My Take: “Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review”
3 months since I last posted. Wow, guess I’m bad at commitments.
Back to some personnel stuff, I’ve ORDed from national service. This means that I have more time to play games for now before I get my sorry ass into the working society. But with that said, It’s time to make up for my absence and get reviewing on one of the games I’ve anticipated for quite long and completed not too long ago…
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
In Deus Ex: Human Revolution you play Adam Jensen, a security specialist, handpicked to oversee the defense of one of America’s most experimental biotechnology firms. But when a black ops team breaks in and kills the scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes. At a time when scientific advancements are routinely turning athletes, soldiers and spies into super-enhanced beings, someone is working very hard to ensure mankind’s evolution follows a particular path. You need to discover why - because the decisions you take and the choices you make will be the only things that can determine mankind’s future.
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I wish to take a slighty different approach with this game as if I were to do it too simply, it does not serve this fantastic game any justice what-so-ever. In short, I will try and give this game a fullest review as I can possibly.
You play as Adam Jenson, a security manager is one of the world’s top augmenation companies, Sarif Industries. As you prepare the security procedures for your head researcher/girlfriend’s, Dr. Megan Reed, breakthrough presentation, a black ops team storms into the company, destroys all of Dr. Reed’s research, and wipes out Dr. Reed and her entire research team. As you tried your sorry ass to save your girlfriend, you get your (still a non-augmented human’s) ass handed. Thrown across a glass pane and man-handled by one heavily augmented mercenary, you were shot in the head and left for dead in the burning down laboratory.
Your boss decides that to save your ass, he’s gonna augment every part of your body he could possibly augment and turn you into a walking death machine.
From there, the story starts with purists trying to ruin your boss’ factory that produces WMDs. Then it goes to pursuing whether happened during the black ops break-in.
The main story is very immersive, often requires you to make decisions about the current state of the world that is plagued with augmented people. Many side quests are included in this game. they are not compulsory but they give you a better insight into the main plot and the world itself.
To me, this is definitely the best part of this game. Not only those it feel like a good story, conversations made requires one to make certain choice. You can pull a good cop-bad cap on terrorist hell-bent on taking a hostage, break a cop by picking up his weakness or smooth talk someone out of committing suicide.
This is definitely one of this game’s weakest point. It’s not completely unplayable nor does it utterly ruin the experience of the game but it sure does hinder certain parts of the game.
The games claims that you can choice how you wish to play this game. You can choose from playing it like a tactical spy AKA ninja-ing your way through without killing anyone, or go in the place guns ablazing like Rambo or you can make use of certain objects to aid your navigation around the map.
But like I said, it claims to be like this.
However, sad to say, one will quickly realise that by only playing a certain way, one will maximise the amount of experience gained, so that one can unlock as many augments that are dormant. Soon, you will notice that in order to obtain the many upgrades you want, you end up executing the same moves over and over again.
Also, the boss fights are the only part where it is justified to go trigger happy. On top of that, compared that way to played normally, it feels a bit bland.
Speaking about augments, they play a huge part on deciding the pacing of the game. If you decide to add uber strength augments in the early stages of the game, you may progress through the story faster by lifting obstacles that are in your way. Icarus augment lets you jump off any roof without the fear of death. You can even do an Iron Man fist slam on the floor and knock your enemies off their feet. But it makes me wonder, Adam has like metal legs, so what is it trying to tell me? Metal legs can’t automatically cushion my falls? No pistons or shock absorbers?
Theme for this game is black and gold. What seems like a ridiculous combination of colours actually looks fantastic in the game world. the textures on all of the models looks realistic and good. And amazingly, the in-game engine graphics do better than cut scene graphics (most likely due to save time and convenience for the console versions). Details especially on Adam’s costume are so detailed you can see the embroidering on the shoulders. Cracked mirrors in Adam’s room, the warehouse in Singapore, everything seemed good.
Not all was perfect as I soon noticed many of the civilians loitering around have the same modelled face on them. Robots are just recycled models with different textures. Sometimes, the Chinese hookers in Hengsha look just like the Hookers in Detriot, but with a different accent.
The choice of the sound track was definitely something well thought out. Each crucial moment in the game cued music matching the ambience of the scene. Although boss battles were stale, the music helped made it bearable for me, keeping me on my toes.
Voice acting was top notch. Each dialogue matched with emotions behind it. While I was playing, I could basically see myself as Adam. Whether it was him drilling the person for more information, or sarcasm to his boss, it was realistic and believable.
Overall : 33/40 (total score)
This game was a thrill ride to be on. Although I nit picked on certain aspects of the game, I felt that for SGD50, it was money well paid for a game of such a standard. I would recommend a purchase without second thought.
So go buy it and immerse yourselves into the world of Deus Ex!