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First look at Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Is it getting to the point that “primarily first person” is a highlight of a preview? Not really, but with so many third-person Unreal Engine games coming along, it’s a shock to see something different. Deus Ex: Human Revolution isn’t being spewed from the Unreal clone factory. You’ll be looking through the protagonist’s eyes for the vast majority of the game and that allows everyone worried about some huge departure to breathe a sigh of relief.

Those of a cynical disposition are expecting Human Revolution to be another banal remake from a publisher aiming to cash in on a once-respected name. But they’re going to be proven wrong. At least, it seems so, even though ‘cover system’ describes the game’s stealth aspect.

Go into sneaky mode and you’ll be presented with a third-person view, but this is so you can see what’s around the corner. That’s not so bad as it stops the risk of being detected by leaning around corners. The camera also detaches itself from inside your eyeballs when you snap someone’s neck or use another kind of fancy killing blow on a nearby enemy.

To get into the position to nail someone in the throat with a sharp object, you’ll have to get close to them and this can only be achieved either by teleportation or stealth. The former doesn’t exist in Deus Ex, so it’ll have to be done the old-fashioned way. Or not, in Human Revolution’s case, because the system employed in this particular game is all about line of sight. You don’t have to worry about the intensity of the shadows you’re in, just whether the patrolling guard is looking your way.

Questions about the sharpness of the eyesight of guards, especially in a world of artificial augmentation, will have to wait, but it’ll be refreshing to not gulp when presented with a room that isn’t full of conveniently placed dark bits.

‘Stealth’ is the watch word for the whole game. Eidos Montreal is on record saying it doesn’t want the game to end up as a run-and-gun shooter. Even with all sorts of biomechanical jiggery pokery going on in your body, you’ll still only be able to take a couple of hits before hitting the deck. There may be some kind of ability that allows you to take a great deal of damage, but using it, if it does end up in the game, will cost you a shot of energy.

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25 comments

  • Joshin69 - July 14, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    Some how lost the start sorry The first game was the gre...
  • Joshin69 - July 14, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    atest game bar none. Played so many times yet by the sound of this the first games great strength of being able to approach each level as you wished may have been stripped down to just stealth which would be a mistake for me. I will play it regardless I played Invisible war and was let down but if they had done as they did with Snowblind, stripped Deus ex from the title it would have faired allot better. It wasn’t a bad game, it just didn’t compare to Deus Ex. But then what does. Let’s hope all this worry is proven unfounded and a truly worthy game comes forth
  • HotCyder - July 9, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    It'll be nothing like the original! Have you ever seen anyone do a Glitched up Speed Run of an Unreal Engine 3 game? Joke aside, What's the HUD like?
  • gilgamesh310 - July 8, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    It's funny how the previewer talks about the game like it's only the second game in the series when it is in fact the third. It's like he completely forgot that there was a second one or maybe chose to forget. I can't wait for Human Revolution, I havn' t been this excited for a game since half life 2!
  • 1337saber - July 8, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    If they brought back the broken regeneration aug from deus ex 1, THEN you could play things run and gun style. Im kind of hoping that they put some serious thought into this installment. If we just get another fluke,then thats it for the series, no matter how many awards the original earned.
  • Felixthecat - July 8, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    It looks and sounds amazing. I want it to be a revival of the series and a good one at that. As long as it holds up throughout and it's gameplay is actually good, then it will be awesome.
  • Montag - July 8, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Deus Ex the greatest game of all time? Possibly Do I have a chubby for this? Definately. I don't think IW was dumbed down as such I just don't think consoles were ready for it and the devs made some bad choices in making it playable on a console. For all you hArDcorz lEEtZ sAdFuxx who like to swear a lot on COD4 get a copy, play and it and be humbled. Complete this non-lethal and you can truly call yourself a gamer
  • quicksilver_502 - July 8, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    @CARDYKEV they are being pretty damn faithful to the original as far as i can see but they have to be free to make their own design choices or otherwise what we'll get will be a rather shoddy remake, not a game that can (hopefully) take the best of deus ex while also inkeeping with modern advancements.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - July 8, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    Is that Vamp from MGS2? lol Hope this game rocks I dug the last one
  • HonestGuy - July 8, 2010 4:43 p.m.

    A new 'Deus Ex' title; already reserved for buying. I don't know...played the first one THREE TIMES, it got a special place for me ( just like Bioshock ). :)
  • SwampRock - July 8, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    I think I should play the original again, I'm only 18 now so I was just a kid when I played it, but it was one of the first games I really understood and thoroughly enjoyed. I have little doubt that this new installment will fail in any way.
  • CARDYKEV - July 8, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    After watching the leaked gameplay videos i must say i love the artistic direction of this game, very Blade Runner Esq but i wasn't overly fond of the "Stealth Kill" scripted take downs, why not keep it all first person and stay faithful to the original?!
  • The_Tingler - July 8, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    @lovinmyps3: I think it's more 'cautious' than anything as this is an unproven studio working on a major, major game, although the final two paragraphs seemed very optimistic to me.
  • mentalityljs - July 8, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    But yea, this one looks promising. The anticipation has been killing me for the past few years. Not getting my hopes up, but as long as they've scrapped the formula they used in Invisible War, it should return mostly to it's original roots and be a worthy sequel.
  • mentalityljs - July 8, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    To all you youngins that haven't had the most joyous pleasure of playing the first Deus Ex: I recommend you get ur asses on Steam and buy it (not in a bundle with the second if you can help it, it sucked ass), and play the shit out of it. It may be dated, but if you like Mass Effect you'll def love Deus Ex!
  • RebornKusabi - July 7, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    While I'm in no way a PC fanboy, I honestly share db1331's fear in that compared to Deus Ex 1, Deus Ex 2 (or Invisible War) really WAS extremely dumbed down compared to the original. If the second Deus Ex game would have been released as it's own game, without the Deus Ex name, it would have done fine but it wasn't. I know "dumbed down for console gamers" gets thrown around on this site a lot but Deus Ex 2 is one of the rare few that actually warranted such a phrase... the fact that when it released on PC, before a subsequent patch, it's control tutorial hints actually referred to the Xbox controller; That was just goddamn lazy. That and the fact that ALL guns used the same ammo pool and none of the nuances that the original had were there for the sequel and the phrase "dumbed-down" honestly fit Deus Ex 2. Let's hope that this one actually TRIES this time around.
  • killerrpgfan - July 7, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    I agree with Wolverine. I can't wait for it!!!
  • Wolverine08 - July 7, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    @db1331 how can you say such a thing, this is clearly gonna kick EVERY OTHER GAMES' ASS
  • Tygerclaws - July 7, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    I'm calling it right now: The moment reviews start coming in, right before the game's release, thousands of fanboys will cry out in hate. "WHAT IS THIS? A 9? FFFUUUUUUU THAT'S TOO LOW, YOU IDIOTS." "WHHHAAAAT? A 9? WHO'S PAYING YOU, YOU BIASED NITWITS?? THIS GAME WHICH I HAVEN'T PLAYED IS CLEARLY A SIX BECAUSE I SAW A SCREENSHOT."
  • db1331 - July 7, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    I just pray that it isn't dumbed down for consoles. That's why Invisible War was so terribad. I'm going to assume this is going to suck until I am (hopefully) proven wrong.

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