Reviews for Deus Ex: Human Revolution
My favorite game of all time!manvelmard | May 14, 2013 | See all manvelmard's reviews »
It will be so hard for another game to top this for me. Hands down the best single player action-rpg game. So much choices to make and so many places to explore. The story is so interesting and every character has good depth. If you're into these type of games... BUY THIS RIGHT NOW!!! You won't regret it. Not the mention the soundtrack is also awesome!
Excellent prequelbritishlad | May 11, 2013 | See all britishlad's reviews »
Like a lot of people, I was skeptical when I heard about a new Deus Ex game. The last game, Invisible War was a big disappointment to me and the fans of the orignal but thankfully I was wrong
Deus Ex is about choice, and Human Revolution hits that out of the park. Do you want to sneak past your enemies with a cloaking augmentation after watching your enemies move routes through walls with the eye aug, or do you want to sneak around and pick off each enemy with tranquilizer darts, hiding each body from view like a silent predator? Do you want to augment yourself to be Cyberpunk Rambo? You can. Grab a machine gun and utilize your defense aug, making your skin hardened against bullets. Do you want to be a weird Hulkified dude who's obsessed with throwing fridges and dumpsters at your enemies? Put some points into strength augs. Want to be a hacker and use hostile security terminals, turrets, and robots against your enemy? Done. Like to talk your way out of situations? Invest in the cerebral aug that lets you better read people's expressions, helping you find each conversation's weak points.
There is so much choice in this game, and there are so many paths in each level to take, that I think Human Revolution rivals or even surpasses Deus Ex. It's that good. The levels are huge - especially the city hubs where you can talk to various NPCs and get a bunch of sidequests.
The gunplay is good (and a massive improvement over the original), the stealth is good (with nice little touches like patrols that turn around and walk backwards for a few moments). The hacking minigame is actually fun and involved, unlike most minigames. It also evolves as the game progresses, becoming more difficult and varied, with more ways to hack as well. The game has top notch production values - The graphics, sound and art direction are all excellent Everyone should buy and support this game. We need more like it. I don't want to wait another 10 years for a new great Deus Ex game.
An awesome adventureXentrig | May 11, 2013 | See all Xentrig's reviews »
While the game certainly has it's fair share of problems and glitches, they aren't usually enough to ruin the level of immersion. It features all of the genres now classic mechanics, and will feel great to anyone who enjoys the sandbox style rpg game. Fans of elder scrolls, fallout, and games that are similar, who have a little bit of a sci-fi geek within them will fall in love.
The level of detail to both the characters and the world you play in is outstanding. The combat is slightly mediocre, this game is more for the story.
A lengthy, specatcular adventureacloggedtoaster | May 10, 2013 | See all acloggedtoaster's reviews »
This game is a fun, unpredictable, entertaining, 15+ hour long RPG/shooter/action game. It is incredibly unique, as it effectively brings together role playing with shooting and action, but also finds an equilibrium, making sure one genre does not overpower the other. The story is mediocre and the game starts off slowly, but 4 hours in, you will find a rich world with interesting characters and nice visuals. The PC optimization on this game is also spectacular. I highly recommend this title.
Worth your timedman19901 | May 7, 2013 | See all dman19901's reviews »
this game is a fantastic rpg/shooter , the level layouts allow for a different play style if desired however stealth does seem to be the best option. The story and characters are great, this then makes all them hours you can put into it even more enjoyable. Great value for money as there is plenty to do and the game allows for other play styles not just stealth
One of the best solo games everVahgrant | April 29, 2013 | See all Vahgrant's reviews »
Amazing is the word I would use to describe Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Probably one of the best Action-RPG ever made and possibly better than the original Deus Ex, this episode regroups all qualities that this kind of game requires. From the open gameplay, allowing you to play as a killing machine as well as a ghost or even mixing both, to the immersive universe, making you love and hate nearly every character, nearly everything is mastered. There still are some few mistakes like the graphics of the game, feeling kinda old, or the boss fights, which are horribly hard, but still, if you can forgive those mistakes compared to all the qualities the game has, which is not so hard, you will definitely enjoy the game.
I would clearly advice it to any lover of the genre.
Back to its rootdesperado28 | April 27, 2013 | See all desperado28's reviews »
Simply put, this game one of kind. If you liked the first one, this will right at the start hit "in that spot". Amazing setting for the game, excellent rpg/fps hybrid and most off all, it has soul.
A decidely solid followup to the greatest game of all time.donhonk | April 25, 2013 | See all donhonk's reviews »
As someone that will defend the original Deus Ex, jagged edges and all I couldn't help but be somewhat disappointed by the latest entry in the cyberpunk series. Its not even entirely the games fault. The original was just so ambitious and so revolutionary that the game stopped being a game and started being a legendary experiment in player choice.
So its hard to live up to an icon, and Human Revolution does an intermittently good job of it. Streamlined RPG elements and stealth abound, yet lacking the free flowing environments and tons of choices that made the original such an innovator. Yet when it does hit those heights its almost as satisfying. So even though it doesn't succeed in beating the original, it still warms my heart to see a game try to have a modicum of intellectual design.
AmazingMar1o | April 17, 2013 | See all Mar1o's reviews »
This game is great, I recommend everyone to play it at least once. Nice story, cool gameplay, amazing atmosphere. I'd say it's worth the full price, don't miss it!
I Never Asked For This; But I'm Sure Glad it Came!Nuxaider | April 17, 2013 | See all Nuxaider's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel to the original Deus Ex, which in some regards, allows for some more creativity and new ideas to take root. So how do these new changes affect the game?
Graphics: The game looks very nice, with a lot of detail surrounding the main characters, though the minor characters could look better. The art style is very well done, though some may dislike the orange/yellow filter.
Sound: The soundtrack is very nice, but it lacks the mood and emotion the original Deus Ex provided. The music is mostly electronical (which the original also had) but it's just ambiance. There are moments where you can hear soundtracks from the original on radios and I kind of wish they didn't do that sound the difference between the two soundtracks isn't so jarring.
Story: While the story is very well done, it lacks the complexity and motivation the original Deus Ex had. The whole Illuminati and anti-augmentation components are a nice addition, but they merely serve as the background, not the main story which is just Adam Jenson being attacked, being augmented, and finding out who's behind it all. Another point worth bringing up is the ending. Like Deus Ex, the "RPG" elements don't matter a whole lot, especially at the end. There are literally, different buttons for the different ending you want. At least you actually had to perform different objectives to get different endings in the original Deus Ex.
Gameplay: Gameplay is for the most part, good. The mechanics are about the same but the shooting is much better. Augmentations are more streamlined; for example, you no longer have to activate an augmentation to have more strength, instead it's a permanent upgrade. The hub worlds are beautiful and large, with lots of areas to explore. I only wish the levels were like that. The stealth is mostly hiding behind walls while maneuvering around a crowded corridor. While there are multiple paths, it lacks the openness the original Deus Ex offered. Also, the game favors non - lethal too heavily. A kill is worth 10 XP, headshots are worth 20, a non - lethal kill is 30, a non-lethal headshot is 40, while a takedown is 50. Obviously, to powerlevel, non-lethal takedowns are the way to go. This encourages powerleveling since this is the most efficient way to earn XP and therefore to unlock more augmentations.
Overall, this is a worthy sequel to the original Deus Ex and I would recommend playing it. Hopefully mod support comes out soon.
Sneak, shoot, hackStebsis | Feb. 13, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »
I didn't play the original Deus Ex games but Human Revolution just caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. Deus Ex HR doesn't do any part spectacularly, only good, but it blends the sneaking, shooting and hacking perfectly, and combined with clever level design that complements all playstyles makes DE an unique game in the midst of all FPS games these days.
You play as Adam Jensen, who's a bodyguard to Sarif Industries. Your workplace is attacked by terrorists, your girlfriend killed and Adam himself left to die. Some months later he returns basically from dead thanks to augments, like enhancements to human body, next step in evolution. You try to get to the root of why and who attacked Sarif.
The most immersive part of the game is how terrifyingly true everything in the game could be. This isn't that distand future, 2027, and it shows. These augments aren't magical enhancements or that scifi even, but could very well be completely plausible in just some years, and that's what makes this game a marvel to look at and maybe makes you fear what future might hold. HR tackles subjects like where does the line between human and something more goes, we already are using prostetic legs and mechanical arms. It's interesting and thought provoking setup that makes you really think what it would be like to have all these enhancements.
Level design is awesome and you get to choose usually between 2-3 different routes you want to take to your subject, and in those routes you can choose how you want to handle it. I recommend going the game first sneaking, it's most interesting and makes you feel like some ninja when you take down your enemies from cover without others knowing, be it killing or just stunning.
Story is a bit weak, it's not particularly interesting even though the themes it tackles and setup are.
Deus Ex Human Revolution is an unique game these days, many games focus mainly on shooting or sneaking, but HR blends these perfectly. You feel like you have augments, you're more than normal human. I really recommend grapping this.
Welcome Mr. JensenGuardian412 | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel of the highly acclaimed Deus Ex series, playing 25 years prior the great, classic cyberpunk adventures of Agent JC Denton. As Adam Jensen, Chief of Security of one of the greatest augementation companies, you have to reveal a great conspiracy which has started when mercenaries have stormed the company's HQ and killed your girlfriend, and almost you as well.
DX: Human Revolution faithfully follows the challenging gameplay of the original game, which is making it to a great FPS-RPG hybrid, with plenty stealth gameplay, hard decisions you to make, great and memorable characters to meet with and an excellent conspiracy story and a well designed world to discover. I had only three greater problems with DX: Human Revolution; #1, The storyline is not as good as the storyline of the original DX and the ending does not have any connecton to our decisions at all. The cause and effect, which has made the original DX so memorable does not exists here. #2; There are too few missions and too few locations to discover (At least if you compare it to Deus Ex.). #3; The background story of the mercenary villains are weak and the Boss Fights connecting to them are the weakest points in the game. Those parts reminds me mostly for the console gameplay of DX: Invisible War.
DX: Human Revolution is not as good as the original one, as no game can be that good, but its easily its the second best game in the genre and its a must, especially if you ever loved Deus Ex.
It’s just phenomenal.alphalegion | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all alphalegion's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Possibly the best action-RPG I have ever played, and that is no exaggeration. This game is truly stunning, from graphics to gameplay, and from narrative to setting. It’s hard to so much as pick one fault with this game.
The story in this game, is just so engaging and thrilling, with so many twists and turns, and even drastic changes in events, that will leave you jumping with joy, in tears of sadness, or screaming at the screen. It’s just phenomenal. The combat in this game is next to perfect, your weapon choice is excellent, and the fusion of first person and third person cover system works amazingly well. - The only slightly annoying part is the scope-in, as it isn’t assigned to your right mouse button, like most shooters, as that is to take cover. These can easily be re-mapped; however using anything other than right mouse button for cover can be even trickier.
All in all, an absolutely astounding game, arguably the best action-RPG I have played, and as I previously said, it is so hard to find a fault with this game. Definitely worth getting, well worth the price, and you can even find it on sale at quite a few places, so it’s sure worth getting then, without a doubt.
Deus ex return - reviewcarlyle | Feb. 2, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »
Deus Ex presents a game structure open, which allows individualized approaches to the action. Possible interactions are different and there are many hidden corners, within developing specific powers that hide bonuses or maybe special items such as weapons or otherwise. Usually the rule is that most are hard to find, the more you rich booty. Speaking of the grafts, or the powers that Adam can develop assigning praxis, the rose of choices of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is extended further. Unfortunately the AI is poor and does not react efficiently, you will often encounter situations bordering on the ridiculous, a bit 'ruin empathy. The same bosses are very subdued and does not represent a major challenge with their tactics monotonous and predictable. Graphically Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game of ups and downs. If you can not move notes artistic director and scenario building, is some trimming, mostly because of the scripted sequences and facial animation.
Perfect Blend of Shooter and RPGstarjack20 | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all starjack20's reviews »
This game is, simply put, a masterpiece. It has great graphics, a golden color filter that is very fitting to the setting, and beautiful environments throughout the game. The story is also quite fascinating, and although it isn't the best thing in the game (Not to say it's not good), it is something that is very rewarding when you pay attention to it. The gameplay is very unique in this day and age. The coolest aspect is that there are infinite possibilities to solving any given situation. You could use your strength perk to move a vending machine and travel in the vents, you could silently take out guards one-by-one, or just run through guns a blazing. This game is a great experience and very much worth the price.
Give me Deus ExJray264 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »
I'm a fond fan of the original Deus Ex, so I was expecting Human Revolution to fall flat just like how Invisible Was did. Thankfully, I was wrong in expecting this. HR is a beautiful game that fans of RPGs like this will rave about on the internet for years. Something Deus Ex does well is that every mission can be tackled in so many different ways. Do you want to shoot everyone up or sneak through the air vents undetected? Do you want to beat that guy up to get the password to the computer or do you just want to hack it? Deus Ex is far from flawless though. The boss fights are the worst I've seen in a game in a long time, the yellow filter would of been better if it didn't exist, and the AI is astounding stupid at times. If you like RPGs, stealth games, Fallout, or just good games in general, pick this up. Now.
A worthy successor to the great first installment of the seriesKrisu | Jan. 15, 2013 | See all Krisu's reviews »
Simply put: this game provides several dozens of hours filled with (mostly stealth) action, good story, believable characters and that lovable cyberpunk-esque atmosphere. Must-have for everyone who likes collecting memorable experiences from video games.
