It's A Good Time To Play (Or Replay) Deus Ex: Human Revolution

It's A Good Time To Play (Or Replay) Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Today, Square Enix released a newly updated version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution called the Director's Cut. It makes a good number of improvements and additions to an already great game.

To this day, I regularly have fun monkeying around in Deus Ex. The more I push it, the more I find weird and surprising things that I can make happen in the game. I haven't yet had a chance to try out the Director's Cut, but here's what Square Enix says they've added to the game:

Deus Ex: Human Revolution — Director's Cut has been fully augmented to include Tongs's Rescue mission and the entire Missing Link chapter which have been integrated seamlessly into the narrative flow as well as all of the original pre-order and bonus weapons. Fan features like the 45 minute "making of" video, over 8 hours of developer commentary, the official strategy guide, and New Game+ have also been added to the Director's Cut.

Boss fights have been completely overhauled and redesigned with new maps and mechanics to support each one of the gameplay pillars: Action, Stealth, and Hacking. Major enhancements have also been made to the game including a rebalanced energy system, updated enemy A.I., and striking visual improvements which make this edition the best looking and most immersive Deus Ex experience available.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution — Director's Cut also offers a full slate of second screen features for the Wii U GamePad, Microsoft's SmartGlass, and the PlayStation Vita system that make the touchscreen interface Adam Jensen's primary neural hub enhancement.

That all sounds pretty good, but better still is the fact that if you have the original game and the Missing Link DLC on PC, you get 75% off the game, so the Director's Cut costs just five bucks. If you've just got the game but no DLC, it's $US10.

I didn't much care for Missing Link, but it would've worked better sewn into the game's main campaign than as standalone DLC, since it always sort of felt like a chapter that'd been cut. The ability to take down the bosses with hacking or stealth — in the true Deus Ex fashion — is also welcome. New Game+ also sounds good, and I'm keen to see what they've done to make the energy system make more sense. I'm less sure about what they mean by updated enemy AI, but I'm looking forward to playing through the game and seeing what that's all about. Really, though — these are all improvements to a game that was very good to begin with.

I've re-upped my original 2011 review of Human Revolution below. This was my first review for Kotaku, and I was psyched to get to write it about a game that I liked so much. I remember some readers didn't like the approach I took, but I think I managed to articulate something valuable about the game: Namely, that while it doesn't innovate all that much, it wears its influences so proudly and implements their good ideas so effectively that it's rarely less than a pleasure to play.

Two years later, my appreciation for Human Revolution has only increased. I'm looking forward to firing this one back up.


    Ah, damn it... I just started playing through the stock game again.

    Guess I'll spend the $5 and update it for a couple features and prettier graphics.
    It does look a little dated now.

    This is actually pretty tempting. I picked up the game + DLC for a song during a steam sale a while back. Sadly I still haven't gotten around to playing it, even though I loved the original Deus Ex. If everyone seems to agree this version is even better than the original release, I might have to give it a go.

      ive finished the game 3 times, very good game, but if they have overhauled the boss fights and added bonus's i might pick it for $5 just to finally do the missing link DLC.

      Other than the boss fights its an incredibly solid game.

      Last edited 23/10/13 7:04 pm

      I was thinking "does this apply to the 360 version?" Then your post reminded me that I also picked it up on Steam during a ridiculous sale a while back. Aww yeah I might partake ^_^

      Yeah atmosphere is really cool. The overall story is interesting, as long as you can look past the cliche-high-moral-left-wing overtones. Overall a really fun game. Finished it about 5 times

      Last edited 23/10/13 8:21 pm

    If I could actually buy it from steam I would have but no buy option for me.

    I would buy and replay it but could they not of picked a worse time to release the game. Its gaming season. 2 big games a week for the next month and 2 next gen consoles. If it was released in July it would of been great but now its kinda meh.

      With Arkham coming out friday, and still plenty to finish in GTA5, I totally agree with you shithead.

      It's aligned with the release of the WiiU version, which was the reason to update and fix this stuff in the first place. And let's face it, the WiiU needs all the games it can get at the moment.

    This is may actually get me back into it, I leveled my character full stealth expecting an actual Deus ex game where all boss fights are optional or able to be talked out of and then ended up in a boss fight that was literally impossible since I carried no weapons but a silenced pistol. I hated that it wasn't balanced to suit my full stealth bastard playstyle.

    Edit: so is this a paid dlc, free patch or a full new release... I can't see any information here indicating any of those things.

    Last edited 23/10/13 8:26 pm

      It's a paid update on PC. It's a full price release on WiiU, and it's a mid-price release on 360 and PS3.

    Released today, you say? Why does Steam tell me it won't unlock for another 45 hours?

      Yeah sucks hey. Gotta wait till 5pm tomorrow to give them my $5.

      Looking forward to it. Happy for more Deus Ex action.

    Excited. I loved both of the previous and haven't played missing link yet...

    I liked missing link a lot. It kind of reminded me of MGS on the Playstation in the best way possible. It also had the best fight in the game.

    Was really disappointed with HR, main complaints being the boss fights and the shitty energy system. If they'd just add a goddamned standard melee button I'd buy it. Seriously, what a stupid thing to leave out.

    P.S. I know there's the stupid takedown thing, but it uses energy like a whore.

      Yah, for a stealth playthrough the melee system is awful. So often I'd take out a dude, and literally have to crawl away and wait for 2mins for my energy to recharge. But I have bionic arms! I think I have enough energy to do a takedown!

        Wait, energy recharged? Didn't you just get 3-5 bars of energy and that was it unless you could find a battery recharge thing? What the tits was I playing lol

          If you had 1 bar of energy and did a take down, it would slowly recharge back to 1 bar. So you could then do another takedown, and then hide again to recharge. Which got really annoying.

          You could eat protein bars or something to get more bars but they would never recharge so once you used them, they were gone.

    Hmm unless I'm overlooking some huge chunk of content this should really be a free update.

      They spent serious time adding stuff to the game. I reckon that's awesome and totally worth some money.

      So many other developers release a game and that's it, not further love of any kind. I think this is a good thing. You don't have to buy it if you don't want more deus ex.

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