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Deus Ex Human Revolution has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"As with the films that have influenced it, Deus Ex's main strengths lie in its ability to craft a monumental story in an evocative world. The multi-faceted gameplay options and open ended narrative tracks only add to this masterful and very human videogame. .."
- Juvenile Gamer (Sat, 31 Mar 2012)
"In today's Scripted Gamer Fred and Bob discuss Deus Ex 2. Or as they like to call it, Deus Ex Returna..."
- Scripted Gamer (Fri, 28 Oct 2011)
"Deus Ex Human Revolution is full of words, full of people speaking. But more than these conversations it was the sense of tragedy and loss of truth that really hooked my heart..."
- Intimate Gamer (Sun, 02 Oct 2011)
"Deus Ex Human Revolution brings true freedom of choice to players by creating a massive world with many possible paths to take..."
- Novel Gamer (Fri, 10 Jun 2011)
Deus Ex Human Revolution returns to the origins of its enhanced-humanity drama to offer players a living world and the chance for personal expression.
The original Deus Ex succeeded in combining true role-playing elements within a first-person shooter. By allowing the player to choose which technological upgrades they applied to their character it became possible to complete each part of the game using any number of routes, dictated only by personal choice. Whether the preference was sneaking in shadows, hacking security systems, sweet-talking the guards or simply blasting in through the front door, Deus Ex allowed the player to approach any given situation in their own preferred way.
When Deus Ex Human Revolution is released, it looks set to refurbish those elements which made the first game such a success. This prequel story, showing the first uses of technical augmentation to upgrade a human being, features a more complex and flexible upgrade system, as well as the ability to mod weapons and ammunition to create new hybrid designs.
What makes Deus Ex Human Revolution so compelling is the rich world that has been created. Rather than levels of a first-person shooter, Deus Ex tends towards designs that feel like real life locations and buildings. (In fact, when I first visited the Statue of Liberty in New York, I remember feeling that I had been in the visitor centre before and eventually remembered that the building was recreated with great accuracy in one of the original Deus Ex's missions).
Eidos are looking to deliver a compelling and convincing world in which players can immerse themselves in the conspiracy drama which unfolds and set about exploring secret locations and following leads in their own preferred style.
Deus Ex Human Revolution is currently due for release on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on the 26th August 2011.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: