I put off playing this until recently due to being busy in college, carefully reading reviews and people's opinions so as to avoid spoilers. When I played the game, I couldn't find any of the things in the game that people were lauding and raving about.
Of all the critically and commercially successful games that were released this year and that I just didn't get, Deus Ex has to be the one I seem to be most divorced from about every single other gamer out there.
I didn't like the story - it was poor, both in scope, delivery and in just being an interesting story.
I didn't like the stealth - every time I was presented with a door/room with enemies behind it, I knew I could look to my left and find a vent if I wanted to go the obligatory stealth route. The important word being obligatory, the levels were obviously designed first with some poor schmuck being tasked to go and edit them all to add vents in afterwards so people could play the game completely differently by using stealth.
I didn't like the levels - they were lacking in scope, uninteresting and fairly bland over all - even Antarctica.
I didn't like the characters - it felt like they weren't given enough dialogue and scope to really come across as real characters, rather than caricatures. There was potential in both Jensen and especially Darrow(even though both were tropes) but it was never fleshed out.
I didn't like the combat - the guns just didn't *feel* right(this might sound silly, but I grew up playing Quake, CS, DoD, NS, Battlefield etc etc) and the game felt like it was more of an inventory management game than an FPS. Oh look, I'm head security for a gigantic corporation and I'm about to go on an important mission - I can get some ammo right? Not a lot, just a bit. No? Oh, ok I guess I'll just have to watch every single bullet on every single fucking level instead to try conserve some.
To be honest, I didn't really like ANYTHING in HR and found nothing really redeemable in it. It might sound silly that I completed it nonetheless, but I'm a completionist when it comes to games/movies/books so I kinda had to!
Does anyone else, at all, feel the same way? Because I'm honestly starting to feel like I'm too cynical and critical to enjoy games anymore, what with not particularly liking both Skyrim and HR this year.