I honestly didn’t know what to expect as I jumped onto this game. It was Christmas time and I was browsing steam for a good deal when I stumbled across this title for £10 (Where it is usually £29.99). After a short conversation with my friend who had recently completed the game, I was confident it would be a good buy. And by god was I right.
The first thing I noticed when I loaded up the game was the crisp graphic style. It mixed light orange, White, grey and very light blue with clean lighting to create a smooth, futuristic atmosphere. Gradually the game design evolves to give off a more urban aura yet it still manages to keep you in firm belief that you remain to stay in the medically advanced, electronically superior and just generally awesome not-so-distant future.
Trust me the graphics and visual effects are stunning, and, to be honest, when I got past the first cut scene I thought my mediocre PC was screwed…but it wasn’t. I was able to run this game in what is essentially a low end gaming PC and still have it look beautiful. That said however, the loading times on the Xbox 360 and PS3 are painfully long and can ruin the atmosphere when in the middle of a boss fight or an intense part of the story.
The year is 2027 and you play Adam Jensen, head of security at Sarif Industries, a company specialising in human augmentation and bad-ass weapons. Unfortunately Sarif Industries’ top scientists are killed after a military-style raid on the Sarif HQ. And (obviously) it is up to you to find out those responsible. The story basically escalates from there into one of those action films which are just awesome yet SO cliché. The story is basically Robocop with a bit extra thrown in here and there and there are a few small plot twists that can be guessed easily. Unfortunately I also feel that the voice acting was not up to scratch and I didn’t feel anything for most of the already 2D characters. They didn’t act how a normal person would in the situation they were in, they just felt like…well, they felt like what they were: models with the ability to speak.
I’m sorry to say that I also have a big pet peeve relating to the main character, Adam Jensen. I appreciate they didn’t make him a mute like Gordon Freeman but please, if you’re going to have a character who talks extremely often throughout the campaign then don’t make him sound like Jigsaw with a throat infection. It really irritated me as I played through and it drove me to the point where I didn’t speak to anyone If I had the choice and this affected my exploration in the game.
The augmentation system is an absolute dream and the diagram representing the upgrades for the different areas of Adams body really helps you understand what each of them do.
It’s all about character progression and what route you want to take through the game. You can charge in guns ahoy, sneak through the level without hurting a fly, using the cover system to your advantage or you can do a mix; picking enemies off with tranquilliser darts before hiding their body in a dark corner. There are some areas where you are forced to be stealthy, areas in which you need to sneak past security cameras, alarms and turrets. Or you can hack. Hacking is a great feature in the game whereby you have to complete a simple yet very tense mini-game in order to gain access to a locked computer, bypass an alarm system or, in one case, deactivate a bomb before making your escape.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is packed with hundreds of cool extras and this really gives the game a lot more depth. Although it becomes apparent by the missions, enemy AI and the games difficulty that the stealthy route is the best one to take, this title can appeal to almost all gamers and was definitely a pleasant surprise.