Gaming Updates Deus Ex Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the story of a man who blows himself up and then rises again. From a different angle, it’s also the story of Eidos Montreal taking over a ten-year – old franchise-created by Ion Storm around the turn of the millennium-and trying to appropriate it.
In either matter, you would be forgiven for being pessimistic in your expectations. A assassin strike at the beginning of the Human Revolution leaves security chief Adam Jensen as a mutilated mess, while Eidos has to do with the legacy of the original Deus Ex-an epic sci-fi RPG often cited as one of the best games of all time. Under the circumstances, failure seems inevitable for hero and studio.
But, contrary to all expectations, both sides find success. Through the wonders( and horrors) of modern science, Jensen is rebuilt as a mechanical force of retribution, a milestone of technological progress. Meanwhile, Eidos Montreal shows commendable bravery by immersing himself in the world that Warren Spector and his friends built more than 10 years ago – a dirty, paranoid and riddled with betrayal, but irresistibly exciting to explore.
As most people now know, this is actually a prequel to the first Deus Ex. Veterans of previous games will be happy to discover the myriad clues to events and characters that appear after in the timeline, but there are some important differences between the 2027 landscape that Jensen explores and those traversed by future heroes JC Denton and Alex D.
The human revolution takes place at a historical moment for biomechanical increase. Companies like Sarif Industries have managed to create robotic limbs and organs that can replace and surpass their flesh-and-blood counterparts, but the public responds to these innovations with a mixture of awe, suspicion and disgust. Disputes over the ethics of transhumanism create extremists on both sides, harsh public disorder is on the cards, and secret political forces pull the strings from the shadows, manipulating the situation for their own purposes.
In this context, Jensen’s story takes place, in which our super COP, in search of the ruffians who striked Sarif’s headquarters in Detroit, deprives our hero of his arms and much of his sense of humor. As with previous games, Human Revolution is a first-person RPG, although the game now switches to a third-person view every time you take cover-whether for stealth or action purposes. You can roll over a vaguely Gears-like system between the hides, but as soon as you leave the cover, you return to a standard FPS view. The transition may seem a little ambiguous at first, but fortunately you will soon be familiar with frequent changes.
Gameplay alternates between large hub areas where you’re relatively free to explore, chat with people, and stock up on supplies, and action-oriented scenarios where you try to reach a goal by sneaking in or trying to traverse in front of dozens of guards. In the first situations, Jensen will walk around in a trench coat (male garment that is important for any future dystopia), while the second will see that it has a slimmer body armour look; despite this distinction, the line between the two scenarios is often blurred. There will often be non-enemy NPCs present during the main missions of the story, and they will certainly have their share of garbage as they explore the areas of the hub. This is because the game usually gives you the freedom to unload your weapons or technical skills on the general population; look for Human Revolution on YouTube and you will be greeted by several punching montages created with the preview code that illegally leaked online a few months ago. As vile as these clips may be, they certainly say something about the freedom Eidos Montreal has been trying to bring to the party.
As I said recently (and for the umpteenth time), freedom was a big part of the original Deus Ex-perhaps the most important component of all. The developers of Human Revolution have clearly made an effort to imitate this, which allows the player a large margin in approaching a particular situation. At the most basic level, you will inevitably be able to pass enemies or engage them in a complete action. Even in this binary choice there is a sub-level of options: taser the guards or calm them remotely, or timing their movements to avoid them completely? If you take a more harsh approach, sniff them, get closer and strike with a quiet pistol, or just run and blow your enemies with a shotgun?
All these are viable approaches, although it must be said that the right action is not an easy matter. Human Revolution can sometimes look like a standard FPS, but the action takes no delinquent. The marksman is based entirely on skills, rather than being determined by hidden Fallout 3-style dice rolls, but” going Rambo ” is a suicidal tactic on everything but the lowest difficulty level. Even with the help of a modern recharge health setup, a handful of ammo are all you need to end your life.
If you are determined to launch a total strike on your enemies, the best tactic is to drill into a hallway or a room with an entrance and select the opposition one by one. While the AI is smart enough not just to stay outdoors, enemies are usually still happy to come to your own if that means getting into a zone of destruction that massacred your friends a few moments ago. While the marksman elements work perfectly in Deus Ex, there’s no doubt that raw action is best when you take a quieter approach – taser guardians and pull their bodies out of sight, or wait for the perfect time to crawl around a busy room. At moments like this, the game evokes the spirit of Metal Gear Solid-in fact, praise for any stealth release.
Although there are a variety of nice improvements for your weapons – explosive cartridges for your shotgun and a mod that shows exactly where your crossbow bolt will land-there’s no doubt that the best toys on offer are the ones attached to Jensen herself. Earn enough XP and unlock a practice point, a valuable currency that allows you to open new tools and weapons on the Swiss electron knife that fits Jensen’s body. Regardless of how you decide to play, there is definitely something on the skill tree that will prove priceless – allowing you to see through the walls, praise the game’s heavy items, or even become invisible. Since some of these powers will open otherwise unattainable paths for your goals, early upgrades can often leave you with a nagging dilemma.