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GAME REVIEW: Deus Ex Human Revolution (PC)

After years of hype from the slick trailers, the TV ads, and people blabbering on about how the original Deus Ex is one of the greatest games of all time, I finally played Human Revolution. I can attest that this is a great game well worth the price of admission. I'm just not sure that's all I hoped for.

I'm not posting any screens or photoshops for this review. Nothing sells this game better than the fan made videos and memes.

I never played the original Deus Ex but from what I hear and what I've read, I accept that it was groundbreaking and amazing. Unfortunately for Human Revolution I will have to settle for the latter, not both. Unlike the trailers and the memes proclaim, this is NOT a time of great innovation.

I'll begin with the story which the Deus Ex franchise has excelled at in the past. DE:HR lives up to this reputation with a compelling, conspiracy filled, and politically driven sci-fi tale that I'd put up against any big movie or game that's come out in the past few years. The plot (and all of the prostitutes in the game) can be broken into two halves: the big picture story regarding the state of the world in the year 2027 and the tale of augmented investigator Adam Jensen.

The big picture story is the more engrossing one and revolves around a world where biotechnology grants people the ability to replace body parts with cybernetic enhancements. Although these augmentations help the disabled function better in society, they also create a divide among people as some use them to gain advantages over those who can't afford them. On top of that, many "augs" develop rejection syndrome where their bodies can't tolerate the enhancements and thus must take addicting painkillers for the rest of their life or face an excruciating death. It's really thought provoking stuff that isn't too hard to believe and can parallel so many things going on in the real world. I'll take that setting over "stupid looking aliens invade Earth and Green Doom-Look-alike guy must kill them."

Sadly, Adam Jensen's personal tale of justice and retribution isn't as exciting. Adam is nearly killed in a terrorist attack and augmented against his will to save his life. Now he must seek the attackers and their motives to avenge the death of his ex-girlfriend and coworker. The problem with this more personal story is that none of the characters are all that interesting. Adam himself is a walking cliche, talking like batman and never showing any emotion outside of depression. His verbal exchanges with cliche hacker buddy Prichard are occasionally amusing but by the end of the game, you won't be attached to any of the characters like you are to Cammy's ass cheeks.

The visuals in DE:HR are decent but not what you'd call the poster child of gaming in 2011. The missions and hub cities are huge but in the age of Havok physics, it's disappointing how little can be interacted with. Streets are littered with garbage and offices are cluttered with stationary, but hardly anything reacts to your touch or bullets. The animations are also silly, especially in the dialogue scenes where characters constantly recycle the same "folding arms, put hands on hips" animations and don't move their mouths in sync with the voices. Perhaps they did it to poke fun at the old Deus Ex?

All of this is fiddle faddle though. Actually playing Human Revolution more than makes up for any complaints I made above. And there's so many different ways to enjoy it. it's a little tricky to describe how DE plays because it's like so many games combined into one. I'm constantly wanting to compare it to Metal Gear Solid, Batman Arkham Asylum, Fallout, Mass Effect, and Half-Life. You sneak through giant vents, you punch out prostitutes, you upgrade abilities, you throw vending machines at prostitutes, you hack computers, you drop prostitutes off roof tops, you engage is speech showdowns... it's like a combination of all the hit games of the past 5 years with all the fat cut out and replaced with prostitutes just begging to be chokeslammed.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of playing DE:HR is swapping war stories with other players. It's insane how many different ways there are to complete missions and side-quests. Did you kill that guy or have him arrested? Did you talk the information out of that guy or hack his computer? Which augmentations did you upgrade first? This game will create a Deus Ex book club at your work if you've got coworkers playing too.

But that's not where the fun ends. Like the story (and the hookers) the gameplay can be broken into two parts: taking the game seriously, and dicking around. If you haven't been clicking on all the videos scattered through this review, well I'm glad my coherent, perfectly written editorial has kept you interested this far but you're missing the point. There is so much stupid stuff to do in the game for pure amusement, most of which involves take downs and prostitutes. Like Metal Gear Solid, you can get clever with how you attack the guards and constantly find hilarious exploits in their AI. I'm sure most of this could've been taken out by the developers but they left in there and I love them for that.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the 50 plus hours I've put into Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I had more minor complaints, like the inventory system, the boss battles, and the terrible ending scenario but I found myself playing through a second time. Deus Ex is a game that did a lot of things right but nothing new which, compared to what people tell me about the original, is a shame. But it's a great game none the less and shouldn't be overlooked.

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