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A Great Game for Newcomers to the Series

six_76 | July 13, 2012 | Review of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

I'd like to preface the review by saying I've never played the original Deus Ex, although I'm certainly going to now that I've played Human Revolution.

I'm not going to talk much about the plot, since there are many, many other reviews that will do that, however, I will briefly state my thoughts on it. Whenever I hear someone speak about the original Deus Ex, they almost always mention the plot, and I've often heard it called thought-provoking. However, while Human Revolution does make some attempts at this, I didn't find it all that great. While the story was entertaining and enjoyable for a video game, that's not saying much. If you're looking for a deep and meaningful story, look somewhere else.

Now I'll talk about the gameplay. The game is a hybrid RPG/FPS/Stealth game, and manages to not make any of the different gameplay elements feel half-hearted. I focused mainly on stealth in my playthrough, so I'll be talking about that and the RPG elements. The game uses a cover/sound based stealth system similar to Metal Gear Solid, rather than a shadow based system like Thief or Splinter Cell. The stealth is, in my opinion, as good, if not better than most games that focus solely on stealth gameplay.

Integrated into the gameplay is a RPG-esque progression system based on artificially "augmenting" your character. Every action you do gives you experience points, and once you reach a certain amount of experience, you unlock a Praxis point, which can be used to unlock a new augmentation, essentially a skill tree, or upgrade an existing one. There are augmentations for all sorts of things, like a radar, increased inventory, increased damage, and even temporary invisibility.

All in all, Human Revolution is an excellent game for all gamers, whether or not they're fans of the original.