‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution’ Getting Rave Reviews

The reviews are in, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a hit amongst the top video game sites. The game will be available tomorrow for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. I can’t wait to get my hands on the game, but here are some reviews to help you decide whether you want to get the game or not.

1Up

All I really wanted was a game that lived up to the cool demos and brash talk the developers have doled out over the past couple of years, and in that regard it’s more than exceeded my hopes. Not only does DEHR contain all the open-ended, player-determined mechanics they’ve promised us, it all comes wrapped in an immersive game world and solid combat and cover mechanics. It has its quirks, but I’m believer in this team, and I hope that in a few years we’re playing another Deus Ex that further refines all the great stuff that’s happening here. I know there’s been a lot of skepticism about this revival, but I for one have been made a believer.

Grade: A

Destructoid

Deus Ex: Human Revolution, like its augmented hero, is a step above its mundane peers. With its flowing, open approach to mission structure, thoroughly engrossing story and gorgeous visuals, this is the kind of game that all others should strive to be. While there are some elements that don’t feel quite as developed as they should have been, and augmentation is more Hobson’s choice than true choice, Human Revolution provides a level of quality that only the most adamant cynic could fail to be impressed by. More importantly, it is everything a fan of Deus Ex could want in a game, and it effortlessly embraces the arduous task of living up to the legacy, standing next to its 2000 predecessor and holding its head up in pride.

This game is truly deserving of the name Deus Ex. In fact, there’s no other name it could have had.

Score: 9.5/10

Game Informer

I know I take issue with many aspects of this game, but these flaws don’t hold Human Revolution back from being an entertaining adventure through a riveting story and world. It rewards those who fight through it with a fantastic plot payoff and a great sense of character progression. The problematic gunplay and annoying stealth takedown mechanics keep the game from greatness, but if played a certain way, Human Revolution captures the spirit of its predecessors and can be a blast. Even if it’s not a masterpiece, this entry lays the groundwork for a promising future for the series.

Score: 8.5/10

Gamespot.com

This is an extensive (20-plus hours) game that by the very nature of its complexity invites replay. It is true that many of its individual elements don’t withstand close inspection. But those elements add up to an impressive and absorbing adventure that invites you to improvise. You glide from rooftops like a cyberpunk angel in a world on the brink of technological breakthroughs and socioeconomic disaster, and uncover conspiracies in the unlikeliest of places. The longer you play, the more the story grabs you and the more you appreciate the customizability of the game. Hybrid games like this are uncommon. Even more uncommon are games with Human Revolution’s power to eclipse its quirks with such enthralling atmosphere and exciting adaptability.

Score: 8.5/10

Gametrailers.com

The Human Revolution should be televised–from your couch or computer chair. Deus Ex offers a good deal of mischief to get into, and it’s all backed up by a great stealth system and a solid shooting game. With its variable story, as well as how it encourages you to alter your approach to obstacles, it’s also a game that rewards multiple playthroughs. The future is bleak and at times ugly, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Score: 8.7/10

Gaming Age

Still, Human Revolution is a great game. It does a fantastic job of capturing a lot of the gameplay elements that made the original Deus Ex so much fun, and from a story perspective leads into the events of the original nicely. It’s certainly a game that everyone should try out, whether they have a nostalgic love for the first title or not. I’d love to see another title in the series down the line, with just a little more polish added for consoles, and hopefully this title does well enough that we’ll see that happen.

Score: 83/100

IGN

While Deus Ex: Human Revolution can’t be the revelation that Deus Ex was in 2000, it’s an achievement nonetheless. It’s a visionary, considered piece of work, and while my thoughts drift to the things that could have been and the compromises made due to the possibilities of video games in 2011, they’re just as quick to consider playing through it again. Human Revolution is a smart, rewarding piece of transhumanist noir that does justice not just to Deus Ex, but to the fiction that inspired it.

Score: 9/10

Machinima

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is fan-fucking-tastic. It’s the sort of game you don’t want to stop playing. You can talk about it with a friend, compare notes, and learn all new ways to play. That makes it a true and utterly faithful sequel to Deus Ex, perhaps more so than all the reasons I’ve already listed. If you’ve waited eleven years since the original game for a real sequel, you have no excuse. Play this game and love every second of it.

Score: 9.5/10

Official Xbox Magazine

However, while so many stealth games equate any sort of detection with total failure, Human Revolution lets the chaotic consequences of exposure play out in all their unpredictable glory. Shoddy storytelling means that all the sound and fury that results ultimately signifies dreadfully little, but at no point short of death do you ever truly lose — you just have a different kind of fun. If only humanity could transcend its own flaws so elegantly, imagine what we might achieve.

Score: 8.5/10

Official Xbox Magazine UK

Smarter, deeper and more stylish than your average shooter, but with stealth-bent action that stands up to scrutiny, Human Revolution will be plenty of people’s favourite Xbox 360 game this year. For those who were fortunate enough to play Ion Storm’s original Deus Ex, know that this effortlessly captures the same tone, feel and sense of consequence, complete with fan-pleasing references and a storyline that slots beautifully into the fiction. If you’re fresh to the series it’s high time you found out what all the fuss is about. Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s priority is freedom of choice, but your first decision is also your easiest – buy this game.

Score: 10/10

Well, are you sold on the game yet?

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