Rev­o­lu­tion­ary re­make wins

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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.


RRP: $ 99.95 ( Re­viewed on PS3)

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