Got a chance to play them both again when they were on sale on Steam during the Thanksgiving holiday. You know the one, where everyone runs amok and crush babies underfoot while trying to get $5 off a $1900 television set. Yeah, that one.
Anyway, goddamn. DX, and even DX:IW, had to be the best games I've played in years. I mean that literally -- even with dated graphics and stupid gameplay problems they're the best. How long has it been since I paused, I stopped what I was doing mid-game and actually thought about the consequences of my actions?
At the end of DX:IW, I'm standing in front of the rebuilt statue of liberty, asking myself, "Is this the right choice?" I literally didn't know what I wanted to do. I skulked around, found the other factions in the game and talked to them. Still couldn't decide. Leo (crazy-ass Leo) wanted me to blow them all to hell and let mankind make its own choices, for better or for worse. As much as I agreed with him, I couldn't help but think of the people in the Old Cairo medina who would get crushed in that scenario.
After 10 or 15 minutes of wandering through snowy Liberty Island, I made my choice.
I hope it was the right one.