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Preview of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/11/2012 • Leave a comment

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an upcoming first-person shooter/action-RPG hyrbid set to launch later this year.

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    Chaos and Conspiracy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Preview

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution 

    Publisher Sqare Enix and developer Eidos Montreal are bringing Deus Ex back for another futuristic adventure in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The devs are promising plenty of running, gunning, decision-making, and stealth gameplay, and everything looks like it's coming together nicely thus far. With mechanics that allow you to play your way and a successful legacy behind it, Human Revolution is definitely a title to watch out for when it launches later this year.

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    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Plot

    Human augmentation is such a pain. 

    Within the Deus Ex timeline, Human Revolution takes place in 2027, before the events of the first game in the series. You play as Adam Jensen, a security officer working for Sarif Industries. An attack on the corporation leaves Adam injured, so he undergoes human augmentation – a form of body modification that grants him special superhuman abilities – in order to survive. This is where you come in, and it is your job to guide Adam through his mission of discovering the source of the attack on Sarif Indusrties.

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    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Gameplay

    You can run and gun... 

    Human Revolution requires you to make the most of everything in your arsenal. Through the process of human augmentation, Adam has several abilities that he can use to get a leg up on his enemies or avoid them altogether. He can turn invisible, use superhuman strength to move heavy objects, and even see through walls. Adam can also hack into computer systems to turn off alarm systems or distract his foes, and he’s pretty good with a gun too.

    If you’d rather avoid using heavy weapons, you can go in a more stealth-oriented direction. There are also a number of situations that require you to talk to other characters in order to get important information. Human Revolution really mixes things up, and it looks to provide players with a good amount of variety.

    Though it may be a first-person game the majority of the time, the game switches to a third-person view during stealth sequences that require you to take cover and sneak up behind enemies. Just in case you’re wondering, yes, performing stealth kills results in some violent animations. New to the series is the regenerating health system. Rather than forcing you to search high and low for health pick-ups, Human Revolution has a Gears of War-like health meter that slowly replenishes over time.

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    Deus Ex: Human Revolution Preview - Find the Answers

    ...or sneak around. 

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution definitely looks like a promising title. It combines multiple gameplay styles to create a unique and enthralling experience, and its visuals – which combine sci-fi themes with gritty cyberpunk overtones – give it a great sense of badassery. You can expect this sci-fi shooter/stealth/RPG hybrid to make a splash on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC sometime after March.