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Zen distilled stories
Apr 21
// Darren Nakamura
The biggest story last week was Mortal Kombat X's handling of downloadable content. Warner Bros. should relinquish itself of its greed and earthly possessions. That is the first step on the path to Enlightenment. In this ser...
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Full ghost

You won't have to fight the bosses in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

We all asked for this
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
You asked for this. I had my own problems with Yellowest Game of Forever (YGF) Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but it seemed the internet shared universal disdain for its forced boss fights that completely upended no-kill runs an...
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided officially unveiled, with a debut trailer

Looking forward to it
Apr 08
// Chris Carter
After a leak yesterday, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is officially out of the bag. You can check out the action-packed trailer above. The "Divided" moniker once again heavily references a civil war-like plot that involves t...
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Deux Ex

Next Deus Ex leaked, stars Adam Jensen

Deus (N)Ex(t)
Apr 07
// Mike Cosimano
[Update: Well, the internet has forced Square's hand. The official Deus Ex Twitter account just sent this out.] Information regarding the next game in the Deus Ex franchise -- subtitled Mankind Divided -- has b...
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Square Enix

Square Enix revealing new western-developed game today

Which of their western teams will it be though?
Apr 06
// Laura Kate Dale
Don't we all just love a little bit of mystery with our game reveals? Well, according to the official Square Enix Twitter account there's a new western developed Square Enix game being revealed today and it's going to involve...
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Square Enix bundle

Square Enix is back for another Humble Bundle

But more importantly, this freakin' Sleeping Dogs image
Feb 17
// Jordan Devore
As a "half-baked concoction full of lofty ideas that don't quite mesh well together topped with a fedora," Murdered: Soul Suspect seemed like the kind of game I'd only get around to trying because of a bundle. It's in the Squ...
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Square Enix Steam sale

Raid Square Enix's tomb with this weekend's Steam sale

This sale are sick
Feb 07
// Jason Faulkner
This weekend's Square Enix Publisher Weekend sale has some ridiculous deals. Some of my childhood favorites that I didn't even know made it to PC are on there, including the whole Legacy of Kain series. Here's some of the hig...
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Deus Ex

This is Eidos' new engine for Deus Ex

Find the snakes
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
You're looking at Eidos Montréal's new engine for current-gen consoles and PC, the Dawn Engine. The studio says it "will form the cornerstone" for future core games in the Deus Ex franchise and "any other projects that...
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Lara Croft

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris receives a Gold Edition

Plenty of extras and retailer-specific DLC
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
Square Enix has just announced a "Gold Edition" of the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris that includes a bevy of extras that Tomb Raider fans will want to pay attention to. The Gold Edition comes rocking a three-in...
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Deus Ex: The Fall

Deus Ex: The Fall is now available for Macs

Cross-Buy as usual on Steam
Apr 16
// Chris Carter
Last month Deus Ex: The Fall made the jump over to the PC on Steam, and now it's available for the Mac. As always, if you already bought the game at release, you can just load it up on a Mac with the same account and you...
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Deus Ex

Square Enix trademarks Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Cool name
Mar 28
// Jordan Devore
The folks behind Human Revolution are working on a new Deus Ex for current-generation consoles and PC. Could its title be Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? Square Enix trademarked the phrase in the United Kingdom, reports CVG. It sur...
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Deus Ex

Deus Ex: Human Revolution fan film sure looks slick

Watch it on your lunch break
Mar 26
// Jordan Devore
Here's the finished live-action short film based on Deus Ex: Human Revolution first teased in 2012. More than anything, you'll be watching this for the costume work and cool fight sequences, which is about all I was ever exp...
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PC Port Report

PC Port Report: Deus Ex: The Fall

This prequel has jumped from iOS to PC but not altogether successfully
Mar 20
// Alasdair Duncan
Games that are ported from phones and tablets to home computers are still rare but Deus Ex: The Fall seemed like the most likely candidate to benefit in the transition from touch screen to keyboard and mouse. In his review, C...
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Ubisoft writer interview

Ubisoft lead writer doesn't expect gay protagonists soon

Far Cry 3 & Deus Ex: HR writer says companies still worry it will impact sales
Feb 28
// Steven Hansen
Lucien Soulban, Lead Writer at Ubisoft Montreal, did an interview at the Ubisoft Blog, talking about transitioning from tabletop games to videogames, and then from foot-in-the-door licensed projects to full-fledged AAA develo...
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Deus Ex: The Fall

