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Reviewed: Deus Ex Human Revolution

Reviewed: Deus Ex Human Revolution

As gamers our expectations are a bit extreme. We expect too much and too often end up disappointed. It’s not very often that a game comes along that exceeds our high expectations. Human Revolution however manages not to disappoint. It’s now on my list of all-time favorites.

I’m a huge fan of video games that allow you to play the way that you want to play. Human Revolution offers a refreshing new flavor on a lot of the mechanics that we’re accustomed to. Sure other games have story, hacking, stealth, incredibly graphics, cinematics and so on and so forth – wait who the hell am I kidding? Those other games suck ass and the only remotely similar title that I can think of worth-a-single-fuck is the Mass Effect franchise.

The environment is incredible. What else can I say about it? You just have to see it. Sometimes the scale of the world around you does feel a little bit confined, but I never stopped to care. I was too busy enjoying the game.

One unique feature is the social enhancer and emotional intelligence enhancer (augments which are unlocked by spending “praxis” points) which not only opens up new conversation options, but allows you to gain insight and an edge in that conversation. You’re given an indicator on the personality type and must respond accordingly to move forward and gain more information. The on-screen information looks quite cool when it’s displayed.

You know how you like to sprint around unloading clips like your Johnny Badass? Don’t. You’re free to play the way that you want in Human Revolution. If you want to unload on a crew of strapped bad guys you can, you will just want to plan ahead. Chunk a concussion grenade in the room or have the right augments to survive becoming a human hole puncher. Other options: Use a silencer, fatal or non-fatal take-downs or go around the enemy. There are plenty of options. With an augment upgrade you can slam a soda machine into your enemies face and unload while he recovers.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The interface and graphics are quite sweet. Screenshots usually don’t do a game justice. That’s especially true for Human Revolution.

If you’re sneaking you likely won’t be sighted unless you made a mistake. When the enemy does see you, they can be a bit hard to deal with. The enemy won’t likely stand around and let you take pot shots so you will have to depend on things like concussion grenades, thrown objects, stun guns, reloading and firing around a corner with a drastic loss in accuracy. Or you can sneak away.

Boss fights are ridiculously hard. It really depends on how you’ve been playing. I spent most of my points in hacking and couldn’t take damage at all. After I got my ass handed to me over a dozen times I realized I still had a few remote explosives. Then I just hid and started lobbing those bad boys and setting them off. Later in the game I had to face another boss. After getting killed over a dozen times, I realized I was being an idiot and figured out how not to die.

Pre-order came with a few nifty items. The Longsword Whisperhead silence sniper rifle, a fancy Huntsman Silverback double-barrel shotgun, 10,000 credits and a bonus mission. These guns are sweet but carrying them around meant I couldn’t carry more than a few other items. Even with augments to increase space. Inventory is very limited so you will have to pick a few of your favorite items and weapons and stick with them. But it should be that way.

Reviews can’t tell you enough about this game. You need to experience it yourself. So pick it up and don’t miss out.


Recently in Gaming: Deus Ex Release, PAX Prime

Recently in Gaming: Deus Ex Release, PAX Prime

Deus Ex: Human Revolution released on August 23 in NA! Updates have already been released increasing load times by up to 50%, correcting crashes on some machines and fixing other issues. I’ve been playing it myself and it’s a great game. The cover system is a bit hard to get in and out of in a bind, but that’s the largest negative that I can come up with. I will likely be reviewing the game in the near future when I’ve completed it. If you’re looking for a Let’s Play video, check out J2JonJeremy.

PAX Prime is on-going. If you’re looking for Star Wars: The Old Republic coverage check in with DarthHater, Corellian Run Radio and TORWars.

YouTube (xboxuk): Skyrim PAX Prime Trailer
YouTube (Destructoid): Lollipop Chainsaw Pre-Release PAX Demo
YouTube (saveandquitvideos): Counter Strike: Global Offensive off-screen gameplay
YouTube (mattvisual): Guild Wars 2 5v5 PvP Tournament Gameplay

Torchlight 2 will only be $20.

Red Orchestra 2 multiplayer gameplay video and 20 minute early beta footage.

Steam is offering refunds for From Dust. Customers were led to believe that there would be a one-time online activation for the game. Now that the game has been released, players have found out that it requires an active Internet connection.

These Ace Combat: Assault Horizon screenshots look bad ass.


Video: Deus Ex Human Revolution ‘The Year 2027 – Social and Hacking’

E3 2011: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Interview and Eyefinity

Interview: E3 2011: Deus Ex Human Revolution and Eyefinity

Pre-E3 2011 Teaser: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Pre-E3 2011: The Old Republic: Most Anticipated. Period.

What title is without a doubt the most anticipated title of E3? Star Wars the Old Republic. There is no question. Millions of people are waiting, impatiently, expecting a release date at E3. It is very unlikely that they will get their wish, but the anticipation is so thick that it could tear a rift in space-time.

I predict that we will get some interesting new information, but the release date window will remain and we can expect the game somewhere between September and December.

Over 1.5 million people signed up to beta test TOR. Millions of people have been watching this game since 2008 and still do so religiously. They can’t get enough. Bioware setup a Pre-Launch Guild System on the official site and nearly 40,000 guilds have been created. The game has not even released yet.

The SWTOR community forum is so massive that moderators have had to create entirely new posts regularly (closing the original) just to keep the thread sizes down. Nearly 5 million posts have been created on the community forum since Oct 2008. That is just the English forum. There is a French and German forum.

This is the next generation story-driven MMO. Your character and every NPC with dialogue has a voice-over. You won’t read dialogue in TOR. You will live it. This has never been done.

It will not only be a massive in landscape and replay value, it will literally be massive. I’ve heard some people estimate that it will be larger than 30GB. Possibly approaching 50GB or more. We’ll see.

The Old Republic is so massive that it has been said that most areas will be larger than those in World of Warcraft. There are 17 confirmed planets and players expect more to be released. The four origin worlds are about half the size of Kalimdor, but they are the smallest worlds in TOR. Even if each world is only half the size of Kalimdor, then that means that there is enough landscape to fill about 8.5 Kalimdor sized zones.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention: there is space combat in The Old Republic. That means even more real estate.

Update: I’ve been told that the game features 16 novels worth of writing.

TOR may be the largest, most anticipated game to ever appear at E3.

Other titles to keep an eye on: Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Guild Wars 2, Uncharted 3 and Duke Nukem Forever.