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Deus Ex: back from the brink! ( thank God)
on 3 January 2016
With deus ex Mankind Divided, scheduled for release later this year, I thought I would (finally) get around to reviewing HR. First off, I should say that I am an old school gamer, who believes that the PC is how games should be played and much prefer a deep and emersive story over infinite ammo, everything- louder-than-everything-else combat and fancy graphics. Yeah, I know, sorry. (But to be fair, people like me are in the minority and no one listens to us anyway!). I also think that the original Deus Ex is the greatest video game ever made and that the follow up was an abomination. If Hr had been like II, then that would have been the end.
So, what about HR? Well, I'm not going to compare it directly to the original, because I Think that would be unfair, but HR is a very well made, shooter/stealth/ story driven FP(S). I'm pleased to say, It really "feels" like a DE game (set almost entirely at night, the scarcity of ammo, the little side quests, etc). I really liked the switch to third person when in cover, system, which is very well done. The story is nicely structured, with the globe-trotting tone and slightly dystopic feel, alongside the blade runner-esque neon city-scapes. The weapons are good, but not overpowered. (Actually, I did find myself wondering why, given the technologically advanced nature of the augmentations, the weapons weren't MORE advanced?!).
On the downside, I didn't find the gravel voiced (is there any other kind these days, apart from Nathan Drake?) protagonist, particularly interesting or sympathetic, or.......human. He Seemed to switch into semi-cyborg mode pretty quickly after his injuries. Also, I think the story rather ran out of out of steam at the end, some of the dialogue interaction scenes took way too long and the AI detection was a little harsh and their fire very accurate! Not being able to avoid the boss mini-fights was a major mistake and I believe that has been corrected in the upcoming MD.
Overall though, a really good, well made FP(S) science fiction action game, with a real story. You can see that a lot of care and attention went into it.
One small (nerdy) point (sorry); the available augmentations in this game are already way more advanced than those seen in the original DE, and that was set ahead of this one, so at some point the writers will have to square that circle ( or not). Roll on mankind divided!