Simply fantastic!backslashio | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »
One of my favourite and best blind buys ever! I'd heard of Deus Ex before yet never bothered researching about it as it didn't seem like my kind of game. Oh boy was I wrong! The key thing here is a fascinating story combined with brilliant voice acting set in a futuristic world where augments are all the rage for superhuman abilities. The gameplay is a combination of stealth and action, the decision of how things progress is up to you. Want to stealthily hack into the police building? You can do that. Want to approve with guns blazing? You can do that too! Its great how the game tailors up to the way you normally play games
Its a hard game to fault, the environments, the cities, the characters, all of them are memorable and there's many modifications to be made with your weapons/armour allowing for once inaccessible places to become available and finding even more goodies for your arsenal
Easily a contender for one of the best games in the past 10 years and gives Mass Effect a run for its life!
The sequel that the original Deus Ex deservedabelfs | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »
It reminded me to Vampire: Bloodlines. Great atmosphere, first and third person alternation in the gameplay, RPG component and variety in the situations. 5 hours into the game I have been able to dig deep into the core and see what play "Human Revolution" is truly like, and it is good. I feel like they captured the original perfectly. not only cheap knock of made, like Invisible War, to make money. The cover system really enhanced the way I was able to go through levels. The tiny details made me feel like I was not only killing and knocking out bad guys, but actually uncovering secrets I wasn't supposed to know. If you are a fan of the original or FPS games in general, I highly recommend this game.
Better than I expectedCSharpest | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all CSharpest's reviews »
To be honest my expectations were not that high even though I kept hearing a lot of good things about the game and the Deus Ex series in general. It's probably worth noting that I hadn't played any of the previous Deus Ex games before so I really didn't know what I should be expecting.
When I first time tried the game I must say I wasn't still totally convinced about the game. It did seem a bit boring and maybe not technically as good as it could have been. How ever I just kept playing and after a while I totally fell in love with the story and the gameplay. It actually started becoming hard to stop playing which rarely happens to me.
All in all, the experience was really good and at the price it's at nowadays during sales it would be a really stupid not to get this game. It will keep you entertained for hours and after you're done you will be wanting more!
This is Deus ExAntix | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
After playing Invisible War, I had little to no expectations for this game. Until all the recommendations came and I had to try it myself. And boy, was it an amazing experience. The stupid boss fights are really the only thing that mar this otherwise fantastic game. From the clever dialogue, to the soundtrack, to how it tackles the theme of natural supporters versus augmentation supporters, to the improving the classic gameplay that made the first game great. This one is not to be missed.
A few steps forward, a few steps backLunk | Jan. 2, 2013 | See all Lunk's reviews »
After playing the original Deus Ex for the first time recently (what can I say? I'm a little slow.) I was really excited to check out Human Revolution. I loved the original, and only really found two flaws with it: the graphics that looked dated even accounting for the age of the game, and the sprawling, uncomfortable control scheme. HR addressed both of these with beautiful visuals and much better controls, and for the most part did a nice job of following in its predecessor's footsteps in the ways that made it great.
However, I did feel like the game's plot wasn't quite as cohesive, largely due to the side quests. In Deus Ex, the side quests felt like they fit with the primary narrative and generally tied into whatever your current objective was by way of opening up another solution to a problem, weakening an enemy's defenses, or something else that it made sense for someone in the middle of climactic events in massive global conspiracies to be worrying about. In Human Revolution, with a few exceptions, the side quests feel like you're being forcibly dragged away from major things that really should not be ignored for any length of time to do things like help old cop buddies solve unrelated cases or investigate petty office thefts. They're not bad or anything, but they took away from the immersion in the story and felt like they were unnecessarily tacked on in order to claim a longer play time (~25 hours, give or take). In hindsight I probably would have enjoyed it more if I just completely ignored them, but if players have to play through a game once in order to figure out how to make the plot flow properly, I feel like that's the developer's mistake and not the player's. I also felt like the endings were arrived at less organically than they were in the original, but I'll avoid elaborating for fear of spoilers.
I should also mention that this is a demanding game where I experienced FPS drops like I have in few other games. I can't deduct points for that - I AM a little under the clearly stated recommended specs - but it's worth noting that anyone considering the game should take those recommendations seriously.
This review probably sounds a little more negative than it should. The original Deus Ex was an absolutely phenomenal game, and Human Revolution is a worthy addition to the franchise that makes some meaningful technological advances. There are definitely some flaws, but they're nothing that wrecks an otherwise great game and only stand out as much as they do because the game is being measured against one of the all-time greats.
Instant Classic, Must Replay Over and Over!Brumbek | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Brumbek's reviews »
Deus Ex: HR is truly worthy of the Deus Ex name and is a shining example of how to make video games. Regarding the graphics, it has immaculate attention to detail and a gorgeous artistic vision from start to finish.
The 3D modeling is superb with even minor objects amazingly crafted. The gameplay is smooth and extremely well thought out. Each area, quest, and item serves a distinct purpose and it all fits together to allow you the freedom to play the game your way, yet still provide a consistently quality experience.
Few developers have both the passion and the skills to forge a masterpiece like this, a game that you should thoroughly digest, playing through it at least three times. Moreover, like the original Deus Ex, it's worth revisiting every few years to remember why video games are such a powerful medium. A must-experience game!
Well Made GameAppleMuffin | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all AppleMuffin's reviews »
Finally an FPS RPG that works. I never played the original but I heard it was a legendary game, and that this one followed in its shoes.
One thing you should know is that this game is quite challenging. It's not advertised as an FPS gunner where you shoot anything that moves- though you CAN play like this if you want, which is the beauty of the game. The great thing about it is the versatility of the game - stealth, speech, force - it almost reminds me of the fallout series.
The story in the game is great, and it's good enough to drive you forward to see the conclusion.
As there is choice in your style of play there is also some choice in morality - spare the prisoner, execute him, that kind of thing. TBH I didn't find many of the choices particularly story changing, though it was still a nice touch. Very fun game.
Cyberpunk Conspiracies, Gold Paint, and Cool ShadesCrimsonWizard | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third game in the Deus Ex series. Despite that fact, this game is an excellent starting point for people new to the series, thanks to the fact this is a prequel to the other two titles.
The story of DEX: HR is a solid one, leading Adam Jensen across the world as the social issues of augmented humans come to a head. The player is shown how such improvements can help people such as amputees regain their mobility, but also how dangerous they are with the many street punks and enemies Adam is forced to deal with.
As the tale unfolds, the game encourages you to explore your options. You can be super stealthy and sneak past most enemies through the ventilation shafts, and hack your way through every computer and alarm in your sights. You're welcome to grab lasers and rockets to mow down your enemies, or you can be a little more humane and knock them out with a stun gun or tranquilizer rifle. Heck, you can also talk your way through some characters who block your path.
The core mechanic of the game are your augments however. DEX: HR uses a level up system where for each Praxis Kit earned through pick ups or by experience points, you can spend them on skills for combat, survival, stealth, or even to reach new secret areas. The game does a fairly good job of making sure almost every ability will be useful at some point in a level.
There are some small flaws with the game however. Because the boss fights were handled by a separate studio, your only option to deal with them is to kill them, unlike the original Deus Ex. Also, the endings aren't adjusted much by your overall actions in the game, unlike something like the Mass Effect games.
However, the game is an incredible title and a welcome return to the series. I encourage everyone to try it out, whether they like shooting games, stealth games, or RPGs. The game manages to balance all three nicely, and sticks it all in a well crafted world of fantastic visuals.
Fantastic game with some disappointing flaws.overburning | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all overburning's reviews »
Really great game, one of the best of 2011 in my opinion. Having recently played Dishonored, stealth of DXHR feels a bit restricted, but nonetheless, it is a solid, cover-based-sneaking-around stealth game, with a certain degree of variety in completing a mission. The infamous boss fight is terrible however, and along with the disappointing last act (especially after the promising story before it), left a sour taste in my mouth. Still, it is a stealth game with a degree of freedom, and a very good one for the most part.
The real sequel of the first Deus Expanz3r88 | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution is really a good action RPG that contains all the elements that everyone loved in the first title of the series. One of the best elements is the story, full of conspiracies and charismatic characters. The gameplay and the skills of the character allow you to try different type of gameplay in the various mission: you can try the Rambo approach and play the game like a classical FPS or increase your abilities to hide and play the game like a stealth game. If you try the last type of approach you wil find this game one of the best stealth games of the last years. The only weak point of the game are the boss fights, quite boring and easy.
Stealth or Kill, Good or Bad, your choice!crazyspike | Dec. 16, 2012 | See all crazyspike's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution it's a game of variety of choices. You can play as good person meaning making good choices, spares lives, help people making difference in awesome history of the game, or you can be completely Bad. Stealth is true nature of the game, very good levels design, and lots of side quest!! Combination of FPS with RPG well done! Finishing Deus Ex: Human Revolution its a game you must play :))
An exiting experienceArnasian | Dec. 10, 2012 | See all Arnasian's reviews »
There are very few fps RPG out there, and for the most part they are not very interesting. Deus Ex HR however is. It is an amazing game where the choices you make actually have an impact, and where your style of playing relay shines through, it has one of the most dynamic and game play changing ''talent trees'' i have ever seen in a game, and make the combat, or if you prefer it stealthy rogue approach, an incredible amount of fun. It is a must play if you are a fan of the RPG genre.
Immersive Stealth Makes for Superb ExperienceBeard_Whisperer | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Beard_Whisperer's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a phenomenal game with a great deal of variety. Whether you choose to play through the game without firing a single bullet or going through each level guns blazing you will have a tremendous experience. The game feels so fluid that even if the game itself wasn't fun, it would be worth it just to play a couple levels. Fortunately the game is fun: very fun.
One of this games strongest points is the sheer immensity of play styles. What you decide to augment completely changes how you will be able to complete a level. If you choose to focus on fighting perks over hacking perks, you won't have the advantage of gaining key codes through hacking terminals (or having the ability to hack the lock itself) and will thus need to resort to actively eliminating those necessary to find the necessary code to continue on. Conversely, if you choose to invest in stealth options you will still be able to take out whomever you wish, but will excel if you stick to the shadows and seek out ways of remaining undetected.
The level design of this game is unsurpassed. I literally played through levels multiple times, and each time I could find a new way of getting around. This is also dependent upon your augmentations: if you invest in strength you will be able to move obstacles blocking hidden entrances. If you invest in stealth you will be able to sneak in through ways that otherwise would only be access after eliminating a large number of foes.
The game is therefore not linear, but that does not mean it is entirely open world. Although one can find a number of ways from getting from point A to point B, the game is not limitless in its options. This does not make the game suffer, it just keeps the game on target without deviating too far from its goal.
Missions are extremely fun and immersive. I have never played a stealth game with so much variability to the point that I could play through levels again and again and not get bored. Also, when you find a path that you are not currently augmented to handle, it gives you the urge to replay the game and choose different augmentations. Which, by the way is well worth it.
Although the game can be played any way you wish, the game does seem to be more advantageous to those willing to learn the layout of the levels and seek out a stealth based character build. This does not destroy the game, after all one still can blast through each level as they wish, they just won't be having as invigorating or as fun of an experience. Perhaps the game could have benefited from a little more challenge when players decide to focus on fighting rather than stealth. Some levels provide that challenge, with tons of patrolling troops and rocket-wielding robots. Others however can be a little too boring if you just end up blowing through a few enemies and arriving directly at your goal.
That small determent aside, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, has been one of my favorite gaming experiences. Both in the level of character detail and in the level of variability in the gameplay. To those who are fans of RPG elements in shooters, or who are looking for a great stealth experience akin to Metal Gear Solid, I cannot recommend Deus Ex: Human Revolution enough.
Fantastic Stealth Gamenintendo97 | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all nintendo97's reviews »
I got this game around a year ago. It's story is one of the most captivating in any game I've ever played. The gameplay is top-notch and it can easily last you 40 hours if you don't rush through it and complete the sidequests. It warrants a second play, with choices that change the gameplay. It is one of the best games of the generation. Do not miss Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
A good buy for the right price!Abomb7894 | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all Abomb7894's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution is definitely a good buy, for the right price. My friend recommended it to me during a sale and I had never heard of the series. I never played Deus Ex before, so I was not sure I wanted this. The plot is pretty good, with some nice twists and turns here and there. The game play is whats pretty neat. You can either go lethal or nonlethal for the whole game, even not killing anyone except some bosses. However, nonlethal seems to give more experience and added bonuses than lethal. I personally ran through it mostly nonlethal, but used lethal when I needed to. The amount of customization, through augments, weapons, and even how the story plays out and your reaction to it improves the game amazingly. If this ever goes on sale, definitely buy it. $30 is not a bad price for it, but I found that it is about a 15 hour game more or less for one play through. If it ever goes on sale for 50% off, definitely grab it. Good game.
Now, this is a stealth gameMarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »
Not as good as I hoped, but still one heck of a game. The graphics are a bit dated by now, but the style is excellent; it just misses (some) details a lot of other games do have these days. Other than that, there are no complaints. The voice acting is excellent as well as the gameplay. I do wish there were more sidequests around though, and that they were longer. Some of them could be completed in a couple of minutes. The game itself takes around 25+ hours to complete, which is more than enough for a FPS RPG. I tried to play it stealthy but it was pretty hard to pull off so in the end a lot of people ended up being killed. I do think a second playthrough would be easier now, especially when playing stealthy, because you now know how the game works, and thus how the AI reacts. And although hacking was most of the times optional it would've been nice to see an insta-hack device. It became boring about halfway into the game. But despite all the minor flaws; highly recommended !
