Written by Cole Burton Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:00
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game for just about anyone. Want a thrilling stealth action game? No problem. Or how about a tactical shooter, where every approach and piece of cover can make a difference? You got it. Or maybe you want to blend the two, or spend most of your time hacking, searching, and scavenging. No matter what your play style is, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has something to bring to the table. Throw that in with a great story, epic upgrades, and amazing characters, and you have yourself some long lasting entertainment.
Human Revolution tells the story of Adam Jensen: a former SWAT member turned SARIF Industries Chief of Security. SARIF Industries designs and manufactures augmentations, which play as your upgrades. You earn Praxis kits by leveling up with enough xp, purchasing them with credits, and finding them. You can then use these Praxis kits to increase your armor, move heavy objects, gain the stealth cloaking ability, and much more. Jensen never asked for these augmentations, but before he knew it, many of the people he knew and cared about were killed and he was left in critical condition. One operating table later he was a whole new man.
The main part of the game starts 6 months after the massacre at SARIF Industries. As Jensen, it is your job to investigate the tragedy and bring those responsible to justice. Along the way there will be plenty of side missions for you to complete. Whether you are completing a story mission, a side quest, or just wandering around there are multiple ways to tackle each and every situation. For example, if you have to get from point A to point C, with B full of enemies, you can pull off several different stunts. You could sneak around the enemies via a vent Solid Snake Style. You could run right through them with various stealth augmentations, you can take a puzzle approach by moving stuff around to form a new path, or go in guns blazing. And you are free to change up your approach with every situation.
The boss battles in Human Revolution are what I think should have been focused on a little more. While they are entertaining, they are quite hard. On the hardest difficulty, it takes only a few hits to kill you, while they can absorb seemingly endless amounts of ammo before finally dropping. The worst part is when you die and you start the fight all over. On the hardest difficulty, I used the manual save feature on every boss battle but one. When it comes down to it, there are only 4 boss battles, unless you count a room with 2 heavily armored bots a boss battle. Then I suppose you could say 5. For such a long game, I had expected a few more boss battles than that.
The conversations are also a great part of the game. And I don’t just mean character dialog. I mean convincing other characters into letting you do things you want, talking them into seeing things your way, and more. Handling these conversational choices delicately is very important. They alone can change entire levels for you. Maybe you can convince someone to let you into a restricted area, so that you don’t have to fight anyone. Or maybe you can talk others into revealing the locations of people you are looking for, or others into surrendering to you. Who knows? But one thing is for sure, saying the wrong thing to anyone just one time can really screw you over.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is not disappointing gamers. It seems that few games can live up to their tremendous hype nowadays, but Dues Ex pulled it off with flying colors. With so many different possible outcomes and ways to play, Deus Ex: Human Revolution can keep you busy for months on end.