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PC Game Review: ‘Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut’

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is a long-winded name for a whole load of awesome. Instead of just releasing a bog-standard “Game of the Year” DX:HR:DCedition with the proper game and all the DLC, Ubisoft has gone all out.

This is truly a “Director’s Cut” in the movie sense, with bits of the game tweaked in such a way that even the most unobservant owner of the original will notice. Did you loath the “boss battles” of the original version? Did you think they ruined the vibe of the game as you like to play it stealthy/non-violent? Well the DC has completely changed the boss battles so there are far more options to solve the problem.

Did you get frustrated that there were rooms of baddies that there was no way to get round? Well that has changed too with lots more options for stealth and sneaking. Non-lethal takedowns are far more rewarding now, and you can quickly advance your aug tally by going this route. It might be just me, but I sense that Dishonored had a bit of an influence to the changes in this game. At times it has, minus the magical element, a bit more of that game’s vibe.

It looks better as well both overall, and in the cutscenes where the animations are not as jerky. There is documentary on the making of the game and commentary as well should you be interested.

The Missing Link DLC is neither “missing” nor a distinct game now and is fully integrated into the storyline. This makes for quite the shock if you have augmented yourself to the hilt, only to have it all taken away. When you get your “gear” back, it is in fact only a percentage of what you originally “lost.” Rest assured however, all of it is returned at the end of the level.

While I played the original version several times, I feel there is enough different in this version to have done a whole playthrough before a review. Yes, the ending still is a bit lame, but getting there is quite a bit more fun. It is really quite astonishing that Ubisoft took the time to tweak the game as much as they have done. It truly justifies getting the DC version. Not only that, but depending on how much of the original content you bought this version can be as little as $4.99.

If you liked or loved DX:HR I fully recommend you get the DC and have a go again. You will remember why you liked it in the first place and truly appreciate what Ubisoft has done to the game to make it better. In short one of the best PC games of the last decade just got even better.

Let us hope that the next DX game will take this template and make an original game which comes close to the original Deus Ex. Kudos to Ubisoft for thinking of Deus Ex fans and making an effort to address the “faults” of the original DX: HR.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director’s Cut is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol. This game can also be found on: Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U.

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  • I rented the original version of this game and had an absolute blast playing it. I of course chose to go the stealthy route so it’s great to hear about all of the improvements in the Director’s Cut. I think I’ll get it for WiiU over PC though as my computer isn’t the most powerful on the block.

    Thanks for posting this sweet review!