Every since I got the Xbox 360 up and running, I’ve been playing the heck out of video games. Mainly, I’ve been playing Mass Effect 2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the only game I’ve played that I felt like I needed to write a review. I’m not fan of pure RPGs but Human Revolution isn’t a pure RPG in my opinion.
You play Adam Jensen head of security for Serif Industries. Serif is a company that provides augmentations to individuals. There’s an explosion and your girlfriend and her research team are killed and you’re left for dead. You awaken and because of the extensive damage you suffered Serif has decided to give you augmentations to fix the physical damage. After you get back to work, your goal in the game is to find out who was behind the attack and who killed your girlfriend.
As a player you can decide what type of character Jensen will be. It isn’t as simple as choosing a class in most RPGs, but there are basically 3 types of play. You can be a Hacker, Stealth player, or you can blast your way through the game like an FPS. The best thing about this is that it lends itself to tons of replay value, which is always good for games. You don’t have to commit to anyone of these since I found myself doing a combination of Hacker and Stealth. It’s important to at least think about it because you upgrade you augmentations using Praxis points. I’ll just say that you should get the Icarus landing upgrade quickly because any fall from any height will apparently kill you.
I like the openess of the game. The augmentation system is realatively easy to understand and not that complicated, especially if you decide early how you want to play the game. The game rewards you for exploration. You can avoid conflicts and get through an entire area without ever having to put someone down. The graphics were good, and the voiceacting was passable…..except Letitia the Trash Lady. Just watch for yourself.
The only major problem deals with the boss fights. The game gives you a lot of opportunities to avoid conflict either by stealth or talking someone down. But then the developers put you in a locked room with a boss that you can’t reason with or conversate with. I thought that this would have been a perfect opportunity to show off the games’ Social Enhancement augemtation. It would have bneen cool to be able to at least have the chance to talk your way out of the fight. Players who chose to go either the stealth path or hacker path of augmentations will find all the boss fights difficult since you will be outgunned. One thing I did, which I don’t know if the developers thought of this, is that I would take hacked turretts with me whenever I could and put them in a room with enemies and let the turrent take them out. I even took a turret into the next to last boss fight and being outgunned was no longer a problem. That’s another great thing about the game; it rewards you for thinging outside of the box.
Except for the boss fights, Deus Ex Human Revolution is a great game with stunning visuals. The gameplay is nice and the artwork is good. If you have the chance to play this game you should. I would even recommend it as a purchase.
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