Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 50
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 50
  3. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Sep 1, 2011
    100
    In this current gen's masterpiece, Philip Dick meets William Gibson and Blade Runner meets the original Deus Ex. We can't see how on earth Warren Spector will stick with making another Disney game.
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    100
    There are plenty of open-ended games out there, but few really emphasize player choice like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The result is the follow-up Deus Ex fans have been waiting for and one of the year's best.
  3. Aug 28, 2011
    100
    The rare game in which theme and gameplay harmonize.
  4. Aug 27, 2011
    100
    Overall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution lives up to the high expectations that the original Deus Ex set.
  5. Aug 24, 2011
    100
    In a stealth genre that's been abandoned by its heroes on current-gen platforms, Deus Ex: Human Revolution remains true to its roots and provides the sequel that we'd all hoped for but feared would never live up to the billing. Games don't get much better than this.
  6. Aug 22, 2011
    100
    Fans of the series will be delighted at just how much Eidos Montreal has gotten right with this prequel, from the dark cyberpunk visuals to the open-ended puzzle solutions. It tells an epic story full of twists and turns, set atop an incredibly challenging gameplay experience.
  7. Aug 22, 2011
    100
    It's rare that I play a game that doesn't just let me play the way I like, but actually showers me with prizes for doing so, and I love it.
  8. Aug 22, 2011
    97
    The combination of the social aspect, the hacking, the action and stealth makes Deus Ex: Human Revolution a unique game. The visuals look stunning, the soundtrack is fantastic and the gameplay is brilliant. Great variety and there are alot of different ways to play this game and that makes it fun to play time after time. In other words, one of the best games of this year.
  9. Aug 23, 2011
    96
    A brilliant game that has so many small details that you'll get lost in its world. The conversations could have been a bit better but this never becomes a bother. The amount of freedom will overwhelm you and will bring you back for many more play throughs to come.
  10. Sep 7, 2011
    95
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is as good as they come. Even if it doesn't sport the best graphics, its style greatly makes up for it, and the sound is magnificent. From a gameplay perspective, the freedom of choice is refreshing. The hope is that the provided tools work so well that you'll gladly try out everything during one playthrough. With the various avenues you can take and endings you can receive depending on your actions, you have a game with tons of replay value. The gameplay doesn't get old, and the flaws feel insignificant compared to everything that the game does right.
  11. Aug 23, 2011
    95
    In short, it certainly looks like one of the best games this year, so pick it up if you get a chance.
  12. Aug 22, 2011
    95
    Challenging, addictive, immersive... provided you like stealth-based action – there hasn't been an action/RPG this good in a long while.
  13. Aug 22, 2011
    94
    An impressive return of the series made by people who love and have respected the original game. A complex world to explore and a story that will engage the player for the many hours it lasts. Solid gameplay that rewards the skillful player.
  14. Sep 3, 2011
    92
    In short, Human Revolution is a very good game and I can recommend it without hesitation, but it's not very good at its primary point of design. There is an unequivocally optimum path through the game, and while you can't purchase every upgrade there is, you can pretty easily get every one that's worth having. In a game that's ostensibly about choices, much fewer of them matter than you might think, and that's a bit disappointing.
  15. Aug 23, 2011
    92
    Eidos Montreal did a superb job with crafting a nearly perfect product. Though not quite as groundbreaking as the original, DXHR certainly pays solid respect and homage to the series, and is a very welcomed addition.
  16. Sep 16, 2011
    91
    Freedom without control may well be anarchy, but freedom within the confines of the Deus Ex world is a brilliant thing. [Issue#209, p.84]
  17. Aug 22, 2011
    91
    It sports refined, detailed gameplay that's tailored to the way you want to play, backed up by some of the best level design in the last decade. The glitches blemish the experience just enough that they should have warranted a little more development time, but at the end of the day, this is still a great game that no one should miss out on.
  18. Nov 29, 2011
    90
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution lives up to the lofty expectations of the Deus Ex name. Beyond that, it's a superb game in its own right.
  19. Sep 7, 2011
    90
    Despite the incongruous nature of Human Revolution's bosses, they remain a minor – but noticeable – blemish on an otherwise fantastic experience.
