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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Mature themes, violence accompany mech-enhanced humans RPG.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While not post-apocalyptic, the future isn't seen through rose-colored glasses in this game. The message isn't positive or negative, but tells of a war being waged between normal humans and those with augmented with special skills. You must discover who is trying to stop the "augs" from becoming the next "race" on earth.



Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead character, Adam Jensen, was a regular human, an ex-SWAT fighter, who was nearly killed and revived as an "Aug." While he's trying to find and stifle the resistance who want to stop progress, he does kill enemies and sometimes innocent civilians -- if the player wants him to. Gamers can choose not to kill anyone, as well, by navigating the worlds undetected. But you do get a sense Adam is a good person trying to solve a mystery.

Ease of Play

The PC version used to review the game was fairly easy to play -- utilizing the mouse to look around, shoot and take cover) and the keyboard to move the character's body and perform special actions. At any time you can press the Tab key for a relevant tutorial. The game can be played in one of three difficulty settings.



The player can use multiple weapons to kill enemies -- including pistols, shotguns, and grenades -- as well as special powers like electrocution. Blood can be seen in this game, plus players can use fallen bodies as a shield. But the choice is up to the gamer whether they want to play the game like a shooter or not.


The game has some suggestive dialogue, especially when talking with prostitutes ("Do you have enough money for me, honey?") and you can enter a brothel and see sex toys lying around. Some women dress suggestively, but there is no nudity in the game.


While not often, you can hear strong profanity in the game, including "s--t" and "f--k," plus other potentially offensive words including "ass," "bitch," "damn," "hell" and "bastard."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The opening scene in the game has your boss lighting and smoking a cigarette. There are multiple bars in the game and the player can order alcohol to consume, which has an effect on the lead character (example, a blurred screen to imply inebriation). There are drug dealers in the game and references to "weed" (marijuana).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION is an M-rated game that earns that rating with plenty of violence and blood, drug and alcohol references, profanity, and suggestive dialogue. While the gamer can choose how to play (as a shooter or as a role-playing game), it's possible to shoot enemies from a first-person perspective and see blood spray out. Players will talk to prostitutes and visit brothels, hear profanity, and even watch the screen become blurred if their character imbibes in alcohol.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFPocket September 8, 2011

Not just another futuristic shooter.

Playing this game, I wished several times that there was an option to turn off some of the swearing, since it felt unnecessary. The game can be played non-viole... Continue reading
Adult Written byschwango September 11, 2011

language is the only bad thing

This game is on the milder side among M rated games. Although common sense media exaggerates everything, this game is not that bad. There is no forces violence,... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byNeil17 August 26, 2011

Amazing experience that deals with the theme of human enhancement.

First of, this is an amazing game. The player is encouraged to use alternative solutions other than combat to progress. Of course, the game can be play like any... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDobeymaster October 2, 2011

A fantastic title, but with some considerations.

Fantastic game that anybody should get. However there are some pause moments you should know about: Language is very foul, and I'm don't have the clea... Continue reading

What's it about?

Eidos Montreal's debut game, DEUX EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, is a cyberpunk-infused, action-heavy role-playing game (RPG). You play as Adam Jensen, a mechanically augmented ex-cop in the near future -- 2027 to be exact -- who is tapped to figure out why someone is trying to ensure humankind's evolution follows a particular path. While there's a lot more to the well-conceived plot, much of the focus is on the battle between the "Normals" -- those who are opposed to augmentation, can't afford it, or whose bodies won't accept the implants -- and the "Augs," about 20 percent of the world with cybernetic parts that give additional strength, smarts, and other abilities. As you visit futuristic versions of cities like Shanghai, Montreal, and Detroit, you'll see the game was likely inspired by films like Blade Runner and The Fifth Element (and perhaps RobotCop), as well as clothing and architecture influenced by the Italian Renaissance period. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third game in an 11 year-old series.

Is it any good?

This ambitious and immersive first-person RPG excels in almost every department, particularly in giving the gamer a choice on how to play. For example, there are multiple ways to approach each mission (through combat, stealth, hacking, and interrogating, for example), different paths to take in the level, and varied weapons (long- or short-range) and cybernetic skills (including cloak, X-Ray vision, and more). Or you can opt for a combination of styles, weapons, and skills; plus, it's an RPG so you'll choose what to upgrade over time. And while the story (and dialogue) might sometimes seem over-the-top, all your missions and actions feel relevant to the tale and not a weak excuse just to shoot people.

The side-missions, which vary on who you talk to, are also invariably linked to the plot. Helping out the gratifying, customizable gameplay and intriguing story and characters is an imaginatively designed world complemented by cinematic cut-scenes and a Hollywood-style soundtrack. Too bad the suspension of disbelief is sometimes broken with pop-up screens about the game itself; early on, in a helicopter ride, a message appeared thanking me for preordering the game and as a result I've got bonus weapons and levels to play with. Sigh. Overall, however, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an exceptionally fun -- but mature -- game that lives up to the coveted series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of this game: whether humankind is really moving toward cybernetic implants. Is it that much of a stretch from today, when millions are walking around with mechanical organs and limbs? Will we eventually be "enhanced" with machinery and computers for vision, strength, and agility?

  • Families can also discuss the role of violence in video games. What is its impact?

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