Deus Ex: Human Revolution. What to Expect.

And the What to Expects are back after a long break. So, let’s start with a game that is coming out at the back-end of this month, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Human Revolution may be the first Deus Ex game a lot of people have heard about, but it is in fact the third installment in the franchise of First-Person Shooter games. Although it may be the third game in the series, it is however a prequel to the first game.

The game takes place during the year 2027, 25 years before the original Deus Ex game. You play as a security officer called Adam Jenson who works for Sarif Industries, a company who specialise in human augmentations. After witnessing an attack on the company, Jenson is left horrifically injured and is forced to undergo augmentation in order to survive. During the campaign you will visit futuristic versions of various cities, including Shanghai, Detroit and Montreal.

As with the other Deus Ex games, Human Revolution revolves around tactical gameplay. The different gameplay styles, or the “pillars of gameplay” as the developers refer to it as, are Combat, Stealth, Hacking, Exploration and Social. Each play style is different and you can change between them easily. The augmentations in the game enhance the players abilities during the game but also allow the player to create their own method of play if they feel it fits.

The enemies in Human Revolution come in squads and in each squad there is an identifiable leader. When the leader is killed, the remaining squad members panic and fall into disarray. Enemy AI also will react to some of the more subtle player decisions, like changes in behaviour or change of weapon. Weapons use a separate type of ammo for each weapon, unlike the one ammo pool in Deus Ex: Invisible War.

Another change to previous titles is the health system, which sees yet another FPS adopting the regenerating health approach. The developers have explained that this decision was because they didn’t want to force players to run around scrounging for health packs if they didn’t have enough health to continue. This would obviously break out the player from any immersion they may be feeling and would spoil the game a bit.

Some of you may remember back in May that an early version of Deus Ex was leaked online, that and the vast amount of trailers means there is more than enough gameplay floating on the internet if you need any more.

There will be a special edition released which will include a making-of documentary, a motion comic, one of the E3 trailers, the soundtrack, an animated Storyboard and a 40-page art booklet. There will also be additional missions and weapons available for the game. This pack is called the Augmented edition and is only available as a Preorder pack. There will also be a Collectors edition featuring the same contents as the Augmented edition but will also include a figure of Adam Jenson.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be available on August 26th for PC, PS3 and 360.

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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