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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good game, almost worthy of being a successor to Deus Ex, August 24, 2011
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My gaming setup: AMD X6 1090xt, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, GTX 480, 256GB RAID 0
Crucial M4 for the game partition, 16 GB 1866MHz DDR3.

Here's a very brief background of how much time I spent playing the original
Deus:Ex. I beat the game 5 times including once where I just killed 3 targets
total and used stealth / darts. I loved the original and it's the only game
for the PC that I've bought twice (the CD got damaged during a move). With
that in context, I groaned when I heard about this game. DE: Invisible War
was such a failure that I didn't really expect anything from this game.

Then I read the reviews on metacritic and as I don't trust most reviews anymore,
I wasn't sure what to think. I figured I'd bite the bullet and play the game and
find out. I started playing the game wanting to prove myself right and wanting to
hate the game. That wasn't hard in the first 10-15minutes. The combat system was
not what I expected (this is during the first action sequence) - the AI shot straight
and it didn't take a lot of bullets in "normal" mode to bring you down. My ego
satisfied about how I was right about this game being "meh", I figured I'd play for
a little longer and then the spirit of the original Deus Ex showed itself.

I kept playing for 5 hours and was completely hooked. I was wrong about my
assumption but I didn't care. I didn't even care for the main story-line at one point.
Oh "steal stuff from morgue?" I'll get to it. I love exploration and side-quests and
there's plenty of that. There's innovating hacking that rewards you for taking risks.
The game environment is pretty well done although not as good as the original DE. The
interface for weapons/quests/map is a well-designed one. You make choices and they have
consequences. They really do. There are also lots of references to the earlier game
and to general humor (Nigerian email scam for e.g.,).

Combat seemed a little off as if the developers intentionally want you to use assault
as a last resort. The game rewards you for finding hidden passages in general. You get
rewarded for merciful takedowns where you don't kill your enemies. You get rewarded if
no one spots you when you are on objectives where you walk into enemy dens. You are
rewarded if you trigger no alarms during an objective (or quest). Rewards are usually
XP, money, hacking tools. Maybe I need to get better with cover but this isn't Gears of War!

I didn't pay a lot of attention to the music which means it didn't annoy me. I was not
happy with the graphics in general. There are plenty of graphical glitches- some hard
to spot, some obvious but they don't really detract anything from the gameplay. The engine
seems to be outdated (probably explains the low hardware requirements) and graphics aren't
as shiny as trailers / screenshots led you to believe. The controls have a console-ish feel
to them. The fact you have to hold / tap a key to achieve different results is disappointing.
This is the PC for crying out loud - let us assign different keys if we want to.

Yes, this game requires Steam. Yes, you can quick save and quick load using F5 and F8
respectively. Saving is really fast but loading takes too long (the game is installed
on a RAID0 128GB Crucial M4 SSD set) and load times get progressively worse the longer
you keep playing the game. This is ironic and annoying because it's hard to stop playing.
Poor memory management? Please patch :(. I got about 3 hours of sleep last night.

To summarize...

Pros:
+ Excellent gameplay, improves on many (not all) game elements from the original
+ Innovative rewards for taking additional risks during gameplay
+ Open sandbox style gameplay with a good number of side quests and exploration opportunities
+ Plenty of replayability / replay value in this game
+ Decent AUG tree / advancement system (see Cons)

Cons:
- Graphics are disappointing. I wasn't expecting a Crysis but the engine looks old and the
glitches don't help
- AI suspicious / warning system feels half-baked
- The character advancement system feels inferior compared to the original Deus Ex (it's an RPG!)
- Gun combat is disappointingly weak and badly done (despite the "take cover" idea)

Other thoughts:
* Not sure why every female model in the game is busty - the way of the future? AUG implants? (harr harr)
* The futuristic cars/bicycles look silly at best but I guess cyberpunk is forgiving to a large extent

In conclusion, I was going to give this game 4 stars but with the amount of time and
enjoyment I'll get from this game, I might as well be honest with myself. This game is
nothing like the original but comes close enough. I know several years from now I'll pick
up a copy of Deus Ex to play again because that game was/is a cult classic. Human
Revolution probably won't make it to that category but is a strong contender for Game
of the Year 2011.

Update: The long loading times is now patched. The other thing I wanted to add is that the boss
fights can be really annoying to begin with. The first boss isn't walk in the park and can be very
annoying since you don't have a lot of augments and if you are like me, all your advancement is
in hacking and you carry around a tranquilizer rifle. That won't help against bosses where you
need a minimum amount of firepower. So be ready for a good amount of headache against boss-fights
at least in the first few hours...
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2011 8:15:27 AM PDT
What I would REALLY like to see is Deus Ex (Original) rebuilt with better maps, Graphics, AI, everything! Just so long as the developers change nothing else, especially the story (Except expand the gameplay maps more). Lets be honest their "Realistic" difficulty (The Hardest) wasn't at all hard to beat. I totally love that game, and I really would like to see it. Thanks for your review, time to order this thing.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 11:57:20 AM PDT
techmannn says:
excellent review all around. The first game has truly giant and varied levels that one could explore. This game is too often a bunch of corridors. The biggest disappointment in the new game is the AI -- it is at least partly braindead.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 11:36:17 PM PDT
Count Catula says:
There are a few mods that will enhance your Deus Ex gameplay. Search for Deus Ex: New Vision or you can try the guide here: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1235278 I am split about the original being remade. In all probability, the devs will mess it up :\. However I'd like to see a sequel to Deus Ex or a Deus Ex game with focus on the Illuminati and/or the rise of the Majestic 12. I do sincerely hope that people don't come out with novels and other unnecessary paraphernalia and dilute the "franchise".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 6:49:31 AM PDT
NeuroSplicer says:
Thank you for the time and effort you put in your review.

Good work!

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 9:59:50 AM PDT
D. Elston says:
I was reading your review, until you said:

"I didn't pay a lot of attention to the music..."

How is this possible?! The musical score in this game is a truly remarkable soundtrack; it's among the best I've experienced in any game or movie. The music made me FEEL the game not just play it, but that's just me :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 3:18:26 PM PDT
Count Catula says:
To be honest, I don't have complaints about the music but I was expecting something on the scale of the original Deus Ex! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCk8ByyCsks

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 9:26:29 AM PST
Ravi says:
Thanks for the review, Amir bhai...
I think I too will go ahead and give this game a shot. Maybe it will get rid of the bad taste that "Invisible War" left in my mouth... :)
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