Reviews by dare365

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A surprisingly fantastic successor.

dare365 | Sept. 22, 2011 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

It would be an understatement to say that hardcore fans of this series weren't expecting a game that could live up to the legend that is Deus Ex. Not only does Human Revolution live up to the original, it innovates and uses modern gaming conventions.

The story and the vibe is actually quite reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid. Adam Jensen talks into a headset to a superior who sounds like hes holding things back from you much like Solid Snake talks into his codec to Colonel Cambell who is a higher up who doesn't give Snake all the details of the mission hes on. Both games are full of conspiracy theories that forces the player to make guesses about what is going on beyond the scope of the main character which acts as a fantastic motivation to progress the story and keep playing. Both games have an amazing cast of voice actors. The voice of Adam Jensen played by Elias Toufexis is reminiscent of J.C. Denton played by Jay Anthony Franke in the original Deus Ex. The voices are different enough that its a good thing and every line of dialogue that comes out of Jensens mouth is intriguing.

The mechanics of the game are quite interesting too. Dialogue options are quite dynamic and the interrogation/debate scenes in the game are interesting too. The stealth mechanics are interesting but can be a bit shoddy. There are instances where the AI should see you but because the cone on the radar that represents their line of sight is somehow obstructed, you remain invisible to them. The AI as a whole is unremarkable.

The art designer of this game certainly deserves an award. The entire world is beautifully crafted. Cities have a sense of desperation to them, apartments and offices have a sense of clutter to them, the prominent shade of "gold" in a world that isn't golden at all. There is this overbearing sense of a future where technology can save your life and make your life better at the cost of everything you are as a human.

All in all, I strongly believe this game is a must-have if you're a fan of the genre. There are valid complaints to be had with the boss battles, the AI and the impact the player choice has on the outcome of the story but all in all, the game is wonderful and absolutely worth the price of admission.