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Deus Ex Human Revolution screenshot
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Deus Ex Human Revolution screenshot
Action, Stealth
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DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION: Aug 2011
DEVELOPER: Eidos Montreal
GENRE: Action, Stealth
MODES: Single-player
STEAM RATING: Very Positive

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DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION: Aug 2011
DEVELOPER: Eidos Montreal
GENRE: Action, Stealth
MODES: Single-player
STEAM RATING: Very Positive

DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION
REVIEW: Played Mar 2013
DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION
REVIEW: Played Mar 2013

Although Deus Ex Human Revolution is the third game of this series, it's a prequel in time to the first Deus Ex, which is highly decorated as one of the best games ever. The second Deus Ex, Invisible War, fell very short of its predecessor, but this latest game has redeemed the series and is well received by the fans.

This is the story of Adam Jensen from the previous game who works for Sarif Industries as head of its Security Forces. Sarif researches and develops augmentations, which are widely available to those who can afford them. With the world now run more by corporations than by governments, there is plenty of industry espionage with each having their own private armies to protect their developments. In this world, augmentations are the realized invention of their creator, Hugh Darrow, but this has created a split between those who support the freedom to use them and those who believe they are a plague on humanity. It's also created a black market for these augs. To a segment of the population, augmented humans are often reviled as inhuman mutants.

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Adam is romantically involved with one of Sarif's top scientists who has made a breakthrough in the advanced biotechnology of augmentations. She is working on the ability to link the human brain with mechanical implants. Other groups are vastly interested in this and to such an end, Sarif is attacked and this research division destroyed. In the process, Adam's girlfriend is killed and Adam very nearly so. However, he is saved by the science of augmentations. Six months later he is back on the job and looking for answers.

I seem to be getting surprised lately with some of these AAA games and this was no exception when I first saw the character renditions. It can only be assumed, of course, that its visual style was intentional, but if the developer's aim was to re-capture the glory days of the original Deus Ex, it was a bad decision. The renditions are just awful and the cut scenes even worse. So why, you might ask, does it get good reviews? Simply put, the gameplay far outweighs the visual presentation and not all of the presentation is bad. In other words, the outdated visuals are rendered graphically well, if you can make sense of that.

As with the original Deus Ex, stealth is a really big factor in this game. Although combat is one optional way to play, it's far too easy to get killed taking on the enemy head first. In this way, the third game returns more to the roots of the original by forcing choices on what to carry and what to augment. Inventory space is once again at a premium and combat can be restricted due to low weapon ammo capacity. However, weapons can be upgraded by buying or finding upgrade kits. The game encourages exploration to find these as well as rewarding you with experience points for scouring locations.

Hacking also returns and gains you the most experience points. I disliked this part of the game as it is used so heavily and is too convoluted to fully understand even with the tutorial. Basically though, you must capture all the nodes before the network detects you and sets off an alarm. In higher security situations, this can only be accomplished by using worm and virus software you can find or buy. Generally, in the must have situations in order to progress, hacking has a low security rating so you shouldn't get stuck. Sometimes, there is a bypass by using vents to reach a location, but not always. A must have augmentation is “hacking capture” to at least level 5.

Once you get over the shock of the dated visuals and the frustration of understanding the hacking, you can proceed to enjoy this game. Stealth plays a major role and the game is weighted in favor of this approach, although combat always remains an option. There doesn't seem to be any penalties for using both unless you are going for an achievement. If you are going for a no-kill game, the bosses that cannot be killed by stealth, don't count against you. If you are having trouble with them, the first two can easily be killed with the stun gun and the last with the laser rifle or grenade launcher. In fact, the bosses are a bit of a joke once you use the right weapon on them. The game is not particularly hard, but I would say that combat is a harder way to go than stealth.

I experienced several crashes, freezing, and stop motion problems, so check the section Game issues for the solution. After applying the fix, my game ran smooth as butter. The interfaces are good with a drag and drop inventory and logs etc and are all easy to use and understand.