Deus Ex finally continues!Javas | Oct. 21, 2012 | See all Javas's reviews »
As a prequel to the series, Human Revolution is set in the year of 2027. Human Augmentation is the new trend, lots of people want it while others despise it and want to put and end to it. You are Adam Jensen, a security officer working at Sarif Industries, a company which create augmentations as well as working with military defence contracts.
One unfortunate evening at the office, a strange force attacks and leaves Jensen badly wounded, in order to save his life, Sarif augments him with highly lethal augmentations which in the prossess makes him more dangerous to his enemies.
Having discovered his true potential, Jensen now sets out on a journey to discover the truth and to rescue his ex girlfriend who was kidnapped in the attack.
First of all, the intro blew my mind. The atmosphere was fantastic, the gameplay was fun and the story got interesting almost immidiately. The gameplay mixes the shooter genre with roleplaying elements, such as selectable dialogue in conversations along with weapon customization and inventory, along with customizable weapons and augments, which offers a variation of tactics.
The AI is not the best one, and I found the game to be very easy even on the hardest difficulty. But that didnt matter to me, the game was fun from the beginning to the end and as soon as I finished it, I started the "The Missing Link" DLC.
The game took me about 27 hours to complete when I did all the side missions. I recommend this game to everyone who is a fan of shooters and RPG´s. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is by my standards one of the best games of 2011 and I doubt you will get dissapointed if you buy it.
A fantastic FPS/Third person hybridceldiruen | Oct. 13, 2012 | See all celdiruen's reviews »
Let me preface this review by stating that I have not played the original Deus Ex games, so I will not be comparing this game to them, but rather how well it stands on its own.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a fantastic entry in the story-driven FPS/RPG field. The graphics are astounding, and everything is held together by the golden-tinged colour scheme. Gameplay is engrossing and smooth, proving you many options with which to tackle every encounter. You can move around stealthily, knocking out foes or shooting them with sleeping darts, or you can go in guns blazing, using all manner of weapons to take on the enemy. There are multiple paths of entry for most, if not all locations. Don't feel like using the front door? Find a vent, a ladder, or a window to climb through! To top it all off, the story is fantastic. It will keep you wanting to know what happens next, every step of the way. Not only that, but there are many side quests to tackle, which can either flesh out various parts of the story, or give you a break from the action. Overall, the game is a very solid experience. Its one major drawback are the boss battles; here, your choices are limited and you must actually kill the bosses. However, seeing as how few and far between they are, this gripe doesn't blemish this fantastic game.
A different, but good fpsKobex24 | Oct. 10, 2012 | See all Kobex24's reviews »
Deus Ex is very good game with a nice mix of shooting, stealth, and RPG elements. Each mission has multiple pathways and gives you the freedom of choosing how you want to go about it. I feel as though the stealth elements are the best and that's what I found myself doing the most. The graphics are also pretty good, but as you can probably tell from the screenshots, very black and gold. The story was well done, although a I felt that a few sections could have been done better. Overall though definitely one of the better fps games I've played, and I would definitely recommend it.
A worthy sequelEngin33r | Oct. 6, 2012 | See all Engin33r's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution manages to perfectly capture the feel and essense of the world the original created. And while it is not without flaws, especially in the character building (by the end of the game, you can have every upgrade possible), its ability to provide exactly the kind of gameplay the player wants, pure shooter or extreme stealth or anything in-between, is incredible and unmatched in any other modern game. Well worth playing, and replaying!
Deus Ex is still betterpipalex | Oct. 4, 2012 | See all pipalex's reviews »
The fact is, 2001's Deus Ex was an anomaly, which will never truly be surpassed or even replicated for quite some time. While this game is an admirable effort, it takes too much from new shooters (regenerating health, dumbed down character building) while not taking enough from the old games, or even coming up with new ideas. It improves in some areas like conversation systems, but too little too late. On top of that it has a weird orange tint that I couldn't be bothered to go find some user created mod to fix because I was so bored with the experience. Had this been new IP it would probably have been ground-breaking, but it will always be in the shadow of Deus Ex for me
Silky smooth graphics, personal freedomdas_regal | Oct. 3, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »
Stealth games are few and far between this day and age. In that regard, Human Revolution is pretty rare to begin with. Tack on beautiful graphics, unparalleled player freedom to complete objectives, and a pretty decent story and you've got something unique.
The stealth isn't forced, if you want to go in guns blazing you can. In between missions you'll be presented dialogue options that you can use to set objectives for yourself. For instance, if you want to be non-lethal, you can present that constraint to yourself and try to live up to it.
My only complaint is that the upgrade system isn't quite as robust as I would've liked. Yes, you can augment your character to enhance his powers, but the options aren't as varied as the game play choices you're given elsewhere.
The boss fights are also ill-advised, as they completely break from free of choice and force you into some pretty frustrating situations. But on the whole, Human Revolution is an amazing game well worth checking out.
Great FPS/RPG/ Stealth gamelachking | Sept. 27, 2012 | See all lachking's reviews »
Human Revolution is the prequel to Deus Ex, a game released back in 2000. Put simply, Human Revolution is a great game with many elements coming together well, although there are some pitfalls (will get to later). The game is very open end, and you can take on challenges the way you see fit, whether that be through brute force, sneaking a back way in through vents, cloaking your way through, or hacking a computer and making a robot fight for you. The voice acting for the most part is solid, and the plot is enthralling, with the added effect that what you do influences plot points. An effective dark atmosphere is created, although the gold and black colour scheme may not appear to all. However, as mentioned earlier, there are various pitfalls. The AI can be quite dumb at times, especially with regards to their alertness to your presence and their reactions. Also, the boss fights are unnecessary and do not belong and often rely on saving and loading until you eventually do enough damage to kill them. This concept does not fit well with a game where choice is one of the most prevalent aspects. Overall, however, Human Revolution is a great game which presents you with many choices and ways to tackle a problem. A link between various genres is done successfully and as a result, an enthralling package is produced, despite the shortcomings.
One of the best games of the year.dark2025 | Sept. 21, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a genuinely good game even if you've never played the original Deus Ex. In fact story-wise there's very little connection between the two so you're not missing out on much if you skip the first one.
The stealth element works fantastically. I completed the game using purely non-lethal methods but I never felt the game was slow. The game is intense, has a decent story, and some well-executed mechanics. The only issue (as you've probably heard many times) is how out of place the boss battle feels, especially if you've been playing the pacifist path. Still, it's easy to overlook that since there are only about 4 such battles in the game. The rest of the game is quite brilliant.
Another great release by Square Enixschroff | Sept. 14, 2012 | See all schroff's reviews »
One of the better releases in recent times. It allows you to choose between playing as a trigger happy cyborg or try a batman-like non-lethal approach. Naturally, the latter is actually more fun and the game design feels like that's how the game was meant to be played. However, there are some sections, like the FEMA camp, where it is a frustrating endeavor and you feel tempted to just fire away and be done with it; an achievement isn't worth the frustration. The boss fights are out of place. They don't fit in with the over all game, they were outsourced and it shows. Graphics have this weird yellow tint but you get used to it and the music is awesome. A must play.
My GOTYalecslo | Sept. 8, 2012 | See all alecslo's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution is an enthralling experience, few games have captured me in the story in such a way, and I did not have a better experience in the previous year. The way decisions are handled without an explicit morality system is wonderful. Side quests are continually interesting, not mere filler and will add to the story. The only possible complaint that I have is with the balancing, doing all the side quests as you get to the end of the game I found my self almost invincible and while I would go for stealth, if I ever screwed up, instead of restarting I would just overpower the enemies. A great experience.
Amazing...zhack075 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »
This game is trully amazing !
Too easy in my opinion even in "Deus ex Difficulty" but the atmosphere is unique ! Even if it's not the most beautiful game in the world, the attention paid to small details contribute to compensate this and the atmosphere is trully amazing. Voice acting is amazing too such as musique and artistic direction... Trully a game you should play once in your gamer life !
An almost perfect successor to the perfect game.1Life0Continues | Aug. 19, 2012 | See all 1Life0Continues's reviews »
DXHR is almost perfect. The choices, the atmosphere, the incredible amount of work put into the world. It's a fantastic game, and everything you do matters. But there are some glaring issues. Boss fights. These are HORRIBLE! So much so, that the developers actually apologised for them, admitting they were not up snuff. Playing as a gung-ho Rambo character, these fights are nothing. Easy as pie. But if you dedicate yourself to non-lethal, stealth tactics, these fights are a massive punch in the face. In a game so rife with choices, these sections rob you of all of it, forcing you to act against your play style. And the ending is also pretty bad. Not Mass Effect 3 bad, but pretty close. But, those out of the way, DXHR is very close to perfect, and you should still play this game to recapture the feeling of the original, which just pips the post in terms of satisfaction. As a stealth player, the boss fights affected me so much, that I have had to give this game a 75/100. They are a very large blight on what is otherwise a damn good game.
Have it your way!Cooberstooge | Aug. 7, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »
If you truly want to switch up your FPS experience, you can't go wrong with Deus Ex: HR. Walk into any fight knowing you've got the skills and all the advantage, and plan stuff out before making your move.
Like pulling a Rambo? You can in this game, with all the firepower you could ever need, from knives to combat shotguns, you'll have the ability to make any peaceful gathering decidedly unfriendly.
Prefer to lurk in the shadows? With this game, you can. Why confront someone when you can traverse the air ducts and bypass them completely? Hacking is your friend, where learning dirty secrets and pass codes is as sublime as the most brutal takedown.
The game has its own look and style, and it all screams along at a steady framerate. The characters are well fleshed-out, and the voice acting perfect.
I've yet to run into a bug, and this is probably the one title I recommend everybody try, even if you're not into FPS gaming. There's just so much you can see and do, in so many different ways.
A true sequelNeohoodman | Aug. 6, 2012 | See all Neohoodman's reviews »
The Deus Ex series is a touchy subject. Considered by many as a classic and 'required reading' for games (opinions I share with them), the sequels/remakes never captured the right mix of atmosphere, gameplay and options. Options, options, options. Decisions that actually make an impact.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution changes that. DE:HR is the first true sequel (actually, a prequel) to the original game. Things that made the original so great (the amount of choices, the setting, openness) all made it to HR with a slight modern tint. While gameplay might feel a bit janky for the original Deus Ex nowadays, DE:HR has polished gunplay and feels very good to play. The story follows cookiecutter conspiracy themes that belong to the genre/series, but they're still enjoyable.
All in all the original Deus Ex is still iconic and master, while Human Revolution is several steps in the perfect direction. It sets the bar and earns its place next to Deus Ex.
Worthy of the Deus Ex nameUltraJake | July 26, 2012 | See all UltraJake's reviews »
Many were worried that Human Revolution simply wouldn't live up to its predecessors. Luckily for everyone, it did. Sure, it's not a perfect game, but the story is great. While at first it seems fairly shallow, as you play and get more sides of the story it turns out to be a very deep conspiracy. You can also play how you want to play. I personally logged 40 hours in the game, but your mileage will vary depending on how you play the game (Stealth, Murderous, etc...) and how much you care about checking everything out, even if it isn't urgent. It's a great looking game too, and the PC port is nothing short of amazing. There were a few issues at launch but they were quickly fixed. My only real complaints are as follows: The different endings were simply buttons you could press. Pressing one simply led to a short but sweet cutscene with Adam talking about different things depending on which you picked. Also, it was possible to sort of "power game" your way through. Hacking and Nonlethal takedowns gave you an XP bonus when compared to the alternative means. Finally, the boss battles. There is no way to stealth your way around them and while the battles themselves only occur a few times throughout the game, they are basically just hide, shoot and run until they die. Overall it's a spectacular game and it's totally worth the price.
If you liked the original Deus Ex then you will love this!Thulfiqaar | July 26, 2012 | See all Thulfiqaar's reviews »
I have to admit I was initially disappointed with the graphics but the gameplay really make up for it. Deus Ex will remind you that games can be good again. That it is possible to have a great sequel. It gives you the freedom to play it the way you want to play it and the choices that you have to make aren't easy, but that freedom to be able to make that choice is what makes this game so great.
There are so many things that you will love in this game.
Great story line
Nice selection of weapons
Freedom of Choice, that means the freedom to be stealthy or go head on action style if you do it right
Great Voice Acting
I can't help but wonder how good this would have been if it also had multiplayer... done well!
Deus Ex Machina for the ending please!Eiensakura | July 23, 2012 | See all Eiensakura's reviews »
Deus Ex: HR came out as one of the most hyped successor to the ever popular Deus Ex series, and it certainly did the name justice, with a minor kinks of two.
The game itself is driven by a solid plot, where you, Adam Jensen weaves his way through the webs of conspiracies and intrigue of the cybernatic world. The vast availability of choices of actions gives this game multiple routes to take in order to complete the game. Hate sneaking around like a rat? Go in guns blazing. Dislike going in gungho? Sneak your way around. Computers? Hack them, or simply just plow your way through a wall to make a new route. This allow plenty of tactical moves that keeps the game fresh.
