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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)
Advantages: Great storyline, good graphics, great voice acting, brilliant value for money
Disadvantages: Boss fights are irritating, no multiplayer
Deus Ex being an RPG, storyline is, as expected, very important to the game. While there are so many twists and turns that they cannot possibly all be described here without ruining the game to some magnitude I shall do my best to give a general outline of it.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes place in the Year 2027, and human augmentation is a new, emerging business. Human augmentation being the alteration of the human body, replacing fully functioning limbs with mechanical upgrades - but there is a twist. The companies in charge of the human augmentations are also creating brutal military augmentations, serving as argument for the pro-humanity protestors, and anyone that chooses to use the human augmentations has to regularly take a deadly, dangerous and highly addictive drug, Neuropozyne, to prevent their bodies from rejecting their augmentations, thus killing them.
You play Adam Jensen, a security guard of the major Human Augmentation firm, Sarif Industries. Following an attack on the Sarif warehouses where they were testing a human enhancement named the Typhoon that would change warfare forever you must discover the roots of the criminal organisations that are powering the pro-humanity riots, and put a stop to them as you ravel in a twisting tale of conspiracy and menace.
The primary gameplay of Deus Ex takes place in first-person, which is the view you'll be seeing most often as you walk around the cities that the game puts you in, or in all of the interactive dialogue segments. There is also a third person view which the game switches to when you go into cover, allowing you to see over the cover you are hiding behind, allowing for you to time your hiding and running from the guards accordingly, should you decide to play stealthily, or to keep unnecessary bullets out of you, should you play aggressively
Deus Ex has many different gameplay styles, it allows you to go about its many levels in a non-linear fashion, allowing you to go around the level in your own way, be it through the vents or through
the enemies head on or even through hacking a terminal and causing the guards own lethal security systems to turn on them. Deus Ex truly does offer a variety of interesting playstyles, likely to beat any RPG around.
It's also incredibly hard on the hardest difficulty, especially if you're trying to get several of the achievements that require you to not kill any of the enemies throughout the game, which is very possible, but infuriatingly difficult.
Then comes the boss battles, easily one of the most frustrating and stupid scenes in any of the games I have played in several years. They do not cater to the gameplay style that you may have been using. If you've been doing stealthy gameplay throughout the game, the boss battles are a massive shock to the system. They are unbeatable without fairly heavy weapons. It's infuriating to attempt to get past them, and there are four of them. Four, horrible boss battles.
Other than this - the gameplay is fabulous.
Graphically, Deus Ex is not one of the best looking games around, it uses the Crystal Dynamics graphics engine, and compared to other recent and upcoming games, like Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3, it looks poultry in comparison. The character animations, well, the animations in general, are pretty good - and that's really the most important part of graphics in a game like Deus Ex - but ultimately in a game like Deus EX graphics are not really that important anyway, so their quality, if it is at least bearable, shouldn't have too much of an influence on your gameplay experience.
What really is important about the graphics engine, however, is how optimized it is. When I say 'optimized', I mean how well it will run on modest computers at a variety of settings, and I must say, since its released it's been optimized a fair bit. Early players of the game may have suffered many stutters due to the games asset streaming, but that has been long-since fixed.
On my fairly low-midrange laptop, which doesn't really handle games all that well, it managed to stagger about thirty frames a second, which is pretty playable. It did, however, have to be set to near lowest-settings to be able to perform this well, which meant turning off eyecandy effects like shadowing and depth of field, and turning the resolution right down to the lowest in-game setting, which was 800x600. *
On a more powerful machine though, the game powered through mostly highest graphical settings without issues, the stuttering issue hit this machine hard at the release of the game, but it has since been fixed and the game now runs pretty smooth, allowing for a lovely gameplay experience. The only bug that I have discovered to be particularly prominent on this system is a sound desync issue, where the sound is noticeably out of sync with the visuals, particularly with weaponry - and even more particularly with the games assault rifle. You soon get used to this issue though, and it has still not been fixed. **
The voice-acting in Deus Ex isn't bad, and the characters are pretty diverse and, in a way, they are even nice to talk to, which is something that not many games can claim to have achieved. Some significantly good voice actors in the game involve your character, Adam Jensen, and David Sarif - your boss. There are also noticeably more annoying inclusions to the cast, including tech-geek Pritchard, however the character is meant to be snide and irritating, leading me to believe that the choice of voice acting was intelligent and appropriate.
