Deus Ex: Human Revolution
29 June 2015
👍 Recommended (59.8 hrs on record)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a much better game than I dared to hope for. As it is Eidos Montréal's first game, I was scared they couldn't pull a new Deus Ex off. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The first thing you'll immediately notice is how the atmosphere of the world is just right. It is completely believeable, immersive and Deus Ex. The story pulls you in right away and won't let go until you're finished with it. The visuals of this game are amazing, nailing the futuristic look but with an original twist. The worldbuilding effort has been immense: there's so much to dive into.
Next you'll notice how well the game plays. I've always loved stealth games and this one has that down so well. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn't balanced perfectly. Some of the augmentations are worthless, whereas some are highly useful in every encounter the game throws at you. Do some research beforehand if you don't want to waste your points. Many people have reported that combat playthroughs don't feel as rewarding as stealth runs, but I feel it's good that the game rewards carefulness and a strategic approach.
Voice acting is well done. I initially thought Adam's voice actor sounded 'forced', but that's how his voice really sounds like, and now I couldn't imagine any other voice for him.
A word of warning, though: don't chase the harder achievements like Pacifist or Foxiest of the Hounds on your first playthrough. It will distract you from the great storyline and take three times as long to finish the game. Finish the story first.
In closing, this is one of those rare games I'm willing to play through more than once. I'm eagerly waiting for the sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.