Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 18 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.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byLegoblockman738 August 13, 2019


Recently, I got the directions cut version of this on the WII U and it is violent! 1. You can kill anyone you see and any gruesome way you want. 2. Prostitutes... Continue reading
Adult Written byJORG3Z October 29, 2012

It's all about choice

I don't think this game is that bad for kids, the violence is there but not as violent as other games, you can shoot any person but it will have a bad cons... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymedgang May 6, 2020

Good story and gameplay

Deus Ex: Human Revolution offers a great story and gameplay. You can see a lot of blood if you kill with the takedown moves in the game. Anyway it is a great ga... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byOrangemango December 17, 2016

Very good game.

Game is very well done. Just amazing.

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?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Release date: August 23, 2011
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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