Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Square Enix
ESRB Raring: Mature
Unlike most Hollywood films, video game developers have become very proficient at seeing what succeeds in video games, expanding upon those elements, rinsing and repeating. Developer Eidos has an extensive and critically acclaimed history to expand upon; this is the same developer that has created such hits such as the Hitman franchise, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Tomb Raider, Thief…well, you get the idea. I guess they did create 25 to Life, but hey, no one is perfect.
The strengths of Eidos shine in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The story revolves around Adam Jensen, a former police officer who now works as the head of corporate security for Sarif Industries located in the near future Detroit. As Human Revolution is a prequel, Sarif has not yet expanded their body-augmentation technology globally- as seen in the 2000 game Dues Ex. This creates a great tension in the game, as moral and ethical questions are explored about the use of using advanced technology to alter human capabilities. And after an unforeseen terrorist attack massacres the medical corporation’s headquarters, Jensen is forced to investigate the violent outbreak to find out who or what was responsible.
Even though the Deus Ex franchise has not been wildly popular in the past, players who have delved into a lot of Eidos’ games will feel somewhat familiar with the gameplay mechanics. Personally, I am a huge fan of the Hitman series, and at times I could not help but feel like Human Revolution played a lot like a first-person version of Hitman: Blood Money. Players can use their own mix of either stealth or guns blazing to find their own way through the various levels. And believe me, there are at times hundreds of different ways to complete a level. In addition, Human Revolution also intersperses sections of the open world for players to use as their playground in between Jensen’s more linear missions. Players can explore Detroit, Shanghai and other locations while picking up side quests and upgrading their character’s skills and attributes.
While upgrading weapons, finding hidden areas and talking to strangers is all well and good, a game is only as strong as its weakest link. And fortunately, Human Revolution has little to no weak links. The story was spectacular, I ran into no glitches on my two campaigns, the graphics are polished and the sound was excellent. The only problem with Human Revolution is that it’s not for everybody. As with anything in life, your personal taste may not accommodate this specific game. For instance, there is no multiplayer (a complaint I hear frequently from customers at my Slackers store). And while this does not detract from the quality of the game, it could also be that you do not prefer action RPGs.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, is a game not to be missed by fans of action RPGs. It has excellent replayability, a great storyline, fun upgrades and deep exploration. Just be sure that you’re a fan of the genre before you shell out your hard-earned dollars!