Deus Ex: Human Revolution (preview)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to the original Deus Ex despite the fact that it is the newest game in the series

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (preview)
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  August 18, 2011

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Price: $73

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When Eidos Montreal announced on 26 November 2007 that it was working on a Deus Ex prequel, the Windows team was ecstatic. The original Deus Ex was a gem and while its sequel was slightly weaker, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this newest installment. Thus when Red Entertainment Distribution invited Windows Middle East for a preview, we jumped at the opportunity. The game we tried at RED’s office was an early build that required a PlayStation 3 debug console. The final game will release on the PlayStation 3, Windows and Xbox 360 platforms.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes place in the year 2027, 25 years before the events of the original game. This, as it turns out, is a turning point for humanity as giant corporations such as the fictional Sarif Industries are close to producing robotic augmentations that are meant to improve the quality of life of its users. Unfortunately this concept doesn’t sit well with an ever-growing group of individuals who consider these augmentations abominations and take it upon themselves to put an end to them. The conflict between these groups and the corporations behind the augmentations are your initial concern.

Playing as Adam Jensen, an ex-SWAT officer now providing his security services to Sarif Industries, you’re almost immediately put to the test as the facility you’re in comes under attack.

The game offers three difficulty settings; Tell me a story, Give me a challenge and Give me Deus Ex (easy, medium, hard). Playing on the medium difficulty setting we found the game quite challenging; you’ll get your head blown off toot-sweet if you don’t stay behind cover and even then, you’ll find that enemies will try and flank you or flush you out using any means necessary. The cover system is intuitive to use and works well in the game though the inventory system has a bit of a learning curve to it.

As with the first two games hacking is a major part of Human Revolution and we’re glad to report that it’s interesting and quite challenging. While you can get by certain areas of the game by avoiding this altogether, we highly recommend you get comfortable with the way it works before you progress further in the game.

Although we were trying a pre-launch build, Human Revolution was quite solid in the presentation department. This game’s depiction of a tech-heavy but somewhat bleak future connects Human Revolution to the original games in the series. The visuals were sharp for the most part with superb lighting effects but if you’ve played Crysis 2 or seen the preview videos for the soon to be released Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution doesn’t seem quite up-to-date.

On the aural front we found the game’s music appropriate to the overall tone and mood of the game. We particularly liked the background music that plays when you’re scooting through the menu system. The voice acting fits the game like a glove too; each and every voice just seemed to fit the look and style of the character it was associated with.

Verdict: Based on what we’ve seen so far we think that Deus Ex: Human Revolution is going to be a thoroughly engaging game that compares well to its predecessors.

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