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Deus Ex HR gives hope to gamers everywhere

The new Deus Ex game is great. What makes it so great? It's great because it has the balls to do something that most games these days don't: stick to its roots. Sure, there are minor changes here and there, but Deus Ex is a game that recognizes it came from somewhere. The developers didn't act like they were geniuses from heaven here to bestow upon us their vision. No, they knew that there were already a lot of Deus Ex fans so they did everything with the fans in mind. Eidos Montreal (and their owners, Square Enix) could have easily given us yet another Bioshock wannabe and slapped the Deus Ex name on it.

But no. They actually did their homework and made a very good game.

Why does this game give hope to gamers everywhere? Four reasons:

1) Deus Ex HR shows that some developers actually CAN do a franchise reboot properly. This same team is handling the upcoming Thief 4, and after seeing how gracefully they dealt with the Deus Ex IP, I can't wait to see what they do with the Thief franchise. Heck, it even gives me a glimmer of hope that other upcoming franchise reboots like Tomb Raider and X-COM might decent

2) Deus Ex shows that a new studio can do incredible things. We are so used to sequels made by the same handful of game developers. The industry is always abuzz about Bethesda's new game, Bioware's new game, Activision's new game, Insomniac's new game, etc. etc. But here, we see a completely new and unproven developer step up and tango with the big boys.

3) Deus Ex shows that things from the past are just as good today. It shows that when you make a first-person shooter, you don't have to go the Call of Duty route just to make a game worth it. It shows that there are good ideas from past eras of gaming that we've forgotten, and maybe it's time to explore them again and reevaluate how fun they are.

4) It shows that there's a glimmer of hope for Square-Enix. Yeah, they're piddling away their Final Fantasy franchise, but at least they're willing to support intellegent developers like Eidos Montreal. Bravo, Square-Enix. If you do this well with Thief 4 and the new Tomb Raider, then you will have won back a bit of my trust.

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nskrishna22398d ago

HR is a great reboot and sure as hell a GOTY contender this year....
Frankly, I was a bit scared that this reboot was gonna destroy all those memories with Deus Ex, but I had no idea this would be such an awesome reboot....Square Enix is getting back on track least...I hope they are

BiggCMan2398d ago

I have heard amazing things from the new game, but more so from the original. I have never played it actually. Would you say that I would be able to get into this game without playing the original games, or is it highly recommended for story purposes?

Ducky2398d ago

HR is a prequel, so playing the first game isn't necessary.

There's a few things that reference the future (i.e. DeusEx1) but it's mostly self-contained.

dedicatedtogamers2398d ago

If you play the first game and you pay attention to the storyline and the details, then DE:HR has a TON of little details that will really resonate with you.

That said, DE:HR should be fun to play on its own without playing other games in the series.

evrfighter2397d ago

prequels and reboots are entirely different btw but other than that good read

Otheros002398d ago (Edited 2398d ago )

"and their owners, Square Enix"

I disagree with this. This game was clearly in development way before they got bought. If it was up to SE it would become another cod.

JellyJelly2398d ago

It's not the publishers who develop the games. Deus Ex is made by a team called Eidos Montreal and is only published by SquareEnix.

Ducky2398d ago (Edited 2398d ago )

"Deus Ex HR shows that some developers actually CAN do a franchise reboot properly."

I don't consider HR as a reboot of the franchise. It's a prequel, and it changes a few things, but it's still a DeusEx game.

What pleased me so much about DeusEx was that it was a proper DeusEx game. It felt like a game made by the same team that made the original.

When I first played DeusEx, Thief and SystemShock2, I was expecting them to be the future of the FPS genre. Choices and freedom... yet for some odd reason FPS games have degenerated back to their linear corridor-shooting roots.

Eidos has been on a roll lately. They had a hand in ArkhamAsylum, JustCause2 was awesome, and now HumanRevolution.
I'm not to keen on the new Hitman game, but I have faith that they're smart enough to know what they're doing. Their only problem is that they've made some pretty atrocious games as well (such as Kane&Lynch2)

JellyJelly2398d ago

"Eidos has been on a roll lately. They had a hand in ArkhamAsylum, JustCause2 was awesome, and now HumanRevolution."

Again, credit should go to Rocksteady, Avalanche and Eidos Montreal for making those games.

"I'm not to keen on the new Hitman game, but I have faith that they're smart enough to know what they're doing. Their only problem is that they've made some pretty atrocious games as well (such as Kane&Lynch2)"

That would be IO Interactive, who are the devs behind Hitman and Kan & Lynch. I actually enjoyed Kane & Lynch 2. It was short but great in co-op.

rjgbyrne2398d ago

I love Kane and lynch 2 as well... I think youre a mushroom chopping Mario lover mate! Ha ha! If the new womb raider and shitman are half the quality of Deus Ex the will get my dollar just as they did with the excellent k&l2

soundslike2397d ago

The only thing holding HR back from a 100% true Deus EX experience, is the start of the game. They should have dunked you in the midst of the overwhelming options immediately and told you to learn to swim. That first couple of hours in the original Deus EX of "REALLY? HOW THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO....oh, ok." doesn't come until after the "prologue". Thats really the only complaint I have with the game though.

Even in the old linear corridor shooters you at least had mobility.

actually even Wolfenstein 3D was open-but-directed with all of its secret areas and locked doors.

and I will defend Kane and Lynch, lol. Its just a highly misunderstood game. Its funny that people are getting all hype about that heist game coming out, considering...

Godmars2902398d ago

As someone missing turn based combat and surrealism, something other than first person perspective, Deus Ex does not show hope for me. Just to opposite in fact.

Tony P2397d ago (Edited 2397d ago )

I agree in a fashion.

Deus Ex was already half a shooter from the jump. The transition is not so difficult. All they had to do was keep in most of the elements which made it unique for the original fans.

But try to update something classic that doesn't have shooting or isn't action-based and you get the disparity of X-COMs and Dragon Age 2s.

Solidus187-SCMilk2396d ago

well I dont see how you can expect deus ex not to be a FPS when it has always been one. They have added a TPS mode too. It is a Stealth FPS/TPS RPG, and not a typical FPS.

But if you dont like FPS at all then you wont like Dues ex.

Godmars2902396d ago

I made a comment in general. And in general it seems that FP, 3D and realtime gameplay are being overly focused on. To the point other types of game making for "main" titles are being forgotten. Regulated to XBL/PSN.

Got nothing against Dues Ex, but as Tony P says X-com fans would likely want to see something turn based and isometric.

Ramses32397d ago

I don't know about you guys, but I am totally pumped for the new thief game!
Although if they change the view to 3rd person I will cry.

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