Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Game Review/Free Game Friday

 

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released in the UK over the weekend. After playing the game ourselves for an unhealthy amount of time already, we  thought we’d be nice and write this little review for you (while also giving ourselves a much needed breather). Oh and we also managed to blag two copies of the PC version to give away so you too can become mechanically augmented. To enter simply retweet this post: Tweet this.

The hype that precedes titles like this almost always leads to some form of disappointment. The most ambitious titles risk promising too much and fumble when you can’t deliver what they set out to do. Deus Ex: Human Revolution however, truly rises to the occasion. Despite being subject to a media frenzy of speculation and high audience expectation, Eidos-Montreal has very nearly escaped being faulted at all. I will even put my neck on the line and rate this as my game of the year.

 

Story:

You play as Protagonist Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT specialist who’s been contracted to oversee the defensive needs of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. Your job is to safeguard the company’s secrets, but a black ops team breaks in and kills the very scientists (and past love interest Megan Reed) you were hired to safe-guard, leaving you badly wounded during the attack. Left with no choice but to become mechanically augmented, you soon find yourself becoming swept up in a globe-spanning conspiracy hinging on the powerful yet highly dangerous, augmentation technology.

 

Gameplay:

The game provides an eclectic mix of action, stealth and role-play. If you choose to play aggressively, close-quarter takedowns combine with intense fast-paced shooting, If you choose to play the game stealthily, it plays in a similar way to other stealth games like Splinter Cell. You can sneak up behind people without being traced, use your social skills to extract information from key characters, or hack systems to retrieve crucial information. The game even rewards all styles of play and approaches depending on your choices. There are always multiple choices, tools, approaches, and paths at your disposal. Choose your playing style and face the consequences of your actions: you decide how the story unfolds. This makes the side missions another feature of the game to shout about; as you aren’t faced with the same fetch-type side missions you would face in a range of other games titles. Word of advice, save often and if you decide to play the game on hard mode, be prepared, the enemies will take constant head shots at you, so if you are new to the game, stick with the intermediate level.

 

PC bonus:

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is great on every platform, but the PC version rules the roost. Eidos Montreal employed PC developer Nixxes to give the loyal PC fans of Deus Ex some extra attention. All of the visual sliders and tweaks expected by your average PC gamer are in place, and there’s additional DirectX 11 support for screen space ambient occlusion, subtle tessellation support, and a great number of anti-aliasing modes. Stability is generally good, but there have been reports of issues with black screens during the cinematic scenes, so again we would recommend you save often.

 

Final thoughts:

Deus Ex’s resounding quality is that it leads you into a place where experimentation feels comfortable. Whether this be with the augmentations themselves or your sense of achievement when trying to outsmart the game’s rules, leaving you with a smug feeling of satisfaction or loss of sleep depending on the decisions you make. Despite this openness, Deus Ex always remembers to incentivise the choices you make along the way. Just remember, your choices define your experience!

See the official Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer at IGN:

 

Reviewed on: PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Number of Players: 1
Europe Release Date: August 26, 2011
Published by: Square Enix
Developed by: Eidos Studios – Montreal
PEGI: 18+: Violence, Drugs, Bad Language
Also Available On: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

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