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It has been a while since the original Deus Ex hit shelves way back when. It seems like an even longer wait from the time Human Revolution was announced, until the painfully delayed release date. Thankfully, much of the game is cleaned up and carries out an experience the way Deus Ex is meant to be played. Despite the slowly approaching, debt ridden holidays almost here, Human Revolution deserves to be on any wish list.

There is no doubt about it; Deus Ex is a beautiful game. Yes, by standing civilians look like cardboard cutouts. Yes, some animations look fairly poor. However in the long run it’s hard to not notice the positives which out weigh those negatives. The city ports vary greatly from one another as well as the less populated, litter filled back streets versus those over crowded mobs waiting to get in to the L.I.M.B. clinics. The enemies also differ significantly from those uniformed personnel and those just trying to make a buck here and there. All in all, Deus Ex is a great looking game and should appeal to most any fan despite the slight inconsistencies.

Human Revolution is a game that thrives on quality sound effects and a stand out, sci-fi like soundtrack. Some of the beats do sound similar to other sci-fi gems, however it blends in, yet stands out, so well one can easily ignore the occurrences. Voice-overs are done quite well and give both main and secondary characters personality that wouldn't have come straight out. The man you control, Adam Jensen has a strong voice cover making him out to be a man on a mission. Human Revolution has a stand out track and pulls you in with its strong emotion.

As the game begins you are put in the shoes of Adam Jensen. He is taking a walk with a fellow colleague and it appears Mr. Jensen wants to be more than just friends with her. As they chit chat we meet most of the other significant characters, specifically David Sariff, the head of Sariff industries. Something happens in these moments that results in Jensen needing to be brought back to life and Sariff needing his expertise to get to the bottom of the incident. This leads Adam on a merry chase around the world in search of the emerging conspiracy around him and his corporation. The campaign lasts a good amount of time, however if you really want to understand both the world and its players then there are many side quests that can be finished to get more out of the conspiracy.

Despite the game not being terribly long, what will pull you back in time and time again is the option to go about it several ways. There are three general choices, guns blazing, hacking, and stealth. The most polished and fluid is the stealth route. A fantastic cover system is used and there are different types of takedowns differing from a louder barrage of stabbings or a quiet jab to the throat. The problem with these is the amount of energy required to perform them. Even though Jensen has giant robotic arms, he must wait until his energy is high enough to ruin another life. Another way of getting around is by hacking cameras, turrets, and sentry bots. If high enough, you can turn these against your foes. However, having a high hacking level is important to break into points of interest and safes. If your patience is low and you just want to shoot up an entire area, go ahead. Be warned that enemies can become pesky when in firefights, although this is not the ideal decision. Yes, you have a choice as to which one you would like to be higher level in although, they all are used throughout and it is necessary to be fairly equal in each.

You play as a guy by the name of Adam Jensen. This character chooses not to show much emotion throughout the game. He tends to stay away from conversation; however you can't help but notice some emotion wants to come out. There are times along the game when Jensen does exhibit these human qualities, thanks to memories of an occurrence earlier in his journey. Adam Jensen has a quiet, subtle personality that seems to be on the verge of exploding as the game progresses and one can't help but feel attached to him and his cause.

Much of the game involves you going from city to city looking for a person that will provide you with necessary information. Along this path, Jensen usually comes across armed guards, thugs, or mercenaries either out for him or protecting a significant location. In order to get around these enemies, Adam has to use his augmented abilities. These are upgraded via Praxis Points. These useful buggers are placed in parts of Jensen's body that improve his abilities. Some examples would be the ability to go invisible, spot and track enemies through walls, falling from any height without injury, etc. All of these vastly improve your chances against any group of guys whether you take a stealthy approach or not. They also give you a much better chance against the boss battles that significantly hinder the game and its replay ability. It really is a shame they could not have included the death of these considerable enemies in a less painful, annoying process.

Deus Ex Human Revolution is a fantastic game that took advantage of the extra polish. One can't help but stand back admire some of the cinematic scenes and jaw-dropping visuals of a distant Singapore in the future. The gameplay is relatively smooth despite the slight inconveniences. The cover system is absolutely flawless and navigating the environment is both challenging and thrilling. Uncovering the conspiracy is a blast, and the ability to replay for different outcomes raises the value by a lot. The role playing elements are definitely there as well as the impressive shooting mechanics despite painful, grade lowering boss battles. Overall, I give this Human Revolution an impressive 9.0/10.

 

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