Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link Preview - First Look

Deus Ex: Human Revolution's story is about to get bigger with The Missing Link, a new downloadable content adventure. We take a look.

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This year's Deus Ex: Human Revolution did an excellent job of reviving the open-ended premise of the 2000 PC cult-classic, hybrid role-playing game Deus Ex. The new game starred Adam Jensen, a character whose technological implants gave him superhuman powers in an increasingly complicated, futuristic world where the ethics of installing "augmentations" (or augs for short) were very much up for debate.

And the game's story is about to get a little longer and a little deeper with The Missing Link DLC, which will be available later this year. We had an opportunity to take an advance look at this new adventure and have new details to report. Please be advised that this preview contains minor plot spoilers for those who haven't played through the original game.

The Missing Link takes place midway through the original story of Human Revolution in which Jensen boards a freighter, and in the DLC, he must escape. Unfortunately, his captors were smart enough to realize that Jensen was armed and dangerous, so they have stripped away all of his weapons--and all of his augs. So even though you never asked for this, you start off imprisoned in a cell, bloodied, battered, and unarmed, with your first goal being to recover your augs and other items.

In The Missing Link DLC, Adam has been captured and placed aboard a mysterious freighter. But why?

Getting to the stockroom where the bad guys have dumped your stuff is your first order of business, and the team at Eidos Montreal (who developed the DLC in its entirety--no outsourcing here) is attempting to add as many different paths to success as possible to support the original game's open-ended nature. Because you start the mission suddenly robbed of all your weapons and abilities, it seems only natural to immediately lean toward taking the long way around by avoiding any areas with hostile armed guards. Taking this path can also net you the key codes to various locked doors (stored on discarded datapads here and there) and help you get through quietly. But you can also try to hack your way through locks or even get closer to the action by using stealth takedowns to bring down the first few guards, picking up their weapons, and making the experience more of a shoot-out.

Once you recover all your stuff from a locked stockroom, you then need to orchestrate your escape, and your path takes you topside to reveal that, yes, you're on a boat. And, yes, the boat is on the move to an undisclosed destination, and the path to your escape is blocked by many, many armed guards. Exactly how you end up making your escape will be up to you; Eidos Montreal has crafted the DLC mission to encourage players to replay it using different approaches, such as hacking, stealth, or gunplay.

Though we won't divulge any more story details here to avoid spoiling the experience, we will say that the DLC content looks noticeably better than the original Deus Ex, thanks to enhanced lighting effects that the team was able to implement based on lessons learned from the original game's development. Speaking of which, Eidos Montreal representatives were quick to point out that despite some negative assumptions from fans, The Missing Link is all-new content that wasn't originally planned to appear in the original game and was later cut out specifically to sell as additional content.

The DLC will offer numerous ways to progress, including stealth, hacking, and good, old-fashioned gunplay.

While there apparently were different levels and missions that had been cut from the game earlier in development some two years ago, once the team started looking at that cut content earlier this year, it was immediately obvious that none of that older content could possibly be salvaged because it had been based on older technical revisions of the game's engine. As such, The Missing Link, and any other DLC Eidos Montreal decides to put out in the future, will be new stuff--not something from the cutting-room floor from years back. The studio estimates that a straightforward playthrough with little experimentation will take most players about three hours, though with careful exploration and some eavesdropping, the experience may end up ranging from five to seven hours in length. The DLC will become available for the PC, the Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 next month.

Discussion

72 comments
YouVandal3
YouVandal3

holy EFFFFF another 5 hours????? god i love this game already and can play the campaign over but this is enough to make me drool here. RAGE who? (lol even though i bought rage :P )

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@everyday182 You do realize we can still pirate the DLC, right?

daub11
daub11

deus ex just looks to amazing for game play and the graphics just look too real.

everyday182
everyday182

Dont you people get it?!? YES they make DLC Before the game ships because they LOOSE hundreds of punds in pirate copys! DLC is there way of still making money! its not milking at all its called if you LIKE deus ex then buy it if you DONT then dont buy it! if you love the game and want more why is paying for more milking? if you dont like it you spend two to four years making a game a 3000 people not pay for it and put all your DLC into it and see how you like it :D either buy the DLC or DONT but stop calling companys for wanting money for there hard work.....please :P

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

but that said i'm looking forward to try deus ex :D

bigjoe8181
bigjoe8181

they try to tell us that they don't ever make dlc's in advance that's it illegal or something...but how can we believe that when dlc's get released only a month after the game has been out? seems to me that they plan this crap in advance and say that they don't...just to get a bit more money from gullible gamers...of course i'm pissed off when i buy a game and see dlc's for it that i'd want, i feel like i'm being cheated out of my hard-earned money, i mean a game is almost a day's salary already, do they want me to take 'em out to dinner too? what the hell...people working in the industry are richer than i ever will be...drop the prices before we drop the games....or at least try to take exemple from rockstar or bethesda with games that are worth their prices, then i don't mind dlc's coming out because i already have a full game and they add to the experience, cause then they're not there to simply complete a half finished game....

