Deus Ex: Human Revolution Preview for PS3

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution screenshot
Deus Ex: Human Revolution screenshot

I've got a slight dilemma here. On the one hand, I'm absolutely dying to tell you all about my recent hands-on with Deus Ex: Human Revolution; on the other I'm being held hostage by the angry gunman in my head who absolutely hates the discussion of spoilers, in every size, shape and form. I'm quite tempted to listen to his irate demands - partly because I totally agree with him, and partly because I don't know what will happen if he starts blazing away with his imaginary AK-47.

We've actually another preview in the pipeline for Human Revolution. Due to embargo restrictions, today I'm only allowed to discuss what happens in the opening sequence, the 15 to 20 minute interlude that sets out the game's paranoid, cyberpunk conspiracy stall (generally the one next to the tombola at the school fête). In a couple of weeks I'll be able to talk about the first "proper" mission, and in doing so I'll be able to go into detail with regards to the Mr Jensen's various skills and party tricks; for now, however, I'll be sticking to the intro - and thanks to the aforementioned spoiler-terrorist, I'll be proceeding with extreme care for your sensitivity to narrative. Lie back in my dentist's chair, and let me go to work with my preview drill. This won't hurt a bit... honest.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution begins with our leading man, the gruff Adam Jensen, heading to his place of work - the super high-tech Sarif Industries. These guys are a bit like Apple, only rather than making shiny consumer gadgets that fit in the palm of your hand, they make shiny consumer gadgets that are the palm of your hand. If you've just suffered a 127 Hours-style boo-boo, and your right shoulder now ends in a bloody mess, Sarif will happily sort you out with a mechanical workaround. Naturally, you'll have to stump up the cash; I'm going out on a limb here, but I a bet these things cost an arm and a leg. I can't think of any more amputation jokes - but you get the idea.

In any case, the point is that Sarif Industries are the leading experts in transhumanist technologies. Like Apple, Sarif has its detractors, but where today's iCritics tend to just write whiny blog posts on their HTC smartphones, Sarif's naysayers favour a more violent, let's-poke-Camilla-Parker-Bowles-with-a-stick-style approach to protest. At the start of Human Revolution, it's clear that everyone at Sarif is a bit nervous. Something is clearly about to happen. And then... something does.

In the interests of avoiding unwanted spoilers, I'm not going to state exactly what happens to Adam on this fateful day. Suffice it to say the intro is neatly divided into two segments. In the first, we're introduced to Adam's colleagues, and furthermore to a number of plot threads that will (presumably) tie into everything that follows; the latter half then acts as your first real introduction to the game's stealth and combat mechanics, as events take a serious turn for the worse.

While the sinister conversation of the opening cutscene is a clear nod to the original Deus Ex, it's Half-Life that springs to mind during everything that follows. Sarif Industries feels like a living, breathing workplace, and everywhere you look there's a neat detail to reward your curiosity. Through a window, a pair of mechanical legs can be observed jogging on a treadmill; elsewhere, test dummies are devastated by a brutal-looking claymore device. Adam's movement through the facility is fixed, but we're free to shift his gaze around as we like. And where Dr Freeman was a mute witness to the pre-resonance cascade world of Black Mesa, Adam actively converses with the colleagues he passes by. He's the head of security, after all - it's his job to know things.

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Gollum_85

I'm pretty damn excited about this now!
Posted 22:20 on 08 February 2011
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tvr77@ FantasyMeister

what.......alpha protocol was a bag off *$%$, the graphics alone for deus ex puts it head and shoulders above AP but a game needs more than just good graphics and from what we have seen and heard from deus ex so far it has a lot to offer, id bet my balls this is gonna be one off the top titles of 2011 and im not afraid to say it, it really is foolish to compare it to alpha bloody protocol, come on!
Posted 19:49 on 08 February 2011
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FantasyMeister

Other than Neon's undertone of barely contained excitement there's not much to differentiate between this and Alpha Protocol's preview. I'm guessing the barely contained excitement covers the gagging order bits otherwise I'm still looking for reasons to buy.

Great exposition might not be enough if that's all that differentiates the two, the gameplay still reads as pretty much the same to me.
Posted 13:54 on 08 February 2011
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Bloodstorm

This is my second most anticipated title of this year.
Posted 12:07 on 08 February 2011
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Woffls

Quote:
A far better approach is to creep around, picking people off with careful headshots.

This is pretty much what I wanted to read, so DEHRRRR is well up on my radar now. I have the other 2 games on Steam and will try to complete them both in time for this, so I hope they're not too long >_<
Posted 12:06 on 08 February 2011
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altaranga

Amputation jokes are just a bit of [h]armless fun.

Nice preview, dude. This game seems to be shaping up very nicely.
Posted 10:27 on 08 February 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Sounds absolutely brilliant. R6 Vegas switched to a third person whenever you took cover and I thought it worked great. Never felt like I was being pulled out of the immersion so I have high hopes for Deus Ex.
Posted 10:21 on 08 February 2011
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tvr77

im hugely excited about this tilte and this little preview make me even more so, i just wish there was a solid release date to look forward to,
anyways thanks neon that was a nice little read.
Posted 10:05 on 08 February 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 26/08/2011
Developer: Eidos Montreal
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: BBFC 15
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