Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

trò chơi Info
Platform 360, PS3, Win, Mac, Wii U
publisher Square Enix
Developer Eidos Montreal
Release Date Oct 22, 2013

When Human Revolution first came out in 2011, it was praised for its dark, fascinating world, stealth-heavy chơi game and commitment lớn player choice. The Director"s Cut improves on this vision, smoothing the rough patches và offering excellent second-screen play.

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The plot — which takes plenty of turns throughout the course of the trò chơi — concerns Adam Jensen, a cybernetically enhanced security chief with a tragic past và a tough-guy demeanor. Jensen lives in 2027 Detroit, in a bleak future that sees Earth torn apart by war and all but ruled by powerful corporations, not least of which is Sarif Industries, his employer. In the grand cyberpunk tradition, there are shady đơn hàng afoot, vast conspiracies at play và plenty of philosophical hand-wringing about the price of technology and human progress.

As Jensen, you move about hub areas — taking side quests, if you choose — & complete story missions. Missions allow you the freedom khổng lồ complete them according to your preferences: You can choose khổng lồ infiltrate a building with lethal or non-lethal means, lớn sneak around và never engage the enemy or to use hacking and turn existing security features khổng lồ your side. From the outset, you"re given all of the tools — guns, a silent takedown move (in both lethal & non-lethal flavors) & the skills to gian lận into systems — & let loose into the world.

... In the grand cyberpunk tradition, there are shady đơn hàng afoot, vast conspiracies at play & plenty of philosophical hand-wringing about the price of technology và human progress.

You also have choices when it comes lớn your skills & abilities. You earn "praxis points" by gaining XP & completing missions and quests, which are good for spending on the "augmentations" you"d like. There are abilities associated with each kind of play style — stealthy upgrades lượt thích a limited-time invisibility cloak, thicker skin for the pugilistic, etc. I maxed out my hacking skills early on, which suited my mostly non-lethal (but not entirely stealthy) style perfectly. When I did have dirty work lớn engage in, I preferred to gian lận security systems và let robots do it for me.


This emphasis on choice — along with often brilliant level and mission design — makes playing Human Revolution a powerful experience. I went into missions tense, worked my way through waves of guards and challenges methodically, & always felt satisfied by my progress. Human Revolution made me feel lượt thích a smart, resourceful spy — & that fantasy jibed with the world perfectly.

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Big Trouble in Little Hengsha

Deus Ex: Human Revolution"s minor characters are often stock stereotypes that occasionally fall into uncomfortable cultural territory. This is most apparent in the voice acting. There are black gangbangers in Detroit that sway between accents, and some of the civilians milling about in Hengsha (a fictional Chinese city) sound awkwardly lượt thích English speakers impersonating native Chinese speakers. It doesn"t come off as intentionally offensive, but it did give me pause multiple times during my playthrough.


The world-building in Human Revolution is incredible, painting a bleak but plausible future in its every detail. Throughout the game, there are news broadcasts, e-books & emails that portray a culture in flux. I stopped và read every bit of information I could find, no matter what pressing matters needed my attention. I found myself completely absorbed in this universe, entranced by its myriad depressing details.

The setting also happens to lớn be more interesting than our hero. Jensen"s guarded persona comes across more wooden than wounded. The plot works without a charismatic protagonist, thanks to the fully realized universe. & the philosophical issues at Human Revolution"s core — what it means lớn be human when we are able khổng lồ control evolution itself — offered plenty of pleasant mental fat lớn chew on while I stalked guards around the cold, impersonal buildings.

The Director"s Cut is marked by smart, subtle enhancements. The quái nhân fights — which so turned me off in the original game that I never quite completed it — are vastly improved. I was able to hack my way lớn victory in most situations, or otherwise choose options that didn"t leave me high and dry with my underdeveloped firepower. Second-screen play is a godsend as well, with hacking and inventory/augmentation management done via touchscreen. Hacking simply feels better and faster, and having a cảm ứng device helped lớn immerse me in the fiction — I felt lượt thích a badass spy with my own nifty device.

Wrap Up: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director"s Cut is the best version of a modern classic

With improvements khổng lồ the game"s flow và excellent second-screen support, the Director"s Cut of Human Revolution is the definitive version of an excellent game. Human Revolution would bear replaying even without the enhancements — it"s a rare title that combines superb world building and storytelling with such dedication to lớn player choice. I lost myself in the world of Human Revolution, và relished every opportunity to dive deeper into its mysteries.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director"s Cut was reviewed using a downloadable retail Wii U copy provided by the publisher. You can read more about"s ethics policy here.