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Happily lost in a very dark, very deep world...,
This review is from: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Limited Edition (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Having sunk a fair few hours into this game, I feel it's time to write an early review for any of you people wondering whether Deus Ex:Human Revolution is a game worth purchasing. I can safely say that the answer is a resounding yes!
For those unfamiliar with Deus Ex games, they typically take place in a dark, sprawling future world dominated by shady technological corporations. The Deus Ex series is renowned for its unique blend between the FPS and RPG genres, and Human Revolution certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard. DE:HR slickly shifts from fierce, and surprisingly merciless (on just normal difficulty) combat to RPG-style exploration. There are a LOT of things to read, collect, do and see, and it's fantastically easy to really immerse yourself in the world. Some have criticised the pace of the game, saying it can be too slow early on, but I really appreciated the scence-setting. Only very rarely does the game feel like it's dragging on a little in some of the early missions, so be aware that patience is required. DE:HR rewards a sensible, considered approach; you may be an augmented cyborg, but if you charge in recklessly you will die.
Saying that, one of the main appeals of the game is the way in which you can upgrade various aspects of your character, providing boosts to things ranging from hacking ability to your radar display. In this respect, DE:HR feels like it has a lot of depth, and hence the definite potential for replayability. On the first main mission the choice is forced upon you, asking you whether you wish to approach it with stealth or lethal force, and giving you weapons accordingly. Despite being slightly artificial, it is designed to tell you just how differently every situation can be approached - the first mission can easily be played twice with the different approaches and is just as satisfying in different ways.
The graphics aren't stunning, but the aesthetics of the game is so assured and consistently immersive that it really isn't an issue at all. What DE:HR does benefit from hugely is a very slick soundtrack, which reminded me a lot of Half-Life 2 in its quality and context-dependency.
I'm really struggling to think of any major criticisms of DE:HR. The AI is sometimes a little suspect, although if it weren't the stealth approach would be practically impossible! Nevertheless it is slightly disappointing that sometimes the enemies seem oblivious to their colleague getting killed just a metre behind their backs, whilst other times they seem to have a sixth sense for detecting your presence. The character animation is very good from a distance, watching the way the guards patrol and interact with each other, but is a little wooden up close. Motion-capture technology would have been amazing here, but it's a minor gripe.
Overall, I can't recommend this game enough if you're looking for a dark, moody first-person experience, with a more considered approach than traditional FPSs. The RPG element gives you so much to do in the world, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to explore everything DE:HR has to offer! 9/10