So my last couple of weeks has been devoured by video games, distracting me from many productive things I should be doing (writing, editing, accounting projects I actually get paid for once I’ve finished, that kind of thing).
The primary culprit of this distraction is Square Enix’s prequel to Deus Ex. The original game, while flawed, was an epic foray into the mix of FPS and RPG elements with a intricate cyberpunk conspiracy story that was thoroughly engaging.
The original sequel, while fun and a decent shooter in its own right… paled in comparison to the original. So the Deus Ex franchise was dead until this summer.
And it was revived with a vengeance. In DX:HR we meet Adam Jensen, the ex-SWAT security chief of a major biotech company. Of course, like everything else that comes along over the course of the story, we learn that Adam is more than he appears to be – more than even he knows!
The story of Deus Ex: Human Revolution grabbed me early on, and held me spellbound for over 30 hours of focused play. The gameplay lived up to the story, with multiple options for dealing with everything. At one point, you can enter a damaged base via a broken maintenance tunnel, half flooded and full of electrified water. It’s quite doable, but if you have upgraded Adam the right way, you can make several cybernetic leg powered leaps up some storage containers, and sneak in through an industrial air vent on the roof. This kind of multiple option path is normal for the game.
If you’re interested in computer role playing games OR first person shooters, I highly recommend picking up Human Revolution. I personally give it a 9.5/10 (I have some issues with a few design decisions made in how some aspects of your character’s abilities work).
And with the game done, I have super-seekrit-project 92 to work on this weekend. The edit for the potential e-book version of Children of the Twain is done. A second edit will be done once I have a cover for the e-book (which is currently under construction in more capable hands than mine for that).
I will also be packing and working on internal audit homework. A not secret project is to have all of my IA assignments due before mid-October done by mid-September, so I’m not panicking about them during my move at the end of September.