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Sunday, 3 February 2013

What's So Great About: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Whilst recommending a few games to a friend, one game in particular came to mind.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, was one of my favourite games of 2011...no, EVER!
If you've never played Human Revolution's before, then please, allow me to reiterate just why this game is awesome.

Those that disagree, well, you're a sweaty sack of donkey ass-balls.

Back in 2000, Deus Ex was a big deal, it received virtually worldwide critical and industry acclaim, including being named "Best PC Game of All Time" in PC Gamer's Top 100 PC Games and in a poll carried out by gaming magazine PC Zone. Deus Ex was marvelled at it's scope of player choices when it came to completing missions, including being able to choose stealth, sniping, heavy frontal assault, dialogue, or engineering and computer hacking. You could play the game how you wanted, which was fucking awesome.

The whole 'augmentation/nanotechnology' thing really comes into play in Human Revolution. As Jensen, you're forced to undergo radical life-saving surgeries that replace large areas of your body with advanced prostheses. Returning to work, you becomes embroiled in the global politics of the human enhancement movement in the search for those responsible for the attack. Upgrading your prosthetics to acquire new skills is both rewarding and extremely fun.

Most of the game will incorporate Jensons new abilities as he progresses through the story. But the way you use your abilities is where it counts. Do you upgrade your hacking skills to open the gate? Or do you level up your jump so you're able to cleanly just leap over it? Or do you get stronger so you can go grab a dumpster and then put other objects on top, making steps to simply make your way over? Or, do you find another way? It's all these things and many more which makes Human Revolutions awesome.

Being bombarded with the issues of transhumanism, the role of government, cyberpunkism, issue of all powerful corporations, elite secret societies, and human destiny, Human Revolution does something most games don't. It's a very deep and philosophical story, but one that makes you think about the social and political upheavals in present day. If you're a fan of Metal Gear, Bladerunner, or the original Deus Ex; you'll love the plot.

No matter how you decide to play; stealthy, guns-a-blazing etc, you'll find that Human Revolution does a great job to cater for your needs. You can even change play styles whenever you like, which you're never penalised for, but actually rewarded for doing so. If I needed to take guards out, instead of killing them, I'd tranquillize them, dragging their bodies and stuffing them into a grate. I like to think, that when they woke up, they literally screamed and cried to their own deaths. But that might be just me.

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The visuals, whilst not giving Crysis 2 a run for it's money, are still pretty damn good. Some may find the odd yellowish tint a little jarring at first, but you'll soon get used to it, and when you do, you realise how well it fits the cyberpunk/sci-fi tone of the settings.

For example, the nightclub in Shanghai, The Hive, has a honeycomb design stretching across its neon yellow exterior, which is not only striking, but also holds similarities to the elements associated with augmentations and you'll find these visual thematics common which makes for a cohesive atmosphere. Human Revolution takes great pains to be believable and immerse you in its world, so allow yourself to be drawn in and experience it.

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