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4/09/2013

REVIEW: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Xbox 360)


Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third game in a critically acclaimed cyberpunk series that started way back with a first game exclusive to PC that became a cult title to thousands of gamers worldwide. Set in a not-so-distant future, the game presents us a world where technology has advanced quite a lot, huge companies are as powerful as governments and the entire human civilization has advanced quite a bit.

Just like the first Deus Ex and Invisible War, Human Revolution is presented in a cyberpunk style, where augmented people, artificial intelligences, evil corporations and technology in general seem to be the most important aspects of that kind of sci-fi settings. Human Revolution mixes cyberpunk with a fantastic art style that uses dark environments and the color yellow a LOT (just like the Matrix movies use green) to recreate what would be a futuristic setting that is more realistic that many of us would like to admit.

The main protagonist is the chief of security of Sarif Industries, named Adam Jensen, who after a specific incident, has his body altered heavily and becomes a cyborg who keeps working in the company for infiltration jobs to find a group of terrorists who start attacking it and other locations throughout the world.

Graphically, Human Revolutions looks fantastic. The Xbox 360 version of the game uses excellent textures, has solid antialiasing and HDR to make the beautiful world it takes place in come to life. Added to that, the art style where yellow takes prominence above other colors really gives it a unique touch the game benefits a lot from.

The animations are fluid for everything. Characters will walk, talk, run and even fight looking very real. And with a solid framerate, the entire thing just looks incredible. It really is worth playing the game for the graphics and visuals.

Excellent music will accompany the player during the entire game. A really cool thing is that unlike other sci-fi titles, Human Revolution avoids heavy music like dubstep to go with the world. Instead, most tunes are slow, calm but fit perfectly. The voice acting is fantastic as well which is important for a game like this that uses literally thousands of voice lines for every single character, even random NPC you encounter on the streets.

In gameplay, Human Revolution is one of the most brilliant RPGs out there right now. The game literally takes the “do it however you want” thing seriously because it allows the player to solve the problems it puts before them however they want by adding their own tweaks and upgrades to Jensen’s body to configure him according to their preferred playstyle.

In paper, this is a Stealth game but players will be able to complete missions in dozens of different ways. By completing objectives, talking to people, taking enemies down and even finding secret routes, Jensen will earn EXP that will give him Praxis Points to spend in upgrades for his body that will have many different effects like become invisible for a short time, run without making noise, better aiming with weapons, upgrades hacking skills and many, many others.

The great thing is that all upgrades are available from the start so the player can buy the ones he/she feels comfortable with and when presented with a mission objective, he/she can be 100% sure that all bought upgrades will be helpful in one way or another. For example, if you have to reach a room with a closed door, Jensen can hack it to force open it, take a nearby enemy down (both lethal and non lethal) and steal a key, find an alternate route via air ducts and many others.

With that, it’s likely that ten different players will finish the same game in ten different ways with ten different versions of Adam Jensen, which is fantastic for games today that many times feel too linear. This also promotes playing the game several times because in a single playthrough, Jensen can befriend or become enemies with certain character that could help him unlock events, sidequests and many other extra things.

Besides the dozens of upgrades available for his body, Jensen can also come across tons of weapons like pistols, tranquilizer rifles, shotguns and even rocket launchers for combat. It’s possible to play the entire game without using these and killing anyone (except bosses) but for players who lean for combat situations, the weapons and ammo are there. Other items include extra HP, energy for using upgrades, hacking tools and many others.

Sadly, not everything is great. Human Revolution has a few very annoying boss battles that feel completely out of context and force Jensen to do things he will most likely not be prepared for, especially if the player has upgraded him for stealth rather than combat. These bosses will make players carry weapons and use them against them without giving enough options or alternate ways to kill them. And in higher difficulties they can be really, really frustrating. Fortunately, most of them have a glitch or two that can be used against them if you look around the internet for solutions on how to easily beat them.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is simply a fantastic game that could have easily been one of the most iconic jewels of this console generation if it weren’t for the terrible bosses that in truth, do hinder the overall experience by a lot. But if you bear with them (like you should) you’ll be presented with a truly wonderful and beautiful cyberpunk RPG like no other. The story is amazing, just like the graphics, soundtrack and gameplay and fortunately, it’s also available on PS3 and PC so there’s just no excuse for not playing it.


Pros:
-          Excellent graphics and art style.
-          Adam Jensen is an awesome main character.
-          Story and narrative are top notch.
-          Fantastic gameplay mechanics.
-          Great soundtrack.

Cons:
-          Terrible, terrible bosses.
-          Takes a bit of trial and error, especially in the first few missions.


-          Graphics and Visuals………...10
-          Music and Sound Effects….....9
-          Gameplay………………....…9
-          Replay Value………………..10

-          Overall Score……………….. 9.5 / 10

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