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Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut Preview

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Alex_Osborn
03/23/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Square Enix 
DEVELOPER Eidos Montreal 
RELEASE DATE  
M Contains Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

What do these ratings mean?

A port that puts other ports to shame.

When I first caught wind that Square Enix was porting Deus Ex: Human Revolution to the Wii U, I dropped my head in my hands in bewilderment. Why would anyone want to purchase a now two-year-old game for their Nintendo console? However, after getting a chance to check out the Director's Cut for myself, it became readily evident that I was completely wrong.

According to one of the reps, this new-and-improved version is "not a simple port." The studio has poured time and effort into making this the "ultimate" version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Sorry, PC gamers, but the Wii U has the prettiest version now. The game features new lighting, improved fog and smoke, smoother shadows, and anti-aliasing that results in an overall better visual experience.



But that's only scratching at the surface, as the GamePad is used to its maximum potential as well. Instead of pulling players out of the experience by forcing them to open the start menu constantly, one can simply glance down at the tablet controller to check the map, manage their inventory, and even hack terminals. This allows for both quick access for the player and a deeper level of immersion. Should you choose, you can play the entire game on the GamePad, which is always handy.

Those who have already played through Human Revolution still may want to give this one a look as new augmentations have been added, one of which allows the player to hold up the GamePad to the TV and scan the environment, showing helpful details like an enemy's health. You can also share screenshots, tips, etc. Demon's Souls-style thanks to Miiverse integration.

Had enough yet? No? Okay, well the game features all of the downloadable content, which has been seamlessly integrated into the game. That's rightno having to access The Missing Link from the main menu. Better yet, when you've played through the whole thing, there's reason to go back again, thanks to the addition of New Game Plus, which lets you start the game again with all of your upgrades.




True fans will also get a kick out of the fact that you can play through the game with developer commentarya whopping eight-hours worth! They've also included a digital strategy guide, so should you ever get stuck, you can just pull up a tip and continue on. But all of these additions pale in comparison to the final improvement: remade boss fights. All of the boss encounters have been redone, and while each battle still must end in the foe's demise, you can approach the task in a number of different ways. The level layouts in these situations have been completely revamped, and you can accomplish your goal without ever having to fire a single bullet. Hurray

To make the long story short, Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut is the definitive version of Eidos Montreal's stealth action game. If you've never played the title or consider yourself a die-hard fan, I'd give this game a look when it launches later this year.

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