The Cassandra Project: Episode 1

The opening installment of episodic Deus Ex Mod "The Cassandra Project". Requires a full installation of Deus Ex with the latest Multiplayer patch.

You are Charlotte Williams, a lower-middle-class English woman turned international Mercenary. With thirty inching ever closer, she becomes disillusioned with her work and is approached by one Nicholas Beckett. He offers her a new job: field agent for a mysterious organisation known as "The Cassandra Project".

She accepts. After all, what has she to lose?

Over the next few months, her body is modified with technology beyond her experience or knowledge, boosting her considerable natural abilities to posthuman levels. Today, she leaves her London apartment for the last time, and travels to Birmingham for her first day at her new work.

Problem: She doesn't actually know where the base is. Her orders are to meet up with a man called "Johnny Casino" in a bar called "Secrets and Regrets", who will give her the location of the HQ.

She is, to say the least, more than a little anxious.

That's all for now. Everything else is explained in game. Relax.

Warning: Mature themes that may not be suitable for minors.

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The Cassandra Project

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The Cassandra Project - Pre-launch Preview

The Cassandra Project, or TCP as I've come to know it during my tenure at DX-M.com, has been hosted with TTLG nearly since it started up in January 2000.


cassandra077Since then, The Cassandra Project, headed up by Kieron Gillen himself (of PCGUK fame), has been sending out small pulses of information from its inconspicuous comms page. Through careful narrative, from the core of the Narcissus entity itself, portions of the Cassandra universe have eminated for these past years. If there was one Deus Ex project that seemed to have the perfect crew, it was Cassandra. They've had all the right cards from the start -- a coherent story, a good set of characters, and some rather imaginative level design. Now, in these last few weeks of development, the team is preparing to play that hand. If all goes well, you'll be as impressed as I was.


cassandra079Without giving away too much of the basic background, I'll say that the game stars the quite frequently featured (in wallpapers still available on their project site) Charlotte Williams. Charlotte is an agent of a secret organization named -- you guessed it -- the Cassandra Project. With the aid of the materials provided on the Cassandra website, it's easy to get involved in the Cassandra world of dark pubs with mysterious but important characters.


cassandra083Once the game gets rolling past its markedly strange opening, the story and atmosphere really envelop the experience. From the point of entering CPHQ on, the game is an extreme trip through a very rare kind of humor. Between the scripted conversations to the character barks the situation presents an open area of superb office-like architecture with a lot of exploring to do, both with the NPCs that make up the CP and the various rooms throughout the complex.


cassandra084Now, despite its reportedly highly interesting story and levels, I am certain that there are many avid fans who enjoy the technical and combat aspect of their first person shooters too. I bring this message: Do not worry. Cassandra offers a slew of grenade-type weapons as well as some new twists on old weapons and completely new ammunition. As for augs, I can't say much. The limited piece of Cassandra that I played did not tend to put an extreme emphasis on their use, but it's difficult to tell what is up Charlotte's sleeve. If some of the interesting projects that were mentioned to me months ago exist in the final release, the game will most assuredly compliment the overall impression of a truly variant scenario.


cassandra082Dialogue is sometimes rather staccato, in many cases lending advantage to the clipped witty lines included throughout. Conversations are used effectively to reveal, even in Charlotte's rather sarcastic tone, the outline of the story. The team has done an excellent job of leading the player through a role instead of throwing a wrapped up story at him all at once.
From the experiences that I had with the Cassandra Project's work, I can only express one concern. While I have seen the integrity of level design and textures increase dramatically in these final weeks, I do hope that some of the limitations of the engine are overcome with the team's desired effect still in place. One particular moment, though lacking any real pain, caused my machine to bloat at an explosion that must have consisted of at least 20 LAM-style blows. These concerns aside, though, I am sure that The Cassandra Project will live up to its modest methods.
And, while you wait, why not check out what's up with the Cassandra Project in its hosted project board?

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This is the latest cassandra project file I got. it's a windows setup

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Guest
Guest

Why is this updated? is there going to be a new episode :? please creator say yes, it could be a great present for this summer!

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Blade_Sword Creator
Blade_Sword

This won't be updated, I actually will publish their post mortem because it's also a nice archive to display.

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APOGEEchild
APOGEEchild

A brief mod, yet so brilliant. Its humor, ideas, and abrupt ending definitely influenced The Nameless Mod in some degree. I liked some of the incorporations from Neuromancer, I like the main character (a cool female main character), and I liked seeing the Narcissus Entity at the end. Even though this was just a demo, was incomplete in its voice recordings, and didn't get a chance to try out its weapons for any missions, I definitely loved how this mod demo was done. All Hail the Narcissus Entity!

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Blade_Sword Creator
Blade_Sword

It's a mod that I recommend play and replay, at least to try the different possibilities of the mod. A thing that I suggest is playing it without shifter or anything that is like shifter, as the hacking regarding different locks won't work at all.

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Incarus
Incarus

When will it be released?

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Bielow
Bielow

@Incarus
As You can read in dx forums and on moddb Cassandra project was cancelled. There will bo no part 2 unfortunately :(

Bielow

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Blade_Sword Creator
Blade_Sword

Unfortunately still the demo is a good proof of concept, I don't like everything on it, but most of the weapons offers more possibilities in comparison with the ones from the original game, you have more less than lethal options, and there is more importantly no **** weapons all of them are relevant

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

I just have one thing to say..."Sweet seduction in a magazine, endless pleasure in a limousine, in the back shakes a tambourine, Nicotine from a silver screen... bum tish bum tish bumbarum".

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♥SniperLulu♥
♥SniperLulu♥

I just finished playing this & wow I was like wtf is going on! I loved the weapons & the character was sweet but it was so short. I only got Episode 1 I think there are more

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Blade_Sword Creator
Blade_Sword

I don't know, I'm not aware of their existance, I think the mod project ceased and there was only this "demo"

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Excellent Mod.
Really Cool Story.
Shame it wasn't completed.

Feb 12 2011 by nerdenstein

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