Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Feral Interactive, www.feralinteractive.com
Open-ended design lets you play the way you want
Slightly dated 3D graphics
The original Deus Ex was something of a landmark, with an expansive, freeform style of play that paved the way for many of the games that came after it. But that was back in the mists of the year 2000 and the 2003 sequel – entitled Invisible War – never made it to the Mac, so you could be forgiven if Human Revolution wasn’t sitting high on your list of must-have games for this year. However, Human Revolution is an enjoyable mix of action and role-playing elements that continues the ‘play as you like’ tradition of the original Deus Ex.
Human Revolution is actually a prequel to Deus Ex, set in the near future but still 25 years before the events of the original game. You take on the role of Adam Jensen, security chief for a bio-technology company called Sarif Industries. You’re badly injured in what appears to be a terrorist attack on Sarif’s labs, so your body has to be enhanced with a series of cybernetic ‘augmentations’ in order to keep you alive.
As you start to track down the people responsible for the attack you uncover one of those global conspiracies that are so common in games such as this. However, it’s the open-ended design of the game that grabs your attention and makes it stand out from the crowd.
You’re free to play the game in any way that you want. You can charge around like a bull in a china shop, shooting down anything that stands in your way or you can take a more subtle approach, using a combination of stealth and computer hacking skills to sneak through your enemy’s defences.
And, of course, there are those augmentations, which allow you to customise your body with the particular weapons and skills that you prefer. This Ultimate Edition also includes some extra expansion packs and missions that weren’t included in the original PC version, so there’s plenty of future-action for you to sink your teeth into.
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The futuristic conspiracy-thriller storyline is a bit old hat these days – and it has to be said that Human Revolution’s 3D graphics aren’t exactly state of the art either. However, the game’s role-playing elements and the freedom that you have to explore this future-noir setting, make it an enjoyable cut above the average shoot ‘em up game.