Reviews for Deus Ex: Human Revolution – The Missing Link

86

Keeps up with the quality

taigatsu | Feb. 11, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »

Looking for more Deus Ex? The Missing Link offers several hours more of content for those looking to satisfy that craving. It doesn't really do anything differently from the main game itself; it's more of the same, which is really all anyone was asking for. The same mix of action and stealth is present here, in just as high of quality as the main campaign. It's a bit odd how this DLC takes place in the middle of the main game's plot, and launches separately. You'll have to start over from scratch, without any of the gear or augmentations you earned in Deus Ex itself, and they managed to shoehorn in some sort of explanation for it. Overall it's a great way to expand on your experience with an already superb game.

76

Just a good and small DLC

MarcoCav | Oct. 2, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »

The Missing Link is a good, small DLC of the beautiful Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It is good since the gameplay is the same of its mail title, and it is small since it requires only 5 or 6 hours to be completed, even considering a large use of backtracking. It could be better, but considering that it is only a DLC, it could be enough.

90

Improves on the Main Game's Shortcomings

NucularS | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all NucularS's reviews »

Missing Link is a complete new mission, which takes a good few hours to complete, and which improves on the main game’s shortcomings. This is a real DLC, not that new skin or special weapon rubbish, and it is definitely worth the money if you enjoyed the game. The boss battle finally understands the limitations of the engine and how to incorporate itself into the story, and the rest of the mission is more of what you already know and love from the main game.

76

Fun but short addition to DE:HR.

borgiswa | July 26, 2013 | See all borgiswa's reviews »

I thoroughly enjoyed the recent Deus Ex game, but I was informed that The Missing Link was not very great. However, I was quite satisfied when I played through the game.

The gameplay was exactly the same (it is a DLC). The story was sub-par, sadly - the plot to Deus Ex Human Revolution was one of the greatest I have seen.

As a standalone DLC, you can expect certain things to be different. The "boss" is hardly a boss at all - but that is what I wanted. The only qualms I had with HR were the boss fights, which prevented you from doing a truly "pacifist" playthrough.

The game allows you to attempt different paths from the original game in terms of augmentations - so if you are looking for a bit of a training ground before your second playthrough of HR, this game works fine for that as well.

Overall - the game was decent and fine for DLC, but don't expect blockbuster gaming like we got from Human Revolution.

80

Nice, Cheap, and Short

Dimbark | July 21, 2013 | See all Dimbark's reviews »

This small expansion is kinda like a min-game of Deus Ex. It fits in perfectly with the events of the original game, and introduces a couple new level designs for focused stealth. It is rather interesting trying to build yourself up again, and it is a worthwhile experience. It's everything you'd expect from a Human Revolution DLC.

It's a worthwhile purchase.

72

Good DLC, but rather short

Kradath | July 15, 2013 | See all Kradath's reviews »

I enjoyed the DLC quite much and there's also not much to criticise about it other than its short length.

One thing which is important though is the time the DLC is played. It takes place within the base game itself so it's connected to the main story and it's not recommended to play this DLC without having the base game's story in the back of your mind.

It's best to play the base game first and then continue directly with the DLC.

Recommended for fans of DXHR.

60

Copy and Paste, Done.

Sivisx | June 20, 2013 | See all Sivisx's reviews »

When Adam Jensen decides to take a nap in a little box near the end of the main game and wakes up days later on Panchea you are left to assume that he had been napping easy inside his stasis box while in truth he was discovered and had to fight his way off of a Belltower operative base with sly immoral testing was taking place.

This four hour plus add on has you take control of the recently stripped of augmentation and left helpless Jensen during his escape from the Belltower operatives and his journey back to get on track to finding Megan Reed. With that being said, this is basically a carbon copy. There isn't much new to be seen, besides the environment. You do the same as in the regular game, but since it decides to take you hard long work from the main game and throw it away it makes this gameplay harder.