Deus Ex: The Fall is heading to PC by way of Steam

Perfect for a Steam sale
Feb 25
// Chris Carter
Originally released on iOS, Deus Ex: The Fall was ported to Android, and now, it's coming to PC on March 25th. It'll be priced at $10, and if you pre-order the game you can snatch up Deus Ex: Game of the Year Editio...
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Deus Ex

Deus Ex: The Fall hits Android today

This is that mobile tie-in for Human Revolution
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
Last year, Square Enix released a mobile iteration of Deus Ex called "The Fall," starring soldier Ben Saxon. It was actually a pretty decent game, and one that would strongly benefit from real controls and a Vita port. B...
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Deus Ex: The Fall

Deus Ex: The Fall is now on sale for a buck

$0.99 until January 2nd
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
That Deus Ex mobile game The Fall is now $0.99 on iTunes, which is a decent price to check it out at. It basically pares down the Human Revolution experience into a mobile offering, but it still has that "steal...

Review: Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut (Wii U)

Oct 21 // Chris Carter
Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut (PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U [reviewed] Xbox 360)Developer: Eidos MontrealPublisher: Square EnixTo be released: August 23, 2011MSRP: $49.99 (Wii U)  / $29.99 (PC, PS3, 360) In a nutshell, Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut is basically the original game with The Missing Link DLC added to it, on top of new control schemes and a few minor gameplay tweaks. I don't want to go into too much detail about the core game as that can be found in Jim's original review, but rest assured the entire experience is still intact. The amazing soundtrack is still there, the social boss fights are still enjoyable, and the mix of combat, hacking, and sneaking-oriented gameplay remains top notch. You won't find much of a visual upgrade however, as the slightly improved visuals for Director's Cut do look like they're from the current generation, but they are noticeably better than the previous console counterparts. For the purposes of this review I was able to test the Wii U edition of the game, which is curiously $20 more expensive than the PC, PS3, or 360 versions. One major new selling point of the Director's Cut is the ability to defeat bosses "without firing a bullet." The absence of this option was a major flaw in the original, in that it didn't maintain the consistency with the rest of the game, which normally offered you hacking or stealth options. The only problem is, the new tweaks in the Director's Cut are not that impressive. Rather than drastically altering the fights, the developers have instead slightly recreated each arena, and added new options like vents and terminals to change the encounter. This lack of bravado is especially evident in the first boss fight, which only has one one terminal to unlock doors and turrets, with added vents -- that's literally it, and it feels mostly the same. The rest of the fights add a few more intriguing options, but they're still not very unique, and don't go as far as they should have. Thankfully there aren't that many bosses in general to go through, so even if they aren't up to snuff with the rest of the game, they're very minor annoyances on top of an otherwise stellar package. The other major addition to the Director's Cut is the ability to use the Wii U GamePad, giving you access to a host of new features like a tablet map, and touch-screen inventory management. It works just as well as any other controller, and I had very little issues getting protagonist Adam Jensen to do what I wanted him to after acclimating myself to the scheme. As an added bonus, pretty much everything you can think of is tied to the GamePad, including grenade throw-back (by swiping the Pad), Miiverse integration, Remote Play, hacking, inventory management, and a fully functional map. Hacking on the GamePad is one of my favorite additions, as it adds another level of strategy to the proceedings when you're able to look up fully at your surroundings on the TV and use a second screen. The radar with the ability to draw patrols is also incredibly useful, as is the touch-screen inventory. If you're playing this on Wii U all this new functionality is done through the GamePad, but you can also optionally use a Vita or SmartGlass device to access some of these features on a PS3 or Xbox 360, respectively (since I wasn't able to test out the PS3 or 360 versions, I'm not able to comment on what functionality is available for the Vita or Smartglass). In addition to everything I've discussed so far, you'll also get a New Game+ mode, a 45-minute "Making Of" video, a full in-game strategy guide, and a developer commentary mode, which will take up eight hours of your time throughout the campaign. Point blank, the commentary is very good, and much more insightful than I thought it would be. Commentary during cutscenes is automatic (and is played throughout most, if not all scenes) and during certain portions of gameplay, all you have to do is push the "Minus" button on the GamePad to play the sound bites. The main reason I love the commentary is because you can clearly hear the passion of the team, and they seem to be having a good time during the roundtable session that comprises the track. You'll learn about a number of different topics, like the significance of something as miniscule as a Pearl necklace, or even some things the developers didn't like, changed, or fought over. You'll also learn about a few inside jokes and Easter eggs, such as the fact that every map has a Nigerian email scam to read, and the scammer himself almost had his own special storyline that didn't make the final cut. You'll also hear about some gaffes and goofs, plus real developmental insight, which gives you a decent inside look at what it takes to produce a high-budget game. Going into the next generation of consoles, I really hope more games use this feature in the future. Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Director's Cut gives you a ton of extra bang for your buck on top of an already stellar game, and if you haven't experienced it yet, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you have played it, I'm not sure the $20 Wii U premium is worth it, especially if you don't plan on using the Remote Play option. But somewhere down the line, the lower price of the other versions is a very enticing offer should you get that Human Revolution itch at some point, because this is the clear-cut best version of the game.
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Still quite revolutionary
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was quite the accomplishment when it was released. It wasn't everything an old-school Deus Ex fan could ask for (those boss fights), but it was a very reasonable compromise, and a great game in its o...

