Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 3
90
3.6
Windows
90
4.2
Xbox 360
90
4.3
Not an American user?

Description

In a near future dominated by chaos, conspiracies and biomechanical augmentations, society is divided by various organizations fighting for supremacy, and large corporations extending their power beyond those of governments. An ideological war is growing between people who accept the biotechnological progress and people who fight it. A human revolution is coming.

Adam Jensen is a thirty-four-year-old ex-SWAT member from Detroit, enrolled by a powerful biotechnology company named Sarif Industries. His job is to ensure the scientists' private security and safeguard the secrets of the company's projects. The first day after his hiring, Adam Jensen is about to attend a meeting with David Sarif, the founder and CEO of Sarif Industries, when suddenly a red alert is issued in the company laboratories. A troop of mercenaries, apparently working for Belltower Associates, breaks in and kills several scientists. After having neutralized some of the mercenaries, Adam is severely injured by one of them. He has no choice but to be enhanced with biomechanical augmentations to save his life. His goal is now to discover what were the motivations of the attackers, and unravel a greater conspiracy behind their actions.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third game in the Deus Ex series. The events of the game take place in the year 2027, twenty-five years before those described in the first game. Like the first installment, the game is a hybrid of 3D shooter with a stealth angle and role-playing. All styles of play can be adopted to succeed in the missions, from a totally furtive mode (some bonuses are granted in case the player character hasn't been detected during the whole mission), to the most brutal one. The player's decisions may have an impact on the storyline.

The game offers a vast array of weapons and biomechanical augmentations (hacking, social, stealth, sight, armor or combat skill enhancements, etc.). Various amounts of experience points are awarded for completing main or secondary quests, avoiding or eliminating enemies, hacking, reading electronic books and discovering secret passages. After having accumulated a certain quantity of experience points, the player is awarded a "praxis kit", which can be manually used to learn or improve an augmentation. These kits can also be found during exploration or purchased in clinics.

Role-playing elements include, besides augmentations and general character-building, exploration of non-hostile areas and dialogue with non-playable characters. During certain crucial moments the player will have to participate in a "conversation battle" with a key character, selecting the correct psychological approach and influencing subsequent plot events.

A few modifications have been made to the shooting gameplay, emphasizing its tactical aspect. Third-person cover system is integrated into otherwise fully first-person gameplay. Enemies often appear in groups led by a commander; taking out the latter may demoralize enemies, making them easier targets. Though the game still contains health-restoring items, the protagonist's health regenerates itself over time.

Screenshots

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Windows Alice Gardens, a key indoor location in Hengsha. I don't like it, so I shoot up from my newest semi-heavy gun. Sorry, my Mommy told me I've got some issues
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Windows The game's boss battles are controversial gameplay-wise - but they sure look cool! Nice area in Montreal to fight a maniacal augmented Russian lady in
Deus Ex: Human Revolution PlayStation 3 Greatly outnumbered... but they don't know where you are so element of surprise is your best ally.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution PlayStation 3 Loading screens display tips and in most occasions player's location.

Alternate Titles

  • "DXHR" -- Common abbreviation
  • "DX3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Bunt Ludzkości" -- Polish title
  • "Deus Ex 3" -- Working title
  • "デウスエクス" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

High-class gaming is back Windows Cor 13 (173784)
An OK sequel Windows dorian grey (248)
Deus Ex Lite: FPS Edition Windows András Gregorik (65)
The pinnacle of "meh" Windows Pixelspeech (955)
Woah.... Huh.... Xbox 360 CKeen The Great (142)

Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.fr Windows Aug 22, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Aug 22, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Destructoid Windows Aug 22, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
PC Gamer Windows Aug 22, 2011 94 out of 100 94
Digital Entertainment News (den) Xbox 360 Sep 02, 2011 9.3 out of 10 93
Digital Chumps PlayStation 3 Aug 23, 2011 9.2 out of 10 92
Armchair Empire, The Windows Oct 09, 2011 9 out of 10 90
3D Juegos Xbox 360 Aug 22, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Aug 22, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Ironhammers Windows Oct 03, 2011 4 out of 5 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Slipcase 3 Fred VT (26023)
Feb 18, 2014
Habemus Missingm Linkem! 3 BurningStickMan (17728)
Oct 18, 2011
Guess what was outsourced? 27 Lone_wolf (10)
Oct 09, 2011
First impressions 44 Adzuken (818)
Sep 18, 2011

Trivia

References to other games

In Frank Pritchard's office in Sarif Industries there is a poster on the wall with some character art and a title: Final Fantasy XXVII. Considering the fact that the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution take place in 2027, this prognosis for a future installment in the Final Fantasy series (published by the same company) means that during the 16 years between 2011 and 2027 there will be 13 new Final Fantasy games released.

References to real life

During the arrival cutscene in Montreal, you see Picus Headquarters. The building for Picus Headquarters is modeled after the real-life Olympic Stadium in Montreal. In addition, at a certain point during the level, you overhear a couple of guards talking about the history of the building. They mention how during a concert, a concrete slab fell and crushed concertgoers. While thankfully that never happened in real life, it's a reference to various incidents involving pieces of the concrete structure in Olympic Stadium coming loose and falling off.

References to the game

Deus Ex: Human Revolution was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 10/2011.

Region lock

In August 2011, it was announced that the UK and Russian versions would be region locked. This stirred quite the controversy and after protests the region lock for UK was removed.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • 2011 - #2 Console Action Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2012 - #2 Best Game in 2011 (Editors' Choice)
    • Issue 01/2012 - #3 Best RPG in 2011 (Readers' Choice)
    • Issue 01/2012 - #5 Surprise in 2011 (Readers' Choice)

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Tao_ (216)