Published on August 17th, 2011 | by Dan0
>KBMOD gets hands on with Deus Ex: Human Revolution
We here at KBMOD would like to thank Aussie reader @Mrmattymouse for writing this. He offered to do this for us as he was going to a Deus Ex preview event where he would get to play the game hands on. This is the first article of this sort we’ve had, and we are genuinely grateful for Matt doing this for us and the community here at KBMOD. We can’t thank all of you enough for the support!
Hello, fellow lovers of the keyboard and mouse!
My buddy Chris and I were fortunate enough to attend the Deus Ex: Human Revolution event that was held in Sydney tonight. Boy do I have some good news for you guys! First off, the event was held in a nice bar in the city, obviously the first thing one does is walk in the door and go get a beer (the beer was free all night!) In an adjacent room all the screens were setup to play the game. I walked in, I looked around, I saw 3 X-box 360s and 4 PS3s, and my heart sank. Are you kidding me? You’re going to make me play a Deus Ex game on console?! I won’t lie…I started to panic. What’s the use of posting an article to KBMOD if I only got to play it on console? However, off in the corner, sitting all by its lonesome, was a PC, in a clear case, surrounded by LED lights. Turns out the good fellas over at AMD were here to make sure the PC crowd had a presence. The PC was an X6 1090T, liquid cooled, with a single HD 6970, a 1500W PSU, with a G15 keyboard, a G9x mouse, and Human Revolution booted up on an SSD. All this hooked up to 3 monitors in Eyefinity… beautiful!
I was able to talk to the AMD guys there and ask them what kind of performance they had been getting out of the game. They told me the rig they had for display with all 3 monitors hooked up would keep the game at a constant 30FPS no problem. There was some slight screen tearing issues and when I brought this up with the guys they said it was due to the 3 monitors, and that with the graphics turned up you’d be needing either 2 6970’s in crossfire or 6990 to get it running flawlessly. When they brought it down to 2 monitors they got around 50-60FPS, and around 100FPS on just a single monitor. I asked what they would think be the lowest specs that the game would run on. Without going into any Nvidia products (for obvious reasons) they said any high clock dual core CPU and a 6800 series Radeon card should run the game just fine.
The skill system is based in augments. You have different augments throughout your body, and each different area will give you different abilities. Head augments can allow you to see through walls to spot enemies and objectives. Skin augments will allow you to withstand greater damage. Leg augments will allow you to sprint longer and faster. Each different ability also has a skill tree within it, this allows major customization. At the start of each mission you can pick how you want to tackle it. One of the missions I played I got choices between being either lethal or non-lethal, and whether I want a long or close range weapon. The melee take downs are also dependent on whether you are being lethal or non-lethal; you can either strike someone with a quick blow to knock them out, or have blades pop out of your elbows and stab your enemy multiple times. There is a full inventory within the game that you can fill with enemies weapons and keep them to use in later levels, as wells as power bars, and credits to buy further augmentations.