Let me say this: I loved Deus Ex. I loved it when I first played the crappy PS 2
port, and I loved it even more when I got the far superior PC version. Invisible War
wasn't a bad
game, but something was missing. The gameplay was overly simplified, the inventory system just sucked, Universal Ammo
was a dumb idea, and the plot kinda jumped off the rails somewhere along the line. After the game's poor fan reaction, it's easy to see why the series pretty much went dormant.
was worth the wait.
The game is still a bit more straightfoward than the original, but in a good way this time. You aren't forced to choose between two augmentations for each body part; you can purchase or upgrade any aug at any time, as long as you have enough points. Stealth works far better, even without purchasing the stealth augs this time around. The cover system is functional and necessary
for both combat and stealth runs, and the regenerating health is slow enough that any
damage in a fight is something to avoid.
The story is also a high point. Invisible War
suffered from piggybacking on the original's plot, simply namedropping every conspiracy from that one until things just went bananas. Human Revolution
does tread common ground, but it also carves out a niche for itself. Even if you removed the connections to the other games, the story can stand on its own as a very dark, suspenseful tale of conspiracies, a decaying society, and the morality of transhumanism. Jensen is a great lead, and is given far more personality than JC and Alex ever got.
So, it should be the best of the series, right? Well, no. There are still some hiccups.
First, I really miss the skill system. Granted, about half of them saw little to no use, but it was the idea of customizing your character more than just deciding what upgrades to slap on. Second, the boss fights are frustrating and actually feel out of place in a game like this. Third, the endings are a real letdown, especially when you calculate the Foregone Conclusion
into the equation. And finally, did they have to use THAT much yellow? It just hurts the eyes.
Overall, though, I love this game, and unlike Invisible War
, this will definitely see more than one playthrough. A must buy.