Wii U Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
Back in 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution was launched, gamers and reviewers rejoiced as they led Adam Jensen through air vents, hacked terminals and upgraded their cyber-tastic body to hurl big, heavy things at other things. Now we have the Director’s Cut, this includes The Missing Link DLC as well as a few gameplay and graphical improvements. It also makes it’s way to the Wii U, with Gamepad functionality and off-screen play in tow.
The core game is basically the same as it was two years ago, so for that side of things I’m going to point you to our original review, which is one of the few games we’ve given a perfect score to. This review will be mainly focussed on the improvements and Wii U functionality.
The main improvements over the original title are the adjustments made to the boss fights, in the original release the boss fights were outsourced to another developer and didn’t really fit in with the stealthy nature of the rest of the game. However, in the Director’s Cut it’s apparently possible to defeat all of the bosses without firing a single bullet, although I didn’t manage it. The boss areas have been redesigned to include extra rooms, more air vents and even security systems such as sentry turrets which can be hacked and used in your favour. The Director’s Cut also has improved AI and textures, although I didn’t really notice any major improvements in that department, the game looked good in 2011 and still looks good now.
If you’ve bought yourself a Wii U copy of the game then you’ll be pleased to learn that it utilises the Gamepad to great effect. In general gameplay the Gamepad displays a large map in the center with buttons either side for accessing the in-game menus such as inventory and upgrades. Hacking is also handled via the Gamepad, you’ll have to tap the nodes in an attempt to hack the system before the time runs out. The Gamepad is a bit of a double edged sword, it’s great with inventory management when nothing is happening, or hacking terminals as it’s a bit more involved – however, when looting bodies or having to use the Gamepad to aim with some scoped weapons it becomes a bit of an annoyance. I died several times as I was trying to loot a body quickly only to have someone sneak up on me as I was looking down at the Gamepad. Of course, there’s also remote play should you want to use the TV to watch Eastenders.
On top of that there’s also a bunch of extras included with the Director’s Cut such as New Game+ so you can replay the game with all your goodies. There’s also a ‘Making Of’ video, a strategy guide and even a developer commentary, should you want to learn all of the ins and outs of the game as you play along, as well as a few Easter eggs and hidden tidbits. There’s also The Missing Link DLC included which adds around five hours of gameplay to the original release.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut is still the brilliant Deus Ex: Human Revolution we all enjoyed in 2011. There’s more content and a series of minor improvements to enhance the experience. If you’ve played the game before then this probably isn’t worth your time but if you missed it the first time round or are looking for a decent Wii U title then it’s the perfect time to get involved.