One of our most anticipated titles of this year’s E3 was Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and thankfully Square Enix provided a playable demo across several booths. Hit the break to view our initial impressions of the playable demo.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was easily our Game of the Show last year, however I’m disappointed to report that it hasn’t really progressed the way it should have in the last year. I guess the first part I want to cover is the graphics. It’s not a good looking game, at all, which is really sad considering both Eidos and Square Enix really excel in this category. Also, during our play-through we ran into some severe hit-detection issues. Bullets would just pass through someone’s head rather than dropping them. The cover system also has a twitchy camera, and is bogged down by un-intuitive controls. I didn’t see any options to change them, but I hope for Square Enix’s sake they offer alternative controls.
Aside from that, what we played was fun; when it properly worked. The melee and stealth kills are great, and they do a great job of offering several different context sensitive animations. The animations are also decent, though not what we’ve come to expect from an Eidos product. The cutscenes are put together well; however it’s apparent that the general game’s graphics have been neglected. The actual demo has put a damper on the initial excitement I had from last year’s E3. Even though this demo didn’t exactly showcase a flattering view of the title, we are still excited to get our hands on a full retail copy.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this title went through another short delay to do some extra polish. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set to release later this year for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.