Deus Ex: Human Revolution Updated Impressions

We got to see three different approaches to a police station infiltration: action, espionage, and a charm offensive.

Deus EX: Human Revolution has been gathering momentum recently, following a trailer from Final Fantasy CGI specialists Visual Works and an impressive E3 demo. At Gamescom this year, the developer was on hand to show a brand-new demo that took place about 90 minutes into the game, as the main character Jensen had to infiltrate a police station. He had the choice of going in guns blazing, using a stealth approach, or charming his way in. We saw all these methods when Eidos Montreal demonstrated one section of the game being approached in three different ways.

The infiltration mission took place fairly early on in the game, just after a terrorist attack from an anticybernetic group called Purity First. There's a mole in the group, who is actually augmented, and he's passing information to the authorities. The game's protagonist, Adam Jensen, gets a call to go check out a police station, infiltrate the building, and extract a piece of electronics from a dead man's head. Initially reluctant, Jensen decides to give it a go, and he has a number of different methods at his disposal.

With the caveat of using unlimited ammo and health, the development team from Eidos Montreal burst into the police station guns blazing. After being warned by a security guard not to go any further, Jensen carried on and took out two officers using a pistol. He then turned a corner, and getting behind a photocopier to form portable cover, he pushed down the corridor. When he arrived in the office part of the building, he engaged Smart Vision, which produced a visual outline of the threats so he could see where they were, even through cover.

He then proceeded to upgrade his revolver so that it could fire explosive rounds, tearing up the entire office as he went. The development team also showed off a nonlethal weapon called the PEPS, or Pulse Energy Projection System, which would fire a wall of energy, incapacitating enemies but not killing them. Having blown away an entire precinct, Jensen then attached explosives to the coroner's room door and forced his way inside to recover the device.

Eidos then showed a more peaceful approach to the situation, demonstrating how you could complete the mission without firing a single bullet. Again going through the front door, Jensen went to talk to the police officer assigned to the front desk. As it turned out, the two had worked together years ago, although some sort of incident where the other man shot a kid meant that the two had lost touch. Still traumatised by the event, the officer was now working on desk duty and was reluctant to help Jensen get inside the office. However, with enough persuasion, the man eventually gave in and helped Jensen through.

This section of dialogue highlighted the attention to detail in the world--the light streamed moodily into the office, fractured at awkward angles by the slanted, mistreated blinds. After convincing the officer to let him in, Jensen was able to stroll through the building and make his way to the coroner, who assumed that he was some sort of government official. Eidos Montreal commented that this approach also allows you to hack the office's e-mail system if you want, allowing you to glean more information about the world itself.

The final approach was stealthy, with a healthy amount of running, jumping, and hacking required to get in to the building. Jensen needed to employ a strength augmentation to push a dumpster up to one of the fences around the side of the building to jump over it, and he then needed to hack his way into a terminal to gain access to the rear of the building. Once inside, Jensen had to use cover, avoid cameras, and employ camouflage augmentations in order to move through unnoticed, and he even had to knock out a guard at one point to avoid detection. He then sneaked into the room holding the body and exited via the sewers. Eidos noted that Jensen could have just taken the sewers into the building as well, if he'd looked around and found that there was an access point.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution seems like it will remain faithful to the other Deus Ex games, at least in the level of choice it offers in approaching situations. The game is looking impressive as a result and promises to offer 20 hours of gameplay, and that's without any of the side quests. The game is scheduled for a March 2011 release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, so be sure to check back for more information on GameSpot soon.

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nimaazad
nimaazad

I didn't played any dues ex before but what I saw in the demos was great, very good visuals and cool covering and shooting. This is going to be so good if it doesn’t look like final fantasy XIII at all.

kid23455
kid23455

cant wait, just its too bad theres no multiplayer. Maybe in a later patch, but its probably because of those epic visuals.

havocmerc
havocmerc

Very nice. Action all the way.

