The original Deus Ex was an amazing game, and the sequel, Invisible War, was equally as enthralling. Human Revolution, the third Deus Ex, is an amazing game, as well.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (HR) is set in the same environment as the previous two games, but this time around, everything feels more open. You can roam freely around a city, very similar to Invisible War, climbing ladders and jumping over rooftop gaps. The game rewards you for exploration.
Graphics - 4/5 (almost perfect)
The cityscape is beautiful, and the indoor areas are equally as detailed. The character models are noticeably low resolution compared to the cinematic models, but even the non-cinematic models look somewhat realistic. I have a few nitpicks here and there, but the visuals are very believable, and the framerate is smooth as butter.
The heightened graphical detail comes at a price. The loading screens are very long, I mean, extremely long. I almost gave up playing the game, thinking it froze, when I first entered the city. This is not a big deal, however, because you will not see the loading screen often. You have to load each time you revert to a saved game or load the game up initially, and reverted saves are often much shorter wait times.
Sound - 5/5 (excellent)
The music is nothing memorable, but it is definitely good music. The menu system has a very nice ambiance, similar to the music in Mass Effect. Sound effects are good, too.
The characters are all voiced, even the characters nobody should care about, voiced. The important characters have very unique voices, while the nobodies have bland but still decent voices. The guys sound like guys, and the gals sound like gals, nothing more to say.
Subtitles can be disabled, but I still see text boxes from time to time, even with them disabled. The player character has an annoying voice in my opinion, but I may just be associating his persona with Neo from The Matrix. There is a "chosen one" subplot hidden within the introduction of the game, but I cannot confirm it yet.
Story - 4/5 (pretty interesting)
The story is pretty interesting. Ha, I couldn't resist repeating myself there. The plot consists of many subplots and a non-linear main quest with multiple endings.
The consensus is that you are special and have been given augments, paid for in full by the company you work for. Your boss is very reasonable and talks to you directly and seems to have the greatest respect for you. You are ex-SWAT and work as the head of security at Sarif Industries.
The background story is actually fairly vague at first, but as you put the pieces together, the history is fairly obvious. People are getting augmented with robotic parts and electronic implants to better themselves artificially. The side effect is you need to take medication to keep your body from rejecting the implants. Not everyone can afford their medicine, and many people refuse to augment themselves simply because they fear the medication involved.
There is a lot more to the game's lore, but the consensus is that augments are a necessary evil. The world is very gritty and somewhat disturbing, but it is full of interesting moments.
Gameplay - 4/5 (pretty epic)
There is a mandatory tutorial chapter in the beginning that is very easy to run through, but after that chapter of the story, you get to see a pretty awesome opening credits cinematic, and you will find the rest of the game much harder, possibly more fun, as well.
You will find some similarities to Splinter Cell. You sneak around a lot, and you worry about everything from the sound of footsteps to the amount of ammo you carry. You do not, however, have to worry about the lighting of a room, and enemies are often much smarter than they should be.
Okay, so it is not the next Halo. You never go into a battle with guns blazing. It is not that type of game.
This game requires you to think ahead, investigate, plot your next two or three moves, and execute flawlessly. It can be difficult, and I know you will die at least once.
The "level up" system in this game resembles the system in Invisible War. You unlock new abilities with rarely rewarded points. Your abilities may seem like god powers at first, but everything in the game is balanced fairly well. I never found myself thinking the game was too easy. Often, I thought the game was too difficult. Of course, there are some difficulty settings for those interested, but I stuck with the default/normal difficulty for this review.
The minigames include a crude basketball court and a hacking node system. Hacking can be fun, but it is often just frustrating. Basketball is only a distraction and not really enough to amuse you for more than a minute.
The loading screens are slow, as I previously mentioned, and the controls can be a little confusing, but you get used to this game pretty quickly.
The menu system is very fast-paced, yet it gives you many great options. The save system alone is extremely impressive. Saving the game is instantaneous, and exiting the menu is as simple as pressing the escape key. The inventory is a bit confusing at first if you are not accustomed to similar size-based, slot-based systems. It is, however, very well explained in the tutorial videos. I do not like the way inventory works, but it is not bad.
Overall - 5/5 (fucking awesome)
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