Developer: Eidos Studios Ė Montreal
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: First Person Action RPG
Release Date: August 23, 2011
ESRB Rating: M (Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol)
There may be an innumerable amount of viewers right now who could go on and on with narrations about their first time stepping into the futuristic world of Deus Ex. But me? I just have to collectively speculate and perceive an ambient world unfamiliar to me and discover what all the angst is alluding towards. In substance, Iím curious on the franchise, and Iíve done my excavation of information on it. What immediately piqued my interest in the Deus Ex franchise is definitely, like all of its incarnations, the level of choice and how it later affects the events to take place in the future of the story. I can recall playing a Deus Ex title on the Playstation 2 eons ago, and when seeing Human Revolution, itís definitely a Deus Ex title. Is it enough to make Human Revolution different than other titles already on the market?
Answer? Sure it can! It rises against the competition in its usual Deus Ex fashion. Itís distanced itself so incomparably far from other titles within its genre that it truly is something that will remain a timeless gem just like its previous entries. Deus Ex: Human Revolution isnít like shooters akin to Michael Bay Hollywood blockbusters like most shooters scouring the market in this day and age. Human Revolution is a textbook example of why people should fancy playing a game that isnít designed and represented by the agency of a narrative told through pre-determined cutscene cinematics. Occasionally, you just have to deliver players that freedom of exploration, discovery, and choice. As a first person shooter, Deus Ex: Human Revolution could easily stand on its own hind legs even with the lack of any multiplayer component. As a role-playing game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is quite honorably meticulous to breathtaking extents.
Immediately, players will recognize how quickly Human Revolution will throw detail right in their befuddled face. Office walls are covered with medical blueprints of all of the technologies that are being utilized on humans practically evolving them into powerful cybernetic robotic hybrids. All of the miscellaneous paraphernalia you witness smeared over the walls in fact all tell a deeper story into the Human Revolution universe.
You play as the badass protagonist with the generic moniker of Adam Jensen. Youíre in the year of 2027. Sarif Industries, a vast corporation that studies and performs human augmentation, is bombarded by gun-toting soldiers. Adam Jensen, being the hero he is, attempts to thwart the soldiersí attack of the facility. As a tragic turn of events, Adam Jensen is detained by a much heavier built soldier whoís obviously had some augmentation of his own, and is catapulted through a large futuristic computer monitor then later gets blasted in the head with a gun. Although his life is saved, it wasnít without life altering augmentations to bring him back. In the opening credits, we see Jensen being resuscitated by surgeons. Flash forward. It is now six months later and Jensen remains in an intense rehabilitation period. While still rehabilitating, Jensen is thrown into another investigation about a break-in and hostage situation at yet another Sarif augmentation warehouse. Responsible for this debacle is the terrorist organization with the ironic title, Purity First. This organization isnít too keen on the idea of this human augmentation nonsense, so they try their utmost to shut the operation down. Itís now your job to stop their schemes. But thereís something wrong with your Retina Display!
Since you are so enthusiastic about playing the game, this is where the fun begins. Youíre now in control and you are now at the main desk at the Sarif headquarters and the receptionist gives you a plethora of options to choose from. You can head over to the scientist to get your flickering eyes mended, walk over to the bossís office and invoke a conversation, or ďGET TO DA CHOPPERĒ and begin your mission by taking a ride to the manufacturing plant where Purity First ransacked the joint. I forgot to mention, the longer you diddle-daddle around being indecisive of what person youíre going to pay a visit first at the HQ, Human Revolution doesnít have a care in the world. The events that were going to happen are going to happen. If you choose to get your eyes repaired, attempt to do it as quickly as you possibly can. Visit the boss? Donít converse too much. Why? Itís simple; all of the hostages at the manufacturing plant would have already been killed by the soldiers of Purity First if you take your sweet time. If you get all of your work done quickly enough, at the headquarters, the hostages will still be alive awaiting a hero to leap to the rescue. Hypothetically speaking, if you donít get there on time, a SWAT team will be there because they were forced to wait until you arrived to move into the facility. Because of this, youíll receive backlash and negativity amongst the police and several other people which means theyíll not want to assist you in future events of the game.
The choice in Deus Ex: Human Revolution is staggering. Every choice is supported with profound achievement, or as above, tragedy and disappointment. Map layouts are routed with multiple options as well. With that, this immediately means stealth could play a huge role in the Human Revolution realm. If youíve played enough Batman: Arkham Asylum as I have, staying high above your enemies may have been embedded into your subconscious mind. Itís been stated by Eidos Studios that the entire game could be played stealthily if the player chooses to take that path. In fact, itís also encouraged by the game itself. Taking the less obvious route rewards the player with more points that could later be used for upgrades. Talk about incentives!
Thankfully, Human Revolution switches to third person when youíre ducking behind an object to sneak pass your enemies. It helps you get a better view of your surroundings and of your enemy. Being an undercover spy is a very hard thing, so you have to intensively study the trajectory of your enemies in order to not be spotted. This may often prove to be unsuccessful and you may get caught quite a bit. So before you sneak about, plan your pattern out and your emergency escape route if youíre to be seen by an armed guard. When you are done hiding behind an object, the game immediately transitions back to being a first person shooter with ease.
With all of the different paths to choose from, itís nearly impossible for everybody to experience the same game. Choice doesnít come to an end there though. It also plays a major role in the interactions between Jensen and other characters in the world. Interactions are guided through a conversation ďwheelĒ akin to Biowareís Mass Effect series. Just like in Mass Effect, some tough decisions have to be made in your social interactions. Say the wrong thing, events thereafter can be very different if you were to choose the correct remark. Deus Ex: Human Revolution fully supports "doucheism." In fact, it supports it so well, that if you are one of the guns blazing, Quentin Tarantino kind of players, characters in the world will view you as that "wild-guy" who everyone finds cool...or as a total douche.
There is much fun to be had in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and it's great to see something synonomous for PC gaming making its steady way over to home consoles. Deus Ex: Human Revolution launches August 23, 2011 (North America) and August 26, 2011 (Europe) on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.