Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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"_Human Revolution is a smart, rewarding piece of transhumanist noir that does justice not just to Deus Ex, but to the fiction that inspired it. _" - IGN.com
"Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an engrossing and atmospheric adventure that keeps you guessing." - Gamespot.com
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You play Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT specialist who's been handpicked to oversee the defensive needs of one of America's most experimental biotechnology firms. Your job is to safeguard company secrets, but when a black ops team breaks in and kills the very scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes
Badly wounded during the attack, you have no choice but to become mechanically augmented and you soon find yourself chasing down leads all over the world, never knowing who you can trust. At a time when scientific advancements are turning athletes, soldiers and spies into super enhanced beings, someone is working very hard to ensure mankind's evolution follows a particular path.
You need to discover where that path lies. Because when all is said and done, the decisions you take, and the choices you make, will be the only things that can change it.
* Features *
A divided near-future: discover a time of great technological advancement, but also a time of chaos and conspiracy. Mechanical augmentations of the human body have divided society between those who can afford them, and those who can't. Opposing forces conspire from the shadow to control the destiny of mankind: a human revolution is coming.
A perfect mix of action and role-play: the game uniquely combines action-packed close-quarter takedowns with intense shooting, offering a vast array of character augmentations and upgrades for the many weapons at your disposal. Unlock new abilities and increase your stealth, social, hacking or combat skills: the game rewards all styles of play and approaches. Determine how you want your character to evolve, based on how you want to play the game.
Choices and consequences: shoot your way through your enemies, sneak up behind them without being traced, hack systems to retrieve crucial information, or use your social skills to extract information from key characters - there are always choices, multiple approaches, multiple paths and multiple tools at your disposal. Choose your playing style and face the consequences of your actions: you decide how the story unfolds.
One of the Greats!LtValerii | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all LtValerii's reviews »
When this game came out I was very hesitant to buy it. I am a fairly picky gamer, but I decided to give it a chance. I had never been so happy! This game easily became one of my favorites.
The story is in a way fairly generic, but also really enticing. There is a wonderful customization interface that entirely affects the game play depending on the choices you make. The controls are some of the best I have played to date, everything is very smooth.
There is a lot to Deus Ex. Talking, hacking, sneaking, fighting, exploring, and upgrading. All of these keep it interesting when it could easily get boring.
The game is built around stealth and I find it most rewarding to play this way while still exploring everything you can. It adds a degree of difficulty and excitement that I find lacking in other games.
The augments you have to choose from are all pretty fun and if you take your time, you can unlock most of them! On top of it all, with either play style there are a bunch of different weapons and upgrades which keep it interesting.
Forever Unforgettableriezvi | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all riezvi's reviews »
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a first-person game with a unique role-play element, thus made it a unique ARPG game. The game relied heavily on cover system IF you are playing as a hot blood gunner. However Deus Ex offers alternatives such as stealth to neutralize your enemies, hacking through computers and security networks, and social quests. A truly beautiful storyline with a multiple choices of action to freely control your own story and character progress, I can say that this game have what it takes to become a masterpiece and forever unforgettable.
Carry a vending machine around!MSJ | Nov. 17, 2013 | See all MSJ's reviews »
The stealth, hacking or combat paths are just the beginning. It's how it interacts with the environment that matters. You can for example, use your strength upgrade to carry a vending machine around. This allows you to use it as mobile cover to for both stealth and combat. Then you can also throw it at enemies. And those hackable mobile turrets? You can also carry them around as a really big infinite ammo weapon.
Only the boss fights bring this game down a bit, but you can remedy those with explosives and heavy weapons. One boss that was set to be a major one was easily taken out within 5 seconds by spamming shots from a grenade launcher on him.
For newcomers, a brilliant entry into the trilogySalty_Roy | Nov. 16, 2013 | See all Salty_Roy's reviews »
Warning: This review is obviously more tailored to those who are interested in jumping right into the trilogy for the first time. I hold personal bias considering Human Revolution was my gateway into the series
Yep. That's out of the way.
