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 Sep 19, 2011 - 02:29 PM - by Michael
* Deus Ex: HR

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So... I've finished it this weekend.

I'm honestly not sure what to make of it at the moment. Sure, I played it "my way." Sure, I almost threw my mouse out the window in the first boss fight (stealth/hacking char vs hyper-raging asshole with a chaingun grafted to his arm). Sure, I enjoyed much of it.

The problem I have is... it doesn't feel like there is a way we get from "here" to the original Deus Ex. It doesn't make a lot of sense. The hacking minigame. The lack of physical lockpicks. The seriously ubiquitous augmentations everywhere dwindled to Very Few People having anything resembling an Aug by the beginning of the original game. It almost feels like an alternate-reality game, a "we rebooted the franchise" thing.

And I miss playing as JC Denton. I miss having a lot more choices, a lot more freedom... hell, a lot more WORLD to explore. This one was about twice as long as Deus Ex: Invisible War and at the same time, it feels far shorter than it should be going by how much time I spent on the original Deus Ex.

I'll have a review, eventually, but first I need to sort this out. I'm not sure how I feel about the game, presently.
 

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