Since I enjoyed Human Revolution so much I was pleased to find out there was a DLC further detailing Jensen's struggle. While this was short the story was fairly well told and a must play for fans of the main game. It follows the same gameplay so isn't anything much new to be shown, but if you got the extra cash consider picking this up.

77

Short, but sweet

mugaro | March 10, 2013 | See all mugaro's reviews »

If you liked the main game, then get this. DX:HR had 4 traditional boss fights, and the final boss in this is more like a super mook rather than having a whole cutscene and arena like in the main game. While the story in the main game was the main draw, it's pretty forgettable here. There is no heavy handed debate going on, the primary antagonist is just "grrr I'm a bad guy!" where as there were deep, adult motives to the bad guy(s) in the main game. 10 achievements, and it took me under 6 hours to do them all, so know that it's incredibly short.

92

The Missing Link is not missing anymore

Guardian412 | Feb. 3, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

The Missing Link is telling the missing days of Adam Jensen after he left Hengsha to Singapore to find his love, Megan. But the journey wasn't that easy as it seemed in DX: Human Revolution, but faced Jensen with a challenging mission, full of conspiracies, where he also was stripped from all his augemented powers. As many used to say, this DLC should be in the core game and it shouldn't be a DLC at all as its clear that it was simply cut out from the main game to sell it later as a standalone tiny storyline. Still its one of the best DLCs up to date and also one of the longest. The Missing Link is offering about 4-5 hours of gametime, a great storyline, a stealthier mission, a new villain and a satisfying ending - good bossfight included, which was the weakest point of the original DX: Human Revolution. If you loved DX: Human Revolution and want to learn what has happened with Adam Jensen on the missing days, The Missing Link is a mandatory purchase.

65

Quality Deus Ex action, questionable fit

Lunk | Jan. 2, 2013 | See all Lunk's reviews »

If you're considering purchasing The Missing Link, chances are you're familiar with the Deus Ex formula and looking for more. Judged on its own merits, TML executes that formula really well, and even makes some effort to address the many complaints people had about boss fights in the base game. The problem is that it detracts from the overall Human Revolution story. There are few absolute rules about how to make good DLC, but one of them has to be "don't sell an addition that makes the existing content worse."

The Missing Link takes place at a particular point toward the end of Human Revolution. Where the base game explained what happened in a way that worked just fine and needed no further explanation, TML takes that neat explanation and makes it incredibly messy. Plot points are twisted, some ridiculous story elements are thrown in at both ends of the DLC to address inconsistencies (some, but certainly not all, of which could have been solved with a simple "import save" option), and even with all that contorting it still doesn't fit all that well in a few obvious ways.

I feel like the best way to play The Missing Link might be long after finishing the base game, when your feelings about that have had a chance to solidify and you'll find it easier to judge the new content as a separate experience rather than as a part of the HR plot. It's a neat little Deus Ex game, it's just a shame that it tarnishes the preexisting story.

70

Great for Serious Fans, but Shouldn't be DLC

Brumbek | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Brumbek's reviews »

The Missing Link has the same fabulous Deus Ex feel as the base game, although this DLC is a bit short and is a bit awkward as a standalone product. This REALLY should have been included in the base game since it very obviously fits directly into the middle of the base game’s story. So Square deserves much derision for their dumb DLC policy. Still, if you get this on sale, it is a fun little 4 hour experience. And it is a must play for any serious DX fan since it contains some important story information missing from the main game.

83

A essential story

DukePaul | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

if you want to know all the plot for Deus Ex: Human Revolution you need to buy this DLC because it gives important details about the story of the game in this sidequest.

The only bad thing is all your skills and abilities are gone for the sake of the story but don't worry because the stealth gameplay of this mission is very fun and addictive and it has the best boss battle of the game.

This DLC is very well done and it show how the developers care about their game.

