Reviews by hylian90

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A work of gaming art

hylian90 | Oct. 6, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition

I've started and restarted writing this review several times. Human Revolution is so good I can't decide where to start explaining why, or how to make my point succinctly. It's the sequel the original Deus Ex deserves.

It's really a love letter to the sci-fi genre. The plot explores complex themes like the ethics of scientific progress, the definition of our own humanity, wealth distribution, and violent vs nonviolent activism. But more importantly, it explores those themes in ways that are subtle, mature and capture the complexity of the moral questions. The writers never bash you over the head with their message.

And it's got the gameplay to match. The visuals may not look like much at first (some textures are noticeably low-res, and lip syncing is not terribly good), but once the game sets you loose in the first hub, the art direction of the game takes over. The graphics may not be technically impressive, but the visual style of the game is at times breath-taking. Think Blade Runner. The game offers a variety of gameplay options, from stealth to combat to social manipulation, all of which are done nearly to perfection.

I honestly can't recommend this game enough. It's engaging, intelligent, thought-provoking and most importantly FUN. It was worth every penny of the MSRP on release day. Whatever it costs now, buy it. You'll be getting a good deal.