Square Enix’s Deus Ex Human Revolution shows its age having released some years ago in 2011 on consoles and PC and has since become well known for being offered cheap. Rather than let the game die honourably, Square has released a definitive Deus Ex Human Revolution The Director’s Cut which offers the same game with some additional features and DLC content packages incorporated into the main game. The question is, if you’ve rinsed the original and already sampled the DLC, is this revised version worth it. Take a look at our Deus Ex Human Revolution The Director’s Cut video review for the full low-down.
Deus Ex Human Revolution The Director’s Cut review:
Today we’re taking a look at Square Enix’s Deus Ex Human Revolution The Director’s Cut which is available now on consoles and PC. Right out the gate, it has to be said that if you’re in possession of the original Deus Ex Human Revolution on Steam, then the upgrade to the Director’s cut comes in at only a few quid which is quite handy.
To surmise, players assume the role of cybernetically enhanced and gravelly voiced security officer Adam Jensen as he becomes embroiled in a sinister terrorist plot and underlying political themes set against a backdrop of multinational corporations, science fiction and a Ridley Scott Bladerunner style visual element. The gameplay offers a neat mixture of stealth or action, and what really sets the game above its peers are the comprehensive and in depth RPG elements that offer multiple ways to tackle objectives. Whilst there’s a lot of vent crawling, and skulking about, the stealth mechanics work really well. What drives the game and engrosses the player is the gritty nature of the story and its well thought out lore which can be dived into at leisure or ignored. There are many moments where players can get bogged down in lengthy conversations, but these also provide a bit of scope with multiple choices players can select, which in turn produce varying results that often change the gameplay.
So, what’s different about the Director’s cut that makes it a viable purchase. For starters, The Director’s Cut comes with the added inclusion of the Missing Link DLC which comes into force naturally during the story’s progression rather than as a singular separate experience. The game’s boss fights have been tweaked after much fan feedback,which allow for more diverse methods of completion. For example, in the first encounter, there are more options to stealth and hack terminals, which in turn grant use of turrets which can take down the boss without players having to fire a single shot – as one way of tackling the situation.
There’s a new game plus option, which means players will have to play through the main game once to unlock, but means all the augments carry over and can be used from the offset making the game much easier.
There are some graphical improvements as well with better textures, and reworked lighting which removes a lot of the over-saturated orange colour of the original. It’s perhaps contentious as to whether this is a good thing or not depending on your preferences but overall, the game holds up pretty well, despite showing its age a little in terms of models and overall details.
As a bonus, there s a 45 minute making of documentary, and throughout the game, a commentary from the developers can be toggled on or off adding much more insight into the world and its characters.
Deus Ex Human Revolution The Director’s Cut is a worthy and recommended classic game to pick up if you’ve not dipped into its delights already and like a bit of thinking man’s stealth gameplay. There is a lot of fluff to wade through though, so a bit of patience is required. That said, if you “get it” and become engrossed in the dark foreboding futuristic world, then there’s a lot on offer here. For those who already played the original, then the extras don’t make too much of a difference and really boils down to how big a fan of the game you are as the extra audio is pretty neat and changed boss fights simply add more options. The missing link is a neat inclusion to add to an already long story, and the graphical upgrades aren’t that impacting unless you run the two versions side by side. If you’re after the definitive version of the game then this is one to grab, and if you’re not bothered, then you won’t have missed much if you pass on this. Judging the game as a whole though, and it’s still a lovable gem that deserves as much spotlight as it can get.
Score 9/10 – Review Robert Cram