIY who is chasing the criminal organisation of H.A.R.M. to try and find out what they are up to. The game takes you across a good range of locations from Syberia...[Read Review]

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction is the 2010 addition to the long term franchise and completely reinvents the franchise with all new mechanics and a great level of polish. Continuing on from the previous game in the franchise players will quickly find themselves in familiar territory. If this is your first time playing a Splinter Cell game you won’t feel out of place either with a quick introduction to the game that brings everyone up to speed on the current situation. The campaign follows...[Read Review]

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