Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

THE TRUTH WILL CHANGE YOU

Developer: Eidos Montreal
Genre: Action Adventure
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Compatability (PS3): 1000MB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 480p / 720p
Compatability (Xbox 360): 550KB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Rating: 9.0

Free beer! Now that I have your attention, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is amazing. Eidos Montreal throws you right into a beautiful gold and black renaissance style future. A future of progress and despair. Sarif Industries, a powerful company that designs and manufactures mechanical augmentations such as eyes, lungs, limbs, etc, is on the brink of unlocking the “full human potential” without the need for augments. In other words, no fancy gizmos are needed to help one run faster, breathe better, etc. This discovery was made by scientist Megan Reed, otherwise known as the protagonist’s (Adam Jenson’s) love interest. Just before the research team heads out to Washington for business the company is attacked by an unknown group. The attack left Megan and her team dead and Jenson mortally injured. Sarif Industries decides that the only way to save Jenson is to rebuild him with special augmentations. Can anyone else say “Six Billion Dollar Man”? Six months later Adam is back and ready to find out who planned and executed the attack and why.

As you can probably tell, you play as Adam Jenson (the future’s badass and head of security at Sarif). At its core, this game is a first person shooter. But it has so much more to offer. The game gives you choice. Not just simple “this or that” choices. Deus Ex puts you in the shoes of an augmented hero and allows you to use his “special powers” to your liking. If you like to run-and-gun, go right ahead. But if you prefer taking it slow and sneak your way around every corner, that’s fine too. Yes. We’ve all seen games that offer a similar choice mechanics but never have I seen one as effective as Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The visuals are pretty decent in-game.

What truly compliments Deus Ex’s choice system is the ability to upgrade Jenson’s augmentations. Not only is Deus Ex a shooter and a stealth based game but it is also a role playing game. The more quests you do and moves you pull off reward you with precious experience points. Similar to other RPG’s, the more SP you gain the higher you level up. But instead of leveling up Jenson himself, you upgrade his augmentations. Will you upgrade Jenson’s arms and have him punch through walls? Maybe upgrade his back allowing for a gentle landing after falling from a high ledge. It doesn’t matter because the choice is yours and this game is based on your choices. So choose wisely.

Before you think I am only praising this game, it does have its flaws. Minor flaws but flaws nonetheless. The main issue with Deus Ex is the boss scenarios. These battles tend to feel outdated, which isn’t always bad, but in this one it takes away from the addictive gameplay. Bosses are tedious and frustrating. It just doesn’t feel right when playing this game. This is an issue that must be experienced first hand to understand what I mean. Another much smaller issue (not much of an issue for most gamers) is that the controls may take a bit of getting used to. I’m not saying that it is hard to master but for those “Call of Duty” fans out there, you may need a couple of moments to figure out the control scheme. These are just minor gameplay issues in a pool of magnificent achievements. They are not game breakers by any means.

You will easily get hooked in Human Revolution's storyline.

Fun gameplay is great and all but sometimes, us gamers need a little incentive to maintain our interest in the game. Deus Ex knows just how to deliver this. With a story that kept me on the edge of my seat practically the entire time and a cast of characters that emotionally attached themselves to me, Deus Ex rules all. This is just one of those titles that makes multiple play throughs a must. Deus Ex: Human Revolution looks beautiful. No other words are necessary but I’ll try. From the breath taking scale of the cities to the gorgeous cut scenes, this game’s destiny is to impress. And impress it did. Need proof? I occasionally caught myself just gazing at the beautiful skyscrapers on the elevator heading to David Sarif’s office. You’ll know what I’m talking about. Though it’s a trip to eye candy land, there are some frame rate issues in both the world (mostly in small indoor areas) and with the NPCs. Characters in the game tend to have emotionless expressions and at times make gestures that do not fit the situation but these are rare occurrences. The sound in this game is another winner. I would sometimes reload just to hear the ultra realistic sounds. The conversations are well mapped out and fit perfectly together no matter what you choose to say. (You see, choice is everywhere! No escape). The voice acting in Deus Ex is actually a funny subject. Some characters in the game deliver the most remarkable voice acting I’ve heard in a long time, while others sound cheesy and from time to time break the serious mood of the game.

In the end, this review is made to help you, the gamer, decide whether Deus Ex is worth your hard earned cash or not. In my opinion, yes it is. With addictive gameplay that can last for hours, stunning visuals, a story that is the equivalent to an award winning film, and such minor issues, there is no reason why this game shouldn’t be on every gamer’s wish list this year, that is of course unless you don’t like to make choices. Now if you don’t mind, I am going to go play some Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Oh, here’s your beer.

Reviewed by johnny1994 – September 19, 2011

Graphics
The visuals are very solid. Beautiful scenes.
 
Sound
The sounds are very realistic. Human Revolution also has great voice acting. Impressive.
 
Fun
This game has lots of fun factor. You decide however you want to progress throughout the game. The choices you make are one of the top points when playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
 
Final Score

 

Responses

  1. one of the best game thsi year. nice review


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