Supabul
Supabul

Games getting content cut for DLC is ridiculous, I don't mind Oblivion or Fallout DLC which add lots of new missions and story that aren't really related to the main story But this looks like a chuck of the game was pulled for what ever reasons, maybe disc space and then sold to us as DLC

nyran125
nyran125

if you dont like DLC dont support it. I hate map packs, because some of the time they are already made and are just sitting there for the date to roll by. But some DLC is ok. Like full expansion packs i like. 1 mission DlC's are just a joke. DONT SUPPORT IT.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

You guys do realize that even a 100 percent complete finished game from back in the early 2000's, there were STILL things that were cut from the game? I think just about any entertainment property has been released with cut content, so quit thinking that just because they are releasing DLC for the game, it means it was "cut" from the game just to milk. Yes, it does happen, but it's not every single time people. Can't a developer release a game and be given the opportunity to expand upon the universe without a sequel? It does not matter how long you allow a game to be made, stuff will be cut just because you have to stop at SOME point.

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

Cool... I'll buy it. Sure it's milking us but honestly if it means I'm contributing towards a sequel "I don't give a @#$%!" say what you want, thumbs down me for being the corporate lab rat. I've got some spare money and Deus Ex is a current contender for GOTY in my book, and if I hear someone say MW3, GoW3, or BF3 I will lose more faith in humanity, thought I already lost it with FFXIII, but other companies continue to impress.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Ngaan Couldnt have said it any better myself. Your words ring true.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I don't mind dlc as long as its reasonable price and not over priced like most of the cod dlc is...

Scottisme
Scottisme

@Ngaan "I would have preferred the game been released later, and released complete." you,me and everyone else agrees with that. Annoyingly this happens far too often

Ngaan
Ngaan

From a story-telling perspective, this should have been included in the original release. It certainly would have made customers happy, seeing as the original release felt a tad bit on the short side. The fact the game was just released and already this 1.5 gig DLC will be available for download soon suggests dubious motives on the part of Eidos. Either they were developing this concurrently to the original release, knowingly getting ready to milk us as soon as they possibly could, or this was left out of the original release due to impending deadlines or some such corporate nonsense. If it is a case of the latter, I would have preferred the game been released later, and released complete.

Scottisme
Scottisme

@digimon360 yeah I know know thanks though, I was looking at some HDD that where compatible with the original 360 (about a year ago) that where faster aswell they where about 50 bucks but on some sketch websites, plus i'd rather just buy the new xbox than look on ebay and spend money on a new hardrive plus shipping (i know it's not much it's just i'll need a new xbox xoon anyways)

Scottisme
Scottisme

@ChrisZewski yeah i know it's not enough,I imagine it's going to crap out with the red rings soon andi'd rather buy a new xbox with the 250 gigs than spend a 100 on a hardrive, plus on the pc it wasn't loading that fast before the update, I installed it on my HDD and it took around 24-28 seconds to load, last week before I intalled it sometimes it was doing 19 secs, but it was inconsistent 24-28 constant is better but it's still not ten.

digimon360
digimon360

@Scottisme for the xbox you can get a new hard drive and just swap it out. I've never really checked but there I imagine there pretty cheap.

digimon360
digimon360

1.5 gigs... This will pose problems.

dcbatlle
dcbatlle

They're trying to milk us. This should have been released with the original game. I'm not biting.

Molokai16
Molokai16

@Falcon1093 It is not from ME2 and it's from the game's own score, the song is called "Icarus - Main Theme".

Falcon1093
Falcon1093

Anyone else notice how they're playing Mass Effect 2 music in the background? Found that interesting...