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Human Revolution

UK newspaper The Sun thinks Deus Ex is real

Whereas I only wish it were real
Oct 16
// Alasdair Duncan
The Sun, the bastion of quality newspaper journalism and good taste, has printed a small, yet to me, totally hilarious blunder. A section of an article about artificial implants and limbs has a picture of a cybernetic replace...
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Deus Ex

How to upgrade Deus Ex PC with the Director's Cut content

I couldn't not use that image
Oct 11
// Jordan Devore
On PC, new players can dive right into Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut with a full $19.99 purchase, but there are other money-saving options for the rest of us who own the base game already and want that new content....
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Expect to pay more than the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions
Looks like Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is going to cost extra if you're planning on getting the Wii U version. Nintendo Everything has checked prices at a few retailers and it turns out the final price ...

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Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut out on Oct. 22

Extended edition of the 2011 title will add considerable touch screen support
Oct 02
// Alasdair Duncan
We've already learned of the next stage in the Deus Ex franchise but Eidos Montreal isn't forgetting about Human Revolution. The Director's cut of the game will hit current consoles and PC on October 22 in North America and ...
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Multi-game Deus Ex: Universe planned
That Deus Ex: Universe trademark? It's not what it might've sounded like. Eidos Montreal has lifted the lid on its future plans for the franchise, which include multiple games for PC/consoles as well as mobile titles, books, ...

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Square Enix game bundl

Nab four bundled Square Enix games for $15 by day's end

Hitman, Deus Ex, Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs
Sep 16
// Steven Hansen
Have you somehow avoided picking up Just Cause 2, Hitman: Absolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Sleeping Dogs for mere pittance? I feel like they've all been below $5 at some point, but if you're still looking to own the...
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Square Enix

Huh? Deus Ex Universe and Hitman Go trademarks found

Good series, odd trademarks
Sep 12
// Jordan Devore
I'm not sure what it is about modern Deus Ex titles and our finding out about them by scouring the internet for trademark listings, but here's yet another. Siliconera has discovered a few of interest from publisher Square Eni...
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Eidos Montreal

David Anfossi is the new head of Eidos Montreal studio

Anfossi was the executive producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Aug 01
// Alasdair Duncan
After the surprising resignation of Stephane D'Astous earlier in July, Eidos Montreal have announced that David Anfossi is the new head of the studio. Anfossi was the Executive Producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the studi...
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Deus Ex

Deus Ex film free to be its own movie

Eidos Montreal happy to have the proposed film break from canon
Jul 27
// Alasdair Duncan
We all know the record of videogames being translated into good movies whilst being true to the source material is... well, pretty poor. Whilst games don't tend to have the best stories around, much of the challenge is conden...
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Deus Ex: The Gall

PSA: iOS Deus Ex disables shooting on jailbroken devices

Deus Ex: The Gall
Jul 11
// Steven Hansen
[Update: An impending update for The Fall will allow the game to be played on jailbroken devices. "We did not state clearly that the game would not support jailbroken devices and so we will be switching this off via an updat...

