Greetings fellow earthlings. I have recently returned from the near future. I have tidings…
Yeah, I’m 50 years old. Yeah, I’m a gamer. So what? You got a problem with me wasting my life away clicking my mouse and blowing away bad guys on my monitor? You should try it sometime. It’s cathartic, and I mean that in the emotionally purging way.
So, back a few years ago there was a game called Deus Ex. It was a dystopian fun-fest of the 1st order. I had played PC games before; Wolfenstein, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake 2, etc., but this game was eons beyond those. Not only were the graphics greatly improved, but the immersive quality of the storyline and game play were astounding. Deus Ex became my all-time favorite PC game, then along came the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, but that’s another story for another time.
Everyone knew there would be a sequel to Deus Ex, so the wait was on. A few years after the initial release, we were presented with Deus Ex: Invisible War. It wasn’t bad, but it was, as are most sequels, not as good as the first Deus. Of course, that’s just this one writer’s opinion. I still have the game and will probably play it again sometime.
Now, here we are… a dozen or so real time years after the release of the original. I’ve spent the last 9 days, about 54 hours of gameplay, experiencing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. My initial feelings? WOW!
And, of course, now the real gamer’s fun comes… I get to play it again on the highest skill level and explore many of the areas and subplots that I missed the first time through. It amazes me still the intricacies of these game worlds created by the amazingly talented young folks who do this stuff for a living… and for fun, I’d bet. There are also game enhancement packs and side stories available for purchase already. Eventually, there will be a horde of community created hacks and mods for this game; years of FUN! Yeah. I should see about getting a life one of these days, I s’pose. 😉
The story line of the Deus Ex series of games is a conspiracy theorist’s petri dish of twisted plots and capitalistic greed. If you’re a Bill Cooper fan or an Illuminati groupie, you’ll love it. Sometimes, the storylines of these games can be quite thought-provoking and disturbing. Deus Ex is no exception to this. It will definitely make you think more about where technology is taking the human race. It’s made me think so much about it the past few days that I’m going to write about it at Nocturnal Slacker v1.0 in just a few minutes. Check it out, if you’re interested.
If I were the Roger Ebert of PC game reviewing, I would definitely give Deus Ex: Human Revolutiion FIVE BIG THUMBS UP! Don’t miss this one, folks! You’ll be impressed.
By the way, I sort of got snookered into purchasing a Steam version of the game on eBay. It was brand new, factory sealed and all that, but requires a Steam account and downloading of the actual game. I was a bit miffed, but the price was right, so I let it slide. I do definitely intend to purchase a full version for myself shortly, though. This is a game I will want to have access to often in the future. As far as Steam goes, I don’t have any complaints at all. Their system is efficient and easy to use. I enjoyed my first Steam experience.