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Byline: Cheryl Mullin

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal, XBOX, PS3, PC) WHEN Deus Ex first hit the shops 11 years ago it was greeted with almost universal acclaim.

It offered players a unique combination of player choice and multiple narrative paths. As well as the pioneering gameplay, it was visually stunning.

Developers Ion Storm Inc quite rightly won a glut of awards, and was named the Best PC Game of All Time.

A sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War was issued in 2003 and failed to receive the high-praise bestowed upon its predecessor.

But that is all about to change with the release of Human Revolution, a direct prequel.

You play as Adam Jensen, a security specialist who has been handpicked to oversee the defence of one of America's most experimental biotechnology firms.

But when a black ops team break in and assassinate the scientists he was hired to protect, Adam makes a shocking discovery about his employers and embarks on a mission which could shape the future of mankind itself.

Human Revolution takes the franchise back to its roots, offering so much, that sometimes your brain hurts.

For instance, there's an enemy ahead of you. You can go at him guns a-blazing and take him out. But that runs the risk of attracting more bad guys. So would it be better to take a more stealth like approach, sneak past the guy, silently taking him down as you do and then find a loose grid to shimmy down? Visually it's been polished to perfection, a lot of time and effort has gone into creating a rich, believable world in which to play out your story.

And that's the real beauty of the game, it's your story. The choices you make really shape the game around you. The major plot points obviously don't change, but the route taken to them is unique to you.

I can honestly say I didn't want to put this game down - it's an utter triumph and a must for any gamers collection.

RATING: 10/10 - Perfection ? BARGAIN BUY: pounds 34.99 at A WHOLE array of Robocop goodies have just been released on XBOX Live, from the signature helmet to a full Robocop suit.

But I just couldn't resist this ED-209, which for just 320c (about pounds 2.74), can now play with my avatar.


YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO COMPLY: My avatar with its pet ED-209
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2011
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