Furthermore, your actions in the game does affect people, and in fact helps you in your quest. This gives a very human touch to the game, with even your dialogue choice plays an important part. The battle wise, it's quite typical of FPS i might say, and the AI is at least competent enough to flank and so on.
The only blot in the end is the ending, after all the trouble and adventure, and it's down to pushing 1 of 3 buttons? That sort of set a precedence to another game which used 3 colours for an ending. Not the best way to end the game I'd say.
While HR does live up to it's ancestor's glory, it's still does not rank as highly as the original Deus Ex.
One of the Best Games of 2011.ryanyau | July 22, 2012 | See all ryanyau's reviews »
This game is a prequel to the original Deus Ex series that was released back in 2000. I have not played the original series before, but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. The 50 hours long story is dark and deep yet very easy to get into.
Gameplay is freeform and completely left to the player to use whatever means to go about accomplishing goals. There are lots of side quests and some of them are very intriguing. Character customization is very detailed and can sometimes lead to very dramatic changes which can totally alter the gameplay.
Music and sound are very cinematic and portray the dystopian nature of the world extremely well. It is a treat for the senses.
CG cutscenes however look rough and slightly dated. The world itself is not as open as it appears. Boss fights are surprisingly linear and too combat oriented, compared to how much freedom you had in the rest of the game.
Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10 One of the best games of 2011. An excellent game not to be missed.
Your mission is given, your approach is notCynaris | July 20, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution is all about how you decide to handle the situations. It gives you freedom, but not in the sandbox meaning, but rather it gives you tools completely alter how, in what order, when and where you complete your task. It's extremely satisfying.
The game is set in a futuristic world, where human augmentations are an everyday thing. You as the protagonist, have to suffer through the aquisition of these augs against your will, as you have no other choice. The story is great, but the ending is a letdown after all the setup unfortunately. Visuals are doing the job well, and the soundtrack accompanying it is truly outstanding and franctic.
You could do much worse than picking it up.
Great game, let down a little by the endingDrMon | July 19, 2012 | See all DrMon's reviews »
Deus Ex is definately a lot more streamlined than the original Deus Ex game in terms of skills and depth. However, that is not to say that the game is lacking: Quite the opposite!
The game has your standard type of "Missions" to complete, allowing you to run and gun (Beware your limited ammunition!) or try and stealth your way through them. There is the melee/takedown option as well, although each use requires the consumption of what looks to be a candy bar (Which are also somewhat rare and take up valuable inventory space).
The plot is fine, if not a little predictable, but the ending is truly where the game lets you down. I won't spoil it, but once you reach it you'll understand why there was a big uproar about it considering the focus on choice throughout the series.
Overall - a very solid game deserving of your time. Just don't expect a revolutionary story out of it!
Not enough tie-ins to the original, but still amazing on its ownDarky | July 14, 2012 | See all Darky's reviews »
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.
Worthy sequel for the serieskof91 | July 14, 2012 | See all kof91's reviews »
Solid game play that stays true to the original but with all the new tech and upgraded graphics. The writing and acting in the game is great. All aspects of this game is fun from the exploring, hacking, social, combat, and stealth, everything comes together in a great combination that makes this a great game.
A Great Game for Newcomers to the Seriessix_76 | July 13, 2012 | See all six_76's reviews »
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.
Cyberpunk RPG, play it the way you wantRazzon | July 13, 2012 | See all Razzon's reviews »
The game is set in a Futuristic world, where human augumentation is creating a lot of different opinions. Play as Adam Jensen, a security guard who almost died after an attack on the company. The augumentations saved his life, now he has to live with them.
The game is incredibly diverse, you can play it as a shooter and wreck your way through the game, or you can play a stealthy character focusing on avoiding guards, finding secret passages and hacking computers. You get a little more XP for the latter, but the former is just as fun.
The soundtrack of this game is amazing, if I knew it sooner i would have bought the Augumented edition.
The mention some of its flaws, the bossights are a bit out-of-place, and are really hard as a stealth character with no real firepower. Also, character faces could have been better.
Overall, the game is really fun with an interesting story and a long gameplay time by today's standards.
Choose how you want to play this fantastic action-rpggecko92 | July 13, 2012 | See all gecko92's reviews »
Deus Ex HR is a game that gives the player the opportunity to choose how to play it. One can choose to play it like a stealth game, avoiding combat and using non-lethal and silent weapons, others can choose to play it like a shooter, killing everyone in sight with powerful and noisy guns. The augmentation system can be used to further customize the gaming experience by choosing upgrades more suited to your playing style.
The story is quite thrilling and makes you think about moral and ethical problems. The graphics are clean and nice (although a little dated) and the gameplay is smooth and engrossing.
The only downsides of the game are boss battles: these are the only moments when you can't choose what to do. You're forced to fight the enemy and there's no way to avoid killing them or skipping the fight altogether. If you choose to play the stealthy way, boss fights might be harder than the rest of the game, but not impossible.
Overall, the game is still great and everyone who likes stealth or action games should try it.
Great game, not as good as the original thoughGrimmGrinn | July 13, 2012 | See all GrimmGrinn's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution is a good RPG. The dialogue choice are excellent, the path is not really linear, you can take on many routes to get to the destination. The hacking system is great. The gameplay is good and satisfying, but the boss battle is bad though.
Graphically, it's a bit of a letdown, it's a bit inconsistent. And the full gold/yellow filter on it can look a bit tiring.
It's a good RPG, the flaws can be a bit bad sometimes, but can be overlooked for the excellent gameplay it offers.
Great game ^^Wredniak | June 24, 2012 | See all Wredniak's reviews »
One of the best things about this game is that you get 2 games in price of one. There is no other way to describe the difference between two ways you can play it. You can either infiltrate locations taking enemies quietly (it is also possible to try sneak in without knocking enemies down) or kill anyone who dares to stand in your way. Those two distinct approaches makes 2nd playthrough something to look for ^^. Another great thing about this title is that it rewards looking around and exploring word with XP points, weapon upgrades etc. There are many "secrets" that you can uncover on your own that are not the part of main quest or side quest. The best this game has to offer is the story which made me want to see what happens next and I actually liked my "hero". The world created here is believable, definitely more than just excuse to shoot bad guys. Money well spent ^^
Play it as you wantjoeeegames | June 22, 2012 | See all joeeegames's reviews »
This is a great game, for the main reason that you can play it however you want. Want to be stealthy? You can do it. Want to run in guns blazing? You can do it. This, along with an engrossing story and interesting characters, makes for a really entertaining experience. It has endless replay value because of the many ways you can complete a level and end the game, and the DLC makes it even better and more fun! This is a game that you must buy, NOW!
A great game to play the way you wantMattiebo | June 22, 2012 | See all Mattiebo's reviews »
I never played the original Deus Ex games, and so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started to play this one. I'm glad to say I was pleasently surprised.
Human Revolution is a great example of an RPG which really gives you the opportunity to play the game how you want to. If you want to sneak around the environments you can do that, or you can run in all guns blazing. Of course, each play style has its own ups and downs, with the latter method being more of a last resort.
The areas in the game mostly feature several different paths designed for the playstyles, with some paths taking you to the high-ground where you can take down your enemies from above, and other paths taking you around the patrolling guards. You are free to mix these paths up and exploration can often be rewarded with new guns or ammo.
Aumentations are purchased via Praxis points which can add new dimensions to your play style, with special abilities including an augmentation which stops you from taking fall damage and one that lets you see through walls. These work to make your experience even more unique to you.
One thing I love about the game is the attention to detail. Near the start of the game, Jensen gets an email unrlated to any quest mentioning that his dog had been put down. If you go to Jensen's apartment, some pictures of the dog can be found. These details are incredible and although they'r nothing to do with the storyline, they make the game a bit more immersive.
My main complaint about Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the boss battles. If you've read other reviews then you've probably heard this a milion times, but the boss battles are ridiculously hard, especially if you are a stealthy character. Fortunately, various items and weapons can be found in the boss battle rooms, making it at least possible even if your play style doesn't suit the full-on approach.
Overall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a brilliant game and it has made me want more from the series.
What a game should be likeviju | June 21, 2012 | See all viju's reviews »
More games should be like this, a really mature and deep experience, that makes you think while you play, where you have to take decisions regarding ethical dilemmas...
Is it an RPG? A stealh game? A FPS? Well, it actually depends on how you want to play it, but I would say it's a good mix of genres, letting you choose how to encounter each situation.
The only bad point about this wonderful game is that, while you can see the big effort put into it, in each detail, you can also appreciate that it was not thought to be a massive seller, so the graphics aren't the best, neither are the animations, most of the enemies and citizens are the same, etc. Luckily, it doens't break the atmosphere and the game is still great.
Give it a chance if you want a deep game with a mature story, far from US saviors tipical one, where you will have to do much more things apart from shooting everything and everyone.
An engrossing and thoughtful RPG for all sci-fi loverssandw1tch | June 18, 2012 | See all sandw1tch's reviews »
Deus Ex:HR is one of the most engrossing and just plain fun games I have played in a long time. This stems from just how well Edios Montreal have crafted the universe that makes it seem so alive and and desirable for any sci-fi lover.
From a gameplay standpoint, almost every action is crafted to be neat and satisfying. from every trigger pull to every takedown , it just makes you want to keep playing. What was also a pleasant suprise was just how thoughtful the game becomes by the end. the protagonist, Jensen comes to discuss the very origins of human life and our responsibility for it's progression.
The cons are very few and rarely take from the experience. The major flaws are in the boss battles which seem so alien from the rest of the game and the second most notable flaws are in the low-res textures and "jenky" character models, but these are easily overlooked.
Overall, it should be on any sci-fi lovers list.
An amazing piece of artGh0st233 | June 18, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »
I've just recently got the game, and I have to say that I enjoy it, a lot. The visual and the audio content of the game are amazing, and the gameplay is amazing as well. I like that you can complete a mission with different play-styles. If you desire so, you can be stealthy, or you can go in guns-blazing, up to you.
The game has a very interesting story and very interesting characters. The replay value is very high since there are different endings that your decisions affect. Also, the stealth takedowns are very well animated. You can complete the whole game without using any lethal, or any weapons, at all.
Augmentations are a great way to upgrade your character, as they either improve what you already have, or give you a new set of "skills".
However, as all things, it has it's downsides. The thing I dislike the most are the boss battles. They are done very poorly, and the developers themselves have said they should have put more effort into them.
Other than that, the game is very fun to play and I would recommend it to everyone who likes RPG and/or stealth/action games. This game is up to the standards.
What a ride!crosas1128 | June 17, 2012 | See all crosas1128's reviews »
If only more games could be like this! I fell in love with the world this game created. It had a great back drop with an amazing lead character. I cannot think of anything that I was disappointed with this title and was even more satisfied with the Missing Link addition. For the price you cannot find a better game to sink your teeth into. This game was great at full retail, at this price you need to grab it NOW!
A very good gameFlappy | June 13, 2012 | See all Flappy's reviews »
I had a lot of fun playing this game, and will definitely be buying the dlc when it's on sale, and may even play the game again at some point.
I loved how you could play the game anyway you want, being a sneaky pacifist, a rambo-esque action hero, a sniper, and much more. You get points to upgrade your Augmentations as you level up in the game, so you can customize your character to your liking, adding no fall damage if you enjoy adventuring and playing around, or silent walking if you fancy playing more sneakily.
I enjoyed adding extensions to my weapons, as you can add more ammo or a laser sight to your favourite weapon.
The only thing I disliked was the mandatory boss fights. They were awfully designed, especially the third fight. They threw you head first into a high-combat environment, where you had to shoot your way out, which is akward for some character builds.
Overall, it's a very good game. I'd say it's one of least year's best games.
Great RPGLingwisyer | June 13, 2012 | See all Lingwisyer's reviews »
From an average security specialist to a cutting edge cyborg, this game will draw you in with it's ethics bending story, crisp sounds and multitude of possibilities. Though the graphics aren't the best, the locations still look great and there are few animation bugs.The skills are relatively balanced, which is a nice change from many other rpgs (this is probably due to the fact that all but one of the skills aren't actually offensive skills), though the weapons aren't quite as balanced (stats + pack space requirement). The AI is average and the boss fights are a tad bit arm bending in the sense that they favour gun play. It would have been nice to see more people in the varied locations but this isn't too noticeable if you restrain your wondering.
My one problem with this game, though small, is that you can't kill anyone in the tutorial in order obtain the Pacifist achievement (didn't realise that the tutorial was included under this achievement)...
Great gamelpmafiota | June 13, 2012 | See all lpmafiota's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has been one of the most fun RPGs I've played recently. There are many ways to go through every part of the game, except for the boss battles, which in my opinion were the only really lackluster part of the game. The story is gripping and poses many questions about humanity and the future. The graphics, while pretty good did feel a bit outdated, and the amazing music fits the game. All parts of the gameplay felt great - the leveling system, which involves acquiring different augmentations, was appropriate, the cover mechanics were well implemented, the dialogue choices were well thought out. There's a lot more that can be said about the game, but overall I highly recommend buying and playing it.
