October 10, 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review
It’s finally here, eleven years later, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has come and ye shall not be disappointed. In an age where reboots of reboots of reboots are common I must say that I was skeptical and with the recent failure which was Duke Nukem I was more than a little concerned with this game being a complete flop. I’m very happy to say that this was not the case.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a great game but it does have a couple of things that hold it back from being perfect one. There aren’t many things that Deus Ex: HR does wrong but if I were to pick the biggest one I would say it would have to be the fact that it feels like it forces you to play the game in a certain way. For example, you get almost three times as much experience playing the game via stealth instead of running and gunning. This isn’t a deal breaker by any means but I prefer to play using a run and gun style and I felt I almost had to play it in a stealthy manner (think splinter cell) otherwise I wouldn’t get to experience near as many of the unlocks the game has to offer if I didn’t play the game in a stealthy way. There is also the issue of the cutscenes, I love cutscenes, but when they don’t look as good as the game itself it kind of takes away from the immersion. I’ve always been of the opinion that if you are going to do cutscenes use live action cutscenes or use an amped up version of the game engine to render them.
Graphically the game shines, especially if you have the PC version with DX11 turned on. Many of the computer control rooms look simply stunning, especially rooms like David Sarifs office. They simply look stunning. The game takes you all over the world and each of these locals looks vibrant and different. Each one feels unique and fresh and if I had any complaint I wish it would have taken you to some others. There were a couple of places where it felt like they just wanted to get whatever they were doing over with. Near the end of the game, one of the backdrops looks almost like a piece of paper with paper birds. I felt like they could of spent a few more minutes and taken it from ok to amazing. Backdrops can add a massive wow factor to a game and can really take it to the next level.
The game sounds amazing and it’s oozing with it. Humming of electronics and grinding of gears, people talking in the street, preacher talking to their crowds, city sounds, and the list goes on Deus Ex sounds spectacular.
There is plenty of betrayal, love, hate, bitterness, revenge and happiness to go around in DX:HR. The plot in DX: HR centers on Adam Jensen follows your choices just like the previous titles, decisions you make, people you kill or people you don’t kill all add to the ending of the game. The story from beginning to end, no matter how you play, is enthralling and enjoyable. I’ve found myself lately with a lot of games unable to finish them, and these were easily ¼ the length of DX: HR and I can honestly say that I couldn’t put this game down. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and I was sad to see it end.
Despite its small flaws Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an amazing game, one that deserves to be played and multiple times at that. The stealth style of gameplay may scare some people away, it almost did me, but I am glad that I decided to play it anyway. If you have been on the fence about picking this game up let this be the final push you need to get it.
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