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Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Review

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the prequel to the cult classic that released ten years ago, Deus-Ex. Human Revolution takes place some twenty-seven years prior to the events of Deus Ex. This sci fi action adventure game was developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It released August 23 and is rated Mature.

The story of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was pretty good despite starting off kinda slow. You play the role of protagonist Adam Jensen ex SWAT for the Detroit Police Department and now top security 7.62×39 surplus ammo man for David Sarif of Sarif Industries. Sarif Industries is a mega corporation which creates and manufactures Augmentation prosthetics. Think of robotic cyber implants for the human body and you have Augmentations.

Early in the game Sarif Industries is attacked by a group of Black Ops mercenaries. Jensen is caught by surprise and almost killed while trying to protect lead Sarif scientist Megan Reed. Reed also happens to be Jensen’s girlfriend. Sarif Industries saves Jensen from death by fully Augmenting his body (without his permission). Six months has past and Jensen goes back to Sarif Industries where he is on a quest for answers. Jensen travels around the world in his quest taking him to Shanghai, Montreal and even Singapore. The story has a deep undertone of moral questioning regarding the use of Augmentations on both sides of the fence relating to people who has them and the ones who don’t.

The visual art style was truly impressive while walking around cities. The CGI sequences where graphically impressive as well. Every city you visit appears alive on so many levels. The neon signs, the people smoking and chatting. Deus Ex: Human Revolution has a deep enthralling atmosphere thanks to the visual and gameplay design.

The sound design was really good. The sci-fi themed orchestra tunes created a drab dark cyber punk world where people with augmentations live in chaos. The sound design and voice over work was pretty good also. There is so much voice dialog in this game that I heard the same voices for different characters.

The gameplay of Deus Ex: Human Revolution starts and ends with Jensen’s Augmentation tree. Lets say you want to play Deus Ex as a shooter. You would earn XP points while hacking, talking and completing story missions like usual. When you earn enough XP you can assign a Praxis Point to specific augmentations like Jensen’s arms for shooting guns with more aim and accuracy. If you rather sneak around and hack computers there are specific augmentations you can modify for those gameplay elements as well.

There are plenty of guns to play around with like pistols, assault rifles, laser guns, plasma rifles, rocket launchers and shotguns. You can also modify guns by either buying or finding upgrade kits. Upgrades can range from silencers, ammo capacity increase and other perks. The only thing I really didn’t enjoy about Deus Ex: Human Revolution was the boss fights. The entire game is about exploration and choice except for boss battles. I feel that every boss fight was shoved into the game and simply doesn’t fit.

No multiplayer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution only single player which lasted me twenty hours. There are collectibles such as newspapers, books, e-books and e-mails. You can play through the game a few times in different ways such as stealth or shooting etc. There is a lot of replay value for this game.

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