Not As Good As The Original But Is Very Much AmazingMetalestX | May 17, 2012 | See all MetalestX's reviews »
-Pros- +You choose what style you wanna play +Replay value thanks to the gameplay and story +Silent KOs are always fun to look at +Freedom of choice impacts the game +Many weapons +The music +Choose to either kill or KO the enemy +Voice acting is very well done +Funny at times +Makes you feel like you really are in the game +20-40 hours to complete +Many ways to upgrade your character
-Cons- -To much hacking -Not much facial expression -Boss fights -Battery system -Running mechanic -Pre-rendered cut scenes -No new game plus -Requires steam to play -Graphics are not up to standards -Bad AI at times
Awesome gameMixters | May 14, 2012 | See all Mixters's reviews »
The first time I played this game I thought it was great and I was right. I've never played the first deus ex game but thus was good. The graphics were amazing and so was the gameplay. The only bad thing I have to say about this game is that it stutters sometimes when entering new areas in the game world. Overall a pretty good game and great replayability
Very enjoyable action game, but a bit shallow.albeenox | May 12, 2012 | See all albeenox's reviews »
I really am a sucker for the whole sci-fi future genre, so i found this game to really scratch that itch. The game exudes that dark noire-like sci-fi future wonderfully, and makes for a fantastic world to move through and explore - the vibe it gives off is so evocative. I found the gameworld to feel a little dead and empty for my tastes however (a bit too 'synthetic'). Combat is where the game really shines for me... no matter how you want to play it; rushing in with guns blazing, or playing a more sneaky and stealthy game, you're sure to find the game rewarding. Sadly the boss fights are a bit of a letdown, because the game tends to push you more towards gun combat for those scenarios, which lessens the freedom a bit to play the game entirely how you want... And it must be said, the game really does fall apart right at the ending, but overall its a very worthwhile game to play through, with plenty of great environments and situations to play through. Its visually good looking, and the story/setpieces/locations/scenarios and characters make it hard to put down... just a pity that the experience isn't as deep as it could have been.
Awesome game!MorpheousXO | May 11, 2012 | See all MorpheousXO's reviews »
Great fun, especially if you enjoy mucking about! Traveling the cities really reminds me of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, which is definitely a good thing. The game has great PC support. The graphics aren't the best ever, but then to me they aren't the most important aspect of a game. The story is excellent, I can definitely recommend this game to someone who enjoys RPGs.
Well made game.arkantos | May 1, 2012 | See all arkantos's reviews »
From normal human to god kind, this game will lead you in the middle story of the human revolution against the technology, with gorgeous graphic locations and musics, animated graphic videos that will help to feel part of the story, increase the skills of your body parts with the augmentation, and if you buy the first 2 episodes are they are cool too.
Humans and machineskalil | April 22, 2012 | See all kalil's reviews »
Excellent game, I loved it a lot, primarily because of its history, a world where technology is very advanced and there are no human values, with leaders who hide the truth from their people and technology because many people die every day. A game that shows you what a real world governed by technology would be like.
Gameplay: One area that I love, having to infiltrate dangerous places to achieve your goals, using your head to figure out how to properly kill without anyone noticing. If someone notices, you'll have to survive with the weapons and skills have.
Skills menu (increase defense ability to see through walls, run faster, jump higher etc ...) is what makes the game more interesting and worthwhile to kill an enemy get exp. and with that ability you want to buy.
The inventory's equal to RE 4, a case where you put your weapon, healing and among other objects more, you can enlarge briefcase with lV.
Countless different weapons and enemies that will put you in very difficult situations, from people to huge machines.
A game worthy of its nameGuitarwall | Jan. 16, 2012 | See all Guitarwall's reviews »
It is nearly impossible for any game to stand straight when comparing to the original Deus Ex, which is a true masterpiece and probably the best game ever made. Add to that the fact that the game in comparison has the same name, and the pressure for the developers would have to be nearly unbearable.
Eidos Montreal pulled it off, and with flying colours.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a rare masterpiece of this time, when most of the games released are designed to be easily chewed and digested without much thought. The story, in all its depth, is truly fascinating and its various twists and turns will keep the player hooked to the game for the entire length of the game - and beyond. The motivations behind each faction are well founded, although it will take time to truly understand them, because nothing in this game is purely black and white.
The risk that the developer took with the unique and striking visual design pays off, for the atmosphere in this game is one of its many strong sides. The ambient soundtrack by Michael McCann supports the atmosphere flawlessly. The graphics of the game are good, although they probably seem a bit out-dated for those who have played L.A. Noire or such.
The idea of the original Deus Ex - letting the player choose how to play - is well preserved in Human Revolution, and it creates the possibility for quite varied experiences within the game. Especially the stealthy side of the game is really enjoyable, but the shooter side doesn't really pale in comparison either. It is possible to complete the game without killing anyone.
Except the bosses. There we have probably the only major design flaw that the game has - the boss fights are really out-of-place and don't match the rest of the game at all - and the decision to outsource them is probably something I'll never understand. However, once you get the hold of the situation, they aren't that hard (even with the hardest difficulty) and they incorporate different approaches to the fights, and in my third playthrough they felt more like cutscenes and the game continued right after them.
The game is yet to crash for the first time, so I guess we're talking about a quite stable game here. There are some glitches with the physics engine which lead to some hilarious moments, but they're not so frequent that it would ruin the immersion.
The last but not the least, the added value for a DX veteran. One can find numerous nods towards the original Deus Ex from emails, ebooks, conversations - and of course the story itself - and it really fascinated me how well Eidos Montreal played that card. The nods aren't the kind of "riding with the nostalgia"-type of nods, but slight and subtle references which only make sense to you if you've played the original Deus Ex.
In conclusion, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the best game of 2011. A few minor glitches and the boss battles prevent the game from being near-perfect, but the overall atmosphere and the compelling story are second to none but the original Deus Ex. A game worthy of its name? Definitely.
A great gamecoultar | Nov. 13, 2011 | See all coultar's reviews »
I was very wary as i first heard about a new Deus Ex game. But not only have they done a great job in making this prequel stay true to the first game, they have also made it a very modern game.
The story is really fascinating, at least until the end, which is a bit weaker than the rest of the game. But overall this does not change that this is a really great game. I think i can say that i greatly enjoyed my time with this game.
The boss battles are widely criticized, but i found the easiest way was to do them quickly and ignore them otherwise.
Worthy prequel to a cult classicTG_Judgement | Nov. 9, 2011 | See all TG_Judgement's reviews »
Human Revolution is the 3rd game in the Deus Ex series and Prequel to Deus Ex 1. The game's approach in general is very faithful to the original,with many alternate paths for your objectives and ways to complete them. Augmentations wise,there's a decent variety,although ,in my opinion,they could've added a few more.A few of the augments are situational or flat out useless,and by the end,depending on how you play,you can end up with most of them unlocked anyways,which kinda defeats the whole point... Dialog is pretty good,although the voice acting can be a bit iffy (don't get me started with Zeke or Letitia) and dialog choices,unlike Mass Effect or Alpha Protocol,actually tell you what Adam's about to say,so you're never misled into saying something you don't want. Graphics wise,it's very good,although some animations are stiff as hell and a few level backgrounds are so low-def can they can be flat-out jarring. PC port is pretty good.Has all the expected features such as graphical settings,fully remapable keys and Field-of-View ,as well as a few bells & whistles such as DX11 and 3D support.
All said,it's still one of the best experiences of 2011
Slightly overrated, but funaviscacha | Nov. 7, 2011 | See all aviscacha's reviews »
I think nostalgia may have shot the scores up a bit higher than this game deserved. It's definitely a good game, but I do not think it is legendary game. To me it takes elements from many different games and combines them together, but excels at none of them. The story, combat, stealth, gunplay, and the boss battles are all slightly above average. It's nice to see so much gameplay combined all into one game, but no one aspect of the gameplay is really perfected. It is still relatively fun and I could recommend a single playthrough. I'd value a purchase at approximately twenty-five dollars.
One of the best games of 2011acare84 | Nov. 4, 2011 | See all acare84's reviews »
This game has the soul of the first Deus Ex game. Game is really great and fun, gameplay mechanics are rock solid. Also it has lengthy campaign and has a lot side quests. If you love long RPG games this game should be your choice. I finished the game 2 times and everytime I have played different things happened. So replay value is also high. Do yourself a favor and buy this game right now if you haven't.
Very nicely doneRaTcHeT302 | Nov. 3, 2011 | See all RaTcHeT302's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution gives you many oportunities of evolving your character with certain implants and more. The story is really interesting but the boss fights seem just extremely out of place.
Your choises can affect the storyline and how certain things can progress as in the first Deus Ex. The sneaky part is pretty well done but sometimes you can just skip entire battles wich allow sneakier players to earn even more rewards by not being seen or just being really quiet.
The graphics are a big improvement from the first game also the game doesn't require any extremely good computer to be run at the highest settings, thanks to the DX11 support it looks even more gorgeous.
Great sequel to one of the best games of the last decade.DiZ | Nov. 3, 2011 | See all DiZ's reviews »
The year is 2011. It is a time of simplified games and corridor shooters. It is also a time when Eidos Montreal released a prequel to a classic RPG lauded for its freedom of choice in every sense, from story to the very basic core of the gameplay. Did they succeed where the original developer failed with their sequel? The answer is, for the most part, yes.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution follows the same formula of the original game, that is to say, the adventures of a man with augmented abilities, giving the player the choice to move around with stealth, gunning everyone down or using the environment to find new paths while also appealing to new audiences. This streamlining, while causing some big issues like a huge surplus of augmention points towards the later half of the game or some of the augmentations not being all that useful, manages to be quite user-friendly without losing too much depth, with not many fundamental design principles lost in translation. This game may not reach the highs of Deus Ex, but it's still well worth playing.
Awesome game!newn | Oct. 24, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »
Deus Ex: HR has been rated very nicely, and has the top scores on Metacritic. I absolutely agree with those reviews! The graphics look absolutely amazing, that is in detail, and not only that, the clothes are also designed in an awesome way. Although the fashion is opinion-oriented, but it still creates the perfect atmosphere for the story. And speaking of story, it's great too. You can bend it the way you like, which isn't present in so many other games. I think that you would definitely enjoy this game if you enjoyed games like Fallout. There is a new DLC now, but I haven't tried it yet. It looks promising though!
I definitely recommend buying this game, and if you will - Augmentation edition!
Absolutely stunning!Babelfish343 | Oct. 12, 2011 | See all Babelfish343's reviews »
This game has been given divided reviews on many sites, but I am glad to say that it is amazing!
Graphics: Some textures lacking in detail, but overall stunning (and very yellow) styling, Renaissance-inspired clothing design and fantastic futuristic city with a nod to Blade Runner.
Gameplay: Stealth and gunning down enemies are both fun in their own right, and the non-linear paths to reach your objective leave some space for creative thinking and clever use of augmentations to figure out the best way. Augmentations (basically your super-powers) are wide and varied, and become very useful in later levels of the game.
Story: If you like sci-fi like Mass Effect, this game is a must buy for you! Great morality questions are raised in the intricate storyline, and you can make dialog choices yourself, which like in Mass Effect can be a lot of fun :P
Highly recommended for all sci-fi and action game fans!
Fantastic SequelAlixey | Oct. 9, 2011 | See all Alixey's reviews »
I reserved this game for the simple fact i thought it looked exciting and interesting. I'm the kinda guy who only buys games to sit on multiplayer with friends so this was a big risk for me. The only big single player games i had played were Bioshock 1 and 2 and Farcry2. This game is by far one of the most exciting games ive played. It surrounds 3 major ways to play which entices all style of player and allows you to play stealthy or head on. If your looking for a good plot, graphic action scenes, and a game that leaves you in awe even after you've done what would seem repetitive in most games then this is a game for you. Ive never found the story mode of a game interesting but im 2 hrs in and if I didnt have school I'd sit on it all night it just always has more to throw your way
A surprisingly fantastic successor.dare365 | Sept. 22, 2011 | See all dare365's reviews »
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.
A fantastic followup to one of the greatest games everkapone | Sept. 16, 2011 | See all kapone's reviews »
In the interest of full disclosure I'll admit, Deus Ex HR in my opinion, is not as well rounded an experience as the original Deus Ex. But you know what? The original game was so close to gaming perfection, that DX:HR is still one of the best games currently out there, despite it's shortcomings. I mean, with very very few exceptions, the sequel is never going to have a hope of living up to the original, when the original itself was so fantastically good. If you played DX and loved it, grab DX:HR and you won't regret it. If you've never played the original, grab it, play it, then grab yourself DX:HR.
Very great game worthy of the name Deus EX!theshadowhunter | Sept. 6, 2011 | See all theshadowhunter's reviews »
Now at first with this game I was skeptical, I didnt believe it was going to be good, I actually didnt pre-order this game until it only had 5 more days left before it came out. I still had a sour taste in my mouth from the second game( which I thought was a joke and a terrible game, I beat it yes for the story, but the game play sucked)
This game however is a great game, its really worthy of the title Dues EX. The devs actually listened to the concerns of the 2nd game, and they played through the first one and then made this game. They added PC specific features, including: DX 11 support, and FOV adjustment, and dual core support.
without spoiling anything I'd just like to say that anyone that loved the first game will not be disappointed with this title, yes the graphics arent the best, but neither were the first games graphics when it launched, what you get is great gameplay and a great storyline, and something that gives you more Deus EX!
A worthy sequelnele25 | Sept. 6, 2011 | See all nele25's reviews »
A fan of the old Deus Ex may ask if Deus Ex: Human Revolution holds up to it's predecessor's fame? And the most brief answer is, Yes! Why? Let's explore.
