This week: The moderate highs and not-so-moderate lows of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, plus we remember what made the original so special. Also: Gears of War 3, Tim takes five minutes off, and we share our picks for dream HD remakes. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "The Logician" Naik, and Tim Spaeth. Special thanks to RandomRob for composing this week's break music!

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Tim Spaeth

Tim Spaeth

Cleveland native Tim Spaeth grew up in a happy household – a household with a father whose major client happened to be an Atari games distributor. This led directly to Tim's first nickname: "The kid who got Atari games before anyone else." Indeed, he knew Pac-Man and E.T. were colossal bombs weeks before the rest of the world, and the resulting celebrity brought him great pleasure.

Through the years every aspect of Tim's life has been touched by gaming. He mastered typing thanks to Space Quest, honed his poker skills on The Sierra Network, and learned to hate after a particularly traumatic game of Tecmo Super Bowl.

Today, Tim lives in Chicago with his three kids and strives to find that perfect balance between family, career, and Warcraft. He enjoys broadcasting, martial arts, rock and roll, growing and shaving his beard, singing show tunes to the homeless, and losing at Mario Kart to his lovely, talented, and amazing girlfriend.

In late 2008, Tim became the producer and host of the Podcast, and he's thrilled to be bringing GameCritics' unique editorial voice to a brand new medium.
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8 Comments on " Podcast Episode 60: Deus Ex: HR, Gears of War 3, Dream HD Remakes"

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Tim Spaeth

[quote=Crofto]I was kinda harsh to Tim on Twitter regarding his love for Gears 3, but his words regarding the game(s) made me regret my words. ;p … So Tim, I’m sorry![/quote]Haha, not to worry. I maintain it’s the best Gears game, though now that I’ve finished it, there are certainly flaws to be debated. Hopefully one of my colleagues will play it and we can rehash it on the poddy. (“Poddy” is a hip term for “Podcast.”)

I was kinda harsh to Tim on Twitter regarding his love for Gears 3, but his words regarding the game(s) made me regret my words. ;p … So Tim, I’m sorry! CliffyB has proven himself a big, massive tit, however. Anyway, regarding remakes – I think the GameCritics’ universal choice is great, but for me Deadly Premonition would benefit so much it’s not even funny. For me personally though a remake of both Shenmue I & II would be stupendous, pretty much for identical reasons (e.g. the combat could use some tweaking, the controls more refined, and better visuals). Oh… Read more »
My wish list would consist of Deus Ex I was late to the party and I haven’t finished it. Not exactly because of the graphics but improving them beyond what graphic mods can do might have made it easier to dive into its atmosphere. Because it seemed to be loved by the podcasters: Did it really push the limits? I entered PC gaming much later, and i didn’t play any of those but Wolfenstein, System Shock and Thief already existed, and as i understand it DX took System Shocks core added a Thief layer to it, got a great soundtrack… Read more »
Mike Bracken
Hi Chris, Thanks for the comments. I understand where you’re coming from completely. I think, for me, the thing is that we’re looking at Deus Ex (the original) in the context of where games were when it was released over a decade ago. Were there problems with the game? Yeah. I even pointed some of them out in my review. My issue is like your last point — HR tries to incorporate a lot of out of date mechanics and concepts into a modern game. The developers should know better in 2011, I’d think. As far as the augments go,… Read more »
Chris Johnson
While I wasn’t surprised to hear some sharp criticism of Human Revolution, I was surprised by the unanimity of it, and thereby how glowing the original sounded. I went back and re-played the original after Human Revolution. In fact, much of the criticism leveled at HR concerns issues equally present in the original: 1. The Game Ending options, all available to everyone regardless in both games 2. need bars/packs to restore energy for augmentations – taking room in the inventory grid 3. not all aguments are equal – not every one from DeusEx is helpful either etc etc In fact,… Read more »

I think there’s a little rose-tinted glasses towards the original Deus Ex, I mean yeah the first game had a great amount of little details in the beginning that made me go “whoa” even first playing it 9 years after on my lousy old Gateway. But man Hen g-sha in HR got nothing on that drab section in Paris, or the latter levels being mostly tedious or forgettable (aside from the underwater base and Area 51). That being said the pre-order missions in HR are convincing me to wait 6-12 months before purchasing any new game from now on.

about the last half of this podcast was having all of you sandwiched between my old podcast theme and the sublime Horst Jankowski. What more could a guy want? Thanks, Tim! Maybe I could send you short tracks for your intermissions? That’d be fun! I did want to make one comment while I’m thinking of it: props to CHI for suggesting ‘Elemental Gearbolt’ for an HD makeover. Great old Working Designs Guncon game that came out for the PSOne. It had this wonderful moody backstory, fantastic art design, lovely music.. The best thing about it I remember was since you… Read more »
Eric Bowman

Great ‘cast, guys.

The title I’d most like to see an HD remake of is Knights of the Old Republic. Brilliant as brilliant can be, but in dire need of updated visuals and animations. Remember the part where your character and Bastilla’s kiss is represented by a fade to black because they couldn’t animate it? That glaring cut could also be restored in an HD remake.

After Hengsha, I’ve had no temptation to go back to Human Revolution. The battery system is driving me nuts.