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 actually....be 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.