The idea behind human augmentation has been around for decades and is, in no manner, easy to reproduce originally. In 2000, Eidos Interactive released a game that would revolutionize this concept into the gaming world and would give gamers the ability to choose their own combination of “powers”. The original Deus Ex received the honor of being branded “Game of the Year” by PC Gamer and BAFTA’s, so it is no surprise that the game’s augmentation mechanics have been incorporated in best selling titles like 2k Game’s Bioshock and Bioshock 2. Despite being a decade after its release (and seven years after the sequel Invisible War saw light of day), Deus Ex is being placed in the forefront again with the prequel title, Human Revolution.
Human Revolution follows Adam Jensen, a security specialist for Sarif Industries – a company that specializes in human augmentation. When an attack on Sarif Industries leaves Adam injured beyond normal medicinal help, he partakes in his company’s specialty and undergoes augmentation in order to survive. With a new lease on life (and some heft new abilities), Jensen begins his conspiracy ridden journey through a world where man stretches ethical boundaries for personal and profitable gain.
As this newest installment acts as the catalyst for the world featured in its predecessors, the nanotechnology that fuel augmentations in the future are dropped for more primitive and mechanical methods. Throughout the game, Adam will be introduced to over fifty different augmentations that will expand upon all factions of gameplay. Much like previous installments, gamers have the option to take diverse approaches to every situation – ranging from the more brute run-and-gun method to tactical stealth. Human Revolution sticks to the series staple first-person shooter style, but will switch to third person on a whim during the use of specific augmentations, melee combat, and when Adam takes cover.
The world Jensen exists in is dangerous and ever-changing. Integrating elements of modern Role Playing games, Human Revolution will feature a static environment that has the potential to change dependent on Adam’s actions. Character interaction will play a pivotal role in determining who can and cannot be trusted in the end as choices during dialogue can quickly sway an individual’s stance.
With mass human augmentation looming in the future, it’s time for the people of Henderson to choose a side. Supporters should find themselves rallying at any of the numerous electronic retailers along Sunset Road on August 23rd. Those that wish to be ahead of the game still have time to trek to the Galleria Mall Gamestop and pre-order their copy of the future to receive an additional mission, a remote-detonated M-28 Explosive Pack, a multi-shot grenade launcher, and an automatic unlocking device. Augmentation extremists should pre-order a copy of Human Revolution’s Augmented Edition, which comes packed with a 40-page art book, motion graphic novel, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes DVD.