  20. 90
    One of the few games that gets player decision-making right. While it's not quite a revolution in gaming, it does provide a fresh experience and an engrossing approach to the sub-genre.
  21. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    A few nits aside, this is a fantastic mix of old-school Deus Ex, old-school Metal Gear Solid, and a dash of Uncharted for good measure. A truly immersive experience that rewards creativity and variety in your approach to playing.
  22. Aug 23, 2011
    90
    In the end, however, what you have is a game full of ambition and beauty; one that can draw you in for hours as you plumb the depths of the world searching for clues and your own solutions to problems. It's not without some technical issues, and it's pretty clear that there were some areas of the game that were glossed over in order to make the release date. However, that can all be set aside for the excellent, engrossing narrative, stellar gameplay, and utter style that oozes from every inch of the game.
  23. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    Much like great sci-fi fantasy, Deus Ex: Human Revolution never allows you to feel like you have total control or that you know everything going on in the overarching story. In this case though, it also doesn't allow you to feel as if you are an outsider looking in. This is as much your own human revolution as it is Adam Jensen's.
  24. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    A serious game for serious minds or a fun and surprisingly accessible stealth shooter. Just as it should be, the choice is always yours.
  25. 90
    This is really the pinnacle of a customizable shooter. Every level has multiple paths that you can take, each tailored to a specific play style. Combat is tough, and every battle is won, not through sheer reaction time, but rather through cunning tactical moves.
  26. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is pretty good and is not a perfect game just because it lacks the originality that Deus Ex managed to get on the turn of the millennium.
  27. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    I'm sure those who still bow at the Deus Ex altar will find faults, but based on my experience with all three entries in the series, Human Revolution is its best, striking the sweet spot between retaining the franchise's spirit and evolving its gameplay to contemporary standards.
  28. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    It's obvious how much time Eidos Montreal has spent on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and behind the wonderful design is a solid game with a plot that will keep you guessing. This is a quality product in the same class as Dead Space 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and I'm sure it will be in many of the 2011 awards lists.
  29. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    The camera and control can be a little iffy, the maze-like quality of certain districts can get annoying, and the AI and technical presentation feels somewhat dated. But the gameplay is absolutely stellar. It's a pleasure to play such a COMPLETE experience. The depth is there, the style and atmosphere is there, the action is there, and the story is there.
  30. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    A game which clearly delivers richness and varied pleasures. Granted, it's not perfect, especially from a purely technical standpoint, and it will probably not surprise as much as its illustrious ancestor did back in 2000, but its generosity, the excellence of its artistic direction and cyberpunk universe, supported by a sublime soundtrack, draw us right in for a long adventure from which it's very, very difficult to break free. I can't wait for a follow-up that could be freed from the constraints that clearly limited what the developers ambitionned to deliver originally... because Deus Ex Human Revolution still marks the return of true cyberpunk in videogames. Let's pray it doesn't leave us again for another 10 years.
  31. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    The task of reviving one of the milestones of gaming wasn't easy at all, but Eidos Montreal ultimately did it, filling its creation with care, love and choice. Complex, replayable, and offering a wide range of different gameplay experiences, Deus Ex: HR doesn't come flawless (long loading times, occasional bugs, forgettable boss fights), but it's a game that fans of the original don't want to miss, as well as everybody else looking for a game that makes you really play with it.
  32. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    Deus Ex is yet again, more than the sum of its parts, one of the most captivating games in years. It's a title far from perfect, however is a must play for anyone who is passionate for great Sci-Fi stories and action games.
  33. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    A smart, rewarding piece of transhumanist noir that does justice not just to Deus Ex, but to the fiction that inspired it.
  34. Aug 22, 2011
    90
    A futuristic FPS with RPG elements, a great story, interesting side missions and choices that matter.
  35. Aug 26, 2011
    89
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution doesn't just tell the story of super-humans, it also offers superb gameplay. There is an awesome balance between freedom an linearity, a stunning story, an authentic and detailed world and pretty long playing time. All in all, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the savior of a gaming summer devoid of highlights!