The game also has a sweeping orchestral score, so much so that I was even enticed to buy the soundtrack for the game. The ambience is pretty fantastic if I do say so myself, and the tension building music are literally some of the best game music pieces I have ever heard. Honestly, I'd gladly have them on my iPod.
Value for Money/Longevity
I'll establish that I bought the game for £27.99 from Amazon.co.uk - and with fairly good service too, it has since gotten cheaper. Usually, the way that I rate my games for how good they are for the money I paid for them is my 'Pound per hour' rule. For example, if a game is £10, I'd expect to get 10 hours out of it, anything below ten hours if considered to be below average value for money, and anything above that is considered to be good value for money.
Even with no multiplayer, Deus Ex still falls into the 'good use of money' category. I paid £27.99 for it, and I've played just over 28 hours, and that was only one playthrough (meaning I only completed it once in that time). I didn't go for any achievements in particular, I didn't look for any secrets and I certainly didn't dwell too long on any of the levels. Something tells me that if I had done that, the game would have taken me a lot longer to complete.
There are also a lot of options in the game, including options that are only available if you take certain choices throughout the rest of the game experience, including five endings.
Deus Ex can be a fairly mature game at times, and here's a rundown of how.
A lot of the game features violence, some of it unavoidable, but a lot of it avoidable if you so wish. You only have to make four kills in the game. Particularly strong moments include...
*In a starting sequence, a character is thrust onto glass, his injuries are shown in brief detail in a close-up fashion.
*In a cinematic sequence, a man shoots himself in the head unwillingly (it is inferred that he is being controlled). We see the bloody wound.
*Several cinematic scenes in which major characters are killed feature blood draining out from bodies onto the floor, and occasionally more gory deaths.
*Regular firefights include blood and occasionally mild 'ragdolling', where the dead characters flop around.
*Players can use stylised 'takedown' moves that vary in intensity. One of the moves involves taking down a person by stabbing him/her in several places using wristblades.
*There are a few uses of strong language, both in cutscenes and in general gameplay - including 'f**k' and 'sh*t'. Other milder terms are used throughout the game also.
*While there is no actual drug use seen during the game, the game references neuropozyne, which is a fictional drug required for those who have augmentations to stop their bodies rejecting them. The drug in the game is not promoted, rather warned and protested against. It is described as being 'very addictive', and 'very dangerous' at different times in the game. It is also thought to be very expensive.
*Some may find some of the characters to be mildly frightening (mainly younger players, if they choose to play).
*Some scenes are very menacing.
*There is a scene where a man considers committing suicide, you can try and talk him of it or convince him to do it.
*There are needles seen in this game, during a fairly stylised opening scene, those afraid of needles or surgical detail can skip the cutscene.
*Some may find the riots and the very idea of the game's idea of 2027 frightening.
This game is more likely that not suitable for anyone over the age of fourteen. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone younger than twelve, at the very minimum, however.
OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: 2 GHz dual core
Memory: 1 GB RAM (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista and Windows 7)Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or ATI Radeon HD 2000 series or better
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 8.5 GB
*"Mid range" test machine consisted of Core 2 Duo T6600 2.2GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia G105M
*"High End" test machine consisted of Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz, 6GB DDR3 RAM, ATi HD RADEON 4890
This is one of the best RPGs to emerge in recent years, and everyone should play it, as in Deus Ex, there is something for everybody, and I, as well as many others - was simply blown away by the game.
Touché, Eidos Montreal, touché.
I give Deus Ex: Human Revolution a 4/5, simply because the boss fights too annoying to warrant a 5/5.
Also posted on my Ciao.co.uk account.
Summary: A brilliant experience