In one of my original posts on this blog, which I’m sure you’ve all read, I explained that living well cheaply is not all about being frugal, but also in spending wisely. To that effect, I look at all sorts of paid entertainment, and video games are a perennial favorite. The number of hours of entertainment compared to the dollar cost of games can be truly staggering. In this regard, I’ve decided to do a little review of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution video game, played on PC.
I’ve been a fan of the original Deus Ex series since the early 2000’s. I still have my original boxes of the original Deus Ex and its excellent sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War, which respectively came out in 2000 and 2003. Both these games were absolutely ground-breaking, successfully combining elements of role-playing, FPS and adventure together, in a truly immersive simulation.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution manages to give fans of Deus Ex, old and new, more of what they loved: a game that can be played as a sneak or as a tank, and in which conversations and decisions can have a lasting impact on game play. The introduction of pre-rendered cutscenes at crucial plot points seems to have taken out some choices, but I’m not here to nitpick.
True to form, the environments are huge, and the number of loads required when moving around the city is very limited, usually only when entering a distinct area, such as a large building or the sewers. In all cases the load-times are very short.
There is a relatively large number of side-quests to be obtained, which tie in quite nicely with the overall plot and story-line. In terms of action, no matter your play style, you will not be disappointed. The use of the cover system works extremely well, and can allow you to achieve most objectives without killing anyone, or even being detected. If you fancy the opposite style, of not leaving a single person alive to tell of your passing, you’ll have a great time, too. The lethal or non-lethal take-down option is also really cool.
The weapons available are varied, as you would expect, and all can be upgraded with kits you find in the environment, or that can be purchased from the few vendors in the game. Typically, I found that I did not use most weapons. I completed the game using the 10-mm pistol and the Assault Rifle, both fully upgraded, and did not touch anything else, except just to try them out. I carried around the inventory-hogging sniper rifle for a good part of the game, before I realized that it was WAY too loud to be used in almost all situations.
The style of play I favor, which includes gunning down all enemies from stealth, while avoiding to set off alarms, is only suited to quiet weapons, and the silenced pistol and rifle are the best.
In terms of bang from your buck, I got a really sweet deal playing Deus Ex: Human Revoution. I ordered it a few years ago from Amazon – as you can see from the picture, I enjoy owning a physical copy of the game – and I paid a grand total of $24.93 (Canadian dollars), including shipping. I unfortunately had to activate the game on Steam, which I’m not a huge fan of, but rentware is a debate for another day, and another place. Steam tells me that I’ve played this game a total of of 83 hours, which comes down to a ridiculously low 30 cents per hour played. I dare you to come up with a cheaper source of paid entertainment than that. Of course, this requires you to like playing video games!