Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut Review
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Eidos Montreal, Straight Right
Pub: Square Enix
Release: October 22, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

Extras included in the Director's Cut are a complete digital player's guide, with interactive maps and a thorough walkthrough of every mission, as well as developer commentaries showcasing the hard work and ingenuity that went into putting this game together. Also, a New Game + mode has been added that allows you to restart the campaign with all of your augmentations intact: a wonderful inclusion considering how much this game begs to be replayed.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut Screenshot

The visuals have also seen some improvement, although not in every respect. Many of the effects, such as lighting, shadows, and anti-aliasing have been improved, which enhances the dark and cold tones of the rigid and mechanical future. However, the character models, particularly the facial gestures, are still rough and don't do well showcasing the realism the rest of the game is trying to portray.

The synthetic music score is absolutely brilliant in Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut, sometimes to such subtle precision that I find myself staring at the title screen for several minutes listening to the quiet ambient melody that's both beautiful and depressing before loading my game. Communications between Adam and his team via a cochlear implant device sound authentic, and weapon effects have just enough of a variation to make them believable as armaments a couple of decades down the road. Playing the game completely via the GamePad is just as exciting as on the television; however, the speaker quality is not nearly as good. Put on a good set of headphones, though, and you'll feel that much more immersed in the world.

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Overall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut is exactly what the Wii U needs right now. It is a series that has likely passed the Nintendo faithful by, and one that any mature gamer should take a look at. The story is gritty, the world is engaging, and the sheer scope of choices at your disposal makes for incredible replay value. All those standards aside, the GamePad functionality is where the cool factor lies. There's so much to keep your fingers busy, and the visual design of the interface makes you feel like you're wielding a futuristic, high-tech tablet with apps meant for a covert agent. The developers have dubbed this the ultimate edition of the game, and they are absolutely right.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: October 21, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
The effects enhancements are noticeable improvements over the originals, but character models are still blocky and sterile.
5.0
Control
Movement and combat are fluid, and this is by far the best use of the Wii U GamePad.
4.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The orchestrations are sublime and edgy, the sound effects and voice work solid. Just remember to wear headphones when playing in off-TV mode.
5.0
Play Value
All the extra DLC and so many choices that you'll thank the heavens for the inclusion of the New Game + mode.
4.7
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A DIVIDED NEAR-FUTURE: Discover a time of great technological advancement, but also a time of chaos and conspiracy. Mechanical augmentations of the human body have divided society between those who can afford them and those who can't. Opposing forces conspire from the shadow to control the destiny of mankind: A human revolution is coming.
  • A PERFECT MIX OF ACTION AND ROLEPLAY: The game uniquely combines action-packed, close-quarter takedowns with intense shooting, offering a vast array of character augmentations and upgrades for the many weapons at your disposal. Unlock new abilities and increase you stealth, social, hacking, or combat skills: The game rewards all styles of play and approaches. Determine how you want your character to evolve, based on how you want to play the game.
  • CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES: Shoot your way through your enemies, sneak up behind them without being traced, hack systems to retrieve crucial information, or use your social skills to extract information from key characters–there are always choices, multiple approaches, multiple paths, and multiple tools at your disposal. Choose your playing style and face the consequences of your actions: You decide how the story unfolds.

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