Game Review – Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Posted by Aamir Raza
Company: Developed by Eidos Montreal, published by Square Enix.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was initially available on PC, PS3 and Xbox360 and later ported to Mac OS X.
Few variations are present between the platforms, mainly involving variations in color grading and particle effects.
Genre: Action, RPG, FPS.
ESRB Rating: M (Mature) due intense violence, blood and gore, drug reference, sexual themes, strong language, use of alcohol.
Illegal drugs and the words f**k and s**t are occasionally present in dialogue along with intense violence, which alone justifies the rating. A perfect example of blood and gore present in the game is seen below:
Don’t try this at home! Well, except if you’re playing the game.
The game revolves around Adam Jensen, the head of security at Sarif Industries who has to get augmented with cybernetics after an incident that occurs at the company. Upon returning to work after his life-saving surgery, Jensen tries to find the truth behind the incident in the labs while in the midst of a global crisis between people for and against augmentations (think ‘Repo Men’ to get an idea!).
Visuals in Deus Ex are quite impressive, and developers did an amazing job of blending the graphics with the game environment. They never feel forced and a steady visual theme is maintained throughout the game, keep the Deus Ex look and the flow of the game intact. One thing that takes away from the graphics are the limited facial animations of the characters.
Game Play 8.5/10
Players are provided with a ton of choices throughout the game, not only in the form of responses as you interact with people but even how you choose to taken down enemies. A whole range of weapons are available for the user (as long as you can get to them), though you are limited to the size of the inventory. As the game progresses, Praxis points earned by completing tasks allow you to update your ‘augmentations’, or your cybernetics be it your arm, your leg or even your hacking skills.
Controls in Deus Ex are fairly simple requiring, like every other first-person-shooter out there, mainly the mouse (for aiming) and the keyboard (for movement). On average, it should take users only 1-2 short levels to get used to the controls. Since the right-mouse button is used to take cover while taking enemy fire and is used quite repetitively, things play out a lot smoother on the PC than on a console; the game generally received better reviews on the PC version as well. Covering while taking enemy fire is a vital part of the game, and this turns out to be a downside at certain points throughout the game as players are not usually adapted to such a feature in an action game.
Complaints against Deus Ex have mainly been about the boss battles as players are forced into situations and you’re not allowed to stealth yourself or to get around them somehow.
The game is primarily first-person, while third-person view is activated when taking cover, climbing ladders or using ‘takedown’ when you melee an enemy.
The futuristic atmosphere of the game is complimented even more thanks to the amazing soundtrack present in the game, composed and performed by Michael McCann.
Bad ergonomics can kill you, literally.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has a few flaws but at the same time proves to be quite entertaining and is definitely one of the best games in its genre for 2011.
Image Sources (in order of appearance)
Game cover http://www.panelsonpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/DeusExHumanRevolutionCover.png
Derelict building http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/screenshots/DeusExHumanRevolution/DeusExHumanRevolutionMedia/dx_hr_screenshot_derelict_building.jpg
Takedown 2: http://www.dpadmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Deus-Ex-Human-Revolution-01.jpg
About Aamir RazaVFX enthusiast and Digital Media Artist living in Toronto. // www.digitaleffectx.wordpress.com
Posted on March 27, 2012, in Interactivity and tagged aamir, aamir raza, adam jensen, deus ex, deus ex cover, deus ex game review, deus ex hr review, deus ex human revolution, deus ex human revolution review, deus ex review, deux ex, deux ex gore, digital media, digital media arts, eidos, eidos logo, esrb rating, game review, gaming, human revolution, multi-media, multimedia, PC, ps3, square enix, square enix logo, xbox 360. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.