Deus Ex: Human Revolution gave us a game-over screen seconds after the opening credits, and we loved it. We were about to tiptoe into our first mission—deftly defusing a hostage crisis—when we encountered a trio of friendly SWAT guards. “Good guys,” said our brain. “No can hurt,” it concluded in caveman. There is, however, a certain comedic appeal in watching large objects bounce harmlessly off people’s faces, so we assisted a nearby garbage can out of earth’s pesky gravitational pull. THWACK. Immediately, the three future musketeers whipped out their firearms and turned us into cybernetically enhanced Swiss cheese. That’s when we knew: It was love at first murder.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a wonderful game. It really, really is. Its out-of-nowhere boss fights, then, were like discovering a creamy filling of peanut butter and jelly inside your fully cooked lobster; they're jarring, miss the point entirely, and are probably – though we haven't tested this – largely inedible. So, what were they doing in such an otherwise carefully crafted game in the first place? Well, critics and gamers alike were baffled, but a video unearthed by Gameranx provides an answer redeemable for at least one (1) “Ah-hah!” In short: “We did the boss battles,” said the head of GRIP Entertainment. “I’m a shooter guy, coming into this not knowing a lot about the Deus Ex world.” That's, uh, wow. Some higher-up deserves a mechanically augmented slapping for that one. We've posted the full video after the break, just in case you're interested.
GameStop is in full damage control mode after being caught tearing into retail copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and kidnapping coupons that would have allowed PC gamers to play the game for free on Square Enix's OnLive gaming service. That dirty deed didn't sit well with gamers, some of who resorted to using the "C" word (class action lawsuit), and GameStop wants everyone to know it's sorry. As in, here's a $50 gift card and a 'Buy 2 get one 1 free' coupon for pre-owned titles.
We don't like it when things sound too good be to true. For instance, we'll never forget the time IHOP's Nutella Crepes cruelly stabbed us in the back by boring a hole in our intestines. The world is a disappointing, briefly delicious place, so we prefer to approach it with caution. That said, Arkane Studios' Dishonored sounds so freaking amazing.