The next big step in gaming is here. Human Revolution sets the bar to a point where it will be hard to match.
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Let me get this out of the way right now. Deus Ex Human Revolution is a prequel to the 1st Deus Ex. So if you've never played any of the Deus Ex games, don't worry, you will not feel lost playing this game.
::STORY::Human Revolution takes place in the year 2027. A very chaotic time in human history due to the ongoing conflict about the morals of human augmentation. On one side of the fence you have the Augs. Augs are humans who have been given surgical upgrades to they're bodies called augmentations. On the other side of the fence you have the "naturals". The naturals are people who believe that human augmentation is wrong and firmly stand against it.
You play as witty,sharped tongued Adam Jensen. A former member of SWAT who now works security for a massive Aug company. I don't like to ruin any key story elements (even in the beginning) so I won't say how, but soon after the game begins, after being all but killed, you receive some serious augmentation to keep you alive. As you've probably guessed by now, not only do these augmentations allow Adam to live, they also make him into a one hell of a killing machine. With respect to not ruining story elements I'm not going to go to deep into detail, but I will try and give you a good idea of what this game's story is about.
As Adam Jensen you are tasked with finding out who tried to kill you as well your fellow Aug researchers. Along the way you get first hand exposure to the war between the naturals and the augs. The beauty of this entire game is that it's not black and white. Along the way you have to make decisions and many of them regarding the possible loss of life for both sides. Most of these choices you are forced to make are not simple and require thought. It's all up to you. Just a quick example. Do you let a man holding a fellow AUG scientist hostage leave with the hostage so she may have a chance to live, but anger your boss in doing so. Or do you take out the Man to please your boss, but cast a negative light over yourself. Maybe you'd prefer to try to negotiate and talk yourself out of the situation. It's up to you, this entire game and how it plays out is truly up to you. Many game's claim to do this, but Human Revolution delivers in a very big, satisfying way. Not only do you get a choice during dialog, you also get a choice during game play.
::GAME PLAY:: Do you like to play stealthy and kill your foe's in silence? Do you like to run and gun your way through wave's of enemies? Do you like to hide and sneak your way through to the adjective without causing a fuss? It's up to you. How you go about doing adjectives is 100% up to you. There is always an option (with the exception of boss fights which ill get to later.) of how you want to play.
If you choose to run and gun. This I found to be more difficult then the other's but still a very fun way to play the game. The controls mapping at first seems a bit odd but after and hour or so of game play you will get the hang of it. The controls are very smooth and are on par with top AAA shooters like halo, call of duty and battlefield. You can quickly change your equipment by holding the y button and selecting your gun or changing your grenade type. You can quickly toss your grenades by pressing the right bumper. Right stick allows you to aim down sights and the right trigger shoots. The shooting mechanics are fairly basic and easy to grasp.
Using cover is where it may take you a bit of time to get used to. Holding left trigger sucks you into cover. Once you release LT you detach from cover. While behind cover you can move left to right using the left stick and switch to the other side of cover by holding A. You can also move across a door way or whatever by pressing A. You can pop up out of cover by using the left stick. These controls work very well, it's just getting used to holding the LT down that was the only hassle for me.
If you've played splinter cell or hit man before,you will feel right at home with the stealth game play. Moving from one point to another staying out of your foe's sight lines. Being patient and learning the routes they walk is key. You can sneak up behind foes and press B to enter a canned animation to KO them. If you hold B will you enter a canned animation and perform a assassination to them. KO's are more sneaky because assassinations can be loud and draw the attention of near by enemies. Either way, once they are down you can drag they're body away so you can stash it in a safe spot, so you may continue un noticed.
Almost forgot. Through out the game you gain xp from doing basically anything and you use this xp to get praxis points. These points are used to level up your augmentations. So if you want to play stealthy then upgrade you're your stealth augs, if you want to run and gun, upgrade your augs to help with that and so on and so forth. You'd be very well served to try and keep them balanced to how your going to play. Because if you just upgrade your stealth and nothing else, your going to have a hard time beating bosses. If you go run and gun heavy and do nothing for your stealth, then your going to have ammo issues later on during the game. This game allows you to play as you wish, but at the same time you have be realistic on how you approach your leveling. Use common since and you will be fine.
Regardless of how you choose to play this game, it is smooth and very well done on all parts. But with that said, there are some faults within the game play. The A.I. I swear is bipolar. One second they are on to you and you feel as if your playing against a real human. Then 2 seconds later you kill him, stash him in a room, close the door right in front of an enemy and they just walk on by as if doors open and close all by they're selves. Nothing to major, it doesn't really hurt the game, but it dose kind of make you laugh on how brain dead they can sometimes be.
Some door ways in this game are locked. So you will have to hack them. So when you go to hack you enter a little mini game. Don't worry its very simple to understand. You can improve your hacking success though by upgrading your hacking augs. Which I highly suggest doing If your going to play like a silent ninja in the night. There many other power ups you can receive in this game but let's leave some stuff up for you to find out on your own. I will give you one little teaser though. Typhoon is a very sexy thing.
My only real complaint about the game play is the boss fights. These are made to make you play the game as a run and gun. With all the choices this game gives you, they kind of dropped the ball here. Every boss you are forced to fight like you would in any other shooter. Shoot, move, shoot, move, run like hell, shoot, move. It's fun and very enjoyable but this game dose an amazing job of standing out from the crowd, only to revert to typical shooter fashion during boss fights. Not to mention if you load up your augs to be stealth heavy, your going to have some issues. Now if you wish to play this as a stealth style game, don't let this stop you, but just know that boss fights will be challenging for you.
::GRAPHICS:: This is going to be the shortest part of this review. Because I don't really have much to say. The graphics in Human Revolution are solid. No they are not the class of gaming, but they will not get in your way. If things get real hectic the frame rape will dip a little bit. But it's nothing bad and installing the game to your hard drive fixes most if not all of the frame rate issues. The environments look great and the lighting is as good as it gets. Character models are the only flaw In the graphics. They do seem a bit dated but nothing horrid. For not having the best character models, I found it to be impressive how well the mouth's where in sync with the voice acting. Not saying its perfect every time, but in key cut scenes, its spot on. Speaking of cut scenes, the graphics for the cut scenes are best in the business. No argument needed because there isn't one.
::Sound:: Ok here we go. The voice acting in this game for the vital characters is awesome. But for the people filling space, it is awful. Many of the character share dialog and its not rare to find 2 or 3 guys in one area saying the same thing to you in the same voice. It's cool that the talk about what you've done and what your currently doing, but it's annoying when you hear the same thing 4 times in a 5 minutes span. But it doesn't break the game or ruin the experience at all. The game provides a very well done music score. During tense moments the music picks up and fades away during leisure moments. The sound of the guns in this game is satisfying and gives you that nice loud crunch we all love to hear in video games. Hearing Adam smash the bones during the canned cut scenes is also a thrill. You will find your self yelling "OOOH!" many times during this experience.
Over all Deus Ex is a game that will satisfy any type of game fan. It's story is compelling and sucks you in. You can try to put your controller down but its not going to let you. I don't say a game is a "must have" very often. But if you miss out on this experience you will regret it. This is a treat to the gaming community and game that many of us have been waiting for. Rarely are games this well thought out, this well put together. Deus Ex Human Revolution is truly a gaming masterpiece.