Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The prequel to the popular RPG Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Human Revolution focuses on combat, multiple-choice gameplay, and story. It follows Adam Jensen, a former security officer who has been mechanically augmented after being severely injured. Allistair Pinsof watched an exclusive demo of the game and came away generally pleased with the game's graphics and use of multiple solutions during gameplay.
Read Allistair's full preview of Deus Ex: Human Revolution here. The game is due for release August 23, 2011 on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
Unlike previous Revolution demos, the alternate paths in this mission were less obvious and restrictive, requiring the player to have certain upgrades in order to use a shortcut. At one point in the mission, Jensen discovered a drop in the ventilation system that he could follow down in order to get to a security booth. With the Icarus Landing System augment, he is able to slide down the shaft without taking damage from the drop. Without it, he would have to find another way in or fight security guards directly.
Along with expanding your inventory, you can spend Piraxis points on augments that will help you navigate hazardous areas. One area was had an electric field, preventing intruders from entering. With the right augment, Jensen could step right through it but without it, it provided a platforming obstacle course. Augments are not always flashy, some are just practical. Later in the demo, Jensen needed to reach the floor above him, surrounded by security, in order to proceed. By augmenting his arm strength, he repositioned a convenience machine and used it as a platform to jump on to and reach the balcony above.