|System: Wii U|
|Dev: Eidos Montreal, Straight Right|
|Pub: Square Enix|
|Release: October 22, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol|
Extras included in the Director's Cut are a complete digital player's guide, with interactive maps and a thorough walkthrough of every mission, as well as developer commentaries showcasing the hard work and ingenuity that went into putting this game together. Also, a New Game + mode has been added that allows you to restart the campaign with all of your augmentations intact: a wonderful inclusion considering how much this game begs to be replayed.
The visuals have also seen some improvement, although not in every respect. Many of the effects, such as lighting, shadows, and anti-aliasing have been improved, which enhances the dark and cold tones of the rigid and mechanical future. However, the character models, particularly the facial gestures, are still rough and don't do well showcasing the realism the rest of the game is trying to portray.
The synthetic music score is absolutely brilliant in Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut, sometimes to such subtle precision that I find myself staring at the title screen for several minutes listening to the quiet ambient melody that's both beautiful and depressing before loading my game. Communications between Adam and his team via a cochlear implant device sound authentic, and weapon effects have just enough of a variation to make them believable as armaments a couple of decades down the road. Playing the game completely via the GamePad is just as exciting as on the television; however, the speaker quality is not nearly as good. Put on a good set of headphones, though, and you'll feel that much more immersed in the world.
Overall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director's Cut is exactly what the Wii U needs right now. It is a series that has likely passed the Nintendo faithful by, and one that any mature gamer should take a look at. The story is gritty, the world is engaging, and the sheer scope of choices at your disposal makes for incredible replay value. All those standards aside, the GamePad functionality is where the cool factor lies. There's so much to keep your fingers busy, and the visual design of the interface makes you feel like you're wielding a futuristic, high-tech tablet with apps meant for a covert agent. The developers have dubbed this the ultimate edition of the game, and they are absolutely right.
Date: October 21, 2013