Review: Deus Ex: The Fall

Jul 11 // Chris Carter
Deus Ex: The Fall (Android iPad, iPhone [reviewed on an iPhone 5])Developer: Eidos MontrealPublisher: Square EnixReleased: July 11, 2013 (iOS) / TBA (Android)MSRP: $6.99 The Fall opts to jump in at a fairly odd part of the overall Deus Ex narrative, picking up with the story of soldier Ben Saxon after the novel Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect. The "Icarus Effect" is the psychological practice of limiting the individual potential of humankind to maintain the status quo, and the "Tyrants" -- a PMC of sorts that Saxon formerly belonged to before he was betrayed -- are a delivery system for said effect. To be blunt, the narrative is not nearly as engaging as the story of Adam Jensen in Human Revolution, as the vast majority of the story tends to fall short of your typical "soldier's revenge" tale. But despite the less engaging narrative, Ben's method of revenge and destruction is very similar to Jensen's tactics in Human Revolution, as the core gameplay of the franchise is preserved despite the move to the mobile platform. I'm pleased to say that although they are pared down at times, there are situations that faithfully mirror Human Revolution, such as the ability to choose between a guns blazing, stealth, and hacking approach (or any combination thereof). This freedom is immediately evident, as one particular area towards the beginning of the game gave me the ability to hack through a shortcut to avoid a dangerous trip through a drug den -- but only if I had enhanced my hacking abilities fairly early into the game. This design continues throughout the entire game, offering up a decent chunk of sidequests, hidden areas, and collectibles to keep you interested. Ben can upgrade his abilities via augmentations in all three disciplines, which allows you to customize him the way you want to play. The first and third person mixed perspective returns from Human Revolution, offering up a zoomed out viewpoint when in cover, and an FPS style view during the vast majority of the game. Movement and aiming are controlled by two virtual joysticks on the left and right side respectively, and most of your actions (including firing) are performed with virtual buttons, which can get a bit dicey when you're really in the thick of combat. Now, I don't mind touch controls in the slightest for the vast majority of mobile experiences. Games that are designed for the platform tend to have a variety of tricks of the trade that help curb the lack of tactile feedback, and sometimes, games can actually feel better with touch controls. But here, even with the accommodations with auto-aiming and on-screen buttons, I can safely say a controller would have provided a clear-cut better way to play The Fall. Thankfully, there are some moments of reprieve, such as the ability to re-arrange the entire UI to your liking, and the option to toggle the virtual analog sticks on or off. You can also just tap the screen to move to the desired location, tap cover to snap to it, and tap enemies to auto-target them, so it is manageable if you embrace it -- it's just not ideal. It helps that the visuals look very sharp on an iPhone 5, to the point where it approaches early life cycle PS3/360 quality. The Fall should last you around five hours, which, for a Deus Ex game, is fairly brief. There are a few story choices, to make but these don't really feel poignant as much as vessels for a slightly different narrative. Thankfully, the variety in how you approach actual scenarios is where you're going to get your replay value from, and thanks to a New Game+ option, The Fall offers a chance to try out different missions, augmentations, playstyles, and seek out new areas or collectibles. There are microtransactions present that allow you to buy items with real cash, but I never felt compelled to use them, and many times I tested the game in Airplane Mode just to see if it would break if it couldn't contact the in-game store -- it didn't. Thank goodness for that, because The Fall would be a pretty hard sell with egregious paywalls. Deus Ex: The Fall works far better with touch controls than one would think, and it offers up a lighter, if a little bare-bones Human Revolution experience. In many ways though this experiment feels like a waste, as it would really be stronger as either a PlayStation Vita game or even a downloadable console title. Until a potential port rolls along, I'd only really recommend The Fall for mobile veterans who are already acquainted with first-person games on the go.
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Falls just short of a mobile revolution
After a pretty tantalizing teaser, Square Enix was all set to announce the anticipated follow-up to the successful Deus Ex Human Revolution -- and much to the ire of fans, it ended up being a mobile exclusive. It's not all ba...


Deus Ex: The Fall gets a July 11 release date

Mobile title set for this week
Jul 08
// Dale North
Deus Ex: The Fall, the next title in the Deus Ex franchise, is coming to iOS on July 11. We knew that it was coming this summer, but Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have just confirmed the exact release for us.  Deus Ex: ...

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