Deus Ex: Human Revolution is shaping up to be a worthy entry in the series. The original Deus Ex (2000) was at the time one of the relatively rare forays into the open ended RPG/FPS hybrid genre, sprinkled it with some special awesome sauce. Genuine RPG elements, meaningful choices, hacking combined with a worthwhile action experience. Like many games with so many choices, it was possible for everything to derail – but it remains a venerated game.
Then latest game in the series, Human Revolution, is a prequel set twenty-five years before the original, and in a developer walkthrough at E3 today, Jean Francois Dugas and David Anfossi showed of their wares and promised deep character development, open meaningful choices, multiple paths to victory, and a neat hacking mini-game, looking even more promising than the remarkable free-range hacking from the original.
Set before the original, this prequel will feature biotech enhancements, but not the nanotech enhancements from the original, and slow mechanisation of Alen Jensen’s body will be used to explore the idea of transhumanism.
With a current release date of 25 August 2011, Deus Ex will be available to play on the usual suspects. Developed by Eidos Montreal.