Revolutionary remake wins
IF I had to choose only one game from the past decade for a remake, it would be Deus Ex. The ambitious PC title from 2000 is still considered one of the all-time classics.
Signalling the onslaught of major releases sure to flood stores in the lead-up to Christmas, this highly anticipated prequel is not only a worthy successor but also one of this year’s finest games.
Set in the near future, and 25 years before the original 2052 storyline, you play as the head of security for a company that specialises in human augmentation.
Without giving any of the main plot away, the story sends you on a mission for revenge and justice which takes an unexpected turn along the way. Exactly how you go about accomplishing the various objectives is entirely in your hands.
You can play the game however you want as almost every scenario you come up against has multiple solutions, and the game encourages and rewards creativity.
Admittedly, the combat option is a little too convenient most of the time, and occasionally it’s even forced on you, but there’s also immense satisfaction in being able to sneak in or out of a heavily guarded area without being sprung.
Using the whole skill set and upgrading it along the way, though, adds great variety to the gameplay.
This flexibility also extends to the game’s morality system. More than just the standard good or evil choices some games offer, you’re presented with complex situations and asked how your character would react.
The mandatory computer hacking sections are dull, but perhaps the game’s biggest bugbear is the frequent, long load time as you enter new areas.
It’s just not acceptable nowadays, let alone in the year this game is set. Still, when you are playing, Deus Ex:
Human Revolution offers some of the most liberating and engrossing gameplay I’ve experienced this year.
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
RRP: $ 99.95 ( Reviewed on PS3)
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