Deus Ex: The Fall REVIEW
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Robots? Check. Skyscrapers? Check. Eternal darkness? Check. It’s a cyberpunk city, alright!
Release Date: 11 July 2013
Format Reviewed: iPad
Also available on: iPhone (Android version coming soon)
Publisher: Square Enix
There was a wave of disappointment when Deus Ex fans heard that Human Revolution follow-up The Fall would head to mobiles. Surely diddy phones aren’t able to pump out console-quality visuals? Surely the controls will suffer? These fears are assuaged on the one hand but definitely warranted on the other.
Set in 2027, while Human Revolution’s Adam Jensen lies in a coma, The Fall places you in the heavily augmented form of Ben Saxon, an ex-SAS mercenary. From his first-person perspective you blaze your way through the streets ofPanama, attempting to uncover the truth about your shady employers (fairly obviously dubbed Tyrants) and obtain a steady supply of drugs to keep your cyborgian bits from killing you.
Deus Ex veterans will love the fact that The Fall is as visually slick as its most recent bigger cousin. Panama is lit in that familiar orange-tinted hue that has rightly become iconic. And when playing stealthily, The Fall provides just as many opportunities to improvise as Human Revolution. Find yourself in a sticky situation and more often than not there’s an air vent to escape through or a breakable wall to smash, using up to 24 customisable augmentations.
Unfortunately, when playing with your guns out, the game never really manages to answer the question of how you shoot and aim smoothly using only your right thumb on a touchscreen. As such, despite looking great, The Fall only just manages to stay on its feet.
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