When one thinks of Deus Ex game, one thinks of none-linear solutions to the current objective, of multiply style's of game-play and weapons/tools to accompany. And DE:HR has them all. Each objective can be completed as you wish. Gun everyone down with your combat rifle? Snipe your enemies from afar? Sneak up and knock them out? Or bypass them entirely? Hack turrets to use against them? All that is possible and more. To help you through your choice of play-style are numerous augmentations that you can upgrade. Unlike in the previous games, there are no skills, nor do you have to go out of your way to find specific augments. They all have been combined into neatly trimmed augment system that you 'buy' with praxis points (which you earn by getting experience or buy/find them in the world) Yes, there are less of augment's now than before. But I personally feel that most of what was left out, wasn't needed in the first place (swimming?). The most important part, of course is exploration, and this game rewards you for it! You can hack into people's computers to read numerous emails. Telling your more about the characters and events that you would have otherwise missed by simply rushing through. As well as looking through every nook and cranny for various items/credits. You can spend hours doing this!
Story wise I would not like to spoil, as it worth experiencing it for your self.
This game isn't without it's flaws. As some aspects are more rewarded than others. Example: Non-lethal approach to any situation (non-lethal take-down) is worth more experience, than simply shooting someone in the head. Or even been completely silent gives you bonus exp. This unfortunately encourages sneaky play-through, as any other way is suboptimal for development of your character. Another thing that is kinda irksome is the battery. As takedowns use up battery power, forcing you to eat/drink after a while, leading to frustrating situation where you find yourself in the middle of a enemies without energy.
Still. Even with it's few flaws the game delivers Deus Ex gaming experience that fans of the genre have been waiting for years. Prepare to spend hours with this game!
I expected more from Adam Jensenguybrush77 | Sept. 6, 2011 | See all guybrush77's reviews »
The game disappointed me. I expected more from this game. Graphically's great, the main character is very well done with some secondary characters, the other half are made and gives a feeling of incompleteness. The cities are very well done, the ambience too. The music: 10 points. The battles with bosses are very well achieved. The downside for me is history, much is expected of this game that promised a tremendous history, where we would choose the course and our actions would change everything .... Weapons will win with our choices or more experience. I'm not saying a bad game is very good, especially the possibility of improving our character (with invisibility, armor, weapons, etc.) or to do the missions with stealth or kill half the world. Recommended.
Human Revolution turned me into a Deus Ex fanultimak | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all ultimak's reviews »
I never played a Deus Ex game before I bought Human Revolution, but now that I have beat the game I can't wait for whats coming next.
The game is all about choice, giving you the tools to tackle a problem in a variety of ways, and you being the one to decide how to solve it. It accommodates stealth players and gun blazers alike, although at times it feels as though stealth is the "optimal" solution, and in some cases it is. The story is very deep, and it may require multiple playthroughs to get all the details about it. This is partially due to the fact that the game has so many secrets hidden away, in the form of eBooks or computer emails scattered throughout the world. Depending on how you went about completing the game, two players may have very divergent experiences. This makes the game very friendly to multiple playthroughs, and combined with being able to play through the game in multiple ways means you will be coming back to this game for some time to come.
The graphics look very crisp and sharp and the developers themes of black and gold really show, sometimes to the extreme. The level design of both the hub areas as well as the stand alone levels is amazing. Hidden pathways are everywhere and there are multiple ways to all of the objectives. The game never forces you into taking a certain path, if you think its the only way to go then you jut haven't found the others yet. I can't understate how powerful of a mechanic this is, and is one of the defining features of Human Revolution
The AI tends to use the level layouts adequately, using cover to hide and advancing if they lose sight of you. A lot of the time though the AI can be downright dumb or extremely routine in its behavior. At the end of the day though its a minor complaint, most of the time the AI does its job well enough, but some improvement would have been nice.
I have heard others say that the gunplay was lacking, but I honestly enjoyed it a lot. The weapon upgrade system is very cool, and allows your weapons to feel unique. The gun design was also very cool, although they could have used some more differentiation in the colors used.
The hacking mini-game is one of the best I have played in a game. Its got a good mix of chance and skill and rewards you for being good at it. The mini-game is over quickly, and it only started to get old right as I neared the end of my 35 hour playthrough.
One of my biggest complaints is with the augments. While I enjoy being able to upgrade my character in many different ways, I feel as though the developers didn't do enough to balance them out. For instance if you want to see most of the secrets the game has to offer, you are forced to dump a lot points into hacking, as well as picking up the augs that allow you access to hidden areas like the wall break. It just seems to feel like there are more augs that are "essential" then their needs to be, and not getting them may likely make you feel as though you have gimped yourself.
The other big complaint, that I know a lot of others have had as well are the boss battles. In a game all about choice, forcing you into a situation with a single way to do something is horrible design. The bosses also were given almost no exposition, and end up feeling like generic mercenaries.
The game can take anywhere from 20-35+ hours depending your play style as well as how much you care about exploration and finding all the things hidden throughout the world.
In the end, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a fantastic game revolving around player choice. Even though the game has its share of flaws, Human Revolution manages to rise above them and be one of the best games this year.
A Game for The Old Schoolipowered | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all ipowered's reviews »
A lot of reviews talk about the quality of the gameplay in this game; so, I won't spend much time on it. The cover system takes getting used to at first; but, when it's said and done, cover-based combat systems are much more realistic than non-cover-based systems such those in call of duty, etc. This game preserves the first person perspective that we all came to love and understand, while giving players who don't want to play with a 7.1 channel headset on full blast a fighting chance with the 3rd person zoom-out (while in cover).
Unlike many other 'would-be great' first person action RPG's, this game immediately establishes a realistic plot, character traits, and a polished futuristic theme that carefully balances realism in accordance with technological possibilites in the forseable future along with fiction. [I purposely didn't stamp the game 'science fiction' as all types of abomonations to science/reality are labeled under the abused genere]. Although the story unfolds classically (with no real twists to the plot), the writers seemed to have done a great job in keeping the game within the realm of realism (mostly). Story and theme-wise, this game reminded me a lot of the original Metal Gear Solid. You're not fighting jelly blobs or floating plants with tentacles; rather, each conflict has a sub-plot paired with reason.
The character development is solid and keeps players exploring, hacking, and pillaging, chasing after new augments and weapon mods, making development a sweet delicacy. Makes me wonder if it's even possible to fully upgrade all augments and weapons in a single play-through?
This is always a sticky debate; however, after completing the game on its hardest difficulty (a fairly challenging feat), I can only speculate that the A.I. is some of the best I've seen in any game.
Boss Difficulty and The Old School:
While boss battles seemed frustrating at first (anyone remember MetalGear Solid's bosses?), they became easier after figuring them out (yes, old-school gamers had to figure things out before Google, yahoo, and webcrawler -- wait, what's webcrawler? The Old-school gets it -- they count more anyway because I said so.)
Ending: Nothing like having choices, and not being forced into the moral beliefs of the game developers/writers/editors/publishers, etc.
Final Word: This is one of the best games to come out in a long time (and believe me, I've played all major titles to come out since 1990, console and PC). If you're just getting into gaming, you'll never be able appreciate this game like those of us that have seen first person shooters develop since the original Doom and Wolfenstein. My only criticism is the game's cover-system is glitchy around some surfaces. Energy levels are a constant problem and almost prevent the player from enjoying earned augments (but that maybe a balancing factor that would drastically offset the challenge if altered without altering the entire game).
To the Old School, iPowered
Plays perfectly as its own game.justing943 | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all justing943's reviews »
Waiting the final seconds for the download to finish was an almost painful task, given the excitement I built up for myself from seeing all the pre-release videos. I'm afraid to say I never actually finished the earlier two games, but that's what certain perfectionists may love about it; it's a prequel, so it's not chronologically necessary to have played Deus Ex GOTY and Invisible War to sink your fingers into this one.
With that said, the beginning of the game had me slightly wary as the apparent shortage of ammo had me thinking I'd encounter another problem like in DE:GOTY when I ran out of ammo, had no melee weapons and got stuck. Never fear though, because ammo is plentiful all around the environment and almost all enemies will drop ammo upon their death. The universal ammo also seems to have been removed, which to some people may be a plus, as it makes more sense.
The new combat system is amazing, in my opinion, as the use of cover really helps DE:HR to stand out as a social/stealth action game, rather than conforming to all the shooters these days where you just charge and shoot. Especially for the first boss fight, it really allows you to plan your moves as you dodge roll from cover to cover. Despite that, the first battle, as many have said, felt a bit sudden, and also lacking, and would have been a frustratingly difficult encounter for many, especially for the 'Give me Deus Ex' difficulty-savvy players.
The environment, moreso than the previous titles, was a blast to explore, leaving it up to us, the players, to decide whether to take a back door through ventilation and silently take out enemy by enemy from behind, and stashing their bodies away, or to charge head on guns blazin', leaving paths of bodies in our wake.
Last of all, the augmenting system is quite interesting, allowing you to earn experience to gain 'Praxis Points' which you assign to different skills in the form of 'augmentations.' Allowing you to buy these points as a medical addition is quite innovative, meaning grinding isn't always the only way to upgrade your skills.
It's a very solid game, and definitely worth the buy. For those who hate jumping in in the middle of the story, it won't be a problem here, as it's a prequel to the very first Deus Ex. Recommended.
AmazingJollyJonney | Sept. 3, 2011 | See all JollyJonney's reviews »
Speaking as someone new to the franchise i can say that this title is not to be sniffed at; everything that everybody has said is completely true and even at this stage with many more AAA titles to be released, this is definetly a contender for GOTY.
The game begins in the same fashion as most; slow progression whilst giving the player the basic controls in a controlled environment. You also meet the villains of the game within the first five minutes of game time. Its what happens after this first ten minutes that truly shows what Deus Ex is all about...
Okay maybe im jumping the gun abit. You play as Adam Jensen; head of security for sarif industries, the current political climate has been lit up as talk of controlled human evolution begins to surface. The evolution being through mechanical means and augmentations. two groups of society have begun to surface being the pro-augs and anti-augs.
Okay theres a brief description of each and if i had more time i'd gladly go into more depth but i really want to get back in game :P Overall if your looking for a title that gives you complete and overall freedom in terms of gameplay definetly purchase this game.
Diverse and FunSilentAssassn87 | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all SilentAssassn87's reviews »
I'm new to the Deus Ex scene, so I can't comment about how this game in the series stands up to the rest, but I can say that I enjoyed this game very much. I'll start off with what I liked about the game.
Pros: The fact that I can play this game entirely stealthy, or duck and shoot was great. I really enjoyed my first run through the game mixing both stealth and action in when I saw fit. The customization options were great and really seemed diverse for certain playing styles. If you were going to play the game without shooting anyone, then you could use your upgrade points where they would be better suited. The overall gamplay didn't really feel repetitive, or boring. There were always new ways to approach every area.
Cons: This game doesn't feature a new game +. It really would have been nice to replay the game with a character that that already suited my play style, or at lease be able relocate upgrade points for a different build, but sadly that feature is not present. The story can seem a bit hard to follow and feels a bit cheesy at times, but the gameplay really makes up for it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this game and see myself playing through it over and over developing my character differently each time.
Triumphent return of the legendary cyber-punk fps/rpg hybrid <3ninjaman999 | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all ninjaman999's reviews »
After 2 separate play-through`s in 2 unique combat load outs and styles with the first PT clocking in at 40 hours and the second at 28, I can proudly say that Deus Ex has returned in full fighting form for the modern era. With all the elements of the original Deus Ex revived and in near excellent shape, combined with a Rainbow 6 - Vegas style fps/third person cover system and the glamor of awesome executions, sweet powers, superb and highly modifiable weapons, hidden locations for those pesky explorers such as I and a very solid fps framework, Deus Ex Human Revolution revives the classic blend and makes an amazing game with flair and finesse that has already garnered solid 90s across the board as well as a guaranteed spot as a GOTY contender. That being said, it does have a few minor irks such as the boss battles that gave heavy weapon buffs some combat fun and stealth purists hell as well as less flexibility in systems such as the diversity of augmentations compared to the original but overall the game is ultimately refreshing and should not be missed by anyone ^o^
Worthy Sequel - Could be more polishedStoibs | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all Stoibs's reviews »
Oh noes! A score less then 90, burn the heretic! I should start off by mentioning that I loved the game, great story even if it was a tad confusing at times. I could go on to praise this like the majority of reviews out there but let's focus on the things that bothered me. What initially threw me off was the "90's style corridor shooter" introductory tutorial, I wanted Deus ex the rpg; not this. Thankfully it does get better, with your first mission offering a variety of play styles.
While the stealth aspects are nicely done, the environments and enemy patrol routes make this avenue far too easy to accomplish. There are several skill tree's dedicated entirely to stealth play, so why is it that none of these upgrades are absolutely required to succeed?
Another change I disagree with is xp gain. Rather than “Ghosting” a level or otherwise finding routes to bypass enemies entirely, you are indirectly encouraged to use non-lethal take downs for maximum experience. Because of this a lot of the time I would earn bonus exploration xp for finding alternate paths, only to double back and knock out everyone silently.
Similar to the above is the whole issue of computer/passcode terminals. There is absolutely no incentive to actually seek out and use passwords and logins that you acquire simply due to the fact that you are rewarded for hacking. After realising this early on I hacked everything in sight, password or no.
