Oh how times have changed. Once upon a time – back when Facebook just sounded like some sort of incredibly painful mishap and people still ventured outside on rare occasions – Deus Ex was considered the pinnacle of everything PC gaming aspired to be. Yet here we are, slightly more than a decade later, living in a very different sort of dystopian future – one in which, at least, in the eyes of triple-A publishers, consoles are at the tippity top of the priority totem pole. And the kicker? As it turns out, the latest Deus Ex revival isn't exactly exempt from that rule.
After years upon years of watching and waiting, it's finally time... to wait a little longer. But now, there's at least a day to mark down on your cybernetic calendar implant that also doubles as a George Foreman grill.
We consider ourselves to be fairly complex individuals driven by an unfathomably intricate system of wants and needs – including the desire to succeed, chocolate, and chocolate – but it seems Eidos Montreal's solved our psychological puzzle. Simply mash together one storied franchise, one incredibly promising trailer and one unexpected delay, and – presto! – crushing depression.
Citing “harsh market feedback” on recent titles, publisher Square Enix has decided to push Deus Ex: Human Revolution into its next fiscal year, which means the cyberpunk shooter won't hit cyber-shelves until April 2011 at the absolute earliest.
Odds are, this stems from Final Fantasy XIV's cringe-inducing bellyflop of a landing and the publisher's fear of a repeat performance. There, especially, “harsh” is an understatement, and its developers are in a state of disaster control so intense you'd think the game recently suffered a Godzilla attack (which, incidentally, would make it so much better).
So basically, we can't blame Square Enix for delaying Deus Ex. Plus, there's no such thing as too much polish. But even in the face of such evidence, we can't squelch our inner five-year-old's screams of “I want it now!”
We don't usually post game trailers here at Maximum PC, but every once in a while something comes along and knocks our proverbial socks straight into the sun. The complete Deus Ex: Human Revolution CG trailer fits that description quite nicely. Also, those were our favorite socks. We're pretty much devastated right now.
For the uninitiated, the game stars security guard Adam Jensen and his amazing Swiss army knife robo-arms. Oh, and also the most tear-jerkingly gorgeous dystopian cityscape we've ever seen. Invisible War may have been something of a rude awakening for Deus Ex fans dreaming of a perfect sequel, but we'd be lying if we said our hopes weren't sky-high for Human Revolution. Enough from us, though. Marvel at the trailer below.
E3’s been put to bed and tucked in tight, and we’ve given you a pretty good taste of what we saw while we were there. Here’s the thing, though: we only previewed games. Handy, sure, but isn’t there, like, an entire industry surrounding this stuff? So consider this your preview of everything else. Trends, technologies, when we’ll finally catch a glimpse of Half-Life 3 (answer: the day after Duke Nukem Forever comes out), and more!
1. Modern Warfare – I never thought I’d say this, but I sort of miss World War II. Actually, no I don’t, but after realizing that, by now, the number of fictional Middle Eastern countries invented to house fictional videogame terrorist groups probably outnumbers the actual Middle East, I’ve definitely started feeling some fatigue from constantly playing as the boys in fatigues. That, however, didn’t stop E3 from proudly displaying Call of Duty: Black Ops, Spec Ops: The Line, Medal of Honor, and plenty of others cut from the same cloth as Infinity Ward’s opus.
The Forecast: Modern Warfare’s influence has already spread to the most disparate corners of the gaming universe and will continue to do so. Some games won’t even try to dress up their influences (Medal of Honor, I’m looking at you. Oh, wait, is that you Modern Warfare 2? Sorry. Easy Mistake). Others, meanwhile, might try putting a personal spin on the proceedings – like Spec Ops with its choice-based storyline. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Every multiplayer game under the sun – war-based or not – is taking cues from Modern Warfare’s addictive level-up system. Don’t believe me? Try the latest Transformers game. Yeah.
Has it really been ten years since Deus Ex first launched? We were expecting everyone in the real world to be part man, part machine, and part black leather trenchcoat by now. Oh well. At least Steam's still offering a nice consolation prize: Deus Ex in its entirety for so little that you can probably go take a quick dig through your couch cushions and announce, “I can now afford one of the greatest games of all time.”
Previously $9.99, Deus Ex is now available for the paltry sum of $2.50. Or, throw a couple extra dollars in the pot and you can nab both Deus Ex and its decent-but-not-amazing sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War for a grand total of $4.98. So basically, it's Deus Ex's birthday, but we're the ones getting the presents.
It's an excellent deal, and with Deus Ex: Human Revolution right around the corner, there's no better time to find out what all the hubbub's about. What else are you going to use $2.50 for? Some gum? Enough gas to get you to the pump right in front of you so you can refuel for real this time? This one sounds like a no-brainer to us.