DKant
DKant

Sounds good, I hope it's able to live up to its legacy. Flexible gameplay was certainly at the very CORE of Deus Ex, but somehow it's not just that that made the game extra special for me - it was the sum of all parts, unfortunately I'm not quite able to describe what exactly those parts were! (other than the flexible gameplay) Anyway, I hope I'm not disappointed!

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

THIS GAME"S GONNA BE LEGENDARY ....... it better be cause its predecessor was

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@dalua360 I agree they are totally different bands and I love them all. I even still love KoRn as gay as they are. But Iron Maiden blows KoRn away... no matter the genre. Nile is great, I love in their Darkened shrines, it is one of the best Death metal albums ever recorded. Amongst the catacombs of NephranKa, Black Seeds of Vengeance, and Annihilation of the wicked are nice slabs of death metal as well.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan and I will not get over the fact you used "ass" or gay I hate you and want to kill you!!!! HAHAHAHAHA JUST KIDDING!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Can't wait for those fat synths.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan I am listening to Spreading the disease cd on my stereo right now smokeing a bowl and it is sick. Havn't heard it in a long time, "No name! Like a shadow on a moonless night!! Real game!!, He'll be there to uphold!! Justice!! law!! and order!!! And you'll pay!! the highest fee!! When the gunslinger takes his piece!!! O THE GUNSLINGEEEERR!!!!"

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan I just don't know how you can say classic metal like Maiden and Priest have no substance. THey have so many deep and meaningful lyrics(more meaningful than slayer but I love Slayer)they have so many different kinds of sounds and so many great albums filled with great music. Listen to seventh son of a seventh son by Iron maiden and tell me they have no substance or soul. Listen to Stained Class or Sad Wings of Destiny albums by Judas Priest and tell me you don't hear soul-full and epic music. Judas Priest says a lot of meaningful deep stuff to with lyrics like "said in the cosmos is a single sonic sound that is vibrating constantly, and if we could grip...and hold on to the note... We would see our minds.. were free..Oh they're free! AHHHHH!!!" Also Black Sabbath(ozzy,dio,and martin)made a lot of deep and awesome albums with meaningful lyrics full of great(not over complex but still deeper than ac/dc or any boring verse chorus simple power chords punk song) musicanship.

TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

@aaronfhff123 Yeah "Among The Living" is the best Anthrax album, I agree. Now I'm sorry but when I started listening to music when I was a kid, I listened to a lot of metal, like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest etc...... I stopped because the lack of substance (well Megadeth isn't that bad for that...) That's why I prefer Anthrax or Slayer. And no I don't think that good music is about beeing "brutal" or "double bassy", I like a lot of bands that are far more melodic than Maiden, but try to listen to some punk and some hardcore, I don't know, listen for example to some Randy, they have something to say, socially and politicaly, they have a message, they have a soul, they have SUBSTANCE!! Oh and by the way you should learn to read what people say 'cause I already said that I've overdone it a bit with my first comment, so please get over the fact that I used words like "ass" or gay it was irrelevant and exagerated as I said before!!!

matt_hargett
matt_hargett

This looks pretty amazing. I hope they have 1080p cutscenes with HD audio on the PS3 version. If they had a deluxe edition with "HD" versions of the first two games, I'd pre-order it right now.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

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aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan I own Fistfull of Metal, Spreading the disease, and Among the living and they are all decent. Among the Living being my favorite, I heard persistance of time and I like that a bit too but Anthrax never interested me too much. I like thrash bands that are heavier with better musianship. Anthrax has good playing but I prefer other more serious and less punky thrash. There is no way you can say Anthrax is better than Maiden. You must of just gotten in to metal cause i have listened to Anthrax, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Exodus, kreator and stuff since I was in elementery school. Anthrax has never been my favorite and for you to say they are better than maiden probably means you never listened to a maiden record more than once without turning it off because it's not as "brutal" or "double bassy" enough for you. Iron Maiden plays more traditional heavy metal music and their song writing surpasses Anthrax by a long shot. SO many bands have done what anthrax has done better. But few bands have ever made anything that is the magic of the 1st seven maiden albums(Fates Warning came close). You don't have to like Iron Maiden but for you to say they are "ass" shows you know very little about heavy metal. When I first heard Maiden when i was a kid I didnt like them but as the years went on they have become my favorite band. Nothing beats them live.

TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

@aaronfhff123 ......oh and just try those two " This Is Hell " and " Get The Shot "

TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

@aaronfhff123 ... I just find Slayer and Anthrax to be more authentic than Maiden. Just listen to "Caught In A Mosh" or "I Am The Law" by Anthrax, those are far greater than any songs by Maiden, but then again it's only my opinion. And about Terror, I'm sorry but they are everything but boring... Try to see them live you'll be blasted away!! I understand that you have to know what hardcore is about to truly appreciate it. Anyway I'm a hardcore guy and you seem to be a metal guy, so it's a bit normal that we argue like this haha! With respect.......

TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

@ aaronfhff123 I'm sorry I totally agree that if I tell Slayer and Anthrax that Iron Maiden is gay they will disagree! Maybe using the word gay was a bit irrelevant. Sometimes I just exagerate a lot..... I just don't really like Iron Maiden but I recognize the fact that they are a huge influence for a lot of bands.

k0k066
k0k066

I wish it wasn't first person because here u frequently close aproach so it would be better if it was like...u know not firstperson but still the game is good but it could be awesome /:

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan tell Slayer and Anthrax that Iron Maiden is gay...they will disagree.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

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aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@TedBundyFan I dont need your help because I already own every slayer cd there is and I have seen them 3 times and love them just as much as Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden influenced all the heavy stuff of today. I never heard Strife or cancer bats but ive heard Terror and they are boring. I love heavy music and I love underground stuff(Suffocation, Deeds of Flesh, Dark Angel, Vital Remains, etc..) but that doesnt mean I will stop loving Iron Maiden and traditional/melodic metal.

TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

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TedBundyFan
TedBundyFan

@aaronfhff123 and @tobelight Sorry but Iron Maiden is ass, and Korn and Tool are horrible, try to listen to some real music like Anthrax or Slayer or Terror or Strife or Cancer Bats or Modern Life Is War you know something not gay Don't mean to be rude, just helping you guys to listen to something that doesn't comes from a mega corporate label.........

domz_dream
domz_dream

I simply cannot wait! I LOVED the 1st Deus Ex. I played it 12 times! I played the 2nd one twice, but it wasnt half as good as the fist game. I hope they improve on this next title. It looks amazing visually so far. I'm PROUD to be living in this day and age where I get to see games become like movies. And I'm proud to be in game development (artist). Wheeeeee!

dalua360
dalua360

@aaronfhff123 and @tobelight, I love any kind of Metal music, I was a Death Metal drummer years ago and Nile is my favorite band. About Iron Maiden and Korn, the difference between the two bands is huge, one is Heavy Metal ( I remember when I bought my first vinyl LP in 92 "Fear of the Dark"), and Korn(much newer to the scene) started their career with New Metal genre(something more mainstream) I went to both shows already, but you can't compare technique with something that makes you jump when you hear, What I mean is, following this rule, Ludwig Van Beethoven(classic) or Yngwie Malmsteen(great guitar player) would say that everything is bad because there's no technique compared to what they can perform!! So, I use to compare Death Metal with Death Metal, Heavy with Heavy and so on... I'm sorry for this off-the-topic posting!

TheBlob2k4
TheBlob2k4

Hahaha....they wrote "Game Director - UBISOFT MONTREAL". Epic fail

Harxelithn
Harxelithn

@dalua360 You do have a point and I agree with you, but I generally don't count sandbox

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@tobelight no i havnt but I am sure it would be amazing but not as amazing as maiden. I have seen live videos of Korn and they sound great but Korn started to really suck after untouchables and even the 1st 6 cds by Korn cannot compare to the magic of the 1st 7 Iron Maiden cd's. Iron Maiden destroys KoRN. Korn doesn't have amazing song writing or talent like Maiden. Maiden has top of the line musicians and singer. KoRN is good for a poopy Nu-metal band but lets face it they pale in comparison to Maiden. Plus all KoRn sings about it "I hate my life, what is wrong with me, whiney teenage suicidal goth music. Maiden has epic songs about life, mythology, ancient gods, epic poems, and subject matters much bigger than KoRN's self loathing teen angst lyrics. Plus anybody can play a Korn song, Iron Maiden songs take skill to play and involve harmonies and solos where KoRn is just simple power chords.

