Deus Ex Human Revolution is one of my favorite games of all time. In fact, I’ve recently decided to take up a fresh play through. I’ve been wanting to play it again for a long time, it’s a game I never tired of.
Deus Ex Human Revolution is a game that left an awesome impression right from the announcement trailer to the games release. The trailer is still right up there as one of the best I’ve seen, with the soundtrack, ambience and concept of the game all setting the stage for a great release. Although people were jumping on the hype train, it was difficult to see how the developers could live up to the hype, and what’s even more amazing, is how they delivered.
I’m a huge fan of the Cyberpunk genre, so the game drew me in straight away.
Adam Jensen has become an icon and favorite character of so many of us. Hand picked as a security specialist to manage the defense of biotech firm Sarif Industries, his expertise and all-round badass is elevated after a group of terrorists break in, kill the scientists he had sworn to protect, and attempt to kill him, only to be brought back from the brink and given transhumanist, ability enhancing upgrades, known as augmentations.
The campaign was highly immersive, using different playing styles, the player could choose to take a stealthy approach, or run in all guns blazing. The game had incredible depth.
Aside from the playing styles, hacking devices such as computers and keypads were used to access different areas, augmentation upgrades were available to enhance Adam’s abilities and the use of persuasive conversations could be used to make things easier and access new areas, not to mention it had an awesome story, with a number of cut scenes to break up the gameplay.
Michael McCann was the mastermind behind the soundtrack, and is one of my favorites. He seem to have a knack for creating awesome soundtracks for the Deus Ex games, as his work on Mankind Divided more recently was also fantastic. Still a soundtrack album I revisit quite often, and one which has proven popular among many other gamers.
The game interweaves divisions in society, conspiracies and a dystopian future intricately. Tackling issues such as divisions within society between man and machine, secret organizations such as the Illuminati, while asking questions like what makes us human, and what happens when man becomes machine?
The campaign isn’t forceful, it gives the player the freedom to explore, and take missions and side missions at their own pace.
The story and side quests last roughly 25 hours, and given it’s a good experience for the full length, it’s a game that has a lot of replay-ability, especially as you can approach it a different way the second time around.
The game is nothing short of a masterpiece in my opinion. What are your thoughts on Deus Ex Human Revolution?