We've documented 15 accessibility features for Deus Ex, including Fully Voiced (Or No Speech), Select Difficulty, Colour Blind Friendly, Some Speech Subtitled and Moderate Reading. Its accessibility is strongest in Navigation and Reading but it also has features in Controls, Getting Started, Visual, Difficulty and Audio to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Deus Ex (Series) accessibility 13 months ago.
This report is based on the latest main game in the series, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Other games in the series will have different options available.
You can't remap controls, and you sometimes need to hold buttons down, press multiple, or rapidly press buttons. There are three difficulty options, which can be selected at the beginning of the game. After completing the game once, you unlock the hardest difficulty level, which doesn't allow you to respawn when you die, instead making you start again. Apart from on the highest difficulty, so can save at any time.
There are several instances throughout the game where you need to complete missions within a certain time limit.
While most text throughout the game is high contrast, there are sections where it isn't, and it is often also very small. While there are subtitles, they are very small and can be low-contrast, and only subtitle most sections of the game, not all.
Release Date: 23/06/2000, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Accessibility: 15 features
Components: 3D First-Person
Costs: Purchase cost, In-Game Purchases and In-Game Pass
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Controls in Deus Ex which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Can play with the following:
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Mouse And Keyboard
Can play with the following:
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Difficulty in Deus Ex which deals with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.
Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Getting Started in Deus Ex which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
Assistance Getting Starting
These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.
Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.
Assistance For Progressing
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.
Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Deus Ex which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.
Some Speech Subtitled: Some spoken content has subtitles. This reduces the pressure on interpreting all the spoken content, although not everything is captured textually.
All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.
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We've documented 4 accessibility features for Navigation in Deus Ex which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.
Large Clear Navigation: The in-game navigation and maps are clear to read. They offer large text and offer markers that are large and of high contrast. Where text or information is small, there are settings to zoom-in and increase visibility.
Clear Mission Objectives: The game provides clear, structured missions with directional guidance and advice on which can be attempted next. This also indicates (ideally on maps where they are provided) which missions can't be attempted because you do not have the appropriate items yet.
Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with the landscape, points of interest and missions highlighted throughout the entire game. This enables the orientation of the player and the world, confirming a direction of movement and the location of destinations or points of exploration.
Digital Menu Navigation: Menu choices with Gamepad can be made without using an analogue stick to guide a cursor to a selection. For example, using D-Pad, buttons or the Stick to change menu selection in a single action.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Visual in Deus Ex which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Motion Sickness Friendly
Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.
Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Deus Ex which deals with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.
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System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this.
Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping).
Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games.
iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games.
Read more about system accessibility settings.