Friday 18 December 2015

Topping Deus Ex: Human Revolution will not be Easy

Deus Ex Mankind Divided Feature
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Set two years after the events of Human RevolutionDeus Ex: Mankind Divided sees Adam Jensen return to a series that will undoubtedly have moral compasses spinning into overdrive.

Showcasing Jensen and his augmentations in full effect, every cinematic trailer or gameplay video for Human Revolution is looking promising so far. As I sit here and watch these previews, I can't help but be overcome with nostalgia, as my mind casts back to 2011, and the feelings I had playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution on PlayStation 3.

The story of Human Revolution begins with Adam Jensen being left for dead after a terrorist attack on Sarif Industries. To survive, he undergoes life-saving operations replacing parts of his body with futuristic technology. Once equipped with his state-of-the-art augmentations, he's given a chance to seek answers and carry out revenge on those responsible for the attack that almost led to his demise. Topics such as robotics, morality and the essence of being human are all raised in Human Revolution, as Jensen gets caught up in the debate about whether transhumanism should even exist.

Should we allow augmentations? Should we accept those who have them in society? Can you honestly trust a man whose arms include a blade, and are strong enough to punch through walls with ease?

With those questions raging in my mind, I kept wondering whether it mattered that Jensen had these lethal abilities, or whether it was ethical to allow people to augment themselves. Where to draw the line proved challenging to perceive, and as a result of these questions, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was captivating.

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Also, by forcing you to decide how to access objectives, Deus Ex: Human Revolution has an exemplary way of questioning your morals. There are no 'correct' ways to assess each mission. So, if you want to approach an assignment by rushing in guns blazing you can, and if you wish to sneak through each task as quietly as possible, the game allows you the freedom to do so.

Additionally, the sci-fi steampunk world is a visual treat, with the black and gold colour template helping to blend everything together so stylishly. Though, what sets this game apart from countless other graphically superb games, is not only the compelling story and rich graphical presentation but also, the soundtrack. Michael McCann composes beautiful, futuristic sci-fi melodies that compliment the gorgeous visuals perfectly. Thankfully, McCann has returned for Mankind Divided, and I eagerly anticipate what sort of soundtrack he creates. Judging by the trailer music, it's safe to assume it will be another sterling effort, that may even surpass his former work.

With hope, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will propel the series to new heights although it will be tricky to surpass Human Revolution's excellenceIf you haven't played it, I highly recommend you do, as it would be a shame to miss experiencing all that it has to offer.