17 September 2011

Fishy's Game Reviews - Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A prequel to one of THE best games on the PC and a game a lot of Deus Ex fans have been waiting for

Certificate – 15 or Teen
Demo available? - No
Available on - Xbox 360 (Version reviewed), PS3 and PC
Install size on 360 – 6.8GB
Players - 1
Downloadable content – There is some DLC coming soon

The plot
The game is set in 2027, 25 years before the first game, where corporations have extended their influence past the reach of global governments. The game follows Adam Jensen, the security chief for one of the game's most powerful corporations, Sarif Industries.

After a devastating attack on Sarif's headquarters, Adam is forced to undergo radical surgeries that fuses his body with mechanical augmentations, and he is embroiled in the search for those responsible for the attack.

The Graphics
Exeptionally good

As it’s set in a kind of grungy future it has a great Cyberpunk look going on through the whole game which gives it a great Blade Runner vibe

There is an abundance of gold and black that gives the design a sleek look and is used throughout in the world as well as the menus.

Locations vary from clean business buildings to dirty, trash filled slums giving it a real world feel.

The character you play as is such a complete tool

A multi purpose swiss army tool that is

After the prologue mission you have a choice of which Augmentations you want to put onto your character

There are several designed to make you more stealthy, through invisibility, walking quietly and seeing through walls

Or if you want to go more for the hands on approach you can upgrade your strength so you can carry more weapons to take people out, upgrade takedowns so you can perform two at once and upgrade your speed so you can catch out guards and take them unawares

This is of course barely skimming the surface of what you can do in this great game

There are a nice range of both lethal and non-lethal weapons, which you can choose to upgrade with silencers, laser pointers and the like. The shooting isn’t like your standard 360 fare either which makes it really refreshing. If you do run in all guns blazing it’s guaranteed you will die in about 4 or five shots depending on the difficulty and people don’t always go down with headshots, especially armoured guards so you have to think a bit about what you want to do first. It’s a thinking peeps shooter if you want to play in that style

Scattered around the world are computers, safes, locked doors and defense systems. If you want to learn a bit more about the history of the world and wonder why the hell people are still getting Nigerian scam letters you should really try out your hacking skills. The hacking minigame has you capturing network nodes while trying to avoid being detected by the computer. When you start off playing you think what the hell is going on but you soon get the hang of it. While you’re hacking, stuff is still going on in the real world so you better be really sneaky or invest in hacking skills to avoid being spotted

There are hubs that you hang around inbetween doing the story missions where you get to do a lot of sidequests and there are a shit ton of secrets to uncover. If you really want to explore all the cities have to offer you should invest in heavy lifting, slow fall and high jump which allow you to get to places you otherwise couldn’t and the social enhancer which allows you to convince people to let you into places you otherwise would have had to sneak into

And With your powers combined I am Captain Planet!

No wait…….sorry

With your powers combined it gives you multiple choices of which path to take, and later on you get even more powerful and can fully explore these choices rather than specialising in just one or two

Best Weapon/Power-Up?

Best Weapon is the 10mm handgun
Bloody useful on both shooter and stealthy playthroughs if you upgrade it up the wazoo with armour piercing, a silencer and a few damage mods. Check out Digital Gigolos’s “Whats your fave weapon” post for some more opinions

Best Power-Up for me is the double takedown
You can decide to either perform a quiet takedown by sending the people to sleep or a loud takedown by outright killing them. Jensen is actually armed with hidden blades in his new robot arms that are extremely lethal.

Final Thoughts
As a pure shooter this game is okay, as a stealth game this game is okay, as a hacking and exploring game this is okay but with everything put in a big bowl and mixed together it brings it up to game of the year material

There may be some problems still especially with the AI, which on one playthrough decided the best thing to do to me whilst hiding was point blank grenades which killed them and me, and I did one take down on some stairs that left the enemy sinking through to the next level underneath and hanging from the ceiling via one of his hands, but with the amount of choices you have its understandable the game can sometimes go a bit wonky

The bosses can be very frustrating, prepare to die a fair few times. If you are playing stealthily and trying for a no kills run through the bosses don’t count. Either learn the layout of the rooms you fight them in or invest in the Typhoon Augmentation to make short work of them

I'm going to do multiple playthroughs just to see what else this game has to offer and I'll have fun doing it ^_^

My advice?
Buy it!!!!

And the original Deus Ex while you’re at it if you haven’t played it

Deus Ex - Invisible War I’m still not too sure aboot, will have to play that again soon

Also check out this awesome video for real life augmentations

Not for the squeamish, it shows real life surgeries

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