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

What's supposed to be the point of DLC content if we can't re-roll our characters with the same gear//skill points through the beginning of the game after we beat it? You need to start from scratch all over again every time. I don't see the point at all. Waste of money.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

So, I guess this is the perfect time to actually buy the game. :D

ChrisZewski
ChrisZewski

@Sottisme 6.9 on my HDD for the install. and there is a reason it loads so fast on PC... Its installed to the HDD. Having the 20gig is certainly a disadvantage but there are plenty of refurbished 120s floating around on the interwebs for an almost decent price. A cheaper alternative would be to grab a USB drive and install the game there, but thats more of a band-aid than a solution. Srsly bro, upgrade your storage. 11 gigs (which is whats left on those miserly 20s) is not enough for your gtaming needs in 2011 and forward.

Scottisme
Scottisme

@ChrisZewski and I know the PC and xbox are diferent in that you have to install it on pc anyways

Scottisme
Scottisme

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ChrisZewski
ChrisZewski

@Scottisme 360 loads in about 10 secs with it installed to the HDD. What are you saving that 7 gigs for anyway?

evaneself
evaneself

Now is about milking more money on the same game

Scottisme
Scottisme

screw the dlc not being released I am way more annoyed they put the game out knowing it take so long to load, it obviously wasn't hard to fix, now fix it on the consoles

SnakeEatinBeans
SnakeEatinBeans

This game was delayed so why in the hell wasn't this included!!!

evilweav
evilweav

totally shoulda been released with the original.

Ovirew
Ovirew

it just seems kind of crummy that this game came out, what, maybe 2 weeks ago, and already here's some DLC for it that probably could have been included in the game. Greedy game companies...

stripesonfire
stripesonfire

people need to man up and stop complaining, so many whiners in here. no one is forcing you to buy this DLC. i myself will enjoy playing more Human Revolution when this is released. have fun wasting your time crying about trivial BS on the internet instead of doing something fun like... gee i don't know, playing video games? I think it's funny that so many people cry about DLC that actually adds content to their game, yet i wonder how many of these same people eat up $15 Call of Duty map packs like they're 5 cent candies. personally i am excited for this DLC, and can't wait to play it! Human Revolution is the best game i've played all year!

FLOWZMENTAL
FLOWZMENTAL

How does he lose his augments when they are surgically attached to his body?

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

@Gelugon_baat Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and the Damned come to mind. Yeah, they didn't have to make a whole new gameworld....but they had to make all new storylines, cut scenes, player models etc..plus many new inside environments were given to liberty city. Both were pretty long.... about 15 hours if you do everything. Basically, I'm saying that I wish this DLC was more ambitious...longer in length, new hubs etc but instead its limited to a relatively short adventure confined to a freighter.

Spudtaco
Spudtaco

Hey Gelugon_baat: I just read your review of Unreal 2, you said "Epic Games showed off its prowess at generating great graphics (at the time) with the first ever Unreal game, and later at crafting great gameplay with Unreal Tournament. However, story-writing was not exactly Epic Games' strong suite" This game was not made by epic.........

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

@Gelugon_baat Then people are missing the point completely. I'm saying I prefer rockstar's STYLE of DLC because it has a ton of value for a good price. I would much rather have a full fledged expansion instead of a 5 hour dlc.

kambion313
kambion313

DLC = a rip off, usually... GTA did it well, but not many others...point and case, horse armor

LGADO
LGADO

This is a part of the story I wanted to see more of (the abducted people and what was happening to them), sold. (it's not just a great game, it's great Cyberpunk - I lap this stuff up, YMMV) I would still like a DLC which gives a branching-path to the game - I want Adam to go rogue. I do not mind them adding and changing the game at all, it needs it. If they will not do it themselves they should make better tools for fans to do it.

capthappy8p
capthappy8p

the visceral feeling i felt when playing through deus ex HR was fantastic! I would like to keep all my augs i have so far... i dont want to have to start at level one :(

Keaze_
Keaze_

@nodashi HAHA. Indeed what is happening here??!

makryu
makryu

I'm totally against DLCs in general, but this game gave me such a great experience while playing that I can't pass up the opportunity to have some more of it.

howie1926
howie1926

Deff not getting this. The game was absolutely amazing but whats the point of having DLC if it does not add to the game or affect it in any way?

shadow580
shadow580

@StockpileThomas I second this. Another hub please.

Nodashi
Nodashi

His AUGS? Jasen is without his ARMS and EYES and LEGS? C'mon, you chose to allow me to let Jansen die. Now stick to it and don't release ridiculous DLCs like that.