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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Xbox 360)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2011
This is an intensive Role-playing/action game with a terrific storyline, lots of weapons and mods, and it has that dark "future" mood which intensifies the gameplay and really makes the player belive that the world is goverend by multinational coorporate powers that is filled with corruption. You have a lot of choices and can play the game exactly the way you want, you can go stealth or guns blazing, which is a really good freedom to have. I recommend this game to anyone who loves the series or just want to try something thats different!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2012
Slick, dark, emotional, exciting and very atmospheric. Really got under my skin. Good mix of gameplay elements to engage your interest, to build upon an individual gaming style, whether that's slow and methodical or casual and intense. Big replay value. I missed a lot first time around, and there are so many conversation possibilities and outcomes that it would be a pity to not explore them.

The motives of the game are very personal for the protagonist, but the scale gets bigger as you go along. The environments are heaving with detail and movement, especially the second city hub, Hengsha. The unbalanced, boxed in boss fights will annoy you, but it's an inconsequential blemish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
The original Deus EX is one of the greatest games of all time, and fans eagerly awaited this sequel, wanting to forget about Deus ex 2 as it didn't really deliver. Well does it? yes and no. Here's my opinion of the game.

First off, the colour scheme of the game is mostly orangey yellow, black and grey as can be seen on the cover art. Some may like this art style but I didn't at all, in fact it was a breath of fresh air to see vibrant colours on certain levels ie. Panchea (the last level).

The music in the game is excellent, almost on a par with the original. My favourite being the final level of the game, Panchea, which brings me to another point, I found final level and ending to be excellent, the best part of the game by far. The ending of the original left something to be desired, but after completing HR I was blown away by the ending scenes which are like a scene from a film.

My main gripe is that it seems to be a little too similar to Hitman games in terms of mechanics. You are rewarded more for stealth and unlike the original, you cannot run in guns blazing, regenerating health by the second like augmented cyborg tank like the original as you will die too easily. So that did annoy me a bit.

Also the game feels a tad small. I think it could be the repetitive art style but a lot of areas feel the same. The lethal takedowns are done well and the weapons are cool.

Overall a good game but not as good as the original. Sorry but comparisons will inevitably be made. One of the better Xbox games regardless. I would have given the game a 3.75 stars if I could but I'll say 4, as the last level is very atmospheric and makes up for certain parts of the game which I didn't enjoy such as being forced to use stealth for max xp.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2013
It took me a while to get to grips with Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I didn't find the controls very intuitive to begin with and the backdrop is nothing too special, just a standard post-industrial dark sci-fi setting. After a while though I started to really enjoy it and there are two elements that make it such an enjoyable game to play; the freedom to play however you want, whenever you want, and the ever-present moral dilemmas.

To take the playing style first, Deus Ex: Human Revolution allows you to use stealth, hacking, full on assault and social interaction to advance through the game, and provides a number of augmentations to further your natural human abilities in these areas. The moral dilemmas in the game very much centre on the ethics of these augmentations and the question of what it is to be human. The game works so well because it does not require you to specialise in one style of gameplay to the detriment of all others. You may favour stealth and have acquired some augmentations to increase your ability to avoid detection but you will still be able to shoot your way out of a tight spot or have a decent chance of hacking through a locked door to escape should you need to. You always have options and the game is beautifully balanced - it encourages you to think about which approach best fits a situation rather than relying on the same old tactics. I became very good at hacking and this gave me a lot of freedom, but it was not enough on its own. The hacking is handled very well - it involves completing a mini-game to avoid systems shutting you out meaning that you, the player, can advance your hacking skill alongside your character, Adam Jensen, improving his.

The moral dilemmas occur within a storyline involving a number of biotech corporations manufacturing human augmentations (one of which Adam works for) against a backdrop of increasing unease and resistance to augmentation in the wider population. Straight away you are forced to question how you feel about genetic engineering and whether you want to keep piling your own augmentations on, although it would be hard to complete the game without taking advantage of these. You don't trust your boss and there is a pervading sense that you are being used and manipulated by hidden groups with their own (unclear) agendas. The Deus Ex series does these dilemmas well and this is no exception. Because video games are immersive and because you usually control the main character it is surprising, and a shame, that ethical and philosophical dilemmas are not dealt with more often. In Human Revolution you may be asked to beat up an aspiring lawyer from a poor background in order to further your own ends. But are your own ends really more important, and do they justify beating her up? It's not easy to tell.

The array of weapons was good enough, and again you can choose between those which kill and those which merely stun or incapacitate your opponents. Limits on how much gear you can carry around force you to choose what is most important to you.

Much can be read elsewhere on the web about the jarring, out-of-place boss levels, of which there are three. If it weren't for these I would have given the game 5 stars but don't worry too much if, like me, you dislike boss levels - by dropping the difficulty level and watching some video tutorials online I was able to get past these quite quickly.

I really got into this game after the first two levels and very much enjoyed the freedom of choice I was given and the challenge of picking the right approach to each situation. There were plenty of enjoyable heart-in-mouth moments when sneaking past well-armed security, some satisfying enemy takedowns and some hugely gratifying hacking into security systems to turn them on my enemies. I even got past Adam's rather ridiculously macho, gruff voice and began to appreciate his cynicism and suspicion of those pulling his strings. Overall a thoughtful game that I think would have good replay value and will suit a variety of gamers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2012
Great gameplay with multiple paths to take through levels. I chose stealth the first time through which offered a very satisfying playthrough, especially with the choices of augmentations. The main story was fairly engaging and had a good conclusion, and the side missions were decent as well.

