Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review
For developer Eidos Montreal, living up to the expectations surrounding Deus Ex: Human Revolution was never going to be an easy task. The weight of a FPS predecessor that is often cited as one of the best of all time -- eerily reminiscent of the same expectations following the series’ heavily-criticised second sequel -- is not something that appears to have held Eidos back. Without promising too much or talking the talk, the team has truly delivered a mesmerizing look into a very alluring future world, where the human condition is dissected, critiqued and eventually abdicated.
The game’s plot often branches off into the near implausible, although it never truly breaks down. It’s a smart vision of the future, molded around a very lengthy and rewarding single-player experience. Obviously inspirited by science fiction noir such as Blade Runner, the tone of the narrative shares similarities with others that attempt to bridge the gap between scientific evolution and the issues it may develop within society.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution doesn’t actually set out to reinvent the wheel. Hell, it doesn’t even seem that particularly interested in bettering the revolutionary Deus Ex from 2000. Instead, the game relies on a very deep and flexible choice and consequence system, which drives a level of moral obligation that fuels the game’s emotional narrative. While this tone is unfortunately unbalanced by the game’s forced instances, there’s simply too much choice and customization here to completely hinder the experience. The fantastic level of augmentation available for your character is complimented by the stunning level of design employed in the artificial limbs, an aesthetic quality shared throughout the game’s mesmerizing and memorable world. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an emotional and troubling look into a very possible distant future.
By Gaetano Prestia
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