Deus Ex 3’s First Level, Blow-By-Blow

We were careful to not give away too many specifics in our chat about Human Revolution’s opening level, but pray allow me to provide you with a lengthy description of just what kind of world this new Deus Ex 3 lives in, and the events that lead up to Adam Jensen becoming the bio-mechanical chatty deathmachine we’ve seen in previous trailers.

Not in this post alas, though there is much DX3 stuff to come on RPS. I threw all caution to the wind when covering the game for Eurogamer and went as specific as my crazed notes about the play session allowed. So you’ll find stuff like:

Jensen’s the Johnny on the spot, sent back downstairs by a shocked Sarif to deal with this brutal incursion. He’s given a gun, and it’s not long before he’s crawling through a vent: two of Deus Ex’s mainstays, present and correct.

Outside, beyond huge glass windows, the city looms, vast and golden. Inside Sarif Industries, it’s cramped, gloomy and murderous. Jensen is easily felled by the roaming goons, which means stealth is a necessity for now.

And the rest? Why, that’s here. Ton-o-spoilers from the game’s first level (and nothing beyond), if you’re militant about that sort of thing.

You can also find me having my own chat with the game’s narrative designer over on, where we discuss the current standing of games writing and how it’s changed over the years – plus why the idea of “a games writer” might just be incorrect anyway.

More, much more to come on the 24th – there’s so much you don’t know yet. I WANT TO TELL YOU.


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    Joshua says:

    Wait. No non lethal stuff?

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Nope. Not in the tutorial, when Jensen’s an unaugmented human being going up against men with guns. Which is understandable. Anything else would require some seriously contrived level design.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Or they could have designed it in such a way that non lethal wouldn’t have required contrived level design. Seems like it is something Deus Ex is famous for. Isn’t it a bit like a Sonic game where he can’t run fast? Or Mario without mushrooms?

      Maybe I just remember tasering people in the face too fondly. But that seems like a very Deus Ex thing to be doing.

    • Tarqon says:

      Old men, spoilering the world.

      Edit: that was supposed to be a reply to Feet below.

    • cheese lol says:

      I think it makes sense. Gamers generally find combat to be pretty intuitive, while other, more subtle, aspects frustrating (think stealth, conversation, interacting with items, etc.). Introducing the latter to the player so early in the game will let him realize more of the supposedly diverse choices he can make in the game, and get him on to enjoying it that much quicker. Besides, it sounds like the sequence is far from boring.

  2. westyfield says:

    No ‘staring eye’ tag.

    What a shame.

  3. Feet says:

    So if we don’t want to be spoilered in any significant way we shouldn’t read this article then.

    • Quintin Smith says:

      That is the sensible thing, yeah. In fact, you could even think of RPS as a kind of spoiler-free quarantine zone. That’s why the article is on Eurogamer. Yes.

    • DrazharLn says:

      Good catch, Quinns. :)

    • frenz0rz says:

      Thank god I read this before clicking the link. Its often quite difficult to read info on a game you’re almost unhealthily excited about without accidentally reading some kind of major plot spoiler.

  4. Pantsman says:

    Nope, I’m planning on going in more-or-less clean. Thanks anyway!

    Incidentally, this is shaping up to be an absolutely fantastic year for PC gaming.