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Deus Ex: Human Revolution storming Steam charts

Monday, 29 August 2011 04:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The latest entry in one of PC gaming’s most beloved series is proving understandably popular on its premiere digital distribution service.

Voodoo Extreme noted Deus Ex: Human Revolution is in second place on Steam’s statistics page.

At time of writing – Steam’s quietest hour – the Eidos Montreal title has 29,585 players on Steam, but peaked at 56,099 earlier today. During busier periods, both Counter-strike titles has passed Human Revolution, but outside of multiplayer-dominated hours, Human Revolution is riding high at the top of the paid charts, with only the free-to-play, perennially popular multiplayer title Team Fortress 2 ranked higher – and not by much.

The first Deus Ex game was released exclusively for PC, although a poorly-received PS2 port was produced a few years later. The game is considered one of the highlights of the late 90′s, early 2000′s golden ear of PC gaming.

Human revolution currently holds an 89 Metacritic ranking on all three platforms; the original game sits at 90.

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18 Comments

  1. Caleb_LK

    Deus Ex: HR is a great game and fully deserving of all the acclaim it is receiving.

    Brenna you misspelled era and it should be had passed not has. :/ I promise i’m not really a grammar nazi…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Well lets see its the summer hole and there are no games out right not competing against so of course people will play it. Doesn’t mean its good just means a lot of people are bored.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ultramega

    @3
    Yes. We get it. You don’t like it. Many others do – myself included. (I think it definitely lives up to the original). But it’s an opinion. You need to stop parading your opinion around, thinking it invalidates everyone elses.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. triggerhappy

    Well I just finished my first session there, was on for about 3 hours,
    played the whole first section twice just so I could listen to that amazing music again. I can honetly say im loving it. Im about half way through the prequel novel ‘Icarus Effect’ and I seen one character I recognised in about the first 15 mins and some other nice touches, the novels brilliant too btw…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 Right now, you’re the one who seems to be getting defensive about someone not sharing your opinion.

    People are allowed to have an opinion, even if it’s a negative one.

    The game is definitely a product of hype in my opinion. It’s not bad by any stretch, but it’s definitely not everything it’s made out to be, and it’s no 9.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ultramega

    @5
    Um… maybe you haven’t frequented enough Deus Ex articles, but every one of them has Phoenix bashing the game, and acting like his opinion is fact. He tends to do that a lot, regardless of the game, actually. As per my comment, I have no issue with other viewpoints… it’s just counter intuitive to a discussion when a select few act as if only what they have to say matters.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. On2wheels

    Nothing beats Portal 2′s numbers at release: something like 90k wasn’t it?

    Yeah, DEHR is pretty good, but it’s an 8, max.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 Yes, he has been bashing it in most articles, but nowhere has he acted like his opinion is fact. I think you’re just being over-defensive about someone expressing a critical opinion.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    I never stated my opinion is fact. Instead I simply stated why I don’t like the game and now I actually tried and it confirms my opinion more than what I have simply stated. Linear story, horrible writing, VA, AI, all of it has been confirmed and I am glad I didn’t buy into the hype.

    Stop getting defensive about your precious. That’s good you like the game, I didn’t and its nothing like the original in fact its more restrictive than the original.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. endgame

    “During busier periods, both Counter-strike titles has passed Human Revolution, but..”? “has”?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ultramega

    @9
    lol. “Getting defensive about your precious.”

    I never said the game was my precious, or even implied that it was perfect or anything close. I agree with the AI being shit, but I can overlook that considering the game is still very challenging regardless. (I still have no idea what “VA” stands for, by the way). And I fail to see how the story is linear, even though I haven’t had time to play through the whole thing yet, (sadly life doesn’t just revolve around video games anymore for me. I wish it could. lol.) I’ve seen the repercussions of my actions many times. And even if the story turns out to be linear, since when is that a bad thing? (There are many side quests, the world is very open, just waiting to be explored. Plus everything can be tackled multiple ways). Do people complain that games like Half-Life 2 or Ico, or Shadow of the Colossus are linear in story? No. Linearity in many cases let’s a more direct and developed story unfold (though of course, there are exceptions). And I’ve never understood the point in judging a game not focused on graphics, on its graphics. I’ll never comprehend how high polygon count = fun game… but whatever. As long as the presentation is enough to drive the gameplay, I wouldn’t care if it looked like the original. Atmosphere and mood is what matters in the end to me.

    But it’s easy to make a wall of text like I did when there really is no points to refute in your comments. Vague and unsubstantiated claims don’t leave much room for discussion.

