Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix, delivers on the promise of being the definitive edition of a critically acclaimed game that was released back in 2011. The consequence of different choices, and how each player approaches the game, will drastically alter the experience. Overall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution offers a compelling story, plenty of side quests and gameplay options to leave any gamer satisfied.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes place in 2027 and players control Adam Jensen, a security officer at Sarif Industries, as he attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the attack on the company, which specializes in human augmentation. The attack occurred on the same night Sarif Industries CEO, David Sarif, and lead scientist Megan Reed, Jensen’s ex-girlfriend, were to testify in front of Congress on a breakthrough that would eliminate the dependency on a drug, Neuropozyne, that is used by augmented people to prevent rejection. It is unclear who attacked Sarif Industries but it killed Reed and left Jensen near death. Jensen undergoes extensive augmentation surgery and is called back into duty by Sarif just six months after the first attack.
The cyberpunk setting will be familiar to many as will the non-linear gameplay and RPG elements. Choice is incredibly important in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and how one plays the game will have its fair share of consequences as well as rewards. The game values exploration and choosing the less-obvious path. There are four main gameplay elements, social interactions, hacking, combat and stealth, that have their own benefits and challenges.
Depending on what gamers choose, opting to sneak past guards or shooting anyone in sight, will result in different XP rewards. Gamers get an XP bonus, “Ghost,” for being unseen for an entire mission. Hacking various computers, terminals and safes will also have its own XP bumps, with addition item and monetary rewards.
Earning enough XP will lead to Praxis Points, which players can spend to upgrade various augmentations, be it the ability to carry more inventory, jump higher, run longer, lift heavier objects, hack better or improve stealth. Praxis Points can also be purchased but those chances are quite rare. Getting these upgrade chances can be difficult to come by early in the game based on the choices made by the player. Going the easier route, following the objective marker, killing every enemy and hacking few computers, will lead to less XP which could put players at a disadvantage as they progress through the game. Reading every E-book and newspaper will also lead to XP rewards.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution adds even more value via side-quests throughout the game. These optional missions provide more than just an XP bump as quests can involve multiple tasks and provide new insights to the main story. The game does not coddle the player and it pays to read everything and talk to everyone.
These side-quests let players into the lives of city denizens and add yet another layer of depth to game. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game that has plenty to say and its cleverness goes beyond just game design. The story paints a nuanced picture of humanity in the future, dealing with decisions that can alter what it means to be human. There are plenty of arguments to be made over augmentation, or creating the “perfect” you, and there is no quick or easy answer that is presented.
The only major drawback of the game tends to be the boss battles, as they feel a bit disjointed from the rest of the game. These battles tend to offer fewer options than what the player is used to, where a more straightforward approach is favored over inventiveness. Fortunately, it’s a small concern since these bosses add up to just a few moments of gameplay that do not lessen the overall impact of the game.
For newcomers, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut is the best introduction to a great game and a critically acclaimed series. The game serves as a prequel to Deus Ex which was released in 2000, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution will have many gamers eager to explore the series. For gamers who purchased the game in 2011, there may still be some value to be had since this version offers plenty of tweaks and improvements. The game is available for PS3, Wii U, PC, and Xbox 360.
The Good: Excellent gameplay, complex story with plenty of side-quests and areas to explore
The Bad: Boss battles are lacking