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Definitive version of what was already a masterpiece,
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This review is from: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (Nintendo Wii U) (Video Game)
Game of the year. There's a good chance that's what you said of Deus Ex: Human Revolution if you played it back in 2011 when it was first released. The same might be true of anyone who has the good fortune of being introduced to it as this new Director's Cut edition on Wii U two years down the line. This is a modern classic improved.
Not the most obvious of bedfellows, Deus Ex feels perfectly at home on a Nintendo console as soon as you load it up. Occasionally described as a first person shooter, don't fall into the trap of thinking your Call of Duty skills will get you far in this. Human Revolution is intended (and best experienced) as a cerebral stealth-action RPG. For the Nintendo hardcore who never touch other consoles, this introduction to the franchise will be a revelation.
Originally intended as a Wii U exclusive (or at least announced as such) this Director's Cut is no quick, cheap port. Polished graphics, improved AI, redesigned boss battles and DLC included all make this a worthy upgrade on any format. The use of the GamePad pushes the Wii U version to the forefront as the definitive one. Off-TV play, easy access menus and hacking are key additions. Moving the map to the GamePads's screen is another improvement in itself, then you realise you can draw on it! Equally handy is the inclusion of a digital strategy guide. Throw in some developer commentaries and the usual Miiverse integration and you have without question the best version on the market.
As for the core game? Those 2011 reviews still stand. The story is engaging and well written, the world is immersive and the soundtrack is sensational. Multiple choices and paths mean new experiences await even for those who played it first time around (even without the DLC missions). The guns? Hmmm, well, like I said, it looks like an FPS but it sure doesn't feel like one. That's not a problem, though. Checkpoints, on the other hand, can be a pain at times. For instance, say, like me, you suddenly have an urge to throw a cardboard box at a police officer to see what happens and then he takes out his gun and tries to kill you, so you run out of the station only to find the entire city wants you dead for this minor misdemeanour. When death comes you'll be thrown straight back in front of the aggrieved cop. The menu allows you to go back to previous checkpoints, but by default it can be incredibly sinister in this respect. Hey, the moral of this story is, don't playfully throw cardboard boxes at cops, it annoys them. Who knew? Loading times are the only other complaint. They were long and intrusive before, they still are.
It was always going to be a tough sell for Square Enix. Alas, they have failed as far as commercial success goes, but for those of us who've decided to take a break from Mario, Zelda and Pikmin to pick this up, the Wii U just got that little bit more awesome.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2013 11:03:35 GMT
Excellent review, thank you!
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