Reviewer Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary : Ultimately, despite various niggles, this was a satisfying dip back into the the DX universe.
Deus Ex: The Fall has finally been released on PC. I reviewed the game on iOS and found it to be a clunky mess of a release. Others weren’t so critical and really rated it. Now that it has been released on PC the hue and cry from some purists has been rather ludicrous. It is only $10, and if you can get over a few quirks it is quite good fun.
That said, Ubisoft did themselves no favors with some of the port choices. Choosing to have no re-bindable keys was not exactly clever (however they did make sure lefties were okay by allowing the arrow keys for movement). Instead of having gun dealers placed at strategic locations, players can buy weapons and ammo at any time on the fly. This is not as convenient as it seems because if you are overly keen with your spending, things can become more difficult later in the game. The un-skippable tutorial is a bit tedious and rather unnecessary on the PC it has to be said.
Movement, as you might expect, is far less clunky than on iOS. It might not be as snappy as the proper DX, but works well enough.
The game looks decent on the PC and the story-line is in keeping with DX. It is compelling enough to keep you interested and willing to finish the game. Takedowns are just as satisfying, although it seems rather silly that whether you kill your adversaries or just knock them out, the bodies disappear, leaving only their loot. Stealth is satisfying if done properly, thought at times the guards can be rather thick.
I have to admit that I was keen at the end to see where Ubisoft will go next with this game, and I hope that they continue this story arc with a new episode soon. Maybe one native to PC and to the iOS, instead of merely a port?
There have been several updates to fix some of the odd bugs in Deus Ex: The Fall. So, at least, you know Ubisoft hasn’t just chucked it out there with no support.
At the end of the day, what matters is if the game is fun. Ultimately, despite various niggles, this was a satisfying dip back into the the DX universe, and for only $10. If you think it is too steep a price, then wait for the next sale, especially if you never bothered to get the clunky iOS version of this game. And I had more fun playing this than the dire Thief that is for sure.
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