Reviews by Darky
Not enough tie-ins to the original, but still amazing on its ownDarky | July 14, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
This game is fantastic on it's own. It does have a few things in common with the original Deus Ex, including minor character appearances of some kind or another, but overall it does not tie in more to the original beyond the general theme. The only real interesting tie-in to the original comes post-credits in form of Audio only and it leaves you speculating. That said, it still is a very enjoyable game of it's own. The augmented theme still is fresh and fun and more relevant today than it ever was before.
Graphically I have heard some people say they think it's outdated. I don't think so at all. I think it is one of the most well designed games in a long time. The art and the attention to detail in this game is simply unmatched. There are small environmental details laying around everywhere contributing heavily to the atmosphere, and the story itself references back on itself which is a trade rare enough these days.
The story itself does not quiet feel as mysterious and threatening about the people in the shadows as the original did, but it still is engaging enough to make you curious and want to keep playing.
The gameplay itself is very tactical: There's always multiple paths to follow and while you can die fast, you can deal a lot of damage first before things get too tricky. There are also boss fights, which to me were a welcome addition to the game, but they are too easy and go by without any real buildup or consequence, making them quiet pointless. There even is a character that never speaks a single line and you get pitted against it as a boss, and it just has no point. They could have improved on that, involving these boss characters further in the story and give you better rewards and consequences for having to kill them.
Overall it is a very enjoyable game with some flaws, but still one of the finest of the decade. I can understand why they didn't tie in with the original Deus Ex too much because they were a little afraid to get ripped apart by long standing fans, but apart from the ending they have proven that they can create a very enjoyable game in the Deus Ex Universe and don't need to be afraid to tie in some more in a potential sequel.