So I’m playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I really am. I’m not going to let my feelings about the original trip me up. I mean it. I’m going to finish it. Really.
Actually, I don’t think I’m going to make it. I’m almost 5 hours in but have lost momentum.
I’m not really sure what my issue is with Human Revolution. The decision to go guns blazing instead of stealth seems to be more acceptable that it was in the original. There is a choice at the beginning of the mission with no moral judgment passed, at least from what I’ve seen so far.
And yet, I still feel like the game wants me to go stealth. A lot of the characters I talk to mention the sneaky way into wherever it is they are sending me. And a stealth play-through seems to be the only “pure” way through.
For example, I received a mission where I need to get these two drug-dealers off a guy’s back. They wouldn’t talk to me so I assumed I just needed to blow them away. So I pulled out my machine gun and took them down.
Man, what a mess! Killing them pulled all their buddies. I took them down without too much effort. However, all the NPCs were cowering in fear, including the guy I needed to complete the quest. I couldn’t get them to stop so I had to reload.
I decided to be a little more stealthy the second time. I bought all the DLC so I had a silenced sniper rifle in my inventory. I backed around a corner and was able to take them out without setting off any alarms.
So mission accomplished but it felt very unsatisfying. I wanted to shot from the hip, not hide around the corner. But it looked like that was not going to be the option I hoped it was.
Now, I’m not saying Deus Ex is bad. I REALLY wanted to like this game. I was intrigued by the story. I enjoyed the gun play in the few missions I completed. And I liked the conversation model.
However, I don’t know if I am going to be able to get over my feelings from the original. This game makes me feel like I’m doing it wrong. And I hate that feeling.
So I am going to move on for now. I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to play yet. And I haven’t completely given up on getting through this game. I just need to take a break.