Deus Ex: Human Revolution
I wrote some things already in the respective thread
. Now that I finished it after 29 hours of playtime (according to steam) I still think it's a great game. The only real criticism I can offer is that the AI bugged out a couple of times and that the graphics are not top of the line. However, the art direction is very good and saves the game in terms of visuals. I just looked at my steam achievements and noticed that I completely missed at least one side-mission. Also I made some choices that might not have been the brightest ideas. Still I never felt the game "punishes" me for my playstyle and choices, as I switched back and forth between stealth, melee and gunplay. I also like the 'social' boss battles and how a failure in them doesn't necessarily mean game over and there is always an air duct to find or a computer to hack to salvage the situation.
I put DXHR up on the shelf next to Vampire: Bloodlines. This is some of the highest praise I can give, since Bloodlines is one of my favourite games of all time.
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In some respects DXHR reminded me on Alpha Protcol. The major difference is of course: AP was a game with great ideas but terrible execution. DXHR is a game with great ideas and very good execution. AP also had one of the most obnoxious boss battles
in recent history. Compared to that DXHRs bosses are not much of a deal, the main criticism is the elimination of all other ways to beat an obstacle except violence. That is kind of a big deal in a game around choice. However, bosses 2 and 3 were quite easy to beat, it was just the first one who felt a bit like a brick wall but only because I failed to realize the amount of explosives scattered across the room, which I could have used to my advantage. With the typhoon-augmentation equipped the first two bosses are not much of a problem, the 3rd might still be. But I figured out how to beat the 3rd boss quite easily after dying only twice.
Also, the laser rifle is ridiculous, allowing pinpoint precision without even leaving cover.
I think I'll play again on Deus Ex-difficulty.