Voice acting top notch, but unfortunately the character models don't look as good as they should.

Definitely worth picking up, especially at the low price it's at now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a first-person RPG Adventure with stealth and shooter gameplay. Set in a dystopian futuristic metropolis environment, it is satisfyingly atmospheric with a dark, complex story and a typically husky-voiced brooding protagonist. It has all the ingredients of a top game, however I found it uncompelling and annoying. I wanted to like it but ... it was one of those. The hacking feature quickly gets tedious. The stealth/shooter gameplay falls between two stools, neither excelling. The game-world looks great yet ultimately feels shallow and contrived. It may be a well-constructed and ambitious game with a lot going for it, but for me it just didn't hit the levels of entertainment required to make it anything other than average.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2013
Deus ex- Human revolution is a genuine sneak 'em up. but it affords the ability to be a straight up shooter at the same time.
The Pros-
It looks Fantastic!
It plays very well.
The weapons and upgrades are cool as anything
The story is better than most hollywood blockbusters.
A lot of gametime
upgrade tree means you'll want to play through twice in a different manner.

the cons-
the bosses (will take multiple times to defeat if you've got it on anything other than easy)
Bosses (come on, this is the 21st century boss levels really?)
saving (the autosaves are just too far apart meaning a death can result in playing sections over and over again).
Loading (certain times it will save about a second before you die meaning that you can load a game to die GREAT!)
the map is quite confusing and lacking in "icons".

the conclusion-
for it's price now it's worth getting and my brief review covers the basics but they are what i consider important in a game. it could have been perfect this game but little things let it down like the bosses (to me it's just a personal issue bosses should be left in the 2D realm or the 90's not in a spy/sneak game) and the saving problems. besides these issues the game is satisfying to play especially when you can take out a warehouse full of goons without any of them realising you are there. other elements to the gameplay other than the sneaking (which can be improved with upgrades) like the hacking mini game, which at first can be confusing but once you understand it, it becomes quite addictive. the weapons are pretty standard with a few exceptions like stun guns and dart guns, but all can be upgraded. the story is interesting and will reel you in the more you are exposed to it and is truly a driving force that makes you carry on playing. for the price now, if you have been tempted by this game, then i recommend you buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
Darn thing cost me four weekends; I can't put it down. And now I can't sell it either because the downloadable content is awesome as well. I advise you play on hardest level so it lasts longer. And get the "The Missing Link" downloadable content as well.

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2012
I was looking around for a game with a Splinter Cell "feel" about it and found this one, I must say that it is a great game and have so far spent the weekend playing it - Not being one to rush about in a game -unless needed of course lol - I am still at the beginning - It seems to have more realism than a lot of blast them away games in the sense that you can not withstand bullets nearly as well - Only note I would add is, save - save - save! Nothing like clearing a room, only to die in the next and have to do the same one you have already cleared again.

Anyways, if you are looking for a fun game with a good story line and the option to actually make your own choices in the game - then this is one for you to try.
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on 2 September 2013
No where near finishing the game yet, but after 10 hours plus playtime I have a good feel for it. I would recommend it already. In fact, I would have recommended it after the first mission.

Stealth is the name of the game, and fans of metal gear solid will love it. It employs a similar guard alert system, and body hiding mechanic. The third person cover system works really well, and in the first person mode, the game is often reminiscent of Goldeneye, especially in factory and office environments. There are plenty of secret tunnels to exploit if you dont want to stand off against the enemy. And as your character cant take much of a beating to begin with, these come in handy.

What I really like is that there is never anyone telling you what to do. Although you have a main objective, and the individual missions are fairly linear, the environments are big enough that you can choose how to approach them, usually from one of multiple routes(front door, roof, sewers, etc). And there is never a voice telling you to press a certain button or go down a particular corridor like there is in a lot of games. You really feel like you're in control of the mission.

The dystopian sci-fi setting works really well, with plenty of sub plot missions to tackle if you fancy it. the 'hub worlds' in between missions are massive. whole cities to explore really immerse you in the world the developers have created. Again, with multiple ways to traverse each one. The conversation system is similar to mass effect in that you choose what to say and can be good or bad etc. It's great to be able to behave however you see fit. The RPG elements work really well. Managing your inventory, upgrades, emails and mission objectives is straightforward. Do I keep the machine gun or chuck it and get the rocket launcher. Without much space in your inventory, this is a big decision. The cybernetic upgrades system works in a similar way. Depending on how you want to approach a mission, a lot of the time you'll be torn between which upgrade to buy.

My only negative so far would be the load times. If you die it can take about 30-40 seconds to reload, presumably because the environments are so large. But don't be put off by that. I'm sure an install to the 360 HDD would reduce the load times, but as of yet I haven't tried. It isn't fun during boss fights, but you soon forget about it once you've moved on. And personally, having to wait ages to play again after dying is more of an incentive not to. And to play the game like a true secret agent.

Final point, the voice acting and the soundtrack are really good too, but the protagonists voice really sells it for me. His rasp is borderline cheesy, but makes you feel like you're playing as a real hero.
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