remanufactureff
remanufactureff

up the irons ! cant wait new deus ex , looks very nice

tiredantman2009
tiredantman2009

im gettin this on ps3 if you enjoy rpg games like fallout and elder scrols add me

tobelight
tobelight

@aaronfhff123 Have you been to a Korn concert? Korn would say Iron Maiden is better being modest. Anyway yea ill admit they arent as good as they use to be but they still put on a killer show. Tom Petty live sounds like your listening to the cd.

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

I was talking to a perfect 10/10 one time and I wouldn't even bear myself to say that Tool is a good band. It's not worth it. I'd sooner go to a Dave Mathews concert in a dry town. And I say that because I'd want to black out for a DMB concert. Anyway I hope this Deus Ex lives up to the original. I remember buying a copy of it in the bargin bin and playing it for weeks straight. It was so epic and I couldn't believe I never bought it the day it hit the shelves.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

@tobelight KoRn is okay, used to be my favorite band when i was 12, but lets face it they are not THAT GOOD....and Tool is just okay too. Iron Maiden destroys both of them in musisianship, consistancy, live and over all talent...anybody can play a power chord. Even Tool and Korn would admitt Iron Maiden is better than them and one of the best live bands and bands ever to walk the earth. @dalua360 I too miss the days were games were 30 hour epics, games today like Modern Borfare 2 and BC2 are over in a day. Games like Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Half-Life take a while to complete. Especially PD and goldeneye with all the replay value and unlocks on higher difficulties. Today deveopers focus on having a short anf flashy campaign thats over in 5 hours for ADHD multiplayer only gamers.

dalua360
dalua360

@Harxelithn :If the game is a sandbox like GTA4 or Just Cause 2 you can play easily 50 hours because you don't have to do the story missions. 20 hours is great, current games are taking about 8 to 10 hours these days. Last games I played Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Singularity, Alan Wake, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Metro 2033, Dante's Inferno, all of them took about 10 hours or less....

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Just cant wait for this, but before this beauty!! there is so much to look forward to so im puttin this at the back of the wish list for now. the next 12 months in gaming is goin to be off the hook ppl..

tobelight
tobelight

@aaronfhff123 Gotta disagree. Korn puts on the best live shows. Tool coming in second

sung_jamir
sung_jamir

i m crazy for DEUS EX game although the 2nd part wasnt good....... LETS HOPE THIS ONE IS WORTH IT!!

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

Atmosphere is great but the graphics could be better, but when its good as the first one it won't need better graphics, maybe its just good as it is compared to the first which visuals also wasn't the best in its time. The video sequences are looking awesome, today the most games only use engine based videos, but good sequences pushes storytelling to a higher level and in balance with playparts it brings even more fun to play the whole game. The gameplay elements reminds on the first deus ex, but there wasn't much to see yet and its hard to say if the game will be great or not, i hope its is and they didn't change the gameplay to much and may create something that feels like the first but also gives some good working innovations like a lot of other games did in the past.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

Iron Maiden!!!!!!!! Best band to ever see live as well as one of the best bands to ever walk the earth.

Harxelithn
Harxelithn

Did anyone else think that the promise of 20 hours was cool, but in perspective a very small amount of time. I mean if they have like 50+ hours of side quests then cool, but we just keep on lowering our standards for an epic main quest line. Overall though, looks great!

JW-toch
JW-toch

Oh wow, this looks promising.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

"....The game...promises to offer 20 hours of game-play, and that's without any of the side quests...." Nice, yet another reason why I want this game.

donalbane
donalbane

Hope the console versions fare well. I probably won't have a decent rig again for years and years. But I am VERY excited about this. It's all about stealth/hacking. Oh yes...

WiWinston
WiWinston

The city scenes reminds me of Westwood's Bladerunner.