However one of the biggest offenders that is pretty unanimously agreed upon is the intrusive boss battles, to be fair they are few and far between; but to have your social/sneaking/hacking character forced into unavoidable combat which you may be ill-equipped for is both immersion breaking and feels as though they were tacked on as an afterthought. I can't help but remember back to the original Deus Ex in which players who took the time to do a bit of sleuthing could gain access to certain "Kill-phrases" to bypass some of that game's boss encounter's – Failing that most of the time the simple ability to flee the fight entirely was certainly an option. It's a shame Human revolution seems to have taken a step backwards. I think one of the big let downs was the ending(s). Without spoiling too much you are quite literally given 4 buttons to push and are told to choose which ending you would like. I remember having to go about doing a bunch of different tasks in the original Deus ex’s final area depending on who I was working for. It actually made you earn your endings. This may all seem nit-picky but for me personally it turned what could have been 2011’s game of the year into merely a game of the year contender. It’s still a great game worthy of your purchase. If you take the time to read every Email and datalog, take the time to play sneakily, there’s easily 35+ hours of game in here.
The game I've ben waiting for since Deus Exjojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »
One of the first games that ever really blew me away was Deus Ex, It's rich world, deep philosophical themes and sheer scope were all well beyond what was being put out at the time. I loved talking to the characters, I loved that I could sneak about and tranq dart soldiers and hide their unconscious bodies to avoid detection, I loved that I could pick locks or hack security pads to open up new routes or find hidden items. I loved that it could let me play the way I wanted to. Then Invisible War came along, tried to retcon all the mutually exclusive endings of the first game into one, removed a lot of the depth and character interaction, shrunk the levels down and just generally failed at everything the first did so well. So when Human Revolution was announced my first though was "Here we go again". Slowly but surely though, with every press release and announcement the Eidos Montreal team managed to relax my fears. Everything I didn't like or wasn't sure of they addressed and fixed during production. I ended up being very excited for the release of this game. The problem with high expectations for a game is that you usually end up being disappointed. Human Revolution was not one of these games, it did not disappoint.
Human Revolution had all of the atmosphere, intrigue, character and excitement that the original held for me, all wrapped up in a shiny new gold coating. Several features have been improved, the hacking has been moved from a automatic "fire the multitool at the thing to hack" to a little minigame that involves some actual thought (although you can usually get by with just hammering at it and trying to beat the clock when you get detected). The gun play is also much tighter this time around. While I like the old "take your time aiming to improve accuracy" mechanic of the first game, given that a special agent/SWAT Officer should already be plenty proficient with most firearms it was perhaps a little overdone. In HR however you can use any weapon proficiently and the only penalties you suffer are for movement. This lets you freely pick up any weapon and use it well and feel like a badass instead of getting something you aren't "trained" in and failing miserably at hitting a target 5 feet in front of you. Having said that, I do miss the skill system in the new game. Instead of things like hacking and lock picking using skill, it is now automatically handled by Augmentations. All locks also seem to be electronic now, where as in the first game (in the future of the game world) many are mechanical. The Augs were another aspect I though was hit and miss. Many seemed to be designed purely to make existing tasks easier, instead of opening up new ways of playing. The CASIE aug was handy for working your way through tough battles of will in some conversations, the punch through walls upgrade was cool for finding new paths and hidden items and the ability to life large objects for moving obstacles to open new paths. Many Augs felt like waste of time though. Most of the radar ones just made it easier to work out if guards could see you, but you could already work that out by the direction they were facing and how far they were. The cloak was too short and used too much power to be that useful I found and the take downs, while useful in some circumstances, also used power, which limited their use. The last problem I had was only one power level will recharge, and the items to charge extra levels were too scarce I found. That coupled with a lack of interest in the augs that drained power meant that I generally only used the take downs, and spent all my time sitting on one power bar.
As for performance, the game looks decent (nothing amazing but not horrible either, it has a very clean look to it, kinda like mirrors edge) and runs great, even on my rusty old 8800 GTS 320 and C2D 3Hz. I get 45-60+ FPS at 1680x1050 and everything set to max (except the Ambient Occlusion which I'm not a fan of and the DX11 features), so the game was perfectly playable in all circumstances, indoors frequently topped 100 fps. The only problem I noticed was that menu items could be unresponsive when clicked, especially with V-Sync turned on. There was also some mouse acceleration present which required registry entries to fix, but hopefully that will be changed in a patch soon.
All up this game is most excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a lengthy, deep RPG/FPS experience similar to the original. Eidos Montreal did a tremendous job creating something worthy of the name Deus Ex and they should be damn well proud of themselves.
Deus Ex - An Augmented ReviewMondu | Sept. 1, 2011 | See all Mondu's reviews »
A worthy successor to the first game which filled many gamers 'Top 10 Games of All Time' lists.
While it may not be seen to be as great at the first game it still holds its head high and alone offers an epic experience miles ahead of other modern day games. With numerous ways to play each mission you will find yourself replaying missions for hours on end to find rooms and routes which previously you may not have found.
I myself played as a pacifist, opting out of head-on combat and instead using stealth to my advantage; this was not only fun but also challenging, meaning life or death should I get caught - something many games seem to miss nowadays. However, by playing this way I was able to see that the stealth approach seems to be the way the game wants you to play (despite offering many different ways for you to complete your objectives). But I could be wrong on that front as I haven't tried run-and-gun as of yet.
Graphics are slightly sub-par but won't distract you from your immersion and are only slightly worse than today's high(?) standards, and really they only seem to be at fault when looking at the faces of non-important characters. Anyone who is a fan of the original Deus Ex shouldn't be put off by this fact anyway.
All together this title will give you 20+ hours of gameplay just from one single playthrough and then you still have the option to play again to experience the game in a different way. It's well worth the £30 price tag in my opinion.
BrilliantMin0rThreat | Sept. 1, 2011 | See all Min0rThreat's reviews »
Ill say it straight out, I only played the first hour of the first Deus Ex. That being said, I did not really know what to expect. What I got was what seems to be a nice blend of Fallout 3, Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid. It has standard FPS controls with a simple cover system, which is very similar to the one present in Splinter Cell: Conviction, it feels seamless. I found the graphic style to be very pleasing with a minimalistic feel, and yet very detailed. While there are better graphics around, the gameplay is what really shines. Do you want to go out guns blazing, you can. Do you want to take out all your enemies silently, or even ignore them all, thats also possible. The game rewards you for either one you chose. I find however, that the game tries to persuade you in using stealth, as it gives you much more opportunities, and id like to mention, hacking will level you up faster than anything.
The "social" system, so to speak, is rather intuitive too, similar to Mass Effect 2, you have several options in what you say, each ending differently. Once again, any approach to this is rewarding. It also has nice details such as the characters saying something if you take too long to decide. My only complaint would be that the boss battles arent fun, but there are only a few and they dont last long. Overall, I must say, this is a must buy for any FPS or RPG fans. GOTY material
Stands brilliantly as a sequel/prequel as well as on its own.sudoscientist | Sept. 1, 2011 | See all sudoscientist's reviews »
It's hard to summarize how I feel about this game. It is both a worthy successor to the first Deus Ex and a fantastic game in its own right. It is the first game I have played through almost non-stop in a long while. Even on my first run, without completing most of the side missions, it yielded a good 25 hours on the normal/medium/"Give me a challenge" difficulty setting.
Where to begin? The AI is stellar. Enemies take cover, track you, fan out, and flank you. Too many times to count, I watched one alerted enemy come towards me from around a corner only to realize that his partner had snuck up behind me from the other direction.
The level design is also amazing. Like the first game, everything is approachable from several angles. Want to sneak around? Use the vents, hide around corners, buy a suppressor for your pistol, use soft/knockout takedowns, and invest in the cloaking and silence augmentations. Want to go loud and kill everyone you meet? Invest in damage resistance and shields, buy higher damage weapon mods, sprint everywhere, and use your hard/lethal takedowns.
And of course the immersion is wonderful. The graphics, voice acting, environments, plot, and general feel are all incredible.
As I mentioned above, I could hardly leave the game alone. Unlike most games, and even unlike similar games (like Mass Effect), I never once wanted to take a break to play something else.
My biggest (and yet really quite insignificant) complaint was the boss battles - they are few and far between, but they could be quite frustrating without knowing how to handle them. A quick google search, however, will yield plenty of ideas - and that's the real beauty of the game. You can do just about anything within the narrative, and yet it feels very tight and well paced. One of a select few of its kind that tells you an interesting and relevant story while still letting you truly play it your way.
Worthy successor to the originallarkan5 | Aug. 30, 2011 | See all larkan5's reviews »
As of lately, I've found it very hard to actually play a game through to completion (Witcher 2 I'm looking at you), and DX:HR is my cure. This game reminds me of Metal Gear+Mass Effect, a wonderful and well realized combination. My first playthrough was mostly stealth, and I enjoyed every minute of it. There's so many ways to complete one objective, you can tell the developers really put their minds into making people want to playthrough a second or even third time just to test the many ways you can complete an objective. The voice acting is top notch, even normal NPC characters sound good! The inclusion of a patch to fix the loading times 48 hours after release really gave me a good reason to recommend this game to all my friends, as I know it will receive a lot of future support. Graphically the game is not up there with Crysis 2, but it's still mid-high range, and the attention to detail is astounding. My only real complaint is that by the end of my first playthrough, I had nearly unlocked every augmentation, which made the game pretty easy towards the last third of the game. Other than that, excellent game, it will tide me over until October for sure!
This is Deus Ex.zer0c00lrulez | Aug. 30, 2011 | See all zer0c00lrulez's reviews »
Remember the original Deus Ex? Well this isn't it, BUT this title has a great story, its full of secrets to be uncovered, your mission vs their agenda, the struggles of a world coming to terms with augmentation, and a social commentary just as strong as in the first game.
It doesn't matter what kind of gamer you might be. Action? DEHR has you covered, with full branches of augmentations towards a more "Head on" style gameplay. Plenty of firepower available for the trigger happy player, and options to tear your enemies to pieces.
Stealth? DEHR offers a fairly simple to get into, hard to master stealth & security game. The hacking is a bit luck based, which is the only downside, but its simple for a reason, you have to watch your back while you do it.
RPG? DEHR rewards your success on conversations, avoid unnecessary bloodshed, convince reluctant characters to see things your way, define who Adam Jensen really is.
This game is not Call of Duty, or Splinter Cell and good god there isn't a shred of GTA in it, This is Deus Ex.
Human Revolution rewards your gameplay. Play it your way.
A surprising return to formCanseiNebish | Aug. 30, 2011 | See all CanseiNebish's reviews »
The Deus Ex franchise has been absent from the gaming world for the past few years, and when Square Enix/Eidos announced a new game in the series was coming out I was a little worried. My concerns turned out to be unwarranted, this game is more than capable of carrying the Deus Ex name. The game play is extremely solid and ripe with the game changing decisions we've come to expect from the Deus Ex franchise. The game is not quite as complex as Deus Ex (1) but offers a far more dynamic game play than Infinity War. The level of interaction in the environment is limited but not limiting, and the graphics are a tad dated but none the less a beautiful game due to the well realized art direction and aesthetic,
GOTY materialBaha | Aug. 30, 2011 | See all Baha's reviews »
Deus Ex Human Revolution provides players with a significant arsenal of tools to use how they see fit. Whether you prefer to shoot and ask questions later, sneak and get answers right away or even a mix of both, your play style is well accommodated. Borrowing elements of stealth from Metal Gear Solid, an intuitive cover system from Rainbow Six Vegas and the immersive dialogue and rpg systems from it's predecessor (Deus Ex), Eidos and Square Enix have succeeded in marrying these engaging gameplay mechanics into a fantastic gaming experience. The story and various methods for completing quests ensure repeated playthroughs, not to mention the amount of detail in the world will keep you busy for hours just exploring and finding hidden treasure troves. As a huge fan of action rpgs, I cannot recommend this game enough. It may or may not be my game of the year but it is most certainly a contender at this point,
Finally A Worthy SuccessorKorrd | Aug. 30, 2011 | See all Korrd's reviews »
After I saw DX:HR at PAX East 2011, I had my doubts about it. I decided to gamble after seeing the overwhelmingly positive initial review scores, and that gamble has paid off. While it's not without flaws, DX:HR is overall a satisfying experience and a worthy tribute to the original game.
First, let's get the negatives out of the way. The AI is obviously limited. Alerted guards search just so far, then give up. They often glaringly fail to secure an area before declaring it clear. It's a wonder these clandestine groups achieve any measure of success, given their apparent ineptitude. But then, this is a game, and maybe such shortcomings can excused on occasion. Of course, when an NPC returns to patrol right next to his now-dead cohort--complete with gaping head wound--and seems to think everything is perfectly normal, well... it's leaves a bit to be desired.
Voice acting is another spotty area, with some actors putting in well-rounded performances and others falling short. For the most part, the main characters are all believably voiced, and most of the poor performances are quite brief. There are a couple annoying accents you can't seem to escape, but that may just be a personal gripe. Your mileage may vary.
Character animation is a bit stiff, particularly during dialogues, with characters often performing the same gestures repeatedly. One NPC seemed to have her forearms stitched to her waist and just kind of jostled her hands about. Another looked like he kept wanting to karate-chop the camera. It can be jarring when you're immersed in the story to be reminded that these aren't people, just animated characters. Lip-syncing could also be better.
My other concerns--the cover system, hacking--were allayed before long. Cover plays an integral part in gameplay and mimics systems found in previous games and, to my delight, works very well for the most part. It's a bit odd that a passing NPC won't notice me six inches from his face as he strolls by, but that's again a limitation of the AI for the sake of playability, so I suppose we can let it slide--begrudgingly. Hacking computers and devices is probably the best and most sensible implementation I've seen in any game thus far, and luckily there's a decent amount of variety, so it rarely feels tedious.
The story--the essential core of any Deus Ex--does the original game proud. It's full of intrigue and plot twists to keep the die-hard fans interested. Combat ups the ante of the original, providing a smoother--and notably prettier--experience. The addition of takedowns is particularly entertaining, and while normally I don't like to be taken out of control of the character, here I think it's justified; these maneuvers feel essential before long, and would be quite awkward in first person. Plus, they're damned satisfying.
Weapons are suitably varied and interesting with plenty of options in both the lethal and non-lethal departments. Inventory management plays a part in the arsenal at your disposal--since you can only carry so much--but I never felt limited in my tactical options. Quite the opposite, in fact; I carried heavier weapons just in case, but rarely used them and could easily have done without. I found I used the same two guns for about 95% of engagements. That's not a complaint--I just really loved those guns.
And finally, augmentations--the cornerstone of Deus Ex--provide you several options to build the badass of your choice. By the end I had all the augs I wanted and was thrilled with most of them. From jumping off of buildings and landing gracefully to waltzing past past cameras while cloaked to taking down pairs of baddies with a few well-coordinated--and decidedly brutal--attacks, it all built toward a fully-realized, fully-augmented, and super-human Adam Jensen.
In the end, I felt a bit like I was playing the original game again. The story unfolds at a similar pace, the weapons are familiar, the augs, the upgrades, it all took me back to that cherished experience from a decade earlier. Human Revolution captures the essence of the first Deus Ex in spades. For those still on the fence about purchasing, allow me to give you that final nudge: if you've waited a decade for a worthy successor to Deus Ex, the wait is over.
Just no sword this time around.
Not an FPS, except boss fights.swixel | Aug. 29, 2011 | See all swixel's reviews »
Having recently completed my fourth playthrough, I can say this: Deus Ex: Human Revolution is not a first person shooter. It is more of an Action RPG with a first person perspective.
If you run through the game like almost any other FPS game (save, perhaps, the recent Call of Duty games), you will die. Repeatedly.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution follows in the footsteps of games from the same studio, like Thief and Hitman, relying on forethought before running out with guns blazing. Even the most difficult of situations can be resolved without the revolver.
With a small selection of non-lethal weapons (stun-gun, tranquilliser rifle, PEPS gun), and a range of lethal weapons (the usual assortment), all with upgrades to damage, speed, reload, aiming, and other (e.g. 'exploding rounds'), this installment of Deus Ex teaches the player to think.
Most of the game is spent starved for resources, with plenty of the weakest ammo around to remind you not to take on anything except the boss.
It is possible to get through the game killing absolutely everything which may die, but it takes far longer than it is worth, and you are better off learning about cover and stealth -- unless it's a boss, then you have to dispatch them.
While I am an RTS player, this is, hands down, the best game I have ever played -- including Portal. From the stealth, to the combat, to the interaction with others (particularly 'persuading' them), this game puts other franchises to shame, outshining the signatures of others.
The 'minigame' that is hacking makes a lot of fully-fledged hacking games look trivial, and the use of augments of extend this only hammers that home.
All in all, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a wonderful story-driven stealth/spy game, full of fantastic features and stimulating visuals. Don't let the promotional still-shots fool you, this game isn't about killing (unless you play the game on the easiest setting), but about using your head to prove that you are the best man in mind and body.
They got it right with this game!Exist_To_Resist | Aug. 29, 2011 | See all Exist_To_Resist's reviews »
I hear people complaining about the 3D models all over the net. Yeah when you watch the models they aren't as polished and shiny as a game like Mass Effect 2, however you quickly get past that because the game play is absolutely superb. This is only the models in the cut scenes. The in game modelling and graphics work really well, and the game it self is beautiful, and flows really well. If you prefer stealth you can beat the game that way, personally I take out every bad guy with a gun, and then collect the loot. A really good RPG/FPS, I would highly recommend this to anyone.
One of the best Sci-Fi games I've ever had the pleasure to playKreslem | Aug. 28, 2011 | See all Kreslem's reviews »
This game is, simply put, absolutely amazing. If you are into the sci-fi setting and adore RPG's, then this is a must buy for you. Even though I didn't play the old classic Deus Ex, I quickly found myself curiously interested in the believable story and setting, which takes place in the year 2027. The atmosphere of the game drags you in with it's absolutely stellar art design and one of the best game soundtracks I've heard in a while, which really fits the world excellently.
The most important aspect of the game, which the developers have done an excellent work with, is ofcourse the gameplay itself. There are a reasonable amount of different weapons at your disposal, some lethal, some non-lethal. And then there's all the abilities that the protagonist can learn as you gain experience, which gives you all the tools you need to carry out your exact game strategy. The game gives you a lot of freedom to play the game just how you wanna play it, and that combined with the different endings, it ultimately gives you a very solid game, with lots of freedom, great story, awesome gameplay, stunning art style, strong voice-acting and a good amount of replayability.
Lives up to the legacy of the originalGreatRumbler | Aug. 27, 2011 | See all GreatRumbler's reviews »
After the disappointment of the Invisible War, fans of the Deus Ex were rightly worried about how the series would fair in a brand-new set of hands. But now that the finished product has finally launched, those fears have unequivocally been put to rest. Human Revolution not only lives up to the legacy of Deus Ex, it expands on it and sets a new high water mark for the series.
Human Revolution provides a great stealth game with decent, if not entirely great, enemy AI that makes sneaking through high-tech facilities and crumbling urban landscapes a fun experience, aided by a slew of different weapons and tools. Also returning are the various augmentations that can make you a silent assassin or hacking wiz, it's all up to you how you want to evolve your character.
And that's the basic idea of Human Revolution. If you want to run into a room, guns blazing, you can. If you want to sneak through, using force only when absolutely necessary, you can. The game doesn't force you to play one way or another. This openness shows itself the most in the hub areas, chunks of two cities [Detroit and Hengsha] that give you free roam to explore as you please and pick up sidequests for profit and loot.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of the finest RPGs I've played so far this year [giving The Witcher 2 some stiff competition] and a great experience that immerses the player in a scifi world that often seems like it might not be so far fetched.
I'm addicted.m_bisson | Aug. 26, 2011 | See all m_bisson's reviews »
It's official, I need an intervention. I have passed up on 6 opportunities to have some "alone time" with my girlfriend since this game came out.
For anyone who enjoyed DX1, this game is a MUST buy. Don't think "maybe I'll get it" and certainly don't assume it's like anything else you've played within the last 10 years. This game brings back the amazingness of the first DX and even makes it better!
I'm not going to write about graphics or sound. The important thing here is gameplay. You can sneak, hack, or just shoot everything up in this game. The last time I got so giddy and on edge was when I played Thief 3 (Deadly Shadows). There are also plenty of interesting weapons that let you cause all sorts of trouble.
I'm scoring this a 99 out of 100 due to the fact that it was obviously designed for consoles first, and then adapted to be played on PC.
Really in-depth, play the way you want!Techno753 | Aug. 25, 2011 | See all Techno753's reviews »
Deus Ex HR is an absolutely brilliant game. I only recently found about the Deus Ex series of games and it certainly does not dissapoint. You play as an Aug (short for Augmented), an "Aug" is a human being who has had surgical implants to help them go about their daily business. There are many different types of modifications which you can recieve. These range from cloaking to stronger arms to increased hacking ability and faster/longer sprint. The key thing that I think makes this game so unbelievably awesome is that you have forced to make choices that impact the story and final outcome of the game. These choices make your playthrough of the game unique to you and makes you want to play through the game multiple times with different choices each time.
A must play for anyone who likes single player games with a deep and interactive story line.
Spot on.gregpolk | Aug. 25, 2011 | See all gregpolk's reviews »
I should start this review by admitting that I LIKED INVISIBLE WAR. Everyone rips on it for being crap compared to the first, which is true, but it on its own it was still a fantastic game just with a few awful design decisions.
Any way, Human Revolution captures all of the magic that Invisible War failed to. It is without a doubt the greatest return of a classic IP I've ever encountered. It Has all the complexity and intelligence of the original Deus Ex but with game design that makes it accessible to your average ADHD COD gamer. It is easily one of the best games I've played in recent years. My only significant criticism is that while it has a beautiful art design, some fantastic character design, amazing level design, the graphics do let this down somewhat. Adam looks amazing in every detail but many of the NPCs use repeated models that look quite bland. Texture resolution as is expected in most multiplatform games leaves a bit to be desired. Please note my score though, this in no way detracts from the glory of the game. It also gives a target for potential modding with higher res textures and models in the future, similar to the love that the community gave to the original 2 games. Lets hope the game will support this.
If you're a fan of the original Deus Ex this is a no brainer. If you desire an experience with a little more substance than your standard shooter, this is a no brainer. Even if you're a frothing at the mouth COD fanatic who just wants to shoot everyone I see you having a wonderful time with this game.
Now, who's looking forward to getting augments of their own? Would go nice with the trenchcoat they're selling :)
Call of Duty + Splinter Cell + GTA: A masterpiecedr_house95 | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all dr_house95's reviews »
For me, the best game of all. I've been waiting since I finished playing Invisble War. Graphically is excellent, the environment, the player (Adam), enemies, everything has its own personality, everything has something that makes it unique. Loudly, one of the best, with science fiction themes that add suspense and drama, as a real movie. The art direction is incredible. The story, you have to play it, talk about a worldwide conspiracy. Gameplay: Imagine a cross between Call of Duty, the stealth of Splinter Cell and Hitman series but the free play of Grand Theft Auto. You can choose our way, making decisions that affect the end game. Simply a masterpiece.
A fantastic followup to one of the greatest RPGs of all timeJohnnsen | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all Johnnsen's reviews »
This game nails it all. Graphics, atmosphere, detail, gameplay. The voice acting is mostly great, and the attention to detail is astonishing. It offers just as much, if not more, choice as the original game. The freedom that is given to you when deciding how to do things is incredible and will make for a lot of replay value. Go stealth and kill everyone silently. Go stealth and kill NOBODY! Go guns blazing and make it an action game. Or do a mixture of styles to go your own way. The augmentations you can unlock along the way will help you forge the path you want to take, as they are specifically useful for different playstyles. The eastereggs deserve a mention as well, you should keep your eyes peeled for fun things to discover, for references to games and movies, as well as internet culture. So far, this is my game of the year, and if are interested, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Amazing FPS with RPG element.DeAdSeYe | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all DeAdSeYe's reviews »
I have played Deus Ex Human Revolutions already, and it is an really amazing game. Beautiful atmosphere with great graphics. The world looks really amazing, shadows and lighting are great. But the lip sync is really bad in this game. RPG element in this FPS works great, and the cover system works as it should be. You have low ammo and it makes you think more tactical. You can loot from bodys for more weapons and ammo and use your power to hack turrents, security cams or even disarming bombs, and save many lives and even more like cloaking, better armor or other special abilities. Some levels are linear and others with more freedom, like walking in a city full with citizens and even talk to them. Really great FPS shooters with an great main story!
If only all IP's got such a revitalizing return to gamingSteelskull399 | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all Steelskull399's reviews »
Starting up Deus Ex: HR, I expected Eidos Montreal to continue the trend of turning old action/shooter titles into horrible abominations of what they once were to appeal to a "broader audience". That notion didn't last long. My game unlocked at 3 in the morning, and here I am, 7 at night writing a review before I get some much needed rest. If you enjoyed any of the Metal Gear Solid titles, this is for you. This game might not advertise it, but it's easily the best stealth game to come out this year, if not the past few years. Dragging bodies, avoiding and hacking cameras, even setting off an alarm at a lower level, then taking the elevator up past the guys looking for you. If you enjoyed the dialogue and immersion of the Mass Effect games, you need to play this. In my personal opinion, this game got what Mass Effect seems to be lacking on in the dialogue system, and that's moral ambiguity. There is no "Good" choice, there is no "Bad" choice and you don't get forced to turn your character into a walking sterotype just to unlock all the conversation options. Evaluating the conversation target so you can decide what personality type he is, and what sort of conversational tactics will work. Does he confront you immediately, toss threats every other sentence? Most likely he's an omega, and a threat from someone like you will open him up. Most of all, if you've enjoyed the prior Deus Ex (not invisible war) then you'll enjoy this. The gameplay is just as intricate, the upgrades are detailed, unique and a great asset to gameplay. This is just one of those games that you get totally immersed in. So spend some cash, and lose yourself in a dyspepsia cyberpunk world where everything is a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Back to 2000Rice77 | Aug. 22, 2011 | See all Rice77's reviews »
It has been 11 years since the release of the first Deus Ex game, forever a breaking point in how RPG + FPS played. 11 years later we get Deus Ex: Human Revolution, an evolution of Deus Ex, getting the good, improving the bad and making an awesome game. For the first few hours I just thought "Wow" the freedom of gameplay, not linear/scripted combats, different routes to take and win against the enemy which has an improved AI. Playing Deus Ex is fun and engaging, throught all the game you will be waiting for the next enemy, trying to kill them silently, trying to evade them or rushing in. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an improvement on every system Deus Ex had, this is the best Deus Ex game and it is a must buy.