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This review is from: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I played Deus Ex HR to death after buying it so was eager to try the Directors Cut.
Essentially what you get so far as extra/altered gameplay is revised boss missions, the Tong son rescue (I already had this with my original version) and the "Missing Link" DLC integrated into the game.
There are some other minor changes, such as having two energy bars by default rather than one, which makes invisibility and stealth an easier option if you want a non-lethal or minimum lethal play through.
So far as the boss missions are concerned, I have to say the changes didn't seem that effective. So far as the first boss is concerned, at that point in the game you probably don't have the hacking skill or spare unlocking devices to operate the security console in the added area. In any event, the antagonist just spams you with grenades (a la Call Of Duty) so there's not really much to be gained by avoiding the direct battle.
Second boss I never got into the hidden area as by the time I'd tried hacking or unlocking the door, she was pummelling me so once again it was two blasts on the Typhoon to take care of business.
Third boss, by that stage you've got more unlocking devices than you need and I was able to activate the "indirect" method. However I still had to finish him off with a bullet to the head.
So far as the "Missing Link" is concerned, ho hum. Not a bad mission with a particularly challenging moral choice towards the end. The big problem as has been noted is that you start off stripped of your weapons and most of your nano-upgrades making anything other than a lethal approach fairly impractical. You do get access to your weapons after a period of time but smaller inventory means you are forced to leave some of them behind (and AFAIK you can't reclaim them after leaving that point). So the chances are you lose the Laser Rifle or Grenade Launcher you were saving for Boss 3. Just to clarify though at the end of the level you do get your non-weapon items back and all your Praxis points, but the mission itself requires careful resource management against some pretty tough enemies.
The Missing Link story also seems grafted not entirely smoothly into the original plot. Lots of reveals and other things hinted at, but when you're back in the main game no reference to it. The Singapore and Panchea missions should have been re-written or re-structured to reflect the changed storyline - the last levels were always a bit out on a limb with no access to side missions or shops (other than the Panchea Limb Clinic) and this could have addressed the balance.
So overall, not bad. Having played a lethal game I'm looking to play through again using stealth, but not sure how that will fit with the DLC.