So, if you're considering Human Revolution to be your first foray into the trilogy, you can be assured that Eidos Montreal have done a lavishing job for both newcomers and long-term fans of the series. I remember last year picking the title up on sale in-store for $35. At the time it felt like a gamble, but oh boy did it pay off. The narrative (albeit borrowed) is smooth and engaging. As is with any good speculative fiction, it takes an ideal and places it into the future. Unfortunately in this case, I found the message Eidos intended to deliver by its climax as fairly out-of-focus, but regardless, credit due to the team. What Deus Ex instead champions so well is the interlocking of both narrative and environment to complement an already fully realised universe. It will take consecutive playthroughs to explore Human Revolution's to the brim, and it pays further discovering the game's homages to the series. Crawling within the underbelly alleyways of Hengsha, or completing side missions for employees in Detroit, it's all focused to elevate the backstories and character of these cities. Traversing apartment buildings and alleyways makes up the first part of the gameplay, and scouring every crevice is extremely rewarding and downright refreshing. It is fairly laid-back, purposely built to allow time to be lapsed to inject information and understanding of the player's surroundings to the universe.
When taking on HR's main missions however, gameplay seamlessly drifts to cautious movement throughout multilevel factories encasing tight corridors and sprawling hallways to outdoor environments, tiered by catwalks and cover. If you're a fan of the stealth genre, Deus Ex will feel like slipping on an old glove (that's the phrase, right?). Regardless, although the description proclaims "action-packed close-quarter takedowns with intense shooting", it isn't really tailored for the 'run and gun, trigger finger player'. As with Dishonored, you'll find delight in taking unorthodox methods in completing missions: Exploiting the AI by hurling a vending machine to distract the guards. Discovering a hidden route to bypass a heavily guarded room. The levels are laid out for the player to instigate experimentation.
The RPG elements are functional enough to permit variety and fun. This is HR's main gimmick, as character progression is focused on upgrading your abilities past the realms of superhuman. It's pretty awesome. They range from helping you hack doors, systems, turrets and robots, to timed invisibility and seeing through walls. This also acts as a tunable difficulty curve. The upgrades you choose are programmed to help alleviate the challenges ahead and foster replay value. I found the levels to sometimes feel repetitious on my first play through, so experimentation in how you approach each situation through these augments is the game's saving grace.
Before I end this review, now's possibly the best time as ever to address the elephant in the room. His name is tacked-on boss battles, and nobody likes him. They're a constant speed bump throughout Deus Ex, and forcefully tear apart the meticulously developed flow of the game. Sure, you can play it the right way and be consequently eviscerated for choosing a pacifist-skewed gear, or, play a more sneakily method and stock up mines. Although I'd highly recommend experiencing the game with new eyes, boss battles can at will devastatingly destroy a single play through despite Eidos' counter methods of cluing in the player with trails of scattered items. It doesn't help, as from the conclusion of the introductory mission, players are deceitfully led to assume there is always a pacifistic approach to every situation. It sucks, and goes against game design.
Despite all this and given these damn sales, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is beyond worth the asking price. Praise is due to the team in the deep craftsmanship into constructing and bringing to life the world of Human Revolution. The narrative can be weak at times, but the connotations with current events such as Occupy Wall Street do benefit the overall experience. Most of all, it's a lot of fun, and respects the foundations originally built by its predecessors. If it weren't for the bosses (and there are way too many), and a somewhat non-interactive climax, it would be an almost perfect gem. I can only recommend it if you are able to bypass these flaws, which you will.
On a side note, if you're not using fridges as weapons, you're playing it wrong.
A Superb GameWiesler | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »
Deus Ex is a first person RPG series that is very important in the world of gaming. Human Revolution does not fall short of its namesake and is a great game that stands on its own.
The mechanics are a mix of action and RPG, or stealth if you so choose. The RPG elements come into play when you augment Jensen for various benefits: running silently, turning invisible, aiming steadier, and so on. These upgrades help you play the game the way you want to. However, one small flaw is that certain moves require energy that can only be regained by eating energy bars. It's a very small complaint.
When you aren't busy augmenting Jensen you will be investigating various cases around open world settings that are split into distinct sections. Choosing what Jensen says or does in missions adds to the story, and the writing is sharp. The game's story plays out like a neo-noir, and you are the detective.
The gameplay outside of role-playing lies in shooting or sneaking. You can use your various skills/gadgets to sneak by tons of guards and net yourself a "Ghost" rank, which nets you bonus experience, or you can shoot up the place. The choice is yours, though it should be noted that you can not have a completely pacifist run in this game as bosses must be killed. Non-lethal boss fights are supposed to be addressed in the Director's Cut of the game.