  36. Aug 24, 2011
    88
    Although Human Revolution neglects to achieve the brilliance of the original Deus Ex, with its dense world, the epic storyline and the open-minded gameplay Human Revolution nevertheless succeeds in reviving one of the most admired science fiction series in the history of game design. Sadly the PC-Version of this great experience is radically handicapped by bugs and excessive loading periods.
  37. Aug 22, 2011
    88
    Rich, atmospheric and open-ended, but let down by twitchy AI and out-of place boss fights. Deus Ex is the thinking man's FPS, but it could have been smarter.
  38. Sep 29, 2011
    85
    On the whole, Deus Ex: Human Revolution expects the player to handle their own progression appropriately and hand-holding is kept to a minimum. Given the often-commonplace mentality that many modern games should lead players around by the nose to one degree or another, having the guts to return to a philosophy of personal responsibility and choice isn't just smart-it's appreciated.
  39. Aug 29, 2011
    85
    Deus Ex 3: Human Revolution is a fascinating and intelligent game – unfortunately, it has some balancing problems and technical issues.
  40. Aug 22, 2011
    85
    This is an extensive (20-plus hours) game that by the very nature of its complexity invites replay. It is true that many of its individual elements don't withstand close inspection. But those elements add up to an impressive and absorbing adventure that invites you to improvise.
  41. Aug 22, 2011
    85
    The problematic gunplay and annoying stealth takedown mechanics keep the game from greatness, but if played a certain way, Human Revolution captures the spirit of its predecessors and can be a blast. Even if it's not a masterpiece, this entry lays the groundwork for a promising future for the series.
  42. Despite the flaws this'll be on your mind well after the credits roll. The plot is engrossing enough to make any techno freak froth at the mouth with lust. Human Revolution is a truly authentic Deus Ex game, and a great gaming experience in its own right. [October 2011 p74]
  43. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    Fans of the game will feel that Eidos has done a good job with the property and it may open the door to more games in the future. For a new-comer, the game doesn't do anything revolutionary.
  44. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    A world of anticipation rested upon Eidos Montreal's shoulders when they set out to create the prequel to the widely popular Deus Ex, released 11 years ago. Fortunately for both them and the players the results are very good. Deus Ex: Human Revolution has a more narrow storyline and the AI could have been better – but it more than accompishes its mission in delivering a great prequel to one of the most interesting stories in gaming history.
  45. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    Gamers looking for an extra additive of choice in their shooters will want to check out Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  46. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  47. Despite its shortcomings, Revolution is still a superior games that's more robust and ambitious than the vast majority of modern shooters. [Oct 2011, p.77]
  48. Aug 23, 2011
    80
    It has its issues, but its the world, the setting, and the story that make Human Revolution great. These aspects of the game are so solid that I happily waded through the game's low points in search of the next hackable terminal or other flavor-filled bit of dialogue or text. That stuff is so strong that, unless you're an extreme stickler for the above-mentioned problems, you'll more than likely be able to look past the game's weak points as well.
  49. Aug 22, 2011
    80
    The consistent mental challenge of tackling each mission is what makes it so captivating, relying on strategy over spectacle. That's not what everyone is looking for in their games, but those who are will find it in droves in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
  50. A curious hybrid: a stealthy shooter with RPG-like exploration and storytelling. It's not as direct as a sci-fi COD, nor as expansive or open as Fallout. Instead, it's somewhere in the middle. But that's also what makes the series special, and Human Revolution does the Deus Ex name proud, providing an absorbing world to investigate and a satisfying freedom to play by your own rules. [Sept 2011, p.100]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 579 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 155
  1. Aug 23, 2011
    9
    A truly outstanding dark and gritty, cyberpunk, action role-playing experience. This title by Eidos Montreal lives up to the hype and then some. Whether you're a fan of the sci-fi, role-playing, first person/third person shooter, or the stealth-action genre Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the game for you. Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    9
    The year is 2027, and Sarif Industries is the world's premier manufacturer of human bio-mechanical â
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    One of the best games I have played in a long time. This game is hard as nails.. I've never been this frustrated/excited and constantly having to re-load saves since old school games. Full Review »