New Deus Ex trailer reveals vicious cyber-powers

We dissect the E3 trailer to uncover awesome augmentations

First things first: you need to see this trailer if you have even a fleeting interest in cyberpunk. Channeling everything from Blade Runner to The Diamond Age to The Matrix, the just-released E3 trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution (aka Deus Ex 3) is an orgy of gritty, dystopian near-futurism. So quit reading already and hit play, then check out our meticulous analysis of the augmentations revealed in this trailer.

Effing awesome, right? Early 2011 seems so far away! So let%26rsquo;s take a closer look at the augmentations we just saw in action. After a searing Daedalus reference and some moody cigarette smoking (which we saw in the first teaser,) we get a glimpse of cloaking in effect.

Above: The first thingwe noticed was the dual SMGs

This is clearly not the protagonist, Adam Jensen, unless he%26rsquo;s undergone some serious gender-bending augmentation. So, a partner/romantic interest then. Up next, we see a cyber-hand transform into a gun.

Above: Makes us want to watch Tetsuo II: Body Hammer again

Later this equipment is revealed to belong to a massive, grizzled cyber-soldier who threatens to deliver Adam unto hell and shows off another power, for lack of a better term we%26rsquo;ll call it a %26ldquo;ground pound.%26rdquo;

Above: The express elevator to hell

It%26rsquo;s unclear whether %26ldquo;gun hand%26rdquo; and %26ldquo;ground pound%26rdquo; belong exclusively to Grizzly Man, or if Adam will be able to install them as well. But we skipped ahead a little there.

Above: Is Mr. Brown controlled by remote?

We see Adam bust in on a cyber-peon wired to a terminal, who is then remote-controlled into shooting himself in the head (clearly against his will). It%26rsquo;s a bit of a guess here, but some kind of neural hacking/mind control augmentation would be the radness. We envision something like BioShock%26rsquo;s Enrage or Hypnotize plasmids. Adam goes on to fight a handful of guards with a couple interesting-looking melee attacks.

Above: The blade is later shown protruding backwards from the elbow

Above: Slap Chop to the face!

After a bit of exposition, we get a couple more tantalizing glimpses of augmentations in action. We see Adam breaking a freefall with a glowing yellow shield, which is clearly significant.

Above: Significance (see Daedalus reference)

Then we close with a bang as Adam smashes through a wall to snap the neck of an unsuspecting guard. This reveals two things: one, that he%26rsquo;ll have strength augmentations potentially leading to attacks like the ground pound.

Above: He probably shouldn%26rsquo;t have been standing there

Secondly, Adam has optical upgrades that enable him to see guards through walls. There are several glimpses of cybered-up eyes in the trailer, but look at this.

Above: Is that a Motorola logo on his eyepiece? Ewww

We expect more to be revealed soon at E3. Till then, leave a comment and let us know what augmentations you%26rsquo;d like to see in the new Deus Ex.

June 4, 2010

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