this is some kind of art thing isn't it?
I think the game was just the right seriousness for a cyberpunk setting. I think Adam Jensens voice actor, however, needs to stop eating jagged rocks.
Actually, what is up with games with decent voice acting (human revolution not totally included) but awful monotoned protagonists. The Withcher 1 and 2 both had excellent voicework, yet Geralt sounded awful. is the Monotone supposed to allow our thought process to put our own voice into what they say? That works about as well as the silent protagonist in a 16-bit RPG, which is to say it doesn't at all and makes your lead the least interesting character. You can be an everyman without talking like Batman or Ben Stein.
And whats with airline peanuts! You need a wench to open the bag! Oooy!
@SolRo: Your knee-jerking aside, no, I don't think all games should be Mario-oriented (as if there's a shortage of that), and "hipster?" Really? That's becoming your go-to like "commie" is to Republicans.
Deus Ex has loads of overwrought melodrama and purple prose, often in really odd places, and yet its missing from others where it might seem appropriate (finding your girlfriend, supposedly your whole mission in life, takes a quick seat in the back of the bus until near the end). Like 80's cyberpunk, half of the cast quotes philosophy while the other half has ham-fisted attempts to sound "street."
It's still enjoyable (the outsourced boss fights suck, as do the trite selection options for how to end the game), though it makes a lot of strange plot/character choices (like the guy with no skin) that make the "serious business" parts of the game come off like Leslie Nielsen in "Airplane."
I'm surprised that poetv-ers find the most recent Deus Ex to be a good game. It's shit.
The plot was so odd.
On one hand, you had some brilliant writing and touches in the form of the e-mails (reading Pritchard's show pitch was the highlight of the game), historical e-books, and subdued background points.
On the other hand you had basically everything to do with the main plot: horrible Squaresoft jRPG villains, cutscenes that made your character look like a total idiot chump in every single one (getting snuck up on and sucker punched by every boss, yelling at the screen for letting dragon lady CEO get away), and treating the transhumanist elements as anything more than allegory for runaway consumer idiocy.
It's like the writing was separated into A and B teams, with the B team being Squaresoft overriding good decisions. The end result was like if you had Robocop where it still had all the brilliant attacks on runaway capitalism, but instead of the other half being awesome action shlock it was replaced with overly serious, disjointed jRPG meets Dreden Codak mess.
Despite all its flaws, it was still by far game of the year.
Actually Everyone Poops is much better than DaVinci codes... but you know what I meant.
The funniest thing about HR's plot is that the trailer ended up telling a better story than the full game. If they had kept the transhuman stuff toned down and focused the plot on conglomerates keeping people as addicted indentured servants, it could have been really great.
Instead the plot was...fuck I don't know, the Illuminati's attempt to control out of control technology going out of control?
Fuck those endings too. PUSH BUTTON TO CHOOSE HOW FINAL CUT EDITS YOUR FOOTAGE. Sit back as you watch slightly different jumbled stock footage from old Alpha Centauri secret project FMVs. Even Deus Ex 2 handled the endings better.
Plot schmot, the game play is miserable.
I enjoyed the majority of the game, regardless, but then again, I liked the majority of Mass Effect 3 and despite not liking the ending didn't take it as a personal slight on my honor, so what do I know.
I actually liked the 'blade runner' style focus on trans-humanism over the conspiracy shit, though it was a bit overdone as well. Also, the girl you are chasing turns out to be the shittyiest person in the game, I sort loved that in a 'it's so stupid it's good' sort of way, so my tastes are suspect, I guess.
Missing Link DLC was pretty good though. Hope for the future of the series, if there is a future to it.
Not as good as FOOTBALL.
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