First Impressions: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

6 10 2011

So I’m sure by now many of you have heard something about this game. Before the game had even been released I had heard tons about it. And now that I’ve had the chance to give the game a proper try, my initial response is this: FINALLY, A GAME WITH THE SQUARE ENIX LOGO ON IT THAT DOESN’T COMPLETELY SUCK!

Graphics: 8/10

Now, I’m playing the X360 version of this game so the graphics would probably be rated higher had I been playing the PS3 version, but they aren’t bad by any means. Textures are nice, lighting works well, and character models do what they’re supposed to. The cities in particular are beautifully rendered and make you WANT to explore each one to see what you can find.

On the other hand, the cutscenes, which are normally what Square Enix is known for doing well, fall kind of flat compared to everything else. Remember the amazing trailer for this game? Yeah, the cutscenes look nothing like it. Kinda dissapointing, but seeing as actual movies are few and far between, I can let it slide.

Gameplay: 10/10

This is where the game shines. You have complete freedom over how to play this game. Want to sneak through the entire game without fighting a la Metal Gear Solid? You can do it. Want to rush into a firefight every time you see an enemy? Have fun. There is nothing stopping you other than your own choices.

Your character is able to be upgraded with augmentations. These upgrades can fundimentally affect your skills and can change how you interact with the world. Just a few of the upgrades include: skin enhancements to reduce damage, strength enhancements to pick up heavy objects, social enhancements to affect how persuasive you are, and hacking stealth to help you hack doors and computers. And these are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of upgrades.

Weapons are plentiful too. Not Borderlands plentiful, but you have a nice selection of different weapons for multiple situations including the standard handgun, stungun, assault rifle, sniper rifle and shotgun. Man of these can come in handy in the wide array of situations you will have to face during the game.

Side quests are also fun and can give you some nice stuff earlier in the game including credits (money), praxis points (for upgrades), and even some weapons before you would get them in the main story. Worthwhile for sure.

Story: 8/10

We’ve seen it before in many action movies. Hero works for a corrupt corporation but is unaware that it is corrupt. Deus Ex throws in some philisophical talk about what it actually means to be human for good measure. Nothing new, but it works well. And the voice acting is top notch.

Music: 9/10

Everything fits and it really adds to the tension in many cases. Nothing I’d listen to outside of the game, but in the game’s setting it really works.

Overall: 9/10

Easily one of the best, if not THE best, game that I’ve played so far this year. Unless the next few months bring some amazing games I can see this being the game of the year for me. If you don’t mind FPS or stealth games, do not miss out on this game, you won’t be disappointed.

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