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First look at Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Ten of the different augmentations are known so far, including enhanced vision, strength, cloak (invisibility), and wrist blades, which allow for some blood-splattering lethal takedowns. These are all fairly standard, but there are some interesting ones.

Mind reading will give you subtle (or perhaps glaringly obvious) clues as to which direction to proceed during conversations, while mind control gives you the chance to “hack” people’s brains, bending them to your will. However, they’ll remember you having done this and get unreasonably chippy about it later on.

Each ability costs a shot of energy, which isn’t of any real interest until you learn each shot can only be used once per mission, unless you can find somewhere to recharge them. If you have five shots, you can use five of your abilities while in the field. The final slot does recharge, but very slowly. This all means you have to make sure you don’t recklessly waste your abilities, or you’ll end up having a difficult time.

Once you’ve completed your objectives, your energy will be fully recharged and you’ll end up in one of Human Revolution’s hub areas. One of these will be Shanghai, which now has a city built on top of the old one, leaving the original metropolis in perpetual darkness. This hub is full of people, all of whom can be talked to in more than a perfunctory way.

This is difficult to believe, but Eidos Montreal is sticking to its guns on the topic, claiming that minor NPCs’ dialogue won’t be the monosyllabic repetitive one-liner affairs. Regardless of these incidental conversations though, which will be of the basic couple of choices, different outcomes type, the more fleshed out characters will be a different kettle of vocal fish altogether.

According to Eidos Montreal, it takes between six to eight hours to record a fully branched conversation for each character you’ll engage in a proper talk with, such are the apparent intricacies of the dialogue paths. People will also go on for much longer than you’ll be used to, which could be a superb thing or utterly horrible, depending on the quality of the writing and the voice acting involved. A lot is going to hinge on who you get to play and, more importantly, who plays him.

In a game with a focus on chatting, it’s important you don’t despise the person doing the said verbalizing. There’s no JC Denton here, being that he’d be minus two years old at the time Human Revolution takes place. No matter how much augmentation someone has, being a mere glint in the bio-milkman’s eye isn’t going to help in the fight against futuristic global corruption. Instead, you’ll be one Adam Jensen, a security guard whose arms have been sundered from his body by some augmented swine. This would be the end of most people’s career in international espionage you’d think, but not for Jensen. He’s only gone and got himself some big and glossy robotic arms, hasn’t he?

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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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