    /rant

    tl;dr
    You’re really exaggerating my comments, and not saying anything much.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Shubb9

    @11 Voice Acting would be my guess

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    I’m just gonna quote the thread:

    Weapons – Great
    Levelling system – Great
    Dialogue system – Great
    Hacking minigame – Great++ (Uplink inspired, genius)

    Gameplay – Middle
    Visuals – Middle
    AI – Middle to Terrible (Whatever an irrational fear of stairs is called, they’ve got it)

    Writing – Terrible
    Cutscenes – Terrible++
    Voice acting – Terrible

    Adam Jensen sounds like Keanu Reeves doing a bad Clint Eastwood impression, the AI is completely stupid, but quite true to the original, and the visual style is awesome, but the people all look and act like C3PO. The gameplay is great when it’s applied, but the sidequests have too much side, and not enough quest. The cheap cutscenes manage to ruin every high point of the story, and the writing is seemingly so bad, even the voice actors couldn’t get excited about it.

    I’d give it a 5 out of 10, personally.

    Really the writing is the most damning. If there’s one thing you have to get right with a game like this, it’s the brainfood. The setting would work, but the hack writing job just ruins it for me. It’s not a AAA production, it’s a BBB production. As in B-movie.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Play the game no matter what on the main plot you are not given a choice, it is on rails the only part the devs give you choice is on how you play and the side quests but main quest there are no choices. I am 13 hours in and so far this is nothing like the original on the aspect of the story. The static environment, stiff animations, long loading times and crappy voice actiong those are very much like the original but I forgive the original they tried to do something new back then. THis game does little that is new its practically as if they copy and pasted the original and just updated the graphics and art style and removed the branching story.
    And Vague claims? Yes of course thats all I give because I don’t want to spoil it for people playing it otherwise I would provide proof of these claims but I will give you an example going to a boss and after beating a boss it goes to a CGI and the story unfolds not allowing you to do anything. Apparently we are playing Square’s version of Deus Ex with CGI all the freaking time and most of them you could do without.

    Sorry but Deus Ex was never about a linear story it was always about the choices you make having consequence, well there are no choices. And the story is crap. So far the writing of this game is like they went and got a day laborer and paid them 20 bucks and told them to write a story involving 4 main areas. Did I ever claim that the graphics were the issue? No, I have said I didn’t like the art style, stiff animation and the voice-acting. That has nothing to do with polycount or anti-aliasing, or what resolution the game is.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    I’ve been trying not to bring it up, because I don’t want to come off as a platform absolutist, but the console handprint is pretty evident all over the game if you’re playing on PC.

    Enemies keep magically popping out of the air in front of me, which is obviously a result of the game taking them off the map whenever you’re “not looking”, to preserve resources on consoles. And I’m pretty sure that the incessant cutscenes ruining every big moment in the game are also an effort to somehow conserve resources.

    I’m pretty sure we also have consoles to thank for all the loading screens and the corridor-maps. I guess it makes for an awkward sort of tribute to the first one, but it just feels ancient and restrictive when you have plenty of power to spare.

    The movies themselves look absolutely awful. Flying into Hong Kong, it’s practically impossible to make out the city from the blur of the resized video. Don’t tell me they couldn’t make a properly resized video, featuring just a bit of anti-aliasing.

    It’s not something that would otherwise ruin the game, but for the sake of nitpicking, it’s not a very beautiful port.

    *updated*

    And I fully agree with Pheonix. The most amazing part about Deus Ex was the way the game allowed you to play with the story. I’ve tried to do it several times in HR, by attempting to save NPCs by taking out more bad guys than I have to (like you did with your brother in the first one) or shooting a certain “activist” to make him follow me over to the cops, who then killed him, and hopefully caused a special outcome.

    No such luck. First time I killed him and dragged his body over to them. They seemed mostly bothered by the fact that he was a dead body, and shot me in the face. And this with a terrorist group that actually bothers to wear armbands identifying them as such, in public. Imagine if that was the case for Al Qaeda or ETA. It would make airport security a hell of a lot easier.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Len

    Each to their own and all that but personally I can’t get enough of it.

    Sunk over 12hrs in and only just got to China/2nd hub. It’s wonderful and it’s v pleasing it’d doing well sales wise… :)

    As for the console/multi platform aspect, who cares about load times and looks great on all. I’m playing on pc and atmosphere is just fantastic.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. ultramega

    @14
    Alright. Thank you for making a well thought-out post.

    It’s sad to hear it’s linear all the way through. Well. Even with the flaws, I’m really enjoying the game, and it’s a refreshing change to most of the games out these days. Maybe the sequel will see some answers to the complaints. I can see the great efforts Eidos put in, after all.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. AHA-Lambda

    I must say it deserves as much success as it can get, its a truly brilliant game and we NEED more games like it. I AM LOVING THIS GAME!! =D

    #18 3 years ago

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    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]