Only Human

Happy Weekend TAY and a Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the dads out there.

Whew! What a week. My kid’s exam-psycho teacher has gone into overdrive as the end of the school year approaches. We had a busy week of studying on top of all the other weekly commitments, so I am looking forward to a quiet weekend and a trip to Five Guys for my Father’s Day meal.

I didn’t have a lot of time to game last week, but I did manage to gain a little progress with Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut.

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What a brilliant game. I had forgotten how much I truly enjoyed Human Revolution the first time I played it and the Director’s Cut is the icing on the already delicious cake.

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Gone are the ugly yellow outlines on objects that you can interact with. I found this highlight option (and the lack of the ability to turn it off in the original game) broke the immersion. In the Director’s Cut, I now enjoy having to actually investigate a room instead of just making a beeline to the nearest yellow-outlined object. You can, of course, turn these outlines back on if you choose but the fact that they are off by default gives great insight about the player feedback to the developers (and kudos to the devs for listening to this feedback).

The changes to the bosses are the biggest improvement. As someone who tends to focus on hacking and stealth, the original format of the boss fights was a pain in the ass. In the vanilla Human Revolution, the only real option to fight the bosses was a knockdown shooting match. If you didn’t put many skill points into weapons and physical defense, then these bosses became significantly overpowered and tough for some players to deal with. The inclusion of a hacking option for these battles in the Director’s Cut is a welcome addition and it is wonderfully integrated without feeling the least bit tacked-on.

I’m having an absolute blast with Human Revolution, it is one of those games that gets me jonesing for it when I’m not playing. I’m definitely looking forward to more of it this weekend.

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I caved and bought Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted 4 during Sony’s E3 sale (thank you curse you Spikespeigel for drawing my attention to the bargains), so I’ll have a pile of amazing stuff to play when I finish with Human Revolution.

So, what are you playing this weekend?

[Request: Could someone volunteer to fill in for me in two weeks (the weekend of July 1st)? I have a family wedding to travel to...on Canada Day...Canada’s 150th birthday...likely one of the busiest times ever to travel...yay. Thanks!]