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Review - Deus Ex: Human Revolution

PCN Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Posted on August 28, 2011 by Shak

I love Deus Ex, but I'm going to try and not let that skew this review (although it probably will). When the first game came out all those years ago, it was refreshing because it had a great story, and was truly open in the way that you could play the game. That's what I loved about the game, because it allowed you to perform the same task in different ways, and it inspired many other games to do the same. I therefore had high expectations for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but did it live up to the hype?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to the first two games, and therefore takes place in less of a futuristic setting. In 2027, 25 years before Deus Ex, augmentations, which were quite prevalent in the previous games, are not the norm here. Nanotech augmentations don't exist yet, and bio-mechanical augmentations are state of the art. Adam Jensen is the protagonist of the story, a person who is forced to have augmentations because of an incident that damages most of his body parts. The rest of the game requires you to search for those responsible for attacking Jensen and killing his love interest, and as you do you'll uncover more of the conspiracy.

The game's setting immediately reminds you of Blade Runner, and the graphical style looks and feels amazing. The developers have said that they tried to avoid this reference as much as possible, but it's hard to avoid when it's right in your face. The cyberpunk theme runs through the entire game, but there are elements of a Renaissance, and the graphics are matched accordingly, with a lot of blacks and golds to be seen. The game looks great, and although it isn't the best looking game on consoles, it's definitely up there.

DX: HR is an action RPG, but allows you to upgrade your character in the way you see fit, and play the game in the way you see fit. There are four ways to play the game, but they can interact with each other. The pillars of gameplay that are provided are; Combat, Stealth, Hacking, and Social, but you can switch to another gameplay type at any time. Augmentations and upgrades are also related to these pillars, so whichever pillar you choose, you will be able to improve your gameplay in that pillar by upgrading certain augmentations.

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Deus Ex: Human RevolutionDEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Eidos Montreal
Genre: Action RPG
ESRB: Mature 17+
Release: 2011-08-23
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 9.0