The Missing Link DLC tells the story from the time Adam enters the stasis chamber till he emerges from it in Singapore. It assumes that you've played Human Revolution, so it doesn't waste time getting to experienced play. This DLC is launched separately and your updated augmentations and inventory are not carried over from the main game.

As far as choices on what to update, I found the DLC far more leading due to the circumstances dictating how to spend your praxis points. It is not recommended that you play this till at least reaching this point in the main story, but as it does not effect anything in the main game, I just played it afterwards. I would definitely recommend this DLC.

UPDATE MAY 2015: A Directors Cut version of Deus Ex Human Revolution was released in Oct 2013, which apparently fixes the boss fights, but earlier releases cannot be upgraded to this. There is no patch to fix the original game and nor will there be one. The DLC, Missing Link, is integrated into the main game of the new version. You should specifically research this version as it appears that it had many bugs at the time.

Game Issues Experienced

I experienced several crashes, freezing, and stop motion problems and had to turn off DX11. After the following fix, I could turn it back on and it ran smooth as butter. NOTE: This was a problem on the original version and do not know if it still persists on the Director's Cut version

Go to your registry by imputing in the run box the word regedit.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Eidos\Deus Ex: HR
Then change the value of D3D11_CREATE_DEVICE_PREVENT_INTERNAL_THREADING_OPTIMIZATIONS from 0 to 1

Development Note

The original Deus Ex and its sequel Deus Ex Invisible War were developed by Ion Storm, which closed its doors in 2005 due to financial problems. Eidos Montreal was newly founded by its parent company Eidos Interactive in 2007 and shortly thereafter announced their first project would be a long-awaited third entry into the Deus Ex franchise. In 2009, Eidos Interactive was taken over by Square Enix.

Eidos Montreal was a relatively small studio and it took 4 years after this announcement for Deus Ex Human Revolution to come to market in 2011. The main complaint amongst users was the boss battles, however it turned out that these had been outsourced to Grip Entertainment due to time constraints and fell short of what had originally been intended. This aspect was improved in the Director's Cut released in 2013, which also includes the DLC, The Missing Link.

Porting the PC version was outsourced as well to Nixxes Software, which added DX11 elements to the game as well as adding options and controls for the keyboard. Once again, this had not been intended, but Eidos Montreal just could not handle the amount of work involved in developing for various platforms.

Deus Ex Revolution became a top-selling game, which was acclaimed by critics and users alike. Work then began on the sequel Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Even before release, the publisher's questionable practice on pre-order bonuses created a stir and on release fans were angered to find microtransactions and one-time use DLC introduced into this single-player game. Although the game itself is praised, except for the ending, sales suffered greatly and put the future of Deus Ex in question.

NOTE: For the vast majority of PC games, many digital distributors will offer "Online" CD keys that can be added to your Steam Library
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE
DEUS EX HUMAN REVOLUTION DC
Only Amazon has the original game. All others are Director's Cut
Other games in series:   Deus Ex
Deus Ex Invisible War
Deus Ex The Fall (mobile port)
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
GAME SPECS & REQS
  • Genre: Action, Stealth
  • Developer(s): Eidos montreal
  • Publisher(s): Square Enix
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS3, OS X, Wii U
  • Release: Aug 2011
  • Mode(s): Single-player
  • Media: Download, Optical Disc
  • DLC Available:No longer available for original. Included in Director's Cut
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 & 8
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 17GB free space
  • Video: DirectX 9, NVidia Geforce 8000 ot ATI Radeon HD 2000
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compliant
  • Shader Model:
  • Input for PC: Keyboard & Mouse, Partial Controller
  • DRM: Steam
NOTE: Minimum requirements are those officially published at the time of the game's release.
AROUND THE WEB
Official Site - Eidos Montreal   Support
Patches: Steam Auto Update
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  • Version:  Steam Download
  • OS:  Windows 7 SP1
  • CPU:  Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz
  • Ram:  8GB
  • Disk Drive:  DVD/CD
  • Video:  ATI Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • Shader Model:  5
  • DirectX:  11
  • Resolution:  1650 x 1050
  • Input:  Keyboard & Mouse
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