Prey wrote:Deus Ex HR has a very odd rep amongst gamers though. I personally thought it was fantastic and matched the coveted original almost step for step while others practically now ignore the fact it ever existed.
And another off-topic for me! DX:HR was an odd one. The original I think was groundbreaking, the sequel wasn't, that that I think is where my ambivalence to it comes from. With DX, I was hooked because here was a first person title that gradually unfolded a compelling story, and have you the decision on how you played it. It was brilliant. Yeah, clunky in places, but brilliant.
Now, I always struggle with games which have obvious mechanics - Batman AA for example, or the ME games. I walk into a room with gargoyles or waist high walls and I know what is expected of me instantly - it removes the suspension of disbelief. Now, I reckon this is maybe an age thing, I am a 40+ gamer, and I have been playing video games since video games were invented, so have quite a jaded outlook and am a cynical bastard to boot.
DX:HR was too obvious. The story wasn't brilliant, the levels felt like levels (which I never really felt in DX), and it was all too...tailored. Want to stealth it? Every area is set up so you *know* that you will find a vent, or a way to sneak through. The hacking was way overused and not interesting enough - too hard to begin with, too easy later on, it never reached that Paradroid level of enjoyment that a minigame like that should. Oh, and boss battles...
Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was it a worthy successor? Yeeeees kinda, but needed a better story. Will I replay it? Maybe, but doubtful.