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General Description

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a first-person shooter and RPG developed by Eidos Montreal and released for Windows, Xbox 360 and PS3 in August 2011. Players assume the role of Adam Jensen, a high-ranking security figure at Sarif Industries, a firm that works in the research and development of human augmentations. After an accident in the beginning of the game Adam is seriously injured and much of his body is replaced with augmented parts. As the game progresses players earn experience points which can be used to unlock and upgrade Adams augmentations, opening up new abilities.

After the accident Adam quickly gets caught up in discovering the truth behind it, which opens up a sprawling conspiracy involving several groups and missions for Adam set throughout the globe. The game generally alternates between open-world segments in which Adam collects clues and can tackle sidequests and more focused missions that involve large-scale infiltrations. These missions allow players to choose between straightforward shooting or more delicate stealth techniques. The game's freeform exploration and RPG elements are a great contrast to the tense infiltrations and give players a steady sense of character progression and growth without ever keeping them too far from the action.

Human Revolution's biggest selling point is that it allows players a great degree of control. Players upgrade their own Jensen according to their own tastes, and their choices throughout the game's many missions always affect what will occur further down the line. The game is also always sure to offer multiple solutions for any given task, and this stretches well beyond the choice to enter a building quietly or with guns blazing. All this easily makes the game's biggest strength creativity.

Grade by Game Type Overall Grade
C+ C
Ratings at a Glance
Creativity: 8 Publisher: Square Enix
Business: 2 Developer: Eidos Montreal and Nixxes Software
People: 3 Year: 2011
Problem: 6 Genre: Role Playing Game/First Person Shooter
Simulation: 0 Strengths: creativity, popularity
Popularity: 9 Platforms: PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Extra: 0  
Rating Details

Classroom Facts

Human Revolution includes math in many of its mechanics, including weapon stats, experience points and the extensive hacking minigame. The game features plenty of text, often recovered from hacked email accounts or dropped "pocket secretaries." A detailed radar shows Jensen the locations of nearby enemies, and players can spend experience points to upgrade it to extend its range or allow individual enemies to be marked.

Creativity & Imagination

By the Player:

Nearly every challenge in Human Revolution can be solved in a number of different ways depending on what augmentations the player has unlocked. A given locked door might be hacked open, or a key might be available from a nearby guard. There may also be a vent access, or a breakable wall on another side of the room, or crates to climb up to bypass the room completely. This mentality permeates every part of the game. Many major missions offer players a choice of access points or even different ways of completing major objectives. Even within more linear missions players can choose to act aggressively or stealthily, and both are totally viable choices. Players can even choose to complete the game without killing any enemies. As the game continues these choices will affect the growth of the player's abilities and the progression of the game's plot directly. One of the original Deus Ex's biggest selling points was the freedom it gave players, and Human Revolution embraces this idea completely.

By the Developer:

Human Revolution is an attempt to achieve the heights that the original Deus Ex reached when it was released in 2000. It focuses on giving players an extremely high level of control over the development of their character and over the progression of the game's story, and for the most part it succeeds. A lot of this rests on the game's plot, which is strong throughout. As the game's underlying conspiracy is slowly revealed the player must make numerous decisions, all which lead to satisfying plot twists later on. The game's fusion of story progression and well-designed action segments that offer their own host of options gives the game a satisfying pace, impressive particularly because the game is fairly lengthy.

The game's well-realized characters and story are set against an artistically cohesive world. The game's futuristic settings feature plenty of memorable bits of art design, and the game's soundtrack and voice acting are perfectly suited to the setting. While plenty of western RPGs attempt what Human Revolution does, both its story and its mechanics are more interesting than those of most competitors.

Business Skills

Players can find money either scattered about the game's world in desks and on enemies or collect it by selling unwanted supplies at various vendors. Money can be used to purchase ammo, healing items and weapons, as well as rare weapon upgrades and Praxis kits, which grant immediate experience points. If players spend enough time collecting guns from foes and selling them to the game's various dealers, most of these items can be collected without too much hassle.  This can be difficult, however, for players that don't want to spend the points to expand their inventory space.  For players that don't take up gun-running, searching each area carefully will be necessary to purchase the game's more expensive items.

People Skills

Dialogue trees are an important part of the game. Jensen talks to other characters all the time, but these trees only pop up when he needs to get something out of one of them. Players need to try to read each character carefully to succeed, and the results will shape the game's story. Certain characters may live or die depending on the player's responses, which also lead to various parts of the game becoming inaccessible.

The game features a collection of memorable characters, and its story raises several moral questions for players who read it carefully.

Problem Solving

Each new challenge that Human Revolution provides can be approached in a number of ways depending on what augmentations the player has chosen. Certain augmentations allow players to jump higher, to lift heavier objects, to hack more difficult computers, to move through electric fields, or to break through weak walls. Because experience points are given out gradually over the course of the game players need to make decisions early on about what their capabilities are going to be.

In combat the game is a more traditional first-person shooter. Players collect different weapons, upgrade them to increase parameters like reload speed or firepower, and use them to battle guards and terrorists inside the game's various complexes. A straightforward cover system works smoothly, allowing players to cleanly duck behind objects to recover health in the middle of battle. With the exception of a handful of boss fights, however, this kind of combat can be avoided completely by the stealthy player. Again there are augmentations that help support players that choose either route, and both are mechanically satisfying in different ways. Human Revolution allows players to pick and choose their challenges.


Dues Ex is not a simulation game.


Dues Ex has had a great reception, with reviews that universally praise the level of choice that players are offered, the depth of the story and the game's visual style. The game's boss battles received some particular criticism for failing to fit into the rest of the game smoothly.

Controls & Options

Deus Ex offers three difficulty levels and various audio, visual and control options.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution was rated Mature by the ESRB with descriptors for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language and Use of Alcohol.