Deus Ex: Human Revolution
There are shadows of the excellent original Deus Ex in this high-quality prequel
- Faithful to the Deus Ex world
- The story can fall flat at times
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a successful prequel to the brilliant original game. The story can be a little uninspiring at times and the game world occasionally tends towards lifelessness, but the intrigue of the plot is compelling.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
The key criticisms of the game — long loading times, the scarcity of ammunition, the out-of-character boss fights — vary in their validity. I didn’t feel the load times really spoil the flow of the game too much and so weren't a major problem for me. Similarly, anyone who has trouble with the ammo count here must just be a tad trigger happy — the game provides a decent balance of ammunition (provided you are interested in foraging and locating merchants in the city hubs) throughout both hostile and friendly areas. In many FPS games, we are often spoilt with excessive ammo and health dumps left right and centre — and thankfully Human Revolution avoids this.
As for the boss fights, again, I’m slightly perplexed as to why so much hate exists; I’m going to guess that an undercurrent of anti-console snobbery is the reason. I felt that the bosses were completely relevant to the story (We do note that anyone playing through the game as a pacifist might be annoyed by the necessary boss battles - Ed.), and not too challenging to upset the flow of the game.
The flaws in Human Revolution aren’t apparent at first. After finishing the first Detroit section, it begins to dawn on you that the story just does not delve into the multi-stranded intrigue of the original. There are essentially very few significant factions to barrack for in Human Revolution, and you get a lot less exposure regarding pivotal villains/protagonists — and there are less of them too. I felt no real sense of camaraderie or conflict, and sadly the story falls short in this respect.
Additionally, the city hubs are effectively bereft of things to do; this can really discourage you from exploring their lavish design and labyrinthine layouts. The original game spread out its side missions and dangers evenly across levels, but in contrast during the new game's Hengsha hub I counted 3 small side quests in this section of the game — simply not enough.
Overall though, I think Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a successful sequel. Initial hype can always cloud our perspective of the eventual product; so if the hardcore fans appear happy, then it can’t be all bad. The game is faithful in linking the Deus Ex world to the original, and even though the story falls flat at times, the sense of intrigue carries you through. It finishes with a fairly open ending that could hint that there is more to come, which for me isn’t such a bad thing after all.
By Mark Warburton, Editorial Assistant, at the IDG Connect Blog
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