73

Good stor

panz3r88 | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

The Missing Link is a DLC that reveals new elements to understand better the story of Deus Ex:Human Revolution. The gameplay is the same of the base game, but in this case it's quite repetitive because at the beginning of the DLC you will lose all your abilities , so you will not have the liberty to choose your gameplay style like in the mission of the base game. One good aspect of this DLC is that there is a boss fight fun and well done unlike the one present in the main campaign

90

Great addition to the original

auronkast | Dec. 12, 2012 | See all auronkast's reviews »

Missing Link is the size of one of the main game's chapter pretty much. It took me about 4 hours to run through it without worrying too much about items or praxis points just going through the enjoyable story. It has more links to the Original Deus Ex like Doctor Savage and his wife playing important roles. The story's as good as the main game arcs and the boss fight is actually much better than the ones in HR itself. If every DLC was like this, relevant to the story and with a reasonable amount of content for a decent price I'd buy them all.

80

DLC like it should be done.

chrissomerry | Nov. 21, 2012 | See all chrissomerry's reviews »

This DLC is essentially how DLC should be done - there's enough content to keep you, well, "content" (pun intended) for several hours, if not enough time to play an entire whole game in some cases. And it's not time wasted either - it fits into the main Deus Ex storyline, giving you a graphically beautiful area (a ship out at sea is always nice), and giving you the ability to re-experiment with your praxis points (for which reason it's best to play this AFTER you've gotten up to the respective place in the main game's story that this takes part in).

The environments make good use of gameplay, so you're not being shoehorned into a forced experience you had to pay extra for, too.

My only complaint with the DLC? It still feels a bit pricey. At the same time though, any more content would warrant a higher price. It's an awkward price point to be sure. But, with the interesting level layout with nooks and crannies to explore and inspire the imagination, I guess there's nothing more concrete to complain about, which is a good thing. And regardless of my complaints about price - it is, after all, better than $10 for cosmetic upgrades like in some games. So get into it if you like DX:HR

86

worthy DLC

hotmando | Sept. 10, 2012 | See all hotmando's reviews »

The only dlc to come out and its well worth because it finally fills in the gap in the story line...although it wasn't exactly needed..it shows the amount of devotion the developers have towards their fan base. The end boss fight was pretty neat too thanks to various ways of.."beating" him rather than it turning into a gun battle. It's obvious this dlc was not out-sourced, another plus for the game.

86

worthy DLC

hotmando | Sept. 10, 2012 | See all hotmando's reviews »

The only dlc to come out and its well worth because it finally fills in the gap int he story line...although it wasn't exactly needed..it shows the amount of devotion the developers have towards their fan base. The end boss fight was pretty neat too thanks to various ways of.."beating" him rather than it turning into a gun battle. It's obvious this dlc was not out-sourced, another plus for the game.

87

Worth it !

zhack075 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »

The missing link doesn't change the game, but it helps to understand what belltower is and the story in general. I finished this DLC in approximatively 6 hours which is pretty great for this price ! If you liked Deus Ex HR, this DLC is a great addition to the original game !

85

Short but Sweet

UltraJake | July 26, 2012 | See all UltraJake's reviews »

I finished The Missing Link in just 6 hours, but it was an entertaining experience. It fills in the 3 day gap skipped over in the original story. It didn't contain anything that was vital to the original story, but it does introduce another horrifying layer to what was going on behind the scenes. Because of the rather short gameplay time, there are praxis kits spread around the levels and hidden to allow you to get back your former power.

86

A good addition to the game

Finka_Karfein | June 17, 2012 | See all Finka_Karfein's reviews »

Still good story, still good gameplay, very good moral dilemmas. Graphics are the same as in the original so do not expect any improvements on that matter. Audio and atmosphere are awesome as in the original. The Missing Link will give you more unanswered questions rather than explanations but this is good as you can more expect the sequel. In this one you are still offered with many ways to solve a problem and this add-on is really long (about 10h) if you want to read all the mails in the computers (worth it!). What I did not like however, was the scans which artificially prolonged the game and this is a developer sin. It was simply boring to stand there and wait... the 10th time. It is a good option or all those who eagerly await the sequel. The price is a tiny bit too high but during sales it is great.

89

Worth buying if you're a fan

TG_Judgement | Nov. 9, 2011 | See all TG_Judgement's reviews »

Slotted somewhere in the late part of the main game's storyline DXHR:The missing link is the first post-release DLC.The gameplay is pretty much DXHR:Condensed edition,with more of the same:multiple paths through either hacking,vent crawling or pure gunfighting in a smaller space,although at least the beginning of it is more biased towards stealth. Storyline is pretty much again Deus Ex quality,with decent vo and a story that will fill a few baffling questions near the end of the main game,while leaving a few more questions open. The DLC is sadly short,with a duration of 5-6 hours on average,and with the pricing asked for it (specially in dollars),it leaves this DLC in the "for fans" category,which is a shame,as the DLC obviously has high production values.

94

New experience. Great DLC

Arthan | Oct. 25, 2011 | See all Arthan's reviews »

Now that's what I call a real DLC. Brand new location, new storyline, more deus ex gameplay. The augmentations are reset, so it's harder playing without them at the beginning, but you can build new specialities than in the base game.

96

Awesome as expected!

Babelfish343 | Oct. 24, 2011 | See all Babelfish343's reviews »

Like the base game, Deus Ex:HR Missing Link DLC is brings even more to the fantastic sci-fi world. The narrow hallways of the freight ship lead to some great stealth gameplay, and the story is truly compelling and will keep you glued to the screen for hours. The stealth augments are key in getting through the levels, though it is possible to go guns blazing, but would prove to be a fair bit more difficult.

Without revealing anything, it fills in a gap of the story in the original game, so if you have completed the main game or even come close to finishing it you need to pick up Missing Link!

It is a great addition to the Deus Ex world and is highly recommended!

95

Not a Bad Addition

Endyo | Oct. 21, 2011 | See all Endyo's reviews »

At $15, this is a bit more expensive than your standard DLC, but you're not getting your standard DLC. What you receive is a very significant additional chapter to an already exceptional game. You aren't going to encounter anything vastly different from your original experience and, despite the fact that it occurs in the middle of the story, it is fairly cohesively integrated.

From the start, you'll notice the game doesn't pull any punches. You'll be encountering enemies that can dispatch of you just as the enemies from the end of Human Revolution. You will need to quickly remember what skills you made use of in the original – else you'll be taken out in a heartbeat. You'll also be starting from scratch with your augmentations, so you can feel free to experiment with new tactics you didn't try in your initial play through.

It's clear that Eidos Montreal listened to their customers and made fixes in a lot of issues that were notable in Human Revolution. It is much more viable to be more dedicated to a specific style of play without a disadvantage. This is most apparent in the fact that the old style of boss fight is gone. It's certainly refreshing to be able to go full stealth with no combat skills without being mauled by a relatively powerful boss. The Missing Link delivers a better experience than Human Revolution in this respect. However, the one thing that personally bothered me the most from the original is the jerky exaggerated movement of the dialogue scenes. I feel like the animator was trying far too hard to earn his paycheck in animating those conversations.

One thing with it being much shorter (I finished a very thorough play through in six hours), it feels like the new story elements are less significant and not expressed in as much detail. What is given to you Is clear and well written, it just seems like they could have done more with a little more time. You'll still encounter a small number of twists and it's far from boring, but had it been properly integrated in to the actual game, it would have been far more entertaining.

Taken as a whole, you're paying $15 for roughly the same amount of gameplay you get from many titles that cost $60. Not only that, but it's well made and very fun. If you enjoyed Human Revolution I would definitely suggest this expansion. It's not as important to the story as it is touted to be, but it is a nice chunk of entertainment for a decent price.