Deus Ex: Human Revolution: When Reviews Change Your Mind

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Sometimes you think you’ve got your fall completely planned out, with money and pre-orders organized in neat little rows and squared away just so. You tell yourself you know the games that are worth skipping, the ones that you’ll get after a price drop, and the ones that you’re getting on day one.

But then reviews change everything.

As many of you know, I’ve had my qualms about Deus Ex: Human Revolution for quite some time. In fact, I labeled it as a “Shun” in a recent feature. But today, a pile of glowing reviews dropped for the game in advance of its release tomorrow.

Apparently, Deus Ex is a contender for Game of the Year. It’s being hailed as the best action/stealth game to come out since Metal Gear Solid. It’s also being called a cool blend of Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect. People are raving about the world, the story and the phenomenal gameplay. As such, all of the GamerSushi staff decided to purchase it today, including myself. And I can’t wait to play it tomorrow. I’m happy to have been proved wrong, but we’ll see if I agree with all the reviews.

So – who else is pumped about these great reviews? When have reviews changed your mind about a purchase before? Go!

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9 thoughts on “Deus Ex: Human Revolution: When Reviews Change Your Mind”

  1. !!! The reviews have only solidified my hopes and dreams for this game. I’m /still/ not getting my hopes too high, I just want to play it so bad.. I’m debating skipping work tomorrow just so I can play it at 2 or 3 AM when the files get unlocked…

    My excitement can’t be contained right now. I haven’t been this excited for a game since Half-Life 2. Portal 2 was close. But Deus Ex was one of the first 3D PC game I ever played….

    I could cry right now…

  2. Dude, while I’m probably nowhere near as eager as you, I’m right there with you in terms of being desperate to play this. Sometimes, when you read reviews, you can just tell when a game is going to resonate with you, and suddenly I feel like this one is going to.

    It’s seriously crazy. When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have any desire to play this. By about 2pm, I couldn’t think about anything else.

  3. I found numerous good reviews about Test Drive Unlimited 2, so I decided to buy it. What the f? Worst game ever. Made a FB status about it and then about 3 of my mates said the same thing. What does this mean? Ask your mates. They know better!

  4. Also (sorry for double post) about this game, I never got around to playing the original regardless of all the good reviews. I’m not pre-ordering or buying this as soon as it comes out, but I may consider getting it if you guys here at sushiland give it a good review.

  5. I’m with the rest of you guys on this one. The reviews have definitely pushed this from a “wait and see, buy after price drop” to an “oh my god, I need this game ASAP”

    The last game that did this for me was probably Arkham Asylum. I only started considering buying it earlier this year but I hadn’t really heard anything about it when it got released, so I went back and read a whole bunch of reviews (including Mitch’s) and started thinking “why the he’ll didn’t I get this earlier?”

  6. I need it asap! I love Deus Ex. But I’ve got other priorities right now as I’ve been preparing for uni. My course doesn’t begin until late September though, so I may get this early in September. Unless Arkham City sways me (maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find a job so I can play both!). Winter is coming (and with it a shitload of games).
    Damn, that reminds me: I need to get the other A Song of Ice and Fire novels because GoT is sooooooooooo good. Ugh, I need a job.

  7. Having just been through the same stomach-churning world inversion as you, I’m right there with you Eddy. I’d still be balanced precariously on the fence if it weren’t for the quote Nick posted: “its vision of 2027 is the most exquisite, spot-on video game distillation of William Gibson since the 16-bit Shadowruns.” That’s a pretty serious statement in my book, but if it holds true, I’ve been waiting for this game for at least a decade without knowing it.

  8. Update: I only slept for 4 hours last night so I could get up at 6 AM and play for 2 hours before getting ready for work, then played for 5 more hours immediately following.

    *Anyone who remotely liked the first games*: This game is /very/ Deus Ex.

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I’ve been getting PM’d over steam all day by other people freaking out and falling in love. I have a few small nitpicks with it, but it’s mostly because I’m comparing every aspect to the first game rather than as a stand alone title.

    Regardless, this is certainly a game that is worth at least an honest try.

  9. Julez, I agree, this game is fantastic. So far, I’ve only played for about 2-3 hours, which was enough to get me through the first mission. I chose to go all stealth on it, and got by without killing a single dude. I think I’m really going to love leveling up my stealth/hack abilities. One thing I appreciate is how the game rewards you for playing the way you want to play. If you want to stealth, you get experience, if you want to shoot, you get experience. Most games punish you for not doing it one way or